31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

Hey all! its been way too long! Ive decided to try out the 31 day blog writing challenge. I’m hoping i can keep with it and post everyday. I enjoy blogging about my crafts but I never seem to make the time to sit down and write about them. If you would like to join in here’s the link to see who else is participating as well!

I’m currently working on quite a few gifts and crafts for a county fair (march!) so Ill keep y’all up to date on what i’m making :).

I’m currently working on some crown royal quilts, Ive never used those bags before and I have to admit its quite a pain! None of the bags are even. I’m hoping its because the manufacturer does that on purpose and its not my cutting and sewing skills ;P *cough*its probably my skills*cough* Any helpful suggestions leave a comment below Id love any feedback!!

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow ill have a longer post i promise πŸ™‚

Happy Quilting (or sewing, or crocheting..you get the gist)

Catherine πŸ™‚

Why Do you Quilt?

Why Do you Quilt? is a question I often get asked. Why do I quilt? well lets start from the beginning…I never was a fan of quilts…shocking i know…but as i grew older i began to think how cool they were. I have also had sort of a fetish for fabric..I’ve always wanted to buy tons and hoard it i mean use it but i never knew what I wanted to do with it. Flash forward to my giving birth to my 3rd child, I had horrible PPD (postpartum depression) I didn’t know what to do with myself. Having PPD isn’t like normal baby blues were you can maybe make yourself feel better by getting “dressed up” or “going for a walk” no PPD is different. You don’t want to get out of bed, you have such anger inside of you that its terrifying. You often think of how your family doesn’t need you around yeah its bad. I finally got help and put on medication but I needed something else.

That’s were quilting came into the picture. Quilting helped me to put my mind at ease, all the bright colors and wonderful patterns really soothed me. Sounds weird huh? quilting saved my life? It did…it really did. Being so low and really contemplating things I never in a million years thought I would wish onto myself that quilting would help me.

Being able to make the simple pieces of fabric into cool,interesting patterns was so neat to me. I’ve only been quilting a year but in that time its really helped me at my most weakest of times. If I was ever feeling overwhelmed or upset id sit down at my sewing machine and start sewing, the rhythmic sound of the sewing machine was so comforting. I often get frustrated when I’m quilting but its a good frustration i have to make my brain work harder.

The other day I was thinking of a friend of mine who had suffered from depression rather badly and she did get help, but I often wished I could be faster at quilting so I could send her something to remind her she wasn’t alone. She’s lots better now(yay!) but she’s still on my list of people who I want to gift a quilt to. While thinking of her I also thought of my struggle and while I wasn’t completely alone (thanks to some special ladies in my life) I still felt like I needed someone near me who could understand. I was thinking maybe I could start up something around here for women who are in my same predicament and maybe teach them how to quilt or maybe even start donating quilts to women who suffer from PPD/depression. Having a quilt to me is like having a constant hug. I wish I could of had people around me who could just give me a hug now and then because man that would of made my day.

It’s probably a silly idea but its something so near and dear to me, having depression isn’t a disability as some like to make it seem, it also doesn’t mean you are weak. I’m hoping one day ill be able to help a ton of women like me with just a simple quilt to let them know I am thinking of them and that if they ever need a hug well they can snuggle up to the quilt i made.

Anyway that’s my answer to that question Why do I quilt? I know this was a bit of a downer blog but honestly getting the word out about PPD is very much important to me, I want people to know they arnt alone, that their are others out there like them.

Now my question to you is Why do you quilt?

thanks for reading and happy quilting!!
Catherine

Pushing Myself

Today im going to talk about one of the things I don’t like about quilting. For most people they either don’t like piecing, or maybe even the quilting part of it, and some don’t like putting the binding on. For me I do not like straight quilting, I can’t stand it, it bores me I hate it.

For the past few months I have been working on these beautiful blue batik and gray quilts, just love the colors. Anyway I finished the first one awhile back and I tried my hand at stippling. That was my first time to ever free motion quilt on such a large surface, I have to say it was difficult but loved doing it. Funny thing about me is I rather like difficult situations….maybe that’s my weird fetish? (are you clutching your pearls because i said fetish?!) I made soooo many mistakes on that quilt but guess what?! nobody will ever notice because the awesome thing about stippling is you can make a huge mess and as long as you kind of just go with it, it’ll turn out awesome.

