Christa’s Show and Tell – Sewing Every Day

One of the quilting goals I set for myself was to sew every day. To make this goal actually happen, I had to make sure it was realistic. In order to do that, I set a minimum time limit of just 10 minutes a day of sewing. I also broadened my definition of “sewing” to include designing quilts, reading quilt magazines and watching online quilting classes.

So far so good. Here is what I have been able to accomplish “sew” far this month:

I’ve signed up for  several Craftsy quilting classes. I just finished watching Elizabeth Hartman’s free “Creative Quilt Backs Class” and am currently viewing Cindy Needham’s “Design It, Quilt It” class. They are both excellent!

Creative Quilt BacksDesign It Quilt It

I pulled these lovely fabrics to participate in the Skillbuilder Block of the Month over at I decided to go with all Kona Solids for this quilt. I haven’t decided on my background fabric yet. I’ll probably choose a shade of Grey.

Skillbuilder Fabrics

I used the color wheel when choosing colors and went with an “accented analagous” color scheme. That means I chose red, orange and yellow which are next to each other on the color wheel, then threw in a bit of complementary teal just for fun. I can’t wait to get started!

Today, I paper-pieced this sewing themed block as part of Quiet Play’s And Sew On year-long block-of-the-month series. January’s block is called “Measure Twice” and is available as a free download this month.

Measure Twice

Measure Twice, Cut Once!

I also made this block designed by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. I love the sewing theme so I may have to incorporate it into the same quilt!

Sewing Machine Block

Next, I designed this quilt in EQ7 which will be the basis for my next quilt-along as soon as the current one finishes. I found out how to download Moda’s fabric swatches directly into the design program so I can design quilts using the actual fabrics from the quilt. Very cool!

Hugs and Kisses

Hugs and Kisses

When I don’t feel up to sewing, or when I’m traveling, and bringing along sewing supplies is impractical,  I have a stack of quilting magazines that I am thoroughly enjoying reading.

My favorite magazines are Machine Quilting Unlimited, along with their brand new sister publication Modern Quilts Unlimited. I’ve also been a long-time subscriber of Quilter’s Newsletter, the best source of news for what’s hot and happening in the quilting world.

Machine Quilting UnlimtedModern Quilts UnlimitedQuilter's Newsletter

I think that’s a great start for January! How about you? How are you coming along with your quilting goals?

15 thoughts on “Christa’s Show and Tell – Sewing Every Day

  1. quilary says:

    I like your definitions of crafting – i’ve added “checking pinterest”, so I can claim to have done some sewing every day too. I like your measure twice block and think the striped fabric is a great idea!

  2. Katie says:

    I made a very similar resolution – “craft” everyday. I find it helps to center me and makes me spend some time doing something I really enjoy.

  3. Linda (manybooks) says:

    I just love the hugs and kisses quilt, and I am currently cutting my fabric for Sea of Squares! I’m not using charms, so i’m doing a bit more cutting, but I’m so excited about the quilt! Thank you so much for your generous work on the QALs for people like me!

  4. Kristy @ Quiet Play says:

    Ooh your Measure Twice block looks fab! I love the striped fabric for the tape measure!

    Love the new quilt design. I think one of my favourite things about EQ7 is being able to import the actual fabric images so I can see how they’d really look in a quilt!

  5. Kathy S. says:

    LOVE your fabrics for the And Sew On… BOM. I’m so glad you signed up for that BOM because when I saw you block on Quiet Play’s blog and it took me here I was sooooo happy to see your DIY QA’s! Love them, your instructions, and the plan for the next one. I probably won’t be able to get in on the current one, (we’ll see though). But count me in on the next one. I can’t believe I haven’t run in to your blog before now. LOVE it already! I’m trying to sew more and blog less… but you know how that goes. Thanks!

    • Christa says:

      Thanks Kathy – I’d love to have you join us at any time. That’s the beauty of blogs – the info is up forever so you can follow along and make any of the quilts you like at any time on your own schedule. 🙂

  6. 8machines says:

    You are a very fast sewer. I have to assemble the three parts to make the block. You sew in 2.5 hours and I take 2.5 days but I don’t sew every day. I want to do the next quilt too. I like your quilts and designs because they are basic elements. I will be using a Jelly roll when I make this current one again. Thanks so much.Christa.

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