Under Pressure

Are you singing in your head too?

Thank you for the overwhelming response to the New Blogger’s Hop! And hello to all the new followers (and old ones too)! If you haven’t gotten a reply to your comment — I’m so sorry! There’s been so many emails going back and forth, I’ve lost track of who I had and had not responded to. I need more organization!

Between looming deadlines, finances, family affairs, car trouble, dentists, and everything else that being “an adult” entails, there’s been lots of pressure lately!! And unfortunately led to my unplanned hiatus here.

I’ve missed you guys, and there’s so much to catch you up on. So how about we make this a short and sweet bullet list, and then I’ll go into some more details (not too much) later? All in agreement?

A little tropical palm tree for summer.

A little tropical palm tree for summer.

  • I made this block after being taught Sketch Stitch Applique from Laura at the Seacoast guild meeting.
  • I participated in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I’m still waiting for mine to arrive (can we say nerve-wracking?), but here is a peek of what I made for Crystal. I promise more later.

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  • I got started on my first commissioned quilt! I need to have it done for mid-August, so I better keep making progress. Pictures to come.
  • And the biggest news of all — I started a guild! The first meeting was a month ago where we decided on a name (Runamok MQG) and a meeting time. If you’re near Southeastern MA, and want to join us, or if you’re just interested in following our ‘adventures’, you can find more information here.
A shot of almost everyone at our last Runamok meeting!

A shot of almost everyone at our last Runamok meeting!

The New Blogger’s Hop is still going – Please go check out all the other great and wonderful blogs. You can find the entire list here.

Let’s Get Acquainted!!!

Hi and welcome to my stop on the Plum and June New Blogger Hop!
I’m Sarah, a 27-year-old married engineer, cat feeder, and quilter (of course). I’ve really only been quilting for about two years now, though I’ve known how to sew for what seems like most of my life. My mom got me started with cross stitch and crocheting, then I picked up knitting and spinning (that’s spinning yarn, not the gym torture). Of all my hobbies, quilting is by far my favorite. There are no worries about running out of yarn while casting off, no squinting at tiny little charts, and fast results (most of the time).

Take the A-Train - so much fun huggable texture!

Take the A-Train – so much fun huggable texture!

My style will always lean towards bright and happy. I’m a Southern Californian transplant in New England – someone has to be cheerful around here! I bet you’re wondering where the blog name comes from? It’s not the normal pun on sewing, and without that yellow quilt at the top, you might not even know its about quilting! The name comes from my husband, who very early one morning told me to shut up (I’m a bit of a morning person), which I did. Less than two minutes later, he told me to shut up again. Indignantly, I told him I didn’t say anything. “You’re smiling too loud.” This space is where I smile loudly. Can you hear it?

BMQG Swap - wall organizer. Love these colors!

BMQG Swap – wall organizer. Love these colors!

All my quilts are my favorite (sound familiar?), but the one I’m most proud of and maybe love just a bit more than the others is Take the A-Train. It’s also the one I’ve blogged about the most, so maybe that was a clue.

In the works....

In the works….

There are lots of other stops today, but before you head off to meet all the other awesome people, I have a few questions to answer.

Blogging Tip: Make it easy to follow your blog! You could have the most drool worthy quilts and a great witty banter, but if there are no buttons to click, it’s really hard to follow you. I would say at least include a button to follow by email, bloglovin, and feedly. Not everyone uses bloglovin, and being mindful of that is important.

Quilting Tip: I quilt backwards from sewing — I pull the quilt towards me. It keeps me from quilting over stitches I’ve already done, and makes it easier for me to be consistent. It also seems to be easier on my shoulders, but that might just be in my head.

A Question for you! How do you keep yourself from jumping on every bandwagon and actually finishing what you start? This is what I have the biggest trouble with. Proof: I have 24 WIPs

Dream Vacation Spot: The Cape. I’ve lived in Massachusetts for nearly ten years, but have not been to The Cape. However, that’s going to change soon! Hubby and I are finally taking a honeymoon this year to The Cape! He says I’m not allowed to bring sewing though….we’ll see.

My 'helper' - he approves all fabric choices, whether I ask or not!

My ‘helper’ – he approves all fabric choices, whether I ask or not!

Now, go forth and get acquainted with the other wonderful bloggers posting their life stories today!!! And make sure you come back for next week’s list too!