That’s what scares me about straight lines….people can see your mistakes. I hate making mistakes just ask my husband. He often comes home to me crying because the homemade meal I prepared tastes like crap or looks weird.

So the past few weeks i’ve working on his brother quilt( i say brother instead of sister because these were made for boys and it just seemed right) and I told myself i want to make the quilting on this different because they will be matching in every other way so why not?! I thought about it and thought about it and even dreamed about how i would quilt it!
I finally decided on straight line quilting….my worse enemy straight lines. Honestly besides stippling this was the only other way to make the quilt stand out. My sewing has never been straight no matter how much i tried i would end up with some wiggle. I pushed myself though i said to myself “girl quite being a wimp and do it! Make those straight lines!”

I am pleased to announce that after a few weeks of working on it that my lines have gotten straighter and straighter! Maybe this was the push i needed? I needed to get out of my comfort zone and get over my fear of straight line quilting. Heck that’s all they really did back in the day so why couldn’t I do it?! I’m glad I decided to do it, its making the quilt look super cool and is exactly how i imagined it would be!

Not too shabby if I do say so myself?!
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I love quilting because its always pushing me to be better πŸ™‚ What are you scared of? Have you always wanted to try quilting or even just sewing but have been to nervous to try it? I think I should remind myself every now and then that the greatest quilters out there didn’t become great over night! Its ok to make mistakes and if my lines arnt that straight then that’s ok at least my friend will love her quilt, In the end that’s all that matters.

I’m sure you were wondering what the other quilt looked like well here it is! This was my first ever stippling attempt and it made this quilt look awesome, so can you imagine what the straight lines are doing to the other one?!?!
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Happy quilting!
Catherine

Sometimes I like to cook

This isn’t going to be a sewing/quilting post today, nope its about brown sugar. Brown sugar you ask?! Well in my somewhat “free time” I love to bake, and I love to figure out how to make things that you buy in the store at home.
I don’t exactly live in the best area for finding all the latest,coolest baking (or cooking) ingredients so what do I do? I google, google, google until I figure out how to make what it is I need to make.
I’m aware that brown sugar is readily available everywhere but when you get up at 5:30 in the morning and discover their is NO brown sugar for that breakfast you wanted to make you tend to have to figure out what to sub for said missing ingredient.
Now my best friend told me a few months ago that you could make brown sugar, I was a bit skeptical but I kept that in the back of my mind because i was going to google that! lol Well guys im here to tell you its easy to make and you only need two ingredients! Seriously why buy it when you probably already have the ingredients in your home and its cheaper to make!!

All you need is sugar, molasses and tsp or TBS depending on how much sugar you use.
I don’t really have an exact amount as I just pour and go…but Ill do about 1 Cup of sugar and 1 tsp of Molasses to start out with.

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Pour some sugar in a glass jar or bowl like so.
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Add in the 1 tsp of Molasses like i did here.
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Now grab yourself a fork and mix it together. It’s going to look a bit weird and it’s going to look like its not mixing but keeping working with it.
I usually do the stir and smash motion through out the whole process it helps break up the molasses and really works it into the sugar.
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I know this is a different bowl but I had already made this batch when i decided it would be cool to make a blog about it lol anyway this is what it should look like after about 5-8min of mixing and smashing with your fork. Now how cool is that!? That’s homemade brown sugar!! It’s a bit dark because apparently i’m heavy handed with the molasses so if you prefer light brown sugar just either add less or more sugar it’ll lighten up.

You will also find that you will have some little balls of molasses that didn’t exactly break up in the sugar and that’s ok, i’m sure you’ve seen that in the store bought kind because I know I have! πŸ˜‰
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Here is another picture because I decided it needed to be in a pretty glass jar for all to see.
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Here is a fun fact if you don’t already know this just throw in a slice of bread and it’ll keep your brown sugar nice and moist for a very long time….I would rather not admit to how long I’ve kept a slice of bread in my sugar but lets just say it never did mold(the bread that is) lol
I hope you all try this!
I don’t know about you but I rarely use brown sugar its usually for oatmeal, or my husbands favorite cookies. At least this way I can make just the right amount I need!

