31 January 2015

EQ7 Block Challenge - Moda Fresh Cut

Beginning of January Electric Quilt announced a block design challenge for EQ7 users using Moda's newest fabric line called Fresh Cut by Basic Grey.  I had only started to play with the software that I got before we moved overseas.  So I used this challenge to get myself in gear. I did purchase two of the learning books along with my software so I did a couple of lessons and then went to town playing around.  

Here is what I came up with on the first go, block A. 



Then I saved that block and made a copy and altered it, block B. This block is my entry into the challenge since you can only enter one design.  


I did not stop there I came up with some super complicated blocks just for the fun of it. I call them WOW blocks.  I used the serendipity function to play with my original block.  I think this would be really awesome as a whole quilt not queen size or anything but maybe something to hang on the wall.  


This next one is the same as above just I coloured it with solids to see how dramatic it could be.  I really want to turn this into a quilt for my studio, thinking 48" x 48" could be a good size for this to make the many pieces manageable. 


 I still have a long way to go to figuring out all the features of the EQ7 software but I hope it will be able to help me create some of my very own original quilts.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.  Sorry I have not posted much lately but I am still waiting for my sewing room to be delivered which hopefully will happen in February as the container is actually in Sydney.  Just waiting on customs and the freight forwarders to organise delivery up to Brisbane. This is taking way to long.  

Have a great weekend. 

Cheers, 
Abby 


14 January 2015

Quilting and Sewing Goals for 2015

This is year is going to be a year of many changes both for me and my family.  I am going back into the work force full time.  This is both exciting and nerve racking at the same time.  I have not worked in a office in over 4 years.   This is going to mean no more all day sewing sessions which I am going to miss so much.  The boys will be starting their new school in a little over a week so they will have to get use to uniforms and a new school.  My husband will hopefully hear on the jobs he has applied for in the next month and start the next chapter in his career. I am so excited for what the new year will bring for us.  

So 2015 it will be so important to me to not let my sewing fall to the side.  I will make time for it as I need it.  I need to create and build my skills as it makes me very happy.  My long arm machine has been packed away since August 2014 and I can say as soon as the shipment arrives in a few weeks it will be the first thing I unpack.  I know the kids can't wait for the TV to arrive but me I am most excited for my sewing room to arrive.  

I belong to a Quilty Bloggers group and Angie at Gnome Angel has given us prompts this month to help us with our blog writing.  I want to thank Angie for this as I find I often am not sure what to write about.  One of the prompts for this month is our goals for the year.  Now I already keep a list each year, as I am a list person (love list).  Helps me remember what I need to do and it feels good when I can cross things off.  My list for the year might be a bit ambitious since I will be working full time.  But I think it will also make me make better use of my time since I know I will have such a limited time to dedicate to my quilting.  

My list is organised into five categories. 1) to be quilted, 2) projects started, 3) Craftsy Classes, 4) Projects with fabric allocated, 5) Misc. Quilting Goals

Tops to Quilt - 
  1. Modern Morocco (top&back)
  2. Resonance Top (top&back)
  3. Globetrotter (top) - Finish Along QTR 1 Goal
  4. Forest BOM (top&back)
  5. Watkins Star (top)  —  Finish Along QTR 1 Goal
  6. High Tea (top)
  7. Faster Fourteen (top)
  8. 2013 Lucky Stars BOM (top)
  9. Supernova (top)
  10. Pink, Brown, Cream QAG (never blogged about this quilt, found it in my stash, from 2010)
Projects Started - 
  1. 2014 Lucky Stars BOM
  2. Ruby Red Dots BOM
  3. Girl in the Wind
Craftsy Quilting Classes -  
  1. Dot to Dot Quilting
  2. New Look at Longarm quilting
  3. Machine Quilting Negative Space
  4. Pattern Free Quiltmaking
  5. Designing Modern Quilts
  6. Machine Quilting with Templates
  7. Quilt as you go Patchwork bags
  8. Creative Longarm Quilting 
Projects with Fabric Allocated - 
  1. Rapid City
  2. Valentine
  3. Itty Bitty Pinwheels
  4. Itty Bitty Feathered Star
  5. Robots - have backing fabric too
  6. Dr. Suesus
  7. Count down to Christmas
  8. Ghastly wonky blocks
  9. Prim Hexies 
  10. Adoring Christmas - possible HST pattern like trip around world?
  11. Winterberry Lane
  12. Michael Miller Challenge Quilt that I sketched but did not get time to finish  
Misc Quilting Goals - 
  1. Work on a Quilt Design a Day Challenge - to improve EQ7 skills and knowledge
  2. Gypsy Wife Quilt with Lori Hartman @Lori H Designs.  (March/April Start)
  3. Celestial star quilt
  4. Girlfriend wallet
  5. QAYG totes
  6. Use new rulers curve, hex & side kick
  7. Longarm Quilting Skills - practice, practice, practice

I know my list will change here and there through out the year.  There are always new things that just won't get out of your head and you just have to make.  Or new quilting classes that interest me or the fact when I unpack my sewing room I will find projects that I forgot about.  This is such a crazy list for me and I am not sure how I will complete it all but I think I will at least get half completed.   

I think I will check back in every quarter to give an update to how I am going on my list.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

P.S.  In other really exciting news. I will be going to my first Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild meeting this Sunday.  Can't wait to make some local quilting friends.   I only have EPP to bring along but I am sure I will spend more time talking and admiring everyones work then sewing ;)  Can you believe they meet 5 minutes from my house, must be fate. 




08 January 2015

Goals for Finish Along 2015 - Quarter 1

Last year I participated in Finish Along and A Lovely Year of Finishes and I had great fun and accomplished a lot.  So I am going to continue the same as last year which will be even more important since I won't have all day to sew anymore with going back to work.  

Time to set some goals for the new year even if I don't have my sewing room yet I will get myself prepared for when it does arrive.  For first quarter I will start small since I know that my sewing room will not arrive till Mid February I will just give myself two goals to complete.  My gut said to just choose one but I know I will be so excited to sew again I will be sure to get them done.  

First goal is quilt and bind my Watkins Star Quilt, this was a quilt I tested the pattern for a fellow blogger.  I have to also make a back but I think I set fabric aside for that before I packed it away.  

Second goal is quilt and bind my Globetrotter BOM from last year.  I will also have to make a back for this don't think I set fabric aside so not sure if I will find anything big enough in the stash.  Maybe a trip to Ikea to get some of the text fabric might be in order.  Will have to wait till it arrives and I see what feels best for the top.  



There you go first goals of the new year.  If you want to play along there are prizes and it is a great way to complete some projects.  Adrianne at On the Windy Side is the host this year for the Finish Along so be sure to go check her out.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 


Abby


Linking up with: 


2015 FAL at On the Windy Side



02 January 2015

2014 Finale Party! For A Lovely Year of Finishes

It has been so nice participating in A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs & Shanna from Fibre of All Sorts.  This was my first year participating and their second year hosting.  


Setting out a goal for each month to focus on really has helped me to complete a lot of projects.  I did really well this year.  Only two months that I did not complete my goals and December I did not set a goal since I was a bit busy.  That gives me nine months of finishes so I am very proud of that.  I did have to double up my goals some times over the past year to over lap with my Quarterly Finish Along goals that I also participated in just to really push myself to complete things instead of adding to the UFO pile.  







Something that I really enjoyed about the A Lovely Year of Finishes is seeing what everyone else was working on and reading their blog post about there creations.  It was like we were all sewing together even though we are spread all over the world.  

I plan on participating in 2015 and can't wait to see what everyone creates. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby