Thursday, January 1, 2015

First Project of 2015!

Happy New Year!  Our little family rang in 2015 the best way it could - all cuddled in bed watching the ball drop.  :)  The littlest, as expected, didn't make it until midnight...but she held on strong conking out about 9:30-10pm.  The older two for the fist time stayed Daddy laid next to us sawing zzz's!

I did manage to sneak in some sewing time for me.  It's been slow going over the holidays with machine break downs, Christmas/New Year celebrations, and the awesome influenza that has hit everyone in the house in a matter of two weeks.  It really had us down and out too - I don't think I was able to do much more than a few small chores for 3 or 4 days when it hit me.  Finally we are starting to feel better and things are falling back into some semblance of a regular quiet life.  I love Christmastime - but I also love normalcy and ROUTINE!  :)

Here was my big project of 2014/2015!  You know that I am in love with my Accuquilt Go! because I detest cutting fabric for quilts.  D-E-T-E-S-T.  This is probably the biggest thing that prevents me from finishing quilts...I love to dream up fantastic quilts to make...but cutting and piecing them often becomes a tedious endless chore.  I like to QUILT the quilt.  :)  Anyhow - I'm going off a bit here...

My rainbow palette finally came out to play as I cut a few hundred hexagons in to various sizes.  The larger hexies I have plans for but the smaller are just extra I figured I'd cut and start adding to precut hexie piles.  Who isn't totally inspired but a stack of pretty precuts?  I am!

The smallest and medium hexies were set aside and the largest were cut from corner to corner to create six 60 degree triangles for arrangement play.  I have been piecing quilts for ten years and I cannot believe I haven't attempted a quilt like this yet!

I also discovered if I do not make one of the corner to corner cuts I could get two 60 degree triangles PLUS two diamonds!  Woohoo for lazy quilters!

I had fun arranging and playing with colors and values.  This is some arrangement play from cutting up only 18 of the 100 or so big hexie's I cut.  I wanted to get an idea for how big of a quilt I would end up with...I am going to lose a lot in seam allowances, but still, this covered a lot more space than I thought it might!  I'm going to make some room on the design wall for this today and see what happens.

My biggest goal for 2015?  Well I'm pretty confident that I am who I am and probably won't make any huge personality changes over the next year.  I'm a bit all over the place - I change my mind at the drop of a hat...I generally have more ideas and plans than I will ever accomplish in one life time...and I usually take off more than I can chew!  But that is me - chatty, wordy, scattered - but I'd like to think I'm also pretty fun and a decent human being for the most part!  So in 2015 I plan to continue on being ME!  ...and taking a little more time to smell the roses and enjoy the sewing that I love so much!


Lara B. said...

Valerie, I'm sorry that your family got clobbered with a flu bug over the holidays. How in the world did you manage with having a baby in your tummy and being sick and still keeping everyone happy? It looks like you have been doing some fun things too, thank goodness! I love your description of your New Year's Eve!
I think you are a very fun person!

Michele said...

I too am sorry that the flu bug invaded your house. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we miss that boat this year. I like that you are honest with who you are. I for one actually like to cut and piece quilt tops and I do like the quilting part too so far but if we lived near each other we could trade....I could do the cutting and piecing and you could do your awesome quilting.