A Lovely Year Of Finishes – February Goal = DONE!!!

I feel a little like I cheated for February, but I know I didn’t.  My goal was to complete a quilt that was due February 20th (commission piece that was going into a raffle for a fundraiser), and I got it done!  Literally, like, on February 18th.  Whatever.  It got done and it has been coo’d over and loved on since. 🙂

Being part of A Lovely Year Of Finishes has increased my awareness of how much I accomplish, and it keeps me going!

So this was where I was at the beginning of February with this quilt:

And here it is all finished!

I love the way it turned out!  I pushed myself a bit on this because I went for a more 3D look to the “puzzle piece”.  That was a bit of a challenge, but it was awesome to have to think that through!  Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to wash it before giving it over, but from what I’m told, the person that won the quilt was over the moon!

That totally makes my heart happy. ❤

Wanna know what else makes my heart happy?  These four:

My nieces had a roller derby bout on Saturday and I couldn’t not go!  It was their season opener – and they totally kicked ass!  Their team is Rolling Rebellion, so to say that they did well is an understatement!  And their dad is a ref (zebra), and they are my son’s favorite derby people. 🙂

Oooh!  Speaking of, I’m going to be putting together a quilt for them to raffle or auction off.  They are going to be traveling for some bouts and are raising money to go!  I love that I get to do fun things like this for a good cause that supports those I love!

Happy Crafting Friends!

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Hazel Hedgehog QAL!

So this is…about 5 days late and I feel HORRIBLE for not being able to get this up sooner!  The lovely (and exceptionally patient) Angie over at Gnome Angel is hosting a Hazel Hedgehog QAL, and I was supposed to post on the 16th.  Well, life has happened – which means my laptop caught malware (fixed thanks to my amazing best friend’s husband) and I lost my iPod that had alllll of my Hazel Hedgehog photos on it.  Seriously, for a while there I was thinking I should give up everything, dig a hole, and live off the grid because technology was totally against me.

Anyway!  So I’ll tell you of my experience with Hazel.  I first started out by just reading directions.  It seemed very complex at first, I won’t lie, however I was determined because…seriously?!?  Have you SEEN Hazel??  So cute and totally worth it!  My first attempt – which I do not have a picture of (probably for the better) was a flop.  I got half way through it, realized just how angle deficient I was, and scrapped it.  It probably didn’t help that I was incredibly tired and I was trying to work through the fog of tired.  Lesson learned (for now).

My second attempt came on the heels of throwing my hat in the ring for the #rainbowminiswap over on IG.  I have started becoming more brave with stepping outside of my comfort zone with the mini swaps I am part of, which helps me build my confidence with what I do, so, well, since the first one (with one color “hair”) was such a bust, I decided…well, let’s make it more complex!  So I decided that each strip of “hair” would be a different color!

With a little help from my IG people (read: lots of cheering and quilty love), I was able to accomplish making 4 of her – and they all MATCHED!! So then I had to think about how I was going to do the mini for my partner.  Here’s a secret.  I have about 500 hexies – and I have never used one in any finished project.  So this most definitely meant that I had to incorporate them in this project as well!

Then there was the question of how to lay it out.  I have to give it to my IG friends that follow me – they put up with my overgramming!  Holy cow!  I feel almost sorry for them, to be honest, but they stuck with me.  Here are all the different ways I posted (I tried a couple of others, but pictures of those fails weren’t taken…lol)

And all of those were great in their own way, and the last one in particular was actually my favorite, however I went with something a bit different from all of those.  I also went with super simple quilting because I wanted Hazel to shine through:

While this is supposed to be a mini (and in all likelihood my partner will probably use it as such), it is also big enough as a table runner!  I like versatility.

Overall, I ADORE this pattern!  There are so many different ways you may dress her up, make her funky, or add nerd glasses!  The glasses are definitely on my list for future Hazels!

Have I enticed you to buy the pattern?!?  Well, you are in luck!  The amazing Elizabeth Hartman has provided us a 25% off code to purchase any of the Hazel Hedgehog patterns! All you have to do is use the coupon code HazelQAL25 at the checkout and you’ll save 25% off either (or both) Hazel Hedgehog patterns. Coupon code is valid until the end of February!  Seriously, how stinkin’ awesome is she??

So, I have to ask (because I can’t resist getting your opinion just once more!) – which layout would you have chosen?

Happy Crafting friends!

A Lovely Year of Finishes – January Wrap Up – February Goal!

Isn’t it funny how life just seems to beat you down if you let it?  I’ve kind of let it this week.  Lots going on in my personal life, but I have been steadily making progress with my sewing.

My January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (which, by the way, I have successfully managed to add the button on my sidebar!), was to get the top of the t-shirt quilt for Michelle together…and I was successful!!!  Holy cow!  I actually got the top done when Hannah (The Craft Laboratory) and I had our sewing day last month, which, the layout is typically the most challenging and fun aspect (balance color, balance shapes, where do things fit in?, what to fill it with? HOW do I make THAT work?? lol).

I was very thankful for a long-arm quilter to have been visiting the quilt shop when I was laying it out.  He was a doll (yes, HE!) and lent his vision and assistance.  Truly a gem!  I even managed to get it on my machine and start quilting it before the end of January!  Now that’s progress!

Here it is about 1/3 of the way finished with the quilting.  I have made progress on it since – doing a little bit every night after whatever it is we are up to (Tuesday night is Bible study for my son, Wednesday night is choir, and Thursday night is small group).  I am VERY hopeful that I will get the rest finished this evening, bound and washed tomorrow so I can deliver it to it’s new home!  I will say that I hadn’t planned on quilting it as dense as it has ended up, however with her having 2 boys and (a super incredibly adorable baby) girl, it’s going to get loved on, so it felt right to go dense.

So that’s January!  Now onto February!

February goal is to have a quilt that is destined for a silent auction for a silent auction fund raiser for Narcotics Anonymous.  I am incredibly blessed to have been asked to make this, and it is, very truly, helping me gain more knowledge of other techniques that, frankly, I’ve been TERRIFIED to even try.  Turns out, I’m not half bad at paper piecing!  Who knew??

I have the letters done, but I need the whole quilt done by February 20th, so this is my goal this month!

Thanks y’all for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!