Fabric palette #8

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It’s been quite some time since my last fabric palette, so here’s one in blues and greens. This time I’m featuring some fabrics from Hawthorne Threads.

Fabrics in the palette:

  1. Calico in Forest by dear Stella.
  2. Confetti Dots in Mint by dear Stella.
  3. Botanics, Line Scratch in Blue by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.
  4. Oh Clementine, Crosshatch in Sky by Allison Harris for Windham Fabrics.
  5. Sunday Morning, Mosaic in Green by dear Stella.
  6. Painter’s Canvas in Green Tea by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics.
  7. Oval Elements in Vintage Blue by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.
  8. Color Weave in Soft Light Green by P & B Textiles.
  9. Mika, Orb in Turquoise by dear Stella.

Next time I think something more in the season is in order, but this was such a bright palette to make. Enjoy!

My Bullet Journal – A tweaked version to fit GTD

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While I seriously love getting rid of paper clutter, my attempts at going digital in managing my projects have been a struggle. There are many good aspects to having things syncronised across devices, available as backups, and also editing entered information is a breeze. What has made it less successful is the lack of overview in a sense, as there’s nothing one can flick through like when using a calendar in book format.

I also seem to remember things better when I write them down and an acquaintance in the U.S., who recently went back to university as a mature student, tells me they have banned electronic devices during lectures, because research shows that people learn better when they have to write by hand. I fully believe this, but I also recognise that there can be circumstances, which make paper very inconvenient as a tool, so in the end it can be quite a balance to strike.

A little over a month ago, the balance tipped over to my going back to a paper calendar. Then I recalled an intriguing concept that a friend of mine had found online whilst on her own quest to find (hopefully)  the holy grail of organising, just like I’ve been for so long (hi SK :) ). Enter Bullet Journal.

On my first glance at the system I dismissed it immediately as not being Getting Things Done friendly at all. I also found it problematic that there was no calendar “built-in”, because it isn’t unusual for me to want to enter information on dates far in the future.

In September, however, I looked at it again with a magnifying glass and realised its huge potential. One simply has to tweak it to one’s liking! Which is what I did :) You’ve been warned, there are lots of photos coming up, but it’s such a unique solution that someone used to GTD might benefit from it.

At first I do need to declare my eternal love for Moleskine and it makes my heart sing to use a notebook of theirs again. Oh, and I need to schedule regular photograph takings of the book, should things go down the drain really badly.

Let’s take a look at my Bullet Journal. Its covers are hard and the size is 13 x 21 cm (5 x 8.25 inches). I’ve read some comments online about the paper being thinner now and it seems right. About a decade ago I used a black pen of the kind that I still prefer, but I can’t recall text being as visible on the other side of a page. This is the only minus I have to say.

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I was contemplating blank pages for a short while, but decided against it. I already have a ruled notebook as a diary, but the space between lines is slightly too large to my taste for this purpose. The grid structure of the squared version is perfect in my opinion.

The Index is a core part of the system, so I’ve kept it but tweaked it. As you can see the months are already plotted out with page numbers. I also don’t like at all the mess of having everything in a list when one might as well group according to context. So far there are months and yearly calendars, but I’ll add my project management contexts later this year once I’ve found my rhythm:

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I added a second page for Index, because I have a hunch I might need it. The eight limbs of yoga are nice to have at hand:

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Next up are the yearly calendars for 2014 and 2015 (because this one goes from October 2014 to December 2015). You might recognise them as screenshots made on the iPad. I printed them and think I didn’t have to resize them at all to have them fit on these pages:

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Next up are important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries and other yearly recurring festivities:

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Here’s the first touch of GTD waltzing in, the Inbox. I’ve dedicated four pages for this purpose and to find the section quickly, I’ve wrapped the corner in washi tape, which suits the black style. The purpose is to have a place whilst on-the-go where I can quickly scribble something without having to think too much nor flick through pages, like the notes and other signifiers of Bullet Journal:

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I’ve already set up a huge bunch of weekly and monthly recurring day-specific actions (cleaning, bill payment, etc.) in iCal and refuse to type those over and over. Since I want a calendar to record something in advance and to see the overview, I’ve printed a pdf from iCal and resized it to 85% (A4 sized paper). That number I’ve then scribbled in the corner of the folded side (you might see it faintly), because time savers such as that is efficient.

