Being Content

One Way Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Aqua One Way Quilt

Early in 2018 I decided to create with more intention.  Less hustle, less comparison, and more finding joy in creating.  Looking back on the year I feel like I did just that, or at least got really close.  I made less, wrote less, designed less, and posted less, but what I did create, I did for the enjoyment of doing so.   

I have a few small personal goals as we head into a New Year, but my main goal is the same for 2019 as it was in 2018….to be content.  

Content with my work, and finding joy in creating while still pushing myself.  Content with my time, and being mindful of what I do with it.   Content with my home, and it’s never ending list of projects and fingerprints to clean.  Content with my body, and focusing more on giving it what it needs (i.e. not Diet Dr. Pepper) instead of what it looks like.  Content with my finances, and being proud of how far we’ve come instead of discouraged by how far we’ve yet to go.   Content with my parenting, because I have a lot to work on daily, but I’m also doing a pretty darn good job.  Content in my trials, because that’s how I learn and grow even when things are the worst. 

Anyways…you get the idea.    I’m working on being content and happy with where I am now, while still working to improve and progress.  It takes daily work to change my thoughts, not compare, and just remember to be happy where I’m at right now…but it’s worth it.  

Milk, Flour, Sugar Quilt

Milk, Flower, and Sugar Quilt

I added a few of my favorite finished quilts and posts from the past year. 

My most visited post was also my favorite to write:   11 Things I’ve Learned in 11 Years.  

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt Pattern, 2 easy quilts you can make in a weekend

Fat Quarter Friday Quilts

Slam Dunk Quilt Pattern

Slam Dunk Quilt

Stack, Cut, and Sew Blocks Tutorial

Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew Quilt Tutorial

Fat Quarter Friday Pattern

Mauvelicious Fat Quarter Friday Quilt

Simplify Quilt Pattern

Simplify Quilt

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Color Pop Quilt

Scout Quilt Pattern

Summer Scout

Bounce Fabrics

Bounce Quilts (shipping to stores in March!)

 

I hope that 2019 brings you happiness, contentment, and lots of quilting!  Happy New Year friends! 

 

 

 

 

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A Finished Suburbs Christmas Quilt

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block add on

It’s a Christmas miracle…the binding is sewn on BEFORE Christmas! 

 I really wasn’t planning on finishing up my Suburbs quilt for this Christmas, but Kathy sent it back to me this week so I have a bit to enjoy it!

Isn’t this quilting BEAUTIFUL?!!!!  

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block add on

I just love the “stormy sky” and the straight lines in the houses and trees.  It just adds so much character and movement to this quilt.   Kathy is amazing if you need a quilter!

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block add on

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block add on

The pattern for this quilt is Suburbs, and I added a tree block which you can find as a free printable template here.  It’s a fun, fast sew!  

There are more details about the fabrics in this post about the quilt top. 

My kids are the BEST ages for Christmas this year.   Jane’s only request from Santa was for candy canes….so it’s safe to say she’ll be thrilled!  ;)  

Harris Family

Merry Christmas and much love from my family to yours!   

 

 

 

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Christmas Stars with Free Pattern

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

I’ve decided that each year I should make a Christmas quilt top in December, and put it away to finish the next year.  It’s so fun not only to work on a new Christmas quilt top in December, but also to finish a new one to use that year!  

I made this top last year (obviously since I just wrote all that!) and finished it up last week in time to enjoy it for the month.  This is my free “No Point Stars Pattern” you can find here:  

No Point Stars Pattern in 5 sizes

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

This is my all time favorite stars pattern.  After I wrote the pattern I had so many people ask me why I called it “No Point Stars”.  It’s because there are NO STAR POINTS to match up or worry about sewing off!! 

Yesssssssss.  

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

I free motion quilted it on my Juki after I spray basted it (tutorial here for how I spray baste).  

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

Yes that is a big head Darth Vader on my tree.  ;) 

I’m a big fan of this quilt.  The fabrics are a huge assortment of reds and greens from my stash that I collected over the years.  

The only downside to this pattern is it uses a lot of fabric, and when that happens I try to compensate by throwing in at least a few solids, and use up large scraps or random cuts.  It also tends to look very “busy”, so make sure you use solids, and a lot of small blender prints along side large prints.    This would also be beautiful with an all white background…maybe a Fourth of July version needs to happen?   

No Point Stars, A FREE pattern in 5 sizes

Here is another link to the free pattern: 

No Point Stars Pattern in 5 sizes

The kids don’t have school Friday so I think it will be sugar cookie making day.  I love having lots of cookies in the freezer to pull out and give to neighbors, friends, stuff in my face at 11 pm, or leave out for the UPS man who comes to my house literally every. single. day.  Sometimes twice. 

 This is my favorite recipe EVER.  The cookies don’t spread too much, and the frosting dries glossy and hard so they don’t get ruined!  

 

 

 

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