Quilting and Hexies

The girls are finally getting old enough where I can get back to being crafty again! Yay!

This year I decided to do a Block of the Month (BOM). I am doing the Quilters Planner Block of the Month. I had the planner last year but I never had time to quilt with the baby growing in my belly. But this year, I am doing it. I have 3 out of the 4 months done! Yay!!

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I also found the National Quilt Museum had a BOM that started in April so I tried my hand and that… and boom. I fell in love with English Paper Piecing (EPP). Here is the block I made. Pattern is from Mister Domestic. He has some fantastic Youtube videos that showed me exactly what to do when EPPing.

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It then made me want to of course try hexies. So I am working on this table runner. I am about a week in, so I should have this done in what a couple months, lol.

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I have found that hand sewing keeps me from unnecessary snacking, and less time playing pointless games on my iPad. My daughter wants to help me sew all the time, and I might find something for her to work on too. Is almost 4 too young to start? I have no clue.

I will continue to post my progress, and I will update you if quilting is helping get rid of the mom bod too. lol.

peace.love.dove.

Cherie

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We moved… again.

We are back! Well at least I am. When you have kids, you sometimes lose track of time, your mind, and well everything in between. I have found that during the first year of each kid tends to be the hardest to have that time to yourself. You have to do everything for kids when they are little, but once they decide that playing by themselves in an ok thing, well I get myself back again. Plus on top of that we moved across the country. From Florida to Washington (which is the place we want to call home forever). We will see how long we can convince them to keep up here.

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By back again, I mean I can craft again. I have done a few projects here and there and only because my husband has watched the girls so I could get those quilts put together, or whatever else I have been working on. Plus on top of that we moved across the country. From Florida to Washington (which is the place we want to call home forever). We will see how long we can convince them to keep up here.

Anyways, the youngest just turned one, like a week ago, and I am a stay at home mom to a 3 year old too. Both girls, and both amazing. Winter break has been a little rough for all of us. The three year old is used to preschool 2x a week (and she loves it — she’d go every day if she could) plus she has dance once a week but when the district school is out, so is she… so on top of the one year old I have a child who asks me for candy like every 10 minutes, works on pushing all my buttons, and tests every boundary we set. It’s a fun game that I am rewarded with a glass of wine at night.

This year I have quite a few projects I want to complete, resolutions to work on, and few tasks around the house that need to get done. I am going to share my list, and in hopes I follow through this year to get things done!

  1. Declutter! I am hoping to make this our forever home, so once we grow out of it, don’t need it, or don’t want it, its going going gone!
  2. Quilt! I have one quilt to finish for my godson’s 1st birthday in less than a month. That is my first thing to do! Plus I have like 5 others on my list. I’ll post the most doable in the list below.
  3. Bath Bombs. We want to make them. We love them, and I would love to make some instead of buying them to use.
  4. Block of the Month (BOM) – I have two that I am planning on doing this year. Pat Sloan’s & Quilters Planner. So hoping I can knock out at least those this year.
  5. I need to get back to working out. In Florida I had a group of friends I worked out with. It was a class and I went 3 days a week, it was awesome! Here I need to join a gym, but its spendy! Especially if you add on the child car portion. That almost doubles my monthly gym membership payment. But I need to figure something out.
  6. Refinish our deck. And all sorts of small changes in the house. I am hoping next fall I can get my kitchen countertops replaced. It doesn’t look like I will actually win the lottery, so we have to save up that money.
  7. Pay off my Student loans! This will be done hopefully in October 2018.
  8. Dream up a business idea. Find a passion. Go with it.
  9. Organize. It goes with the decluttering, but I need to organize my home, I need to start better habits. I am messiest person ever. And its hard to change some of my bad habits, but I need to do it for my husband. For our family. For our home!
  10. Sell more stuff. I sell Norwex. I love their products but I have been too busy to work the business. MLMs. Some people love them, some people hate them. I hate the pushy ones. But I am not pushy. Have questions, message me, or visit my website, http://www.cheriegoyer.norwex.biz.

OK. 10 things to do this year. Plus every day life, visiting old friends, having friends and family visit, and raising tow incredibly wonderful girls. I also want to prep myself and work on being on a design team in 2019.  Which means I need to keep my blog up, post projects whether its quilting, paper crafting, or any other types of crafts, home goods, tasks, ideas… you name it.

I am not perfect no one is. And this might be a tough list to tackle, plus blogging takes time! Good pictures, Organization, Fresh ideas, and if you are reading this, you may be in my same shoes too. You will get to know me better over the next year and hopefully more, we may become best friends, or you might think I am too nuts for you.

I am always game for a glass of wine, some popcorn, and a good book too (well if I had time)…

peace.love.dove.

