January and February 2019

That went by in a blur. Sicknesses all around with a general feeling of the blues took center stage right as we rolled into the new year. Making was limited to finishing up birthday quilts, and new pajamas per request.

Quilting

Both quilts were hand quilted, and as a foray into the craft, I’m quite pleased with the results. Most certainly a learning curve but I loved every minute of it. Makes me excited enough to delve more into quilting this year.

Sewing:

Pajamas were constructed primarily on the serger. Thinking back to my initial reservations and fears about sewing with knits and using a serger, it now feels like a breeze and the easiest thing to do. Only wish I just got into it sooner. For anyone thinking about it, my advice would be to just do it! It’s not half as hard as it seems and a whole lot forgiving.

Pattern for the pajamas is the Movie Night PJs from Sew a Little Seam in size 3T. No modifications were made. Fabric is from JoAnn, chosen by the recipients.

Reading

Already behind on my reading challenge, but I did enjoy the three that I read.

The Summer Wives ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meet Me at the Museum ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Plans for March include trying out some new to me quilting techniques, wardrobe planning and sewing, and a bit more reading in. And I’m so looking forward to spring weather and all it brings!

Books of 2019

The one thing I didn’t do this holiday season was to buy any books. None at all. This comes not from a lack of interesting books or not interested in reading anymore, but from wanting to get down to reading all those many unread books I own.

Ever since I learned of The Unread Shelf, and the challenge Whitney put out of reading only the unread books one owns without buying any new, I knew I was on board. #theunreadshelfproject2019. I will get books out from the library on occasion though.

The other thing that I’ve know for some years now is Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, and join in for this year. Because why not. It very much keeps in line with my intentions for 2019.

So there. Jumping in with two feet. Sometimes external stimuli can be a very powerful motivator, and I am hoping these will be just the things I need to get more out of my reading life in 2019.

Week 32


What a fantastic note the week ended on! Did my first ever quilting retreat and it was so much fun! It was a really lovely way to get to know some of the women, and see and understand their creative processes. So much talent all around. They shared freely of their skills, methods and processes, and are, in my mind, women who are truly confident of themselves and remarkable in every way. Especially as they all come from different walks of life.

It was just the time and space needed for me finish pin basting Z’s quilt. Found the perfect backing and border for it. Have even decided to hand quilt it all the way! Time will tell how progress is made. Hoping to have it done by Christmas. I’m ever so optimistic about it especially since I’ve also got to finish A’s quilt in the same timeline. I have a better sense of how I would like his quilt top layout, so that’s a plus. The blocks had been lying around for a while, and it was good to bounce off ideas about the layout at the retreat.

Made a weighted pincushion as a group project and something that I wouldn’t have done otherwise.

And I am all caught up with my cfqal week! Used the all color challenge to create fabric from all the solid scraps I had. Workmanship still has a ways to go but I’m happy with the idea and composition.

Other than that, school sewing lists have been made for both the kids. And it’s all about just getting cracking on it now!

Week 31

Rather productive week this has been, all things considered.

Started the week by laying out all the half square triangles that I cut up over the weekend. After a couple of not so successful layouts, the Chevron layout seems to work best with the print and colors.

Got caught up with the Carolyn Friedlander mini quilt along. Worked out to be the best way to learn foundation paper piecing. Still a ways to go with learning fabric efficiency but considering all composed from scraps, it’s all good.

The York Pinafore got basted for a test fit, and I quite like it. Did help to follow all the instructions for fitting.

Made Malted Milk ice cream after years! Tasted just as good as the first time.

Also, going to need to work on taking timely pictures with the week’s ongoings. I always seem to remember after the fact.

Small piecing and hand quilting

In an effort to keep with my 40 for 40 agenda, I signed up for two quilting workshop this past weekend. Small piecing and hand quilting, both with Chawne Kimber. Words can’t do justice as to how fantastic Chawne’s quilting skills are. I learnt a lot, and am quite pleased with my forays. Chose to do an improv block for my small piecing project. Just as I thought, my hand quilting skills are dismal at best. But keeping in my mind that this was my first time, I chose not to be too harsh on myself, and just enjoyed the process. It makes everything so much better.

I think these workshops may have sparked something.

Yarn and fabric make my day

Hello! It’s nice to meet you. I am Neha, and I love all manners of craft and art. When I am not knitting, sewing, or making something, I enjoy looking up patterns and designs. Thanks to the internet, I can spend hours scrolling through all the wonderful makes all around the world.

The purpose of this blog is to use it as a repository and chronicle of all my knitting, sewing, quilting, and other crafty pursuits. Hope to connect with other like minded people, and make a few friends along the way.

Thanks for reading!