So, fold paper in half, use glue on a strip to avoid wobbly paper wet from stick glue, and attach. This is the start of a monthly section, October in this case:

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I have yet to print the November calendar and put it in place, but next to it is a grid for habit tracking. When the calendar is fully folded out, the whole dotted grid will be hidden, and I didn’t want to glue the paper onto both sides, because it will not fit perfectly ever, so instead I’m putting the empty page underneath to good use. I’ve listed stuff such as sleep, meditation, nutrition, movement, wellness, and more. Once I’ve done something, I draw a tiny bullet in the corresponding coordinate:

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Next up is a monthly meal plan (I draw a star next to a date to indicate that something needs to be moved from the freezer to be defrosted in the fridge over night) and a blog planner, both 6×6 squares. It’s great for my perfectionism to show when I mess up, too, so here goes, with a 3-turned-heart in the Notes column:

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Something wasn’t quite right in October, but it finally hit me the other day that I need to define what goes where. Time-specific actions go into the calendar at all times, since I don’t have that many “appointments” currently. Day-specific actions also go in the calendar when I know today that I need to do a particular task next week on Tuesday, because I do follow the Bullet Journal system in how I write day-specific actions on a given day for that particular day, like a traditional “to-do list for today”:

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The only signifier I use is a circle, which represents a task. I like drawing circles and dislike drawing squares, plus a circle uses less colour to fill.

  • Once it is done, I fill it out to a solid black bullet, or dot if you like.
  • If it is cancelled completely, I don’t want to strike out the task text to make it less readable, so instead I draw an x through the circle.
  • If I postpone, I draw an arrow through the middle of the circle to the right (indicating into the future). Once the task is done, I add the weekday in the margin. You might see FR and LÖ for fredag, Friday, and lördag, Saturday. If it’s a day much later, there will be the full date such as 5.11. for 5 November.
  • In the calendar I sometimes also draw an arrow to the left to indicate that I already did something prior to that day. The same day or date system is in use as when postponed. In particular in bill payment, this might come in handy one day.

To keep track of delegated stuff, Waiting, I’ve decided to type W next to the dot in the margin. The margin is surprisingly powerful and informative visually, so I highly recommend creating one.

During this first month of testing the system, I’ve also found out that my project management section in the back of the notebook needs support on monthly level. In the back, I’ve divided projects according to five life contexts (will talk more in a bit), but not all are active at all times, so now, right after the blog planner, I’ve added for November a Project page where I’ll list in five groups their on-going projects and sub-projects.

I also realised I need to decide what to do about Next Actions that come to mind whenever, but which are in no way day- or time-specific, but simply tasks to do whenever there’s time. This is due to my plotting slightly too often things onto days, when they truly weren’t day-specific. I’ve ended up with postponed signifiers here and there, when they weren’t necessary to get done that day.

An example could be a blog post that I want to write, but if I’m to publish it on Sunday, it doesn’t matter whether I write it on Saturday or Wednesday, prior to scheduling it for Sunday. Next Actions got their own page, too, and that’s where “Write Sunday’s blog post on XYZ topic” will go from now on:

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Next up, new for November, are the day-specific actions written on the same day in visually traditional Bullet Journal style, like in the thin photo of the margin above. I’ve already written Saturday 1 November with a first circle drawn for whatever task will get done that day:

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And so it continues until December 2015, after which the “task section” will end with a 2016 calendar looking like the ones for 2014 and 2015. Then the fun begins, my project management section, easily found with a washi tape bookmark like earlier. Simply cut a piece and fold it in the middle to cover equally on both sides of the page. I’ve done the same five more times for the life areas I’ll discuss below.

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The project management section starts with a list of five goals (private, haven’t entered them yet), but I’ll show the areas, each of which is tied to one of those goals. Personal balance is health and leisure, then there’s school/academia, then home, work, and last but not least family and friends. I’ve listed the SMART criteria for goals  at the bottom and written a great quote: “Saying “yes” to too many things becomes saying “no” to your priorities.”

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On the page next to the goals is a broad overview of the areas within which I have scope outlined. It’s basically about breaking down something into logical entities within which you might want to make something happen.

