December 6, 2014

A Look Back

I am working on some behind the scenes things to come. I am getting ready for the New Year. I have been mostly absent this year. I apologize. Life has been really busy, and things are a changing. My mom and brother moved in a few months ago. So, life has been happening.

Personal Note Moment: I have had a very hard year. Most of you may or may not know that I have Rheumatoid arthritis and Fibromyalgia. My immune system is like relatively not there. This year has been very rough in that regard. Sometimes, there have been days without sewing due to the pain and colds. Living with an invisible illness is hard, and I rarely talk about it to anyone that isn't my closest friends. Also, we had to drop me from my hubby's insurance because it was very expensive. So, I have been trying to manage it in quiet and keep a smile. The struggle is real. This is one reason I love to swap and blog. Because it makes me feel connected to all you lovelies out there taking the time to read this.  

I am sure you all would love an update on what's been going on in the sewing den here. I mostly have been posting on Instagram and swapping. You know I am a swap addict. I even started my own You Are Here Mug swap with something handmade and will be doing round 3 in January.

This is some of the sewing I have been up too. The top is some snowflakes for The Great Pillow Fight. Christmas Hexie Dumpling found here, some scrap organization, Labellacolori made this beautiful mermaid for me at the ECMQG mini scrap swap, I got some solids from our Kona swap at the ECMQG, These are my house coasters made for my partner in the Starbucks Mug Rug Swap, I love the pumpkin table runner. It was hard to put it away after Thanksgiving.  The tutorial for the table runner is here. Elsa found here on a  super tote from Noodlehead here.

I mention my local Modern Guild previously. Someone wrote a post about a year ago saying that they loved being a part of their guild. That it was the best thing that they ever did was go and see what it was like. I went, I saw, and I loved it. I am on the Hospitality Committee and the Swap Committee. I mean, the latter is a no brainer. Also, you can be an individual member, and their are perks to that too. I have made some good friends here too. It is wonderful to sit among other creative and talented quilters.

I have started on my sew sew modern6 swap. The NY Beauty block is so pretty from here.

I really want to incorporate this into a tote. So, I had to minimize to 65%. I must be crazy. So, there is definitely some wonkiness going on here. They are not perfectly lined up, but I think I am going to leave it. I hoarded some of this cotton and steel. It is so beautiful!  Plus I got  some scraps on the IG destash #thegreatfabricdestash. I really hope that my partner will love it. I am in love with this. I truly enjoy making something that I know someone else will appreciate. 

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