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    Heart Quilt Blocks + Summer (lack of) Sewing

    Sewing Machine summer

    I’ve taken a pretty laissez-faire (i.e. lazy) approach to sewing this summer. After some summers past where I said yes to deadlines either from others or self-imposed I learned the hard way that it was not. worth. it. Instead of enjoying the best of what summer had to offer – a slower pace, less crazy schedules, warm weather, etc – I ended up being frustrated with the mess, with the kids, and with myself.

    Boardwalk Fabric

    Last summer I took a big chunk of time off and it felt good. And I the sewing/social media/fabric was all still there waiting patiently when I was ready. So after an especially busy 2016, I decided for my own sanity – as well as the happiness and well being of everyone who lives with me – to do the same. I haven’t outlawed sewing (or blogging) altogether, but I did allow both to just come at their own pace with no agenda. I’m finally learning.

    Heart Quilt Blocks

    I’ve sewed a little here and there when everyone was out or busy just for fun. A few snatched moments this week included sewing some heart blocks for a variety of people and causes. I’ve been wanting to sew some heart blocks for Quilts For Pulse as well as Quilts For Peace and finally did a few of those.

    Laser beam sewing guide Babylock

    (I love how the handy laser guide on my Babylock Crescendo makes such quick work of these quick-corner heart blocks.)

    Hearts quilt blocks

    I remembered a bunch of colored squares I’d recieved in a swap a few years ago at a retreat. They were perfect for this project. I used Allison Harris’s heart tutorial for these blocks.

    Half-hearted Quilt Blocks

    Also a few pink blocks using Amy Sinibaldi’s Half Hearted tutorial for a friend who is going through cancer. 🙁

    Patchwork sewing

    One more accomplishment over the past few weeks was pulling out a stack of squares my daughter had picked out for a patchwork quilt a few years ago (like 4 or 5 years ago. yikes.)  Two summers ago we finally cut up the squares. Last summer, we finally laid them out in rows. This year we pulled them out to actually sew. Exciting times!

    Blue Patchwork Quilt

    And I’m so proud – my daughter has been sewing them together on her own. I pointed her in the right direction and she’s run with it! (It helps that she’s an older teenager. It also helps that she can binge watch the Gilmore Girls while she sews.) When I got home from San Francisco she had all her rows pieced and was starting to sew the rows together! I’m vowing right here and now that this quilt will be finished before school starts.

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    I am also starting a new project with Dana Willard’s Boardwalk  collection for Art Gallery. These prints (available here) are just begging to be used in the summer. So, we’ll see how this goes!

    I want her stash bundle by Amy Smart

    One more summer-inspired bundle: this is the I Want Her Stash bundle I curated for Westwood Acres in June. I decided to be inspired by summer picnics – it was so fun to see all the prints together in real life. There are still a few June bundles available from Westwood Acres if you’re feeling the summer-vibe too. 😉

    Summer hike

    Theoretically I had hopes to catch-up on some old WIPS – projects waiting for attention or even get some hand work done. Even with my scaled-back expectations, I’ve still done far less that I planned. One of the reasons: we’ve been doing a lot more hiking this year. And I’m good with that.