I’m just about as terrible at blogging as I am at housekeeping, and for the same reasons. There are a million different ways I can choose to use my time, and usually there is something else I would rather be doing. Lack of self-motivation also plays a part. For a couple different reasons, this blog has been on my mind a lot lately, and I feel motivated to make another “go” of it. I am currently taking prerequisite classes in the hopes of applying for a nursing program. Unfortunately, because of the complicated lifestyle of a military spouse, I have taken classes from a couple different colleges now and not everything has transferred as it should. Because I have hit so many road blocks in terms of fulfilling my educational goals, my course load has been quite a bit lighter than I was anticipating. Currently, I’m taking nutrition and a cultural anthropology class, which means I still have quite a lot of free time on my hands these days. Instead of frittering that time away, I’m trying to be intentional about using my time wisely. I know that it is an immense privilege, and one that I’m sure I will be envious of once Patrick and I start thinking about starting our own (human, non-furry) family in a couple years. I’ve been really lucky to be able to throw myself into quilting lately, and I have been enjoying it so much! The creative energy has really been flowing, and I would love to be able to share my creative processes in greater detail than the average person cares about on other social media sites.
With that introduction (or maybe disclaimer) aside, I’d love to share more about what I’ve been working on lately!
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I’m sure you’re already aware that I have been delving into free motion quilting head first. It hasn’t been easy, and I’ve had a lot of issues with thread breaking and skipped stitches that has taken me quite a while to figure out. Unfortunately, I’m still not having a perfect free motion quilting experience, but the issues are a lot more manageable now and I’ve been able to get quite a lot done on my quilt! This is the first quilt I’ve made that I will be keeping for myself, and I am so excited about it. I started this baby all the way back in 2014 after finishing my very first quilt. I like to think that I’d have made a few less mistakes with piecing the top together if I had made it now, but overall I am so happy with how it is turning out. It will be so wonderful to have it out of my “stash” and displayed in our home.
I would love to build one of those awesome blanket ladders that you see all over Pinterest so that I can hang this quilt up in our room. I definitely want to get a lot of use out of it, but with two corgis that like to snuggle up in bed with us and leave their “corgi glitter” and dirt everywhere, I don’t think I want it living on our bed. This has definitely been a quilt with a lot of thought and emotion behind it, which I will have to blog about on another day. I am really proud of how my feathers are turning out. They add such lovely texture, and an organic element to an otherwise geometric design. The block design comes from the book “Triangle Tricks,” by Sally Schneider, which was shown to me by my late friend and quilting mentor, Teresa.
I am nearly finished with quilting my feathers. I only have a few blocks left of the magenta and purple fabrics, and then I will switch my thread color and finish off my feathers on the orange blocks. Earlier this week, I made an attempt at quilting the squares in each block. I want to echo half of the square shape, creating something of a 90 degree arrow shape. I’m not yet adept and steady-handed enough to quilt those straight lines with my darning foot (proof enough on a couple squares with plenty of wobbly lines), so I went ahead and ordered a ruler foot for my machine. I’m excited to have another tool in my arsenal to make quilting that much more easy and accessible. With plenty of practice, soon there won’t be anything out of my reach, and that really excites me.
Pat has even suggested that I take a long arm class, so I can learn how to use a long arm quilting machine and have the ability to rent machine time at our local quilt shop. It sure is nice having a husband that is so supportive of my creative hobbies, to the point of encouraging me to stretch my own abilities and keep learning as much as I can. For now, I think I can meet all my quilting needs with my home machine, a Brother Nouvelle PQ-1500s, but at some point long arm quilting is a skill I would love to have. As persnickety as it has been with free motion, I love my machine to death and really hope I can get the last few glitches “ironed out” (pun intended) so I can let loose!
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my little blog here. I’ve had so much fun photographing the little details of my quilt and sharing more of it with you guys! Here’s to hoping I’ll be writing more soon.
Supplies and Notions: Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in yellow (2123) and blue (1158), Variegated cotton thread by Coats, Embroidery scissors by Gingher