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Finding My Rhythm

Hindsight certainly is 20/20! After sporadically posting from March – October last year and stepping away from the blog for a bit, I am ready to jump back in! I realized that I needed to find my rhythm, the rhythm which has been missing since I left Philadelphia in August 2014 – I think I finally have things figured out (hopefully!).

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I wanted to share some exciting (and terrifying news), I am teaching my first quilting class tomorrow at Prints Charming Quilt Shop in Fulton, MD! I am teaching an introduction to foundation paper piecing workshop using Carolyn Friedlander’s Sunrise Quilt pattern. Above is my class sample, First Light. I will be channelling my inner Sarah Bond tomorrow and sharing my love for foundation paper piecing. I need to go spend the rest of the afternoon preparing and getting my thoughts together.

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In addition to being the first class I teach, this quilt was also the first one I put on the Handi Quilter at the shop. I freehanded an allover curvy meander and enjoyed every minute of it. I don’t anticipate putting anything larger than a runner under the walking foot of my Bernina anytime soon! I’ll update the post with finished quilt photos next week, I need to get it back from the shop tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

A side note: thank you to everyone who has stuck around and cheered me on on Instagram the last few months. If you missed it (on Instagram), we brought home a Great Dane-Weimaraner mix at the end of April. His name is Bex and he has 100% captured our hearts.

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Quilt Details

Title: First Light, April 2016
Pattern: Sunrise Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander
Front: Kona® Cotton Designer Palette Series: Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks 2.5″ strips, Gray Sketch, and two misc. black and white prints.
Binding: Aqua on aqua geometric print
Quilting: Aurifil #2600, 40 weight
Finished size: approx. 66″ x 74″

#41 on 52 Quilters

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I was thrilled when Chris asked me to take over this week at 52 Quilters. 52 Quilters is a social media project to showcase diverse world of people who quilt. I am taking over their blog, Instagram and Twitter handles beginning today!

Yesterday I sat down to draft my introduction post and realized just how hard it is to write about myself. If you feel like taking a peek, my intro post is live on 52 Quilters.

I’ll be back later this week with a cross post from 52 Quilters on the importance of guilds and swaps to my quilting and how they shaped who I am today.

An Update of Sorts

As promised, a long overdue update. To start things off, I have two decent finishes to show you outside of anything associated with Mid-Atlantic MOD, which I will talk about soon. Outside of that, I have not done much sewing with the exception of monthly bee blocks.

If you are looking for my mustard and gray Wonky Runner and my giveaway, it’s here.

I participated in the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram which was hosted by the always wonderful Kate Basti. My partner loved vintage so I dug out my feedsacks and went to work on Carolyn Friedlander’s Outhouse blocks.

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I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful mini by Laura which is Jeli Quilts Tissue Box pattern.

I love it and am working on organizing my new studio so I can display it and the rest of my mini collection.

Another finish was a name tag for the Baltimore MQG name tag swap. I took a very traditional route and modeled mine off of a paper name tag. I even dusted off my embroidery skills that I almost never use!

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Simple is better sometimes.

April though July was a little bit crazy around here. If you follow me on IG, some of this will be a recap.

We bought a house:

We own a house! #timmonsnewhome

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I went to Mid-Atlantic Mod. That warrants it’s own post, but here is a group shot of the Philly MQG people who attended. It was a great weekend catching up with friends and making new ones!

Our dog blew out her knee (while I was at MOD!) and had surgery (a week after we moved half of our belongings in to the new house):

Someone is finally snoozing after covered up her naked leg.

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We finished moving in and started to get settled.

It's starting to look like our place. Our favorite painting has been hung. #timmonsnewhome

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A week after finishing up the move I ended up in the hospital with a hemorrhagic corpus luteum cyst that required surgery. Do me a favor and if you are ever unexplainably exhausted for over two weeks, go see a doctor! I was bleeding internally and did not know it until the mass got too big and I was in excruciating pain. I’m ok! I took three weeks to recover and spent the time napping, loving on the cats, catching up with my mom (who thankfully came to stay with us), and eventually felt well enough to sew up some bee blocks.

Someone has been sticking pretty close by since I've been home. He's never too far away.

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It is hard to believe that that was already 10 weeks ago! Since then I have been playing catch up both at work and at home. The dog and I are both back to 100%. Thank you for sticking around through my silence. I am back with a renewed energy and am very grateful for the life I have.

 

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