Author: Carolanne Donovan

Goal Tracking – March 2018

It’s time for another riveting installment of my goals for 2018 update! Slowing Down I spent a lot of time researching appliqué techniques in February in preparation for teaching myself how to do needle turn appliqué! I’m going to start with the Aeriel Grove pattern from Savor Each Stitch, which is a rather fitting title considering my goal. I’m going to use all of my Carolyn Friedlander scraps for the circle shapes and a low volume print of hers for the background. I’m going to take it one row at a time and see how I do. I anticipate this becoming a wall hanging or table runner, not a full quilt. I also borrowed Heather Jones book, Quilt Local, from my library and started noticing things all around me that I could turn into quilts. I spent a good 4 hours plotting out an idea that was inspired by Broadchurch and I found that process to be very satisfying. I’m still working on the math so we’ll see how it goes. Tackling New Things I did some …

Finished! Folk Floral Quilt

Back in September I shared my Folk Floral Quilt in the beginning stages and today I’m excited to share the finished quilt with you! This is it all bound and living in it’s rightful place on our bed! The bright cheerfulness of the florals really brightens the gloom of winter if you ask me. I love paper piecing, but reverse appliqué quickly became a favorite way to piece during the construction of this quilt top. I find the process very soothing and forgiving. If you don’t catch the fabric just right you can just add a few more stitches of wait until your finished and quilt over it. This pattern in particular is very forgiving because honestly, as long as you like the flower fabrics, who cares if the stems line up perfectly? I’d rather have a very big garden full of flowers than a few perfectly symmetrical ones. Now, if you’ve never tried Creative Bug, you can watch this class during a free trial and I highly recommend it. When I was researching reverse appliqué prior …

Goal Tracking – February 2018

Hello! Last month I publicly shared my goals for 2018 so that way I would hold myself accountable to someone (aka, anyone reading this!). I thought doing a monthly round up of how my goals are going would be an added way to help me stay on track. Let me take you through my goals and share an update on each of them. Slowing Down I took the time to finish a dress hem by hand (a pleated circle skirt nonetheless) and didn’t rush any quilting projects. I completed two of my January block of the month and printed a new paper piecing project that I started collecting the fabric and notions for this month. Tackling New Things I hemmed my dress by hand and made a bathing suit in January! It was testing a new pattern so I can’t share it just yet, and I have a few changes that I need to make, but I did it! Oh and it has a built in bra so that’s two new sewing projects in one …

2018 Make Nine

Have you heard of the Make Nine challenge? It’s sponsored by Rochelle of the Home Row Fiber Company and this is my first time participating. My sew-jo was sorely lacking in 2017 so I’m using this as an excuse to get organized. My theory is that if I have a plan of what to make I’ll be able to set specific blocks of time aside to work on things. Rochelle posted some questions to help people chose their Make Nine projects and I went through the exercise before finalizing my items and a few of the questions really stuck out to me. What do you want or need? Be forgiving about pattern choice but get specific about what you want/need to make this year. NH has been so cold that I haven’t even wanted to wear any of my beloved dresses and this has really made me realize how lacking in the separates department I am. My favorite jeans from J.Crew are also starting to fall apart so I don’t even find myself reaching for …

Hello 2018

I’m not really one for resolutions, but some yearly goals, sure! I’ve come up with 5 Slowing Down My sewing time is limited so I’ve gotten into the habit of rushing through things to have something finished. Within a few uses I notice things that had I taken a tiny bit more time could have been better. So with that in mind, 2018 will be the year that I slow down! In my life I have made 13 quilts (I’m including a patchwork duvet in that number) and 7 of those were made in 2017! The more I quilt the more I love it, but I’ve seen a sharp decrease in the numbers of garments made since I started quilting. I’m planning to make the sampler quilt from the 2018 Quilters Planner and Frances Firefly for my nieces first birthday (she is currently only 3 months old) so I’m also going to try and savor these projects and not rush them. Sometimes the week before my monthly guild meeting I go into a mad rush …