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::finding joy

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The holidays can be so overwhelming–so much to pack into already full days and nights. So, I am going to look for little things this month that make me happy. I want to let the busyness go and enjoy Chrismastime. The month leading up to Christmas is really the best part, in my opinion.

I’ve been so inspired by being part of the sewing/quilting community on Instagram. I have enjoyed looking at all the wonderful creativity is out there. I am usually a pattern follower, but I see people whipping up simple, little designs on their own, so I decided to play around a bit in the sewing room the other night.

I was inspired by a mug rug I saw posted, but beyond the applique Christmas tree, the rest of this (very) simple design is mine. I did a bit of hand stitching, and tried out the wavy line stitch on my sewing machine for the quilting. It was fun and quick and I think I might make a few more variations on it. And maybe some Christmas tree coasters. Who knows–no pressure.

Where are you finding joy?

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milk, sugar, flower mini

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One of the perks of writing a craft book is the opportunity to play with fabric every day. And, if you are lucky, fabric that has not even been released to the public yet. Minki and I had the privilege of getting some advance cuts of the Milk, Sugar, Flower line from Penny Rose Fabrics. It’s a completely adorable line and now available in fabric stores. It seems like I am seeing all over Instagram these days.

I can’t show anything that is being used for the book, but one night last week, I sat down and just wanted to play a bit. I had purchased Jera Brandvig’s Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern book over the holidays and was looking forward to trying this new-to-me technique.

A mini seemed just the thing. I cut 4 ½” squares of batting and some 1 ½” strips of fabric and just started piecing right onto the batting and immediately quilting. In no time I had four blocks done and sewn together. Since the quilting is already done, it just took a few minutes to attach the backing. I hand stitched the binding the next day at soccer practice and was done! Talk about some instant gratification! I am very pleased with how it came out and it makes me happy every time I look at it.

I can’t wait to try out the log cabin quilt-as-you-go pattern—that will be my next one.

I think that stitching up minis might be a bit addicting!