You’ve Got This!

 

Hi Friends, I wanted to give everyone a little update with my health. I am trying hard not to only blog about my health, but seeing as it is the forefront in my life currently and has been, well SORRY!  But, in a bright way it has fueled my design work in really positive ways!

In a very shortened version, chemotherapy, steroids and other medicines they have had me on and off of  over the past 19 months have made me gain 40lbs (don’t forget I was in bed for the better part of 6 months from surgeries).  So here I am, 4 months into remission and I now have a paralyzed diaphragm that is cutting off a blood vessel to my heart, meaning I get very winded doing very little.  I can walk a small distance before needing a breather, I cannot lift anything or bend at all, climbing stairs is insane, the upside is I can’t vacuum and can barely do the dishes!! This makes losing the weight really difficult.  Somedays I get super pissed at my body for surviving cancer but not letting me exercise and play sports and be myself again.  I have to take a step back and realize I will slowly get back to my normal weight again, but my body is different now and I will never be the same.  The good thing is I am in remission, my hair is growing back better than ever, I am embarking on a new adventures and I cannot be stopped!

Most days I admit it takes a toll on my mood, but I have some wonderful friends who keep encouraging me not to give up or get discouraged.  So for everyone out there struggling with health issues, these designs are for you! Let’s keep our heads down and get through the crap! 

 

 

You can find these designs currently in my Society6 shop.  If there is enough request for them to be available in fabrics I may sell them eventually in select fabrications.

If you are going through any health issued and need someone to vent or talk to, please reach out.  I found that venting to people was insanely helpful, especially strangers.  Weird, I know!

I am also trying to figure out how to get a newsletter and mailing list going.  Forgive my needing to learn how to do this first, but, I do excel at the creative side more-so than the business side!

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Spring Sewing

It seems like it has been a non-stop spring season.  I know this is because I have been extremely busy with sewing commissions for individual customers and for my summer stockists so I haven’t had time to slow day and watch Spring happen.  Don’t misunderstand me though, I absolutely love nothing more than to be swamped with commission work! Below are a few of my favorite individual commission projects I have been working on this Spring season.  I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget if you see something you love just contact me and I can always make more!

The quilt and wallhanging below were commissioned for an Eagle Scout and his father who was the Master of the troop.  I had never sewn so many patches before and completely became obsessed with them!  I didn’t have a lot of t-shirts to work with so it is fantastic that I had so many patches to place around the shirt logos.  I hope to get more fun commissions in the future that require the sewing of embroidered patches!

The quilt with the absolutely adorable little boy on it was made specially for my two dear friends who live in Australia and their newborn Maxwell.  I over-dyed a mint fabric for the backing in indigo.  The front of the quilt is one of my custom designed patterns which is available in my spoonflower shop,  I hand quilted and machine quilted this whole cloth quilt.  Watch my Instagram and Etsy sites this summer, I plan on making a lot more whole cloth baby quilts to sell.  

Below is a reversible quilted cover to a hope chest.  This piece was amazingly fun to design.   I hand dyed all the fabric then, true to form, I laid out the pieces a million different ways until I found a design that the client loved as much as I did!

These are just a few snippets into what I have been working on this spring!  I finally bought a new laptop and will be updating my gallery page as soon as my current quilt commissions are complete!  I will also be working on blogging much more often, so make sure to check back often!

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Bloggers Quilt Festival! Entry 1!

This is my first time entering quilts  into Amy Ellis’ Bloggers Quilt Festival.     I am really excited to be a part of this, especially because it forces me to blog more (which has been my weak spot, I won’t deny).  I have chosen to enter two quilts that I finished this year.  Both were designed, pieced and quilted by me.  I hope you like them!

My first entry is for the Scrappy Quilt Category.  My inspiration is Autumn, my absolute favorite time of year.  I used scraps of fabric used in a king size quilt I made this winter (photo in my gallery page).  All of the indigo fabric I hand dyed using traditional Japanese Shibori resist dye techniques.  The gold fabric is a dream with the indigo and quickly has become my favorite color combo!  I think this color combination screams Autumn, pumpkin patches, apple pie, cider, thank goodness Autumn is here!

Below is a little sneak peak into how I design and make a scrappy quilt.  I sew random pieces together, all scraps crom my scrap bin, then like a puzzle, I try and piece them together the best I can!  This quilt measures 17 x  23 1/2″.  It makes for a great wallhanging in any room.

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Belownis how my brain works out the puzzle portion of scrappy improv quilting.

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Below is what it turned out to be after numerous versions were sewn!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my quilts! Please click on the link above to the Bloggers Quilt Festival, take a look at all the talented quilters involved and cast your votes!

                                                             xx Kathryn Marie