The Home area is neutral enough for me to share, so the project areas I’m thinking of are cooking, cleaning (including laundry and textile care), organising (including bureaucratic stuff and such), interior decoration, and fixing stuff (maintenance as well as mending what’s broken). Parties are between Home and Friends & Family in a sense. Some scope/projects are about recurring tasks (weekly, monthly, half-yearly and yearly actions) whereas others are unique, maybe decluttering something permanently or sewing curtains for the living room.

The back cover includes a pocket into which I’ve tucked some pieces of paper, should I have to write something to give to someone else, or a shopping list maybe. That’s another thing I scratched from the signifiers; too messy to scan back and forth when you want a list to hold in your hand whilst walking around the store. Currently I’m still tweaking things a bit so the post-its come in handy when drafting new pages and so on. The pen holder is Leuchtturm1917 and from Amazon for a few pounds:

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I had a heureka moment the other day when I thought of putting the elastic around the back cover rather than have it flap in every direction and possibly attach to the wrong things whilst in the wild. It’s the simple things, I’m telling you…

And since this is a place for crafts people, a final photograph especially for you to show how I keep an overview of projects with this system. Its home is in the Personal balance / Leisure section and it looks like this:

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Up in the left corner there’s the category (Fabrics = P&Q or Sewing, Yarn = Embroidery or Knitting, and Other), the Project name, the dates (start and end), and, since there was enough room, also a broken-down division of P&Q into large quilts, small quilts, and small projects.

I have quite a list, but lots are nearly done at this point, so all is good. And apparently Cheryl Arkison has an astronomical number of works-in-progress so all truly is well as long as we enjoy ourselves. Right?

So, thoughts? Comments? Questions? I’m really, really happy about being back at pen and paper, and have been immensely productive ever since the beginning of the month. It’s incredibly satisfying to fill those small circles and I feel much more in control of everything already, even when I’m still finding notes of random scribbles here and there in the apartment.

I’d be glad to help you get started with your own Bullet Journal, if this seems like something for you, and remember, I’ve tweaked it quite a bit due to my GTD background, but what you see in the Youtube video can be just as great for you, as long as it works and is the tool you need.

Or you might tweak it in a completely new way to fit the unique life you lead. I find that while printables are fantastic, they rarely fulfill all my needs, so creating my own system really is the best.

breathe quilt letters are done

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My breathe quilt came to a halt for months for various reasons, but last night when yours truly was sleepless (I made a typo and wrote it with an h in place of the l; works quite nicely too to my astonishment), the letters were written using Eau Sans Black as planned. I filled an A4 page (like US letter size) in landscape format and printed it out. It looked like the picture on the left above.

Then a total brain fart happened. I frequently cut A4 copy paper into A5 with a metal ruler and scalpel, so since they are the usual tools, I grabbed them this time as well. Freehand scalpel cutting isn’t my thing, because for the life of me I can’t make it go straight. Add bad lighting and and an overly tired body as an extension of the scalpel, and you have a really bad mix. Half the letters were cut before I had that heureka moment we all were waiting for… Why not use a scissors? Good question. Once the penny had dropped, it was a breeze and the letters looked much nicer as a bonus. I never cease to impress myself in the dork department, though, and at least I know intricate paper crafting isn’t for me. At all.

The result is as nice as I had hoped for (minus the bad lighting of the photo on the right) and the next step in this process is to locate the white fabric, the batting, and the white backing. I’ll use up some inherited white thread in the process, which is even more pleasing as I’m really excited about the prospect of being able to buy some Aurifil for the first time.

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Screenshot of Urban Ombré wall quilt pattern

Yesterday I happened to flick through the Winter 2013 issue of Modern Patchwork and saw the Urban Ombrés wall quilt by Christine Barnes. I can’t figure out the construction technique because binding isn’t mentioned anywhere and the wide outermost strip seems to be a border. Regardless of the confusion, I have bookmarked a tutorial on how to tackle wider bindings by Lady Harvatine and am confident it’ll be a breeze.

Also, if you’re a frequent maker of quilts intended to hang on a wall, Rachel of Stitched in Color has an excellent tutorial on how to hang a mini quilt, which includes sewing a pocket for a dowel in place either prior to or after sewing the binding on.

