Friday, February 19, 2016

Block 1 - Project 48

I think I have my sewing mojo back. 2 blocks in so many days. Well, I did have a couple of days off work too, having been feeling the best and my migraines are coming much more regularly lately. So just a few days ordered by the Dr to get my blood pressure down and help with the migraines.

So during a break in the migraine I sewed this cute little block together. Sometimes the more simple blocks are the most stunning.

Block 1 - Project 48
My colour scheme for this quilt is going to be orange, aqua and grey. I'm really loving orange at the moment, its like my new red.

Block 1 - Project 48

So this is my other selfish sewing project for they year and I'm loving this colour combo. You can sign up to protect 48 here.

Happy Sewing
Filomena xx

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

Here is one of my selfish sewing projects for this year. It is called The Splendid Sampler  and it is made up 100 mystery blocks. The blog and sign up for the notifications can be found here.

I couldn't wait to get started on this quilt along and Monday morning the first block release was out. I have seen so many hearts appear in my Facebook and Instagram account every one so different and stunning. Do you know there are over 14 000 people signed up to make the mystery blocks from all over the world. Wow that is a lot of people.

Well I enjoyed making my first block, Block No1 - Hearts Aflutter and I'm now waiting for Friday for the next one. The blocks are released on Sunday and Thursday but because of the time difference it is Monday and Friday for us in Australia, unless you want to stay up really really late you might just get it before it turns midnight....

The Splendid Sampler
Block 1 - Hearts Aflutter

Happy Sewing
Filomena xx

Sunday, February 14, 2016

My Last Swap....

Last week I finished and posted my last swap. And I feel great.

Have you been involved in many swaps? Have you found them fun or a chore, a way to experiment, try new techniques and a way to meet new people from all over the world?

The last two years I have joined a number of swaps, large ones with thousands of people involved from all over the world to some smaller local ones. At first I found them fun and a great way to meet new people and a way to try new techniques or an opportunity to try a new pattern. I loved joining stalking/researching my partner, discovering some amazing blogs and making something especially for them. It was great fun. It was all about the mini or pouch and it was fun to add a little extra something, like a chocolate, lollies or some pins.

Last year they seemed to be more and more swaps to join and they were getting very popular with hundreds of people joining in a matter of minutes. The more I joined, the more rules there were to follow that they started feeling like a chore, like I had homework and if I didn't do it on time I had the teacher sending me emails and messages telling me how bad I was that I didn't put a mosaic up on Instagram or didn't post at least 3 images of the item I was making with multiple hashtags. I had to make a calendar just for swaps and tick off each of the rules of the swap as I did them. One swap even required that you post the mosaic before you were even accepted into the swap. And then came the treat that if you didn't follow one of the rules exactly you got put on a black list. What!!! I thought this was supposed to be fun. Well, after a while I was no longer having fun.

As the rules increased so did the information you had to give when joining a swap, and I really started feeling yucky about them when people started requesting what colours, what fabrics you had to use, what pattern and what to add as there extras. The extras were getting bigger and bigger and not only did you have to make the mini but then another one or two other handmade extras. The demands just got to me. I always put a couple of extras anyway, but when I was being told what to put in and whether it had to be handmade and how many, I just lost interest and the fun. And then all images of post office receipts as the post date got near. I felt like I was filling my account of mosaics and receipts.

And you know that black list I was telling you about. Yep I landed on it. Because instead of posting it by 5pm on the post due date and uploading a photo of my receipt with tracking number I posted it the next morning at 9am. Not only did she put me on the list she wrote some pretty horrible things about me on Instagram for not following the rules. After that I did join a few more but the passion was gone. So no more swaps for me. It was a great way to meet new people and I have made some great connections through the swaps, but I am sure I will be able to find other ways to connect with quilty people all over the world. Not all my swap experiences have been bad, there have been many great ones, it's just time to move on and try something new.

The Thimble Blossom mini quilt swap was my last swap and I am so happy that I finished off with my favourite fabric designer and quilter. I loved making this one. Below is the one I received and I just love it.

This year I have joined a bee hive swap which I am enjoying, and some online BOM's and sew-alongs (I'll tell you more about them in my next post) and I am going to finish off some quilts I started and put aside to make time for swaps. I have set myself a little challenge to finish at least one quilt to enter into my local Springwood quilt show. Fingers crossed I finish it on time.


I'm looking forward to another year of sewing and quilting and meeting new quilty friends.

Feel free to share your swap experiences.

Filomena xx