Quarter-End Crazy

As many of you know, I am a senior in High School. We have been drawing to the end of our third quarter, which means most teachers are stressed, grumpy, and giving too much homework. Ugh.

Needless to say, I have procrastinated several pieces of English homework in favor of working on Texas Stars. I have no regrets, quilting keeps me sane. (no worries, the homework is all done now)

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I have gotten two blocks done since I last posted, and this is the one I am most pleased with. The rope fabric is the cutest stuff, and the block gave me no trouble while assembling it, which is certainly endearing in my book.

The next block is a simpler color scheme, but I find it pleasing. I like rich blues and golds. It did lose favorite points however, mostly due to the fact that as I was sewing the half-square triangles, I got turned around and sewed some of the wrong colors together, and in the process of trying to fix it ran out of bobbin thread. Not only was the bobbin on the machine empty, but my store of pre-wound ones was also gone! I had to bring operations to a full halt until I had more bobbins again, and by then I felt rather silly. Rarely have I been so (sew, haha) defeated by an inanimate object.

Do any of you ever feel your sewing is winning?

Much love,

Sparkle

My Straight Pins Betrayed Me…

My whole life as a quilter I have always trusted straight pins to keep my seams together and lined up. I think that’s a basic point of trust for most people who sew, but more on that later.

I’ve continued work on bears during my free time at play practice, (yay for hand sewing) and I’m making great progress. Currently we only have one that’s actually stuffed; all the others (about 20 by now I think) I’ve just done all the hand sewing on and not stuffed yet because previously I had no way to store them. I now have  abunch of paper boxes so we should have more stuffed soon.

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Back to the straight pin treachery. Generally, I pin all my corners and edges because, you know, I like things to line up (said with much frustration).  But when I was working on block number 6, something when terribly wrong, and my first couple seams turned out totally…wrong. Just no. So therefore, I did the next two seams WITHOUT the straight pins, and they were great. WHAT IS THIS WORLD?

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So that is my mournful story. I’m sure you can see what I mean.

Happy stitching (without straight pins),

Sparkle Jane

And Then There Were Five

I’m not sure if I got really motivated or was just feeling the vibe, but I sewed a TON last night and got a great deal accomplished on both the Texas Stars quilt and the Charity Bears. I’m really loving how much I’m learning through all this. Both of these projects are teaching me so much, and it’s honestly wonderful to be able to spend a Sunday evening quilting with my mom. First, lets look at block #4. This one was a little bit of a pain because I decided I wanted to piece it differently than the instructions called for (perilous waters) and while it worked fine it took a lot of thinking on the part of both me and my mother. Now that it’s all finished, it seems to be strongly reminiscent of a pineapple; at least in my opinion.

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Block #5 was MUCH easier than block #4. I had this adorably quirky brown stone-ish print that I have been having a terrible time in deciding what to do with it, and this particular block style offered the space necessary to really show it off. My difficulty came because every time I looked at it, I contemplated putting it with other brown, which felt like it would detract from the print and be entirely too drab. The deep (but solid) blue made it pop nicely I think.

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So that’s my weekend! Oh, and amidst all that piecing, I also had a school dance. I have to admit, I like being a girl who can do both. As my mom always says “useful and decorative!”

Happy sewing my friend! More coming soon.

Love, Sparkle Jane

Coming Home Again

I know, I know. It’s been almost 2 years. But here I am.

I need to apologize for dropping off the map. Once high school happened, I started posting less, and less, and quite suddenly I stopped posting altogether.

Some tough stuff happened about 18 months ago, and my life got a little crazy. I stopped quilting for about 4 months after that while I gathered myself back together. After that time I started quilting again, but my blog has stayed silent. I’m happy to say that I’ve now finished the top that I’m calling my “Healing Quilt” (the first quilt I started working on again after I came back to quilting) and I think I’m ready to come back to you all.

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Tough things happen, but I’m so grateful for you all, and all of you that have kept checking in on me even while I wasn’t so involved in the quilting community for a while. I’m also really grateful for my mom at Weddingdressblue and all the support she’s given me through my high school years; and that she’s kept all of you updated on my projects through her blog.

It’s good to be back.

Sparkle Jane

P.S. This pattern is a non-paper piecing version of the pattern “Big Top” that my mom and I adapted.

No way….

As I signed in today, I saw something amazing. I have been blogging 2 whole years! No way, I had no idea that it’s been that long. Of course, that might be due to my shameful neglect of you all during my schooling months, (sorry) but still, two years, no way! Thank you all for being so patient with me, and for helping me so much with your encouraging and helpful comments.

I’ve grown so much over these years, and I thank all of my faithful readers. You deserve quite a bit of praise for all you have done to help me become a better quilter, sewer, and, upon occasion, fashion model (kinda). 

I also want to say thank you to my mother, Deanna. She started this blog for me (setup and such) for my twelfth birthday 2 years ago, and I could not have done any of what I do with out her help. She’s taught me everything I know about quilting, in some way or another. Even the things I have self taught were caused because she encouraged me to be curious and take chances and make mistakes (of which there were many when I first started). So thank you Mom for everything you do. I love you. If any of you want to check out my Mom’s blog, it’s called weddingdressblue.wordpress.com

I’ve really enjoyed these two years, and hope to enjoy many more to come. 

Thank you all,

Sparkle Jane