Wednesday, October 1, 2014

That Time I Wrote a Blog Post.

So.

Maybe you've noticed I haven't been around this here blog.  For those of you that haven't noticed, well, I last posted in July.  About 3 months ago.

Most bloggers I know take breaks every now and then.  They usually come back saying something like "I didn't mean to stay away this long" etc etc.

I took a break on purpose.  In fact, I totally opted out of all social media completely for the month of June.  I loved it.

Sometimes I just get so overwhelmed by everything there is to do to be a blogger.  I started this blog because I wanted a place to share quilty stuff.  I did not start it in hopes of becoming the next big modern quilt blogger.  But in the midst of sharing stuff I got caught up in Flickr and Instagram and Pinterest.  You know the drill.  You share something online, so why not connect it to all the social media platforms so lots of people can see it.

Then you keep making things and you keep sharing things.  People start following you and commenting and sharing.  And then you keep feeling like you have to make more and more, better and better.  Join all the swaps.  Join all the bees.  Join all the blog hops.

Y'all, I just couldn't do it anymore.

Here's the thing.  I like to sew.  I like to make stuff.

I don't like all the pressure.  I don't like feeling overwhelmed.

In response to feeling like it was all too much, I've pulled back from the online sewing community.  I've dropped out of the blogging world.  I separated my Instagram feed into two accounts.  One for my personal relationships and photos of my family and homelife.  Another for my business and the sewing community.

The wonderful, loving, generous, kind, supportive sewing community.  I didn't want to alienate myself from all of you.  But something had to give, you know?

In addition to dealing with the pressure I unduly put on myself, I had an industry-related business to run.  A new, baby business that I need to focus on growing.  Oh and we sold our house and bought a rather large fixer-upper.  In which we'll be DIYing all the fixing up.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that I'm definitely feeling overwhelmed and under water.  My blog and related social media has suffered.  Even if I was feeling up to posting, I seem to have lost my sewing mojo, so I don't have any content.

Thank you for sticking with me while I work through my stuff.  I'm not sure when I'll post again.  When I'm active, I'm most active on my Instagram account (@stitcherie, linked above in the sidebar), so you can most likely catch me there.

xoxoxo,
Kristan

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Chevron March Bag


chevron march bag | doodle do designs

Hello there!  I know it's been a while.  I took the month of June off of all social media and most other online stuff so I could focus on myself and my family.  And before that I was just overwhelmed, hence the need to take a break.  But I'm back now, so let me get to what this post is really about - My new chevron March Bag!

The pattern was written by Melissa Mortenson of Polkadot Chair.  I've actually had this pattern - along with the Sunday Bag, the June Bag, and the July Bag - for years.  Since way back when Melissa's pattern company was called Fourteen May.  Shame on me for just getting around to making it because this is a GREAT. BAG.

It's huge.  And it has big fun kangaroo pockets on both sides.  And a magnetic snap.  I omitted the slip pockets on the inside (because I never use them) and opted to add my own handles.  Melissa recently posted about adding handles/leather straps to a handmade purse, which is actually what reminded me to get in gear and make this bag already!

chevron march bag | doodle do designs

The outer fabric is from Premier Prints.  I decided to use this because I had a ton of it in my stash, and because it is home dec weight.  I like a sturdy bag, and sturdy this is since it uses a canvas interlining.  The inside lining and pocket linings are all a neon green solid that was also in my stash.  No pics of that because, well, boring.  

I started this bag in the morning and finished it the same evening.  I would have been done in a couple of hours, but my project took a back seat to hanging out with my family on this holiday weekend.  I hand-stitched the top band and the handles on while watching movies with my guys.

I can't wait to use this as my new church bag, because there is so much room for my bible (featuring a handmade cover - will blog about that soon), my notebook, all my usual purse contents, and the one thousand toys and books my child decides he needs to have with him during service.

If you like this bag, I totally recommend the pattern.  Fast and easy!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

That Time I Finished Four Quilts in Two Weeks

Bluebird Park Pinwheel Quilt

Finish being the operative word.  These tops were all pieced (some for over a year!), plus they're all baby quilts, so I'm not breaking any world records or anything.  But this many finishes at once is definitely a record for me!


From the Blue Chair Lattice Quilt

These pictures aren't great, but it's super cold and windy outside, plus I think it may rain.  I'm going to do posts on each of these quilts soon, so there will be better photos and more details then.  Plus they'll be all crinkly fresh from the dryer then too.  Instant improvement if I do say so myself.


And now, here's an update of The List:

DONE
Scrappy Little Heart Block tutorial/pillow
Patchwork Baby Quilt
Hedgie Pinwheels Quilt
Inside Out Plus Quilt
Lattice Baby Quilt

PROGRESS
Sapphire Stars Quilt - contacted a local long-armer

NO PROGRESS
Scattered Squares Table Runner tutorial - pattern written
Dwell Quilt - add sashing and borders
Rockin Robin - planning
Fireworks Pillow - basted, ready to quilt
Hulk Pillow - finish embroidery

Inside Out Plus Quilt

So the list has shrunk from 13 (originally) down to 6.  That's huge for me!

It helps that the husband is away for work and there's no one here to make me go to bed.

Zoology Patchwork Quilt

Today I'll try to schedule a drop-off with the long-armer on the Sapphire Stars quilt, and then I'll get to work on finishing the Fireworks pillow and piecing the Dwell Quilt.  Once those are done, I'm going to work on my additions to Jess' Rockin Robin quilt.


Have you been making any progress on your WIPs?  I'd love to hear about them!
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