Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On Your Mark, Get Set...

The countdown has officially begun... I'm about a week away from heading out to Nadelwelt, and I couldn't be more nervous and excited at the same time. So much to think of... pack... plan... check off the list, and that's exactly what I'm doing.

I shared last week my two latest kicks that I am somehow needing to get out of my system - felt and reverse applique. Both of these projects are blocks from my Home Sweet Home applique sampler, which releases in May!

I usually make a lot of pillows with several factors in mind. Firstly, I always like to show smaller sample projects that can be made for a large quilt pattern... it gets ideas flowing for how a pattern can be translated into a smaller and more doable piece  - not everyone likes doing long distance marathon quilts, you know.

Secondly, it gives me the opportunity to experiment... so far I've been in my safe "swirls" free motion quilting bubble, and it gives me room to try other quilting motifs. For my "Blooms" pillow, I branched out a bit and did a combination of flowers, leaves, and swirls. I don't always feel confident with connecting one movement to the next, but that's why you practice... right?

Thirdly, I find that I actually need smaller in between projects as a breather when I am working on a bigger one. Sometimes my sewing time is a bit here and there, and if it takes too long to get back into a big project, at least I'm still sewing on an easier to pick-up-where-I-left-off project... I'd say that's killing a lot of birds with just one stone!

So, I'm not sure if I'll be able to check here in next week since I'll be super busy packing my bags, but don't go too far because there's a lot coming up in May... my Home Sweet Home applique sampler is finished, and releases May 16th!... PLUS I've  got a little surprise coming up on Instagram. 

Hope to see you at Nadelwelt - be sure to say hello if you are there!

Linking up for the Q2 Finish-A-Long


  1. I am so excited for you, Allison!!! The pillows are fabulous, as is your quilting on them :-)
    Here's hoping you get everything checked off the list ~ Tracy

  2. Absolutely adorable and whimsical

  3. Dear Allison, the pillows look really "allisonish", I would recognize them immediately.

    Good luck for Nadelwelt, I will not come and unfortunately I will not see you.
    All the best and a "rocking" workshop
    Greetings Christiane

  4. Allison, this pillow is beautiful. Wow!!
    Happy travels to Nadelwelt. That sounds like an absolute blast and I bet if I went, by the time it was over my German would be exakt!
    The quilting on this pillow is really nice, you are right, practice makes ..... better, just so much better. Glückliche Spielräume

  5. These are looking great. Love the idea of smaller samples.
    I have to agree with you about having smaller projects in between the bigger ones. Gives the brain time to refresh and recover.

  6. These are wonderful pillows! I hope we'll manage to meet each other in real life at Nadelwelt!!!

  7. Your pillows blow me away! They are adorable! Enjoy Nadelwelt!

  8. I like both pillows though of course the colors speak "louder" to me. Wishing you the best of luck with all the preparations and safe travels. Enjoy your time and meet lots of nice people! Will think of you and hopefully be there another time.

  9. That are wonderful pillows. I love this combination of fabric and felt. Are they on your packing list for Nadelwelt? I m excited and curious as well for the workshop with you. See you there on Friday, 🙋

  10. Very nice! It almost makes me want to consider learning to applique...

  11. Oh my goodness both of these pillows are beautiful! Congratulations on the finish. Thanks for linking up on behalf of the 2018 global Finish-A-Long hosts.


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