We're back with a new follower!
This week we have
Family: Craig (husband) and Logan (5-year-old son)
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Etsy: http://stephjacobson.etsy.com (though my shop has been empty for awhile!)
Day job: retail pharmacist
Dream job: stay-at-home mom, full-time crafter, or elementary school teacher <--(this was my dream job in elementary school--some days I wish I had pursued this)
What are you working on now?
finishing up all those quilt tops I've made (making the tops is so much fun but finishing them not so much); fabric grocery bags (I just bought a Keyka Lou pattern); making baby stuff for my friend who is expecting her first child in August
Place: Relaxing by a lake. We took a family vacation to Lewis & Clark Lake in Yankton, SD last summer--I'd love to go back.
Movies: PS I Love You, Hot Tub Time Machine, Gone in 60 Seconds
Way to spend a Friday night: at home with my family watching a movie
Fabric line: pretty much anything by Moda and Riley Blake--right now I want some Half Moon Modern by Moda--love those scissors prints!
Color: I love bright colors but also really like gray right now
Designer: Michael Miller
Project completed by you: I have lots of favorite projects but the one I'm most proud of is the baby blanket I made for a friend's baby girl 10 years ago. It started my love of quilting. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing. It was before you could google something on the internet. I used horrible polyester batting because I didn't know any better. I hand-tied it because I had no clue how to machine quilt. I didn't know how to bind it so I used some kind of ruffle trim that I didn't even attach correctly. I was still so proud of it. As the years passed and I learned more about quilting, I was kind of embarrassed by my gift. I delivered another baby quilt last year to this same friend to celebrate the birth of her third child. Her 10-year-old daughter still had her blanket which she kept in her memory box. She brought it out to show me and it looked much better than I remembered. I don't have a picture of that quilt, so I'll share my second favorite project, too. It's my version of a $198 Anthropologie bag I made for a knock-off challenge. It was my first attempt at piecing something other than squares (don't look too close--many of the points don't match up) and I was really happy with how it turned out. I use it as my library bag and get a lot of compliments on it.
Project when you need a quick finish: Anna Maria Horner's quick change trousers, baby bibs or softies (for baby gifts) or fabric grocery bags (morsbags are my favorite)
Fabric line: I like pretty much anything but Karavan by Free Spirit Fabrics is one I've seen recently that I don't really care for.
Project completed by you: A quilt intended as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law that is still sitting in my craft room unfinished. It started off with so much promise. I used a Moda Fresh Flowers charm pack to make a pretty disappearing nine patch panel. Instead of just using this small panel for a baby quilt I decided to try and turn it into a larger quilt. Instead of buying another charm pack to make the panel larger I decided to add odd borders and a weirdly-pieced backing. Instead of using straight-line quilting which I'm able to do, I decided to give free-motion quilting a whirl. (Don't they warn to you practice on a small project first?) The result is a project I have no desire to finish yet have too much time and money invested so I really need to finish it. And I'm sure my mother-in-law would love it but right now all I can see are the imperfections.
OK--maybe it's not that bad? Maybe I just needed a break from it.
Big plans for 2012?
Spend less time on the computer and more time creating. (I am not off to a good start with this goal!)
Make my first I-spy quilt using the charms from my first fabric swap.
Participate in more fabric swaps and host at least one more swap--they're so much fun!
Make baby quilts and other baby items to donate to expectant mothers in need. (I say this every year but if I can master machine binding my quilts I think I can make this happen.)
Try a new quilting technique and use up my scraps--string quilt blocks are first on the list.
Give my family mostly handmade gifts for birthdays/Christmas.
Personally, I think the quilt is very pretty, great colors!
Take a step back and give it some time, then come back to it -- happens to everyone
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We'll be taking a break from follower next week,
but only because it's my birthday and I have a surprise for you all instead
Have a great weekend!