I’m all set to make this mini quilt happen! Do you enjoy making these smaller types of quilts? They seem to be quite popular in swaps currently.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Fall 2014

I’m so out of the loop that I’m barely missing to post about Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2014 hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side. I’ve already seen some entries and will have to take a closer look in the new week, but so far it looks quite inspirational to say the least. Voting will begin on 1 November so you still have time to admire in peace. In case you don’t want to scroll later, I’ve put a button in the sidebar for quick access to the Festival.

Let’s talk hexagons!

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Hexagon quilt by irisphotos, Flickr

Let’s talk hexagons or, as the fabric people like to call them, hexies! They look cute and they make up a solid structure used by nature, but oh the mathematics. Since I have yet to use these beasts in my own sewing, I haven’t really grasped which part of the hexie is the 1” or 3” or 1/2” even. Until now, that is :) While you might consider not reading more, please do, because you will be rewarded. It isn’t horribly bad at all!

Some useful hexie geometry

So, what is a hexagon? The name stems in Greek where hex- or hexa refers to six and γωνία, gonía, means corner or angle. Yup, six corners. Since some kind soul has made a bunch of fantastic pictures available on Wikipedia in the public domain, I’ll use some of them here. Click on the picture to go to the article in question, if you want more information, as it’s quite fascinating once you get over the possible initial primal-scream phase.

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Hexagon and circumscribed circle

There are six sides to a hexagon, which is expressed like n=6 (think of n as number). Since a hexagon is a “regular polygon”, all its six sides are of equal length. If you look closely, you’ll see that the circumradius (the radius) of the circumscribed circle (grey circle) is that long, too.

In other words, the side, s, of the hexagon equals the circumradius, R: s = R. A 2-inch hexie template has a 2-inch side and also its radius is that long.

Since all sides are equally long, the internal 120° angle is the same at all six vertices (sing. vertix), corners or intersections, of the hexie. This in turn means that two radii starting from vertices closest to one another will create an angle of 60° when they meet in the circumcentre, the centre of the circle and, hence, hexagon.

The parts mentioned above work for other polygons, too, such as this pentagon (I’ll get to “a” below):

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Pentagon

From the pentagon picture you can see that the diagonal of a hexagon is simple to calculate. You only have to double the length of the circumradius (d = 2R), because it is drawn from a vertix through the circumcentre and out to the opposite vertix. Some quilters like to work with pentagons, though, and while the radius is like drawn in green above, there are actually five diagonals, which create a star pattern when you draw from any given vertix to its two opposing vertices. Try drawing if you like, it’s fun. None of the diagonals cross the circumcentre in that case and I hear a distant voice calling foundation paper piecing… But back to the hexagon!

This means that when you measure with a ruler the side of a hexie template, you’ll instantly know the length of its diagonal, because d = 2R = 2s. Recall that the side of the hexie is as long as its radius. The diagonal can be useful in quilting, which I’ll talk more about below.

The apothem, a, is the distance from a circumcentre to a side when they create a 90° angle (are perpendicular). It is even more important to understand than the diagonal. See for yourself how it looks in a hexagon:

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If it helps, imagine this hexie rotated once, so that the green line is actually pointing at 12 o’clock. A quilter might instantly keep drawing the line down to 6 o’clock and perhaps even add a seam allowance or two :) I’ll talk more about the practical implications in a bit.

So how do you figure out the length of the apothem? By using this formula (or by relying on friendly people, who have assembled a table for you):

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Recall that a stands for apothem, s is the side and R the radius. You also know that n is 6 for a hexagon (5 for a pentagon). The trigonometric functions cosinus and tangens (cosine and tangent if you’re English-speaking) are to be found on your calculator, as is the number pi.

In quilting, it’s much easier to measure the side of a random template and proceed to use the first portion of the equation. (The alternative is to find the middle of the hexagon through drawing all diagonals and then measuring the radius.) Once you have figured out your apothem and doubled it, you have the height of the hexie when sitting on one of its sides.

If you’re interested in doing the process backwards, you can do that too. Define how tall you want your hexie to be and call that number 2a. Then divide it by two to get the apothem. The side of the hexie you will need will be: s = a × (2 tan(π/n)) = a × (2 tan(π/6)). Again, this would be convenient to read from a table, but learning how to use the formula will open all the doors.

