Traveling can get expensive but planning ahead can help save you money and headaches. I'm always looking for ways to save money so it's no different when I'm on the road. First off you have to get to where you want to go. I was lucky to have frequent flyer miles for my airline tickets. I have airline credit cards so that whenever I'm spending money I'm also earning miles. Whenever I'm getting ready to take a trip, I first look and see if there are miles flights available.Read More
As you may know if you follow me on Instagram (or if you read this post), then you’ll know that I was lucky enough to recently go on a two week vacation to Paris, London and Dublin. It’s a trip that I’ve been wanting to make for many years and I was finally able to take the time to do it. Plus, I had frequent flyer miles so I really had no good excuse not to go. Today I’m going to do a little recap of my favorite sites. And over the next few weeks I have some posts planned with loads travel tips.Read More
Just a quick little post today to share a quilt I finished a few months ago. I started this quilt more than ten years ago before I moved California. Talk about a UFO! Around the time I started this quilt, I took a beginner quilting class at a local quilt store. It was really helpful for learning the basics of cutting and piecing and they are skills that I'm able to apply to garment construction as well.
As I recall, my original vision for this quilt involved circular appliques on top of the squares. I considered adding something more like an applique or embroidery. But I opted to just get it done. Over the years, I slowly pieced this thing together and all that was left was to make a backing, quilt it and bind it. No small feat really. I referred to the book Sunday Morning Quilts for advice on quilting and binding which is not hard once you start doing it. I really love the designs in that book and maybe one day I'll get around to making one of them. For now, I'll just pull it off the shelf every once and a while and ogle the pretty photos.
I actually like the back a lot more than I like the front. It's so simple with all that beautiful negative space. Plus you can see the quilting lines really well. I stitched lines on either side of the seam line of each square and then did a few at 45 degree angles. I like that the angled lines are not perfectly symmetrical because it gives a little more interest to an otherwise pretty boring quilt. I have a big bin in the closet full of scraps of fabric ready for other quilt ideas. There are just so many things that I'd like to make and not enough hours in the day. What's your oldest UFO? Have you transitioned from garment sewing to quilting or vice versa?