Education, Sewing & Quilting

pillowcase

Hi there, how are you? I’ve been a busy girl lately, particularly with my new position at work. I’m working as a Community Manager for Ellison and Sizzix. On the Ellison side I’m managing their blog, working on social media (particularly Pinterest and a new Instagram account), and am launching a brand new blog team. This is a lot of fun for me given my enthusiasm for education and my love of children. I’ve spent many hours in the classroom volunteer-teaching art to kids, so I’m super excited to be supporting the efforts of our educators in this way.

I’m also working on quilting for Sizzix. I’ll be taking over the quilting and sewing members of our Sizzix Blog Team in the next month or so, and just came back from the International Quilt Show in Houston. I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to learn more about quilting and sewing. The quilts on display at the show in Houston were stunning works of art, and while I have no illusions that I’ll ever be that skilled or immersed when it comes to quilting, I am happy to start developing my sewing skills a bit. If you quilt you’ll probably recognize the lady on the right in this photo. I was lucky to meet Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt at the show. What a nice lady! :]

JennyDoan

Holy Moly, I’m Sewing!
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Remember my May post called Picking Up a Needle and Thread?  It seems the universe heard me and is nudging me along a thread-lined path. Once I received my new position in late September I decided there was no time like the present and found some sewing lessons.  After all, a gal needs to know what she’s dealing with so she can take informed action in the workplace, right?  Held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, I’ve made the following things at my two classes:

Class 1 – a pillow case (photo at top)
Class 2 – I pieced together the tops of two quilt blocks, which will become placemats.

I’ll quilt the placemats together with the batting and backing, and will attach the binding the next time I’m able to attend a class. Woo hoo! I hope to post photos of the completed placemats in the next month or so. I used some vintage fabric I’d purchased at an estate sale years ago, along with some coordinating new fabric, and hope they turn out well.

Some Upcoming Projects
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While at the Quilt Festival in Houston I purchased a five-yard pack of coordinating fabric that will become a first small lap quilt for hubby and I to use. I love the birds and the turquoise/red combo!

fabric

After that I’ve got my eye on making a larger quilt that consists of vintage handkerchiefs sewn together and then quilted. I was lucky enough to receive an incredible collection of handkerchiefs recently (Thank you SO much Lesa and Cleova!), and would love to use some of them to make a large quilt for our bed.

I hope you’re all well and happy, dear readers. What have you been up to lately?  Please comment and share!

Warm regards,
Melody

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3 Comments

  1. Posted November 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm by Jo Murray | Permalink

    You are such a talented…..and busy….girl. Well done!

  2. Posted November 5, 2014 at 11:22 am by Melody | Permalink

    (Blushing) Thanks, Jo! Yep, I’m never bored. :]
    Melody

  3. Posted October 28, 2016 at 11:34 am by Barbara Walborn | Permalink

    So happy to hear that things are going so well for you! Love all the fabric choices you make; they are all so “happy”!

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