As a conclusion, regarding hexie anatomy, there’s the side, diagonal and apothem to understand. Hexie “relationships” on the other hand are the angles. For quilters the world of polygons is highly interesting, because there is so much regularity, at least when it comes to the regular polygons of both concave and convex kind. I see lots of opportunities in both English and foundation paper piecing to tackle challenging angles. Just look at this concave hexagon:

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Concave hexagon

Hexies in quilting

All of this is so very useful if you start by cutting width-of-fabric (WOF) strips of a particular height and then proceed to cut with the help of a template the individual patches for hexagons or pentagons. Here’s a fabulous tutorial by Pretty by Hand where she shows how to cut huge amounts of hexies in a quick and efficient manner using WOF strips.

You can place the hexie sitting on its side, with sides parallel to the edges of the WOF strip, and with the vertices of two hexies touching, like in the Pretty by Hand tutorial and here:

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Flickr tweedledeedesigns – Hexies sitting on their sides

The height of a piece of fabric needs to be two apothems plus two seam allowances.

Or you can place the hexie on a tip, a vertix, so that the seam allowances of the sides of two hexies will touch. In that case the height of the strip is the hexie diagonal plus your seam allowance of choice, probably slightly less than a quarter inch. Recall that the seam allowance calculation primarily concerns the sides of the hexie, as the corners (vertices) will be wrapped well into two layers once you fold around both sides.

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Flickr inkyswot – Hexies sitting on their vertices

This method will require more cutting than when the hexies sit on the side, but if you have a wider strip, which you want to use to full capacity, you can crank more hexies out of it this way. By this I mean that if you place a hexie on its tip rather than side, you can make smaller but more hexies, when using the same strip height. It can be a bit confusing, but draw two lines like were they part of a WOF strip, then draw a few hexies sitting on vertices, and finally a few more sitting on their sides. See?

Let’s look at an example to make this clear. If you wish to sew with 2-inch hexies sitting on the vertix, remember the side is 2”. This translates to the diagonal being 4”. If a strip of fabric is even slightly larger than 4”, less than 4 1/2”, the hexie template should fit beautifully on it with room to fold the fabric nicely.

Wrapping up

Did my mentioning 60° earlier cause a bell to ring? I hope so! The equilateral triangle has three angles and they all are 60°. If you examine the hexagon in the first picture, you’ll see that it is made from six equilateral triangles. Oh the possibilities! This is why mathematics is important to understand as a person, who is into patchwork.

Now you know how to adjust the height of the WOF strip to any hexagon you want to make in a factory-resembling efficient manner. Kati of from the blue chair has written a nice tutorial on how to make (huge) hexies when there is no template. She’s just using her rotary cutter and ruler.

If you care to watch these little animations on how to draw a hexagon or a pentagon with merely a ruler and a compass, you can create your templates of any size from any piece of paper. Understanding hexagon geometry like this gives you a lot of freedom and endless options.

Well done if you’re still with me! Are you excited about hexies? I am! Feel free to ponder out loud if there’s anything concerning you about this and I’ll see if I can help you. I’m no mathematician, but have done my fair share of practical calculations in varous situations in life.

At a crossroads

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Since my previous post I’ve been getting back on track with Modern Quilt Guild and with my bloglovin’ reading. I’ve also spent some time pondering what I want in general from working with fabrics and yarn.

My jewellery shop needs a serious update and I’ve hunted down some branding moodboards on Pinterest to use as inspiration when creating my own moodboard. In that same breath I realise I need to be more clear here, too, and not only in regards to the visual aspects of my presence in the social media.

While I absolutely love looking at everything that people make on Instagram, I’m back at feeling how I felt a year ago; like my style is still missing somehow. I’ve also felt as though I should be a factory line regarding how much I craft. My comparing myself to other people is obviously something that happens in my own mind only and right now I’m doing my best to shake off that feeling. It’s not necessarily a feeling of inadequacy, though, but more like being in friction with the self, its needs and desires, whilst respecting various restrictions such as financial limits.

A good example would be a future bedspread. I’ve been wanting to make one for a long time, yet I have found neither perfect pattern nor colour scheme. It’s about being undecided on patterns versus solids even! This desire has evolved into the friction I mentioned and I’m dissatisfied because I’ve had the expectation that since “everyone else” sews and quilts like crazy, I should be doing the same. There are only 24 hours in any given day, dear…

Perhaps I’m unusual, but I do have a bazillion different interests. Fact is I could pursue all of them in that “crazy dedicated” manner – if they happened to be the one and only interest of mine. But they all compete with one another and up until now I haven’t been the boss of my mind that I should have been and would have needed in this particular area of my life.