Thanks for reading and I hope to see y’all very soon I’ve got a gorgeous quilt ill be posting about very soon!
Happy Quilting(and for today baking!)
Catherine

p.s sorry about the cell phone pictures I swear one day ill have a normal camera πŸ˜‰

Happy Saturday!

I went to my local quilt shop today and when I say local I mean the only one near me which equals 2hrs away. I went in for thread and walked out with 12 fat quarters,thread,a snazzy new pen and a primitive quilts magazine lol

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Word on the street is this Aurifil thread is supposed to blend in with any color…I’m skeptical but I’ll give it a shot πŸ˜‰ if you’ve never tried Aurifil I suggest you pick some up it beats coats and clarks by a mile! Now on to my snazzy pen I’ve been hearing about these but never got a chance to buy one until today. Its aΒ  Frixtion pen you use heat to remove it from fabric,I tried it on white fabric and it worked really well!Β 

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I got these pretty fat quarters as well (I have two pink elephant ones that failed to make it in the picture for some reason) I haven’t decided just yet how I’ll use these but I can tell it’ll make a quite boy quilt!

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I’ve been working on these awesome batik squares this past week, the gray is from Robert Kaufman’s quilters linen collection and the batik is also Robert kaufman. I need to make 56 of these! I can’t wait to put this quilt together its going to be gorgeous πŸ™‚Β 

Sorry for the crappy pics I don’t have a proper camera yet I had to improvise with my tablet :\Β 
Thanks for reading I’m hoping to post more I’ve just been so busy with making quilts and keeping up with my little ones!

May your bobbin never run out of thread and you never have birds nests in the back of your quilts! (Cheesy but I’m thinking its a cute way to end stuff)
Happy Quilting!

Happy Saturday!

I went to my local quilt shop today and when I say local I mean the only one near me which equals 2hrs away. I went in for thread and walked out with 12 fat quarters,thread,a snazzy new pen and a primitive quilts magazine lol

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Word on the street is this Aurifil thread is supposed to blend in with any color…I’m skeptical but I’ll give it a shot πŸ˜‰ if you’ve never tried Aurifil I suggest you pick some up it beats coats and clarks by a mile! Now on to my snazzy pen I’ve been hearing about these but never got a chance to buy one until today. Its aΒ  Frixtion pen you use heat to remove it from fabric,I tried it on white fabric and it worked really well!Β 

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I got these pretty fat quarters as well (I have two pink elephant ones that failed to make it in the picture for some reason) I haven’t decided just yet how I’ll use these but I can tell it’ll make a quite boy quilt!

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I’ve been working on these awesome batik squares this past week, the gray is from Robert Kaufman’s quilters linen collection and the batik is also Robert kaufman. I need to make 56 of these! I can’t wait to put this quilt together its going to be gorgeous πŸ™‚Β 

Sorry for the crappy pics I don’t have a proper camera yet I had to improvise with my tablet :\Β 
Thanks for reading I’m hoping to post more I’ve just been so busy with making quilts and keeping up with my little ones!

May your bobbin never run out of thread and you never have birds nests in the back of your quilts! (Cheesy but I’m thinking its a cute way to end stuff)
Happy Quilting!

Quilting

I’d like to start sharing my adventures in quilting,sewing and maybe cooking recipes if I’m feeling adventurous enough πŸ˜‰Β  I’ve always wanted to learn to quilt but never felt like I could do it. One day while on vacation I met a friend of my husbands,she hadn’t been quilting long but she made the most beautiful quilts! She was so kind as to give me some pointers and even helped me start my fabric stash! Well I got home turned on my sewing machine and got to work on my first quilt,it wasn’t very good or straight but I was happy with it πŸ™‚Β  I started watching YouTube videos and two of my favorites are The Missouri star quilt company and the Crafty Gemini. If you ever need the basics I suggest you check them out. The Missouri star has tons of pre cut projects which are great beginner projects and what I love about the crafty Gemini is she goes through everything from cutting to binding. I’m hoping to get some pictures up soon to show my projects, I hope you enjoy this blog. Thanks for reading!