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La Passacaglia: My Perpetual Friend

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This project is intense: La Passacaglia from Willyne Hammerstein's Millefiori Quilts.  If you are into English paper piecing you've probably been drooling over the incredible pictures that kept popping up on instagram just like I have. If you haven't seen it before you should go look up the incredible pictures on instagram and you will likely start drooling because they are so amazing. Every single one is different and beautiful. Every single rosette is unique. There is endless inspiring EP piecers like myself. 


Of course I couldn't just look at the pictures without trying to start my own. I began by borrowing some papers from a friend who had purchased a kit. I played with them for a while then ordered my own starter kit. After a few furious rosettes life got in the way and it ended up sitting in my room for about 9 months. Then, new years eve 2016, it way ready to be born again!


I spend hours on the couch with my  La Pass. Hours and hours. Hours and hours and hours.…

The Bad Blogger

Hah! I started this post in November.... of last year.... and do you want to know how far I got?



The title. 




That's it... 

I really am a bad blogger :(
       I guess it's been a busy several years... seeing as how I haven't posted much since I started my teaching job in 2014. I can't believe how quickly time flies (which is consequently the name of a post I wrote in august of 2015 about how little blogging I had accomplished, hah!). Since the last time I posted I did indeed get my longarm, and I have loved it ferociously, when I am not too tired to quilt. I started experimenting with different kinds of painting (nothing much to show for it though), spent a summer playing the saxophone (and attended an amazing Jazz Camp in Port Townsend), started doing yoga, stopped doing yoga, and started doing yoga again (then took a break because I got sick but I promise I be back at it once school starts) and beat FFXV in 57 hours over about a week and a half.  I have probably don…

10,000 Views!

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I know that probably doesn't seem like a lot to an experienced blogger, especially over the lifetime of the blog but to me that feels like a real accomplishment!!! It's a nice big number to look at when I check my stats! I will have to check them more often... Over the summer I have had trouble once again maintaining my blog and now that school has started I fear I will slip even further into absenteeism. It's not that I don't want to blog... it's just that I forget... or I don't think I have anything work blogging about.
        Today at least that isn't the case! I am finally here to report that my longarm was delivered and assembled 2 weeks ago! Yes it's up and running and I am having a hard time writing this post instead of sprinting upstairs to quilt. The shipment weighed close to 450 pounds and somehow Nate and I managed to un-crate it and bring it into my sewing room on the second floor. He has vowed never to move it again....


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Time Flies....

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...when you are having fun... or anxiously anticipating a large sewing machine... or the start of a new school year which will mean that you can't use said sewing machine very often... It kind of sucks. In the past few weeks I have been hard at work on various endeavors. I have done a bit of sewing and a lot of drawing and painting. More recently I have taken my creativity to a new medium: the digital one! I started digitizing hand drawn designs with the intent of printing the designs on fabric through the website/company Spoonflower. If you have yet to discover Spoonflower you should boogie on over there right now! Actually, finish reading the post then check it out! It has been such a fun experiment. The results of which will be apparent here in the next few weeks... but I will get to that later.
      So yeah, fabric design is fun! And time consuming! I started out by scanning in some of the water color exercises I had done through on online class. Nothing special but they loo…

I did it!

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It's done! I've taken the first step! I've jumped off the deep end! I've ordered my longarm! 
I can't believe it but there it is. I placed my order on the 10th and put my name of the waiting list. My longarm will be constructed and shipped to me in 4-6 week from the order date. The time cannot move fast enough... 
But if it flies by that means that my summer vacation will be almost over...
hmm...
One the one hand I get to take the next step in my quilting adventure, on the other I have to set it aside and jump back in to teaching music. 
The timing could have be better...
Bu that doesn't really matter since I AM GETTING A LONGARM!
Now to figure out what to do until it gets here.
I could sew or paint or draw. I haven doing a lot of that and it feels great. It's as though my lack or creative energy during the last school year was simply pent up to bursting and finally started to escape after the first say of summer vacation. It has been wonderful. Really won…

Creative Overload

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It's hard to believe that it has been nearly a month since the last day of school. I am almost scared by how fast the days pass by, but as they say, "time flies when you are having fun" and I have been having a lot of fun. I have filled my days with creating of all sorts: sewing, quilting, embroidery and most recently watercolor painting. On my birthday, while wondering around West Seattle wasting a little time, Nate and I stopped into an art supply shop. I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to any art supplies, fabric, paints, beads, you name it. I have an especially strong fondness for pens. I LOVE pens! Fine point, ball point, felt tip, calligraphy, I love them all. On this trip I was enticed by a certain pen in particular: a water pen. I had read about the Koi watercolor brush pens by Sukura and was on the hunt but having no luck. Feeling a bit let down I wandered to the painting section and what do I find? A Koi watercolor "pocket field sketch…

Here Comes Another One, Just Like the Other One

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Alright you've caught me, not "just" like the other one, but the point remains: I seem to be on a bit of a roll when it comes to making skirts recently. I've completed two more since my last post and I have plans for a few that I would like to tackle....fabric waiting in the wings as it were.

        The first of the two I actually completed on a school night! That's right, I came home from work and made a skirt! I couldn't believe it myself. It's just a gathered skirt with a polka dot waist band but I like how it turned out. It's already a bit wrinkled after wearing it once :( and as I hate ironing clothing that may or may not be remedied.... I picked up the fabric last year with plans to make a different skirt which I did end up making, just not in this color combination. Now that skirt is a bit too big. I might try to take it in. Well see.


         I am a bit more excited about the second skirt. I found the pattern online and fell in love …