I need to be better at answering the question “Why?”; “Why should I make this project?” and “Do I truly need this item?” It can be a bit overwhelming to look at the amount of Stuff that is created and posted on Instagram on a daily basis, because I’m working constantly on decluttering as opposed to adding more to my home.  Stuff is mostly on its way out, which doesn’t mix well with crafting, unless one has a good channel to merely be sort of a mid-station in the process.

A blunt confession is that I love cutesy fabrics in theory, but I really don’t want them all over my home. The only place that I could even consider decorating in the colour-party style is a craft room. Which I don’t have at the moment. I also don’t want lots of cutesy trinkets such as bookmarks or pouches or you-name-its everywhere. And I can’t stand gifting lots of stuff to people. If I’m in doubt, I always give something one can eat or drink, or an experience.

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The wardrobe is amidst a major overhaul and I’m truly inspired by Project 333. To me heaven sounds like a few pieces of extremely good quality, which can be mixed and matched endlessly, and the whole “women love shoe shopping and need endless amounts of high heels” is making me shake my head in wonder. The rest of my home is being decluttered in the same spirit and a cozy, minimalist decor makes my heart sing. A tentatively rainbow-coloured fabric stash in a craft room is something I still would love to have, though (just look at the photo above!), but on the condition that I can send into the world nearly everything made in it.

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It’s only today, when scanning through my Pinterest boards, that I’m ready to accept a crafting style of my own. I meditate daily and try to practice mindfulness as often as I can, so instead of causing me to feel suffocated, I need to be better at picking and choosing what projects to make. I doubt I’ll ever stop loving window shopping on Instagram, but it’s time that I let myself be who I really am as far as crafting goes.

So what is it that I want (well, need really) from my home? I want love, peace, quiet, harmony, cleanliness, and fun, in short a sanctuary. Experiences, the full range of emotions, and people create such a space that is both inviting and safe to exist in. Editing my belongings to reflect this idea and to support me rather than wear me down is my purpose when writing these words.

Are you in balance regarding your crafting? Happy and satisfied about the choices you make?

My Asphalt Jungle quilt design

Earlier this year, the new Quilt Now magazine arranged a design contest using fabrics from the Jungle Ave. line by Sara Lawson for Art Gallery Fabrics.

I designed a quilt the size of a nap quilt for a child and this is the quick design that I submitted:

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I’m still learning how to use the software, Scribus, so the fabrics are in incorrect direction in the half-square triangles, but other than that it’s “what you see is what you get”.

If you’re interested in making this quilt, post a comment and I’ll write the pattern for it.

Fabric Spot fabrics finally arrived

The Fabric Spot fabrics that I won in the Stitched in Color challenge finally arrived a few weeks ago, but I haven’t had a chance to blog about them until now.

I got to pick two fabrics that weren’t part of the original palette, since they were not available at the time, and upon receiving them I was surprised to see how well they match each other. Here they are!

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Aren’t they lovely? I have no idea how to use them yet, but I think I’ll use all the palette fabrics in the same project to build upon the original idea. The pair of nature-themed fabrics would be gorgeous to use as starting point for something larger, using the colours of the roses.

What do you think? Have some ideas for these? Happy Friday and a lovely weekend!

My snail palette won!

I can’t believe it, I am so humbled and grateful! My first palette, the one with the snails, lots of yellow and blue in various hues, won the Unabashedly Yellow challenge sponsored by Canadian Fabric Spot.

I was about to wrap up my Monday and then Rachel’s email announced its existence in my inbox, so I headed over to her blog and found this:

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My cheerful little palette got over 24 % of the votes, which I still have a hard time believing, because there were so many other fantastic palettes in the challenge.

I’m still stepping outside of my comfort zone and have never participated in a challenge like this before. What a lovely end to a nice Monday!

Another one for the Stitched in Color fabric palette contest

One is allowed to enter with two palettes in the Stitched in Color contest and I’m still as happy to window shop for fabrics in the Fabric Spot webshop, so here’s my second contribution (the first one’s here)!

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I don’t have anything in my home of mustard yellow (apart from the Dijon in the fridge of course), but combined this way it really is a delicious hue, don’t you think?