Jen @ Bower Bird Patch

Afton @ Quilting Mod

Jessica @ One English Teacher

Barbara @ Suzy Homemaker

Cynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Mary @ See Mary Quilt

Laurel @ Drowning In Fabric

Linda @ Talking Lunch Box Quilts

Rebecca @ One Wee Bird

Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts

Diana @ Red Delicious Life

Terri @ Childlike Fascination

Promise do.Good May Blocks

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For May, Diane asked for these gorgeous blocks based off of a block from Tula Pink’s City Sampler – went and got permission and everything. (I love when people cover all the bases)

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She asked for bright prints with coordinating solids. Easy right? Turns out I have way too many options in my hoarde stash. So I made 4. Can’t have too many, right?

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As you may be able to tell, I’m still experimenting and having fun with my new camera. You also might be able to tell it was a little windy.

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Diane, these will find their way to you shortly, perhaps with a stowaway….

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The Plum and June New Blogger’s Hop starts this Wednesday, with me! So come back and see all the great blogs (and quilts!) and maybe find out a secret or two.

Plum and June

Finished! – BMQG Swap

I’m going to start by saying I love being part of a local guild (so much I joined another one, and am starting yet another!). You get to meet so many great people, and really get to know them. We all tend to edit on the internet (I, for one, swear much, much more in real life). And there’s all the great people who don’t have blogs! So to get to make something for one of your real life quilty friends is awesome!

Scenic Shot

This was the hardest thing to give away. I loved every bit of the outcome (and the process) so much, I really wish I had a replicator so I could have an exact copy of my own. Hopefully, it will be loved more in its new home.

Angle shot

For the swap I lucked out with Zuzka. There’s been so many new members of the BMQG I was worried that I was going to draw someone I had barely ever talked to! She had asked for something to hang on the wall to hold sewing needles. So, all those text fabrics – those are pockets. Nine in total. I hope that’s enough! The pattern was something I worked out to work with size limitations and the need for pockets, but it was based on this great quilt.

Close up

I really wanted to push myself on the quilting. I’m sure I’m not the first person to think that just because its small, it’ll be easy to densely FMQ. I saw Laura doing a square boxy stipple at our retreat earlier this year, and thought it would compliment the aqua sections nicely. It does, but Laura, did you have to make it look so easy? It was HARD. By comparison, the pebbles were easy! Maybe I just can’t quilt with right angles, but from all the hype on the internet, I really expected pebbles to be the difficult ones.

Overall shot

I bound it with Ashley‘s tutorial – again. I just cannot get enough of how crisp, clean, and easy she made machine binding. It took me longer to cut and iron the binding than get it sewn on.

See that corner?

See that corner?

Now we’re going to test my memory skills and see if I can name all the fabrics. It’s like Where’s Waldo for quilters. :D

Pink: Kona Punch (the best and only pink for me!)
Aquas: Cuzco and Daydreams by Kate Spain; Birds and Bees by Tula Pink; PB&J by Basic Grey; Type from Julia Rothman; Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater; Crabtastic by Maude Asbury; a DS print; Anne Kelle Remix by Robert Kaufman; Chantilly by Lauren and Jessi Jung. Did I get them all?
Texts: Dictionary Print from Sew Mama Sew by Sweetwater, in cream and red; Polka Dot Stitches by Lori Holt, in blue and red; Black Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander; White Madrona Road text by Violet Craft; Sunprint text in pink and blue by Allison Glass; and Headliner by Blank Textiles.

Whew, that was a work out! Well, for my memory, I don’t think it did much for my thighs.

See the airplane?

See the airplane?

I stopped at a local park to take pictures and it turned out someone was flying a model plane! I managed to get a shot of the quilt with the plane, and that just made my day. What can I say, I’m easily amused.

In case you missed the plane, and really want to see it….

Zuzka, I hope you love my your wall hanging, and it fits all your needles. I truly enjoyed making it for you.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday.

WIP – Short, maybe?

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Going to try and keep this one nice and short – there’s sewing to be done!

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I’m working on getting this orange beauty basted and quilted up. These blocks are from my latest round as quilter in the Promise circle of do.Good Stitches. Hopefully, I’ll get it done before my next round…

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This guy has been, ahem, helping me get caught up on bee blocks.

Shortly there will be a post with all the details on my item for the BMQG Sewing Swap.

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And last, but definitely not least. I’m in the process of making some changes to the blog in order to get it looking its best before the 2014 New Blogger Hop, scheduled soon. So if you have any comments, suggestions, words of wisdom, please feel free to let me know!!! I promise I don’t bite.

Linking with Lee’s WIP Wednesday.