My Own Secret Ambition

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I just reread my sisters post from a while ago, which I posted here today…I too have a secret ambition.  I have a hard time saying it out loud and admitting to it because it seems so unreachable and out of my league.  But, gathering my courage…here it is.  I want to teach quilting and sewing – you know – all over the United States.  I would love to teach a class for Craftsy.  I would love to design quilts and be a published author of quilt books.  I would love to have sponsors and be invited to contribute to books, magazines and bees, to organize a charity group, to start a quilt guild, to be an awesome longarm quilter, to be noticed and in demand somewhere (besides at home – where I am always needed. 🙂  I am not complaining – I love being a stay at home Mom and I wouldn’t trade that for any of my dreams) There I said it.  Currently I am a phantom quilter that gets overwhelmed at my dreams.  I have learned alot the last year and there is so much more to learn and do and experience.  I do get to go to the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, Ut this year and I am super excited to meet other quilters there.  If you haven’t heard of it, here is the info:

Home Machine Quilting Show
May 8-10, 2014
 
http://www.hmqs.org/

The premier quilt exhibition and hands-on 
educational conference for all machine quilters, 
embroiderers and those who love to sew!

Any ambitions you are keeping to yourself?  Saying it aloud (in print) was actually therapeutic for me…try it!  Have a happy Tuesday!

My Own Secret Ambition

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I just reread my sisters post from a while ago, which I posted here today…I too have a secret ambition.  I have a hard time saying it out loud and admitting to it because it seems so unreachable and out of my league.  But, gathering my courage…here it is.  I want to teach quilting and sewing – you know – all over the United States.  I would love to teach a class for Craftsy.  I would love to design quilts and be a published author of quilt books.  I would love to have sponsors and be invited to contribute to books, magazines and bees, to organize a charity group, to start a quilt guild, to be an awesome longarm quilter, to be noticed and in demand somewhere (besides at home – where I am always needed. 🙂  I am not complaining – I love being a stay at home Mom and I wouldn’t trade that for any of my dreams) There I said it.  Currently I am a phantom quilter that gets overwhelmed at my dreams.  I have learned alot the last year and there is so much more to learn and do and experience.  I do get to go to the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, Ut this year and I am super excited to meet other quilters there.  If you haven’t heard of it, here is the info:

Home Machine Quilting Show
May 8-10, 2014
 
http://www.hmqs.org/

The premier quilt exhibition and hands-on 
educational conference for all machine quilters, 
embroiderers and those who love to sew!

Any ambitions you are keeping to yourself?  Saying it aloud (in print) was actually therapeutic for me…try it!  Have a happy Tuesday!

 

Blondie’s First Patchwork Quilt

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Blondie wants to sew too.  I think mainly because it forces me to give her undivided attention on her projects.  She is pretty self sufficient on the machine though. The blue strip is the painters tape I put on my machine as a sewing guide.  We laid the 5 inch squares on the floor and she arranged them into rows. She pinned the 5 inch blocks together herself.  The 5 inch blocks are more left overs from Gertrude. 

See my pile of projects beside her? I could live to be 200 years old and still not sew everything I would like to!

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She wanted to learn to press her own seams – so I taught her to first set them and then to gently press them to one side.  It was one of her first times with the iron and I was a bit nervous. 

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After she had her strips all sewn together she let me nest her seams, but she insisted on sewing them herself.

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This is her sandwich – ready to be quilted.  The backing is a plaid that someone gave me tons of…

There is Brownie a la Mode photo bombing Blondie’s picture haha

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I gave her two options – first an X through each square or a square within a square.  Two options I felt would be fairly simple as I am new to machine quilting.  She choose a square within a square.  I have to admit it was harder than I thought it would be to get all the squares perfect like the ones I have seen on quilts. I just rolled the backing fabric forward to do the binding and she picked a fancy stitch on my Bernina for the binding stitch which I did a multicolored quilting thread. 

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She is very happy with her quilt.  She actually has it up in her bed by her pillow.  I am not sure that the American Doll gets to use it at all. Sisters and Mom, if you recognize any of the squares, let us know.  She would like to know the story of her fabrics as well. I should sew a label on their quilts. 

She tells her friends that she takes sewing classes and several Moms have asked who she takes lessons from.  I might teach a kids sewing class this summer. What would be great starter projects?  Blondie has done a pillow case and now a doll quilt. 

Happy Mid Week Wednesday.  How are you surviving Daylight Savings?  It is killing us – we are all dragging!!!!