Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Reassessing

Good morning, and happy Wednesday! I've spent the past week and a half since returning home from Quilt Market feeling the weight of months of hard work finally lifting. In the last 8 months, I've released 5 new patterns, developed and taught two new full-day workshops, lectured at countless local guilds, and much more. It was often just way too much. So instead of sewing over the last week or so, I've been assessing where I want to go next.

And the answer is: Kinda nowhere. For the next few months at least, I'd really like to get back to what I used to do, which is just sewing what I want to sew, and blogging about it. I love designing patterns, but it's amazing how the "industry" can change the way you do things, and even what you do. I feel like the cart has been driving the horse for me recently, if that makes any sense, and I'd like to turn that back around this summer, and get back to doing what I really love!

So this summer, my goal is to do some fun sewing, and blog about it. The end. I also have some non-sewing-related projects I'm going to tackle around the house—some organizing and minor remodeling. You might see a little of that on the blog as well, though I promise not to overdo it with the non-sewing-related content! (And of course there will be some sewing involved in the house projects too! How could there not be?)

And I'm starting with this project, a loooong overdue baby quilt. (It's one of those cases where the baby might not even be a baby anymore by the time I finally get it to the recipient! Well, what can you do?)

One other thing of note: Don't forget to check out my new quilt pattern, Chevron Star, which went on sale yesterday—it's on sale for $3 off, today and tomorrow only! This sale is now done. Click here to purchase.

But enough about me! What are you working on? Let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the "Add Your Link" button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says "Link," use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Chevron Star Quilt Pattern - And It's On Sale!

Today I'm super excited to release the first of my two new patterns: Chevron Star! And as always, I'm celebrating with a release-week sale! For a very limited time, you can pick up the Chevron Star PDF pattern for only $4.99.  This sale is now done.

Show of hands: How many of you enjoy paper-piecing, but start feeling a little nauseous when a pattern asks you to make like 900 of the same block? If that sounds like you, I'd like you to meet Chevron Star. Chevron Star will make no such demands on you. Chevron Star wants you to piece a few blocks and then go outside to play. : )

The other thing that I love about this pattern is that it has negative space that is pieced. Think that's a oxymoron? I don't! Because of course we all love our negative space, but sometimes sewing with giant chunks of white fabric is just not all that ... fun. I think of Chevron Star as my best-of-all-worlds quilt, and I hope you'll think so too.

This quilt got a lot of attention while it was on display in my booth at Quilt Market a week ago, so I'm happy to get the pattern out to you all at last! Of course, I think a large portion of its show-stoppy-ness is due to the AMAZING quilting, done by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter. Deciding how to quilt things has never been my forté, so I love a quilter who can add to my piecing design with her own creative ideas. And Stephanie knocked this one out of the park! Go visit her blog to see more of her amazing work.

I made Chevron Star mostly out of Cotton + Steel basics and solids. That includes Netorious in Cloud Metallic. It's a subtle metallic that doesn't come across in my photographs all that well, but trust me, this fabric glows in person, and I love the sheen it gives to the quilt!


And one week from today, I'll be releasing my other newbie pattern, Moroccan Lanterns, so stop back by for that one as well! Now go sew something! : )

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIP Wednesday: I Need a Nap!

Well, Quilt Market was great, and insane, and exhausting, and I'm still in recovery mode, but I wanted to get the WIP Wednesday linky up for you anyway! I'll be back in the next few days with a full Market wrap-up, plus the release of my new patterns, one of which you can see in the photo of my booth below! Right now I'm slating that one for release on Thursday, so be sure to come back then!


What are you working on? Let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Wednesday: To Minneapolis!

Good morning! I'm going to make this a quick one since I'm leaving for Quilt Market in Minneapolis in just a few hours. The car is packed and I think I'm ready! (Gulp.)


Follow me on Instagram for shots from the show, and I'll have a full report when I return! In the meantime, what are you all working on? Let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


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