 

Baby Girl Quilt Finished

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The second I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to start the quilt for my baby to be. But I knew I had to wait. I also had to sort through my stash to see if I wanted to use any of the fabric I currently had — and well to see what I actually had…

Then I found out we were having another girl. I knew I couldn’t use previously bought fabric, I had to get some new stuff! *Ekk so exciting*

I headed out to my local quilting shop, which I had never been to before, and picked out my new fabric for this beautiful quilt. It was a lot harder to pick out fabric for myself than for other people. I have made a few baby quilts in the past couple years — and only one was for my child. I ended up picking out the back fabric first. It is a beautiful Opulent Flowerful Dandle Panel from Art Gallery Fabrics. It is from the Lavish collection designed by Katarina Roccella. I then picked some Kona solids to go with it (pink and white, and navy for the binding)

I chose a simple herringbone pattern since this is one of the bigger quilts I have attempted to make. I made several half square  triangle lined them up and sewed them all together. Since I am due at Christmas time, I wanted to get this done as soon as I can knowing that the holidays are going to be busy!! I quilted on my Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, and finished it today! yay!

So without further ado, here are the pictures of the finished quilt measured at 56.5″ each side (It’s square)!

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I also love that I finished this during National Sewing Month!!! How perfect. Now a million other things to do to get ready for this baby!

peace.love.dove.

Cherie

p.s. I am entering this into a couple competitions this month. Check them out at http://www.amyscreativeside.com & http://www.thesewingloftblog.com

 

 

Friday night

My Friday nights lately consist of my husband watching a movie while I turn to my sewing room and plug away at a project. Current project: Baby Quilt. FOR US!!! 

We found out that we are having another girl come this Christmas. We already have a good name picked out, and the other day I picked out her fabrics for her quilt. 


I am going to make a herringbone quilt in the pink and white, and back with the gorgeous printed fabric. Then the binding will be a navy blue. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

I already started on my half squares. 


And now to determine the size of the quilt. I want it smaller than a twin but bigger than a crib. So I will have to play with the squares and amounts to figure out a good size. 

I’ll keep you posted on my progress! 

Peace.Love.Dove.

Triangle Quilt Completed!

Well, my nephew came earlier than planned, so I had to hustle up and finish his quilt. Luke Steven was born August 1st, weighing 6lbs 4oz.

I finished up the quilt and wanted to share a few things on my inspirations, pattern used, and fabric!

Here is the finished product.

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I used Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. I purchased it from one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Fabric Shoppe, maybe because she is in Minnesota where I was born and raised, but mostly because she has awesome fabric!!!

I followed this pattern/QAL to make the quilt. I used the same ruler and everything. I highly recommend checking out the pattern and the blog!

Here are some more pictures of the quilt.

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I never know what to do with the back of the quilt, so I used the left over fabric and just lined it up. It’s crooked, but I did that on purpose. I didn’t want to be a perfectionist (because I am not one) and felt like it was a little more me. I wish I had some more time to actually spend my time quilting it. I had some great ideas, but I went simple .

Hopefully the mom and baby will get to come home soon and enjoy the quilt. Looks like I should probably run it down the the post office!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Now the decision of what to start on next…

peace.love.dove.

Cherie

Triangle Baby Quilt – Boy

I have lots of projects going on right now.

My Sister-in-law is due with her 3rd boy in a couple of weeks. Which means I need to finish up the baby quilt I started for her.

I have had the fabric since March of 2016 — before I even knew I was pregnant! (I am currently 19 weeks)

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It is the gorgeous Hello Bear! With some others added in to make it a little more masculine.

I decided I wanted to do a triangle quilt. I am slowly mastering it, so I needed to work on lining up all those points. I am happy to say, that this ones is MUCH better than my first, but here is some progress.

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Mind you these are all taken with my iPhone, so when it is all done, I will take some better professional pictures.

Here is a close up of the finished quilt top.

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The points are no where near perfect, but they are pretty darn good for me! I am working hard to get this quilted this week. It is supposed to rain a lot which will hopefully help me. Plus the urgency of this baby coming any week, could give me the extra push! Now the decision is how do I want to quilt it?!?

More to come this week on the finished quilt. Fingers crossed!

Peace.Love.Dove.

 

 

Felt Board Fireplace

Felt Board Fireplace

We bought a house. It is beautiful, and I love everything about it, but – there is no fireplace. No where to hang the stockings, display precious keepsakes, or put the holiday decor. So what to do? I needed a fire place. So I purchased a fireplace surround.

I put the surround and mantle up, and it sat there. Blank wall, (with an outlet in it and fireplace around it. There is no place to actually put a fireplace in my house, it just wouldn’t work. But I needed to find some wonderful idea of what to put in my fire place! Most importantly, there was an outlet in the actual area I needed to convert to something, so I needed to “bump out the area.”

I had lots of ideas:

  1. Lanterns
  2. Whiteboard
  3. Wood
  4. glitter
  5. paint
  6. leave it
  7. I could go on and on…

But something wasn’t right. And then “click,” I have an almost 2 year old. Let’s make it a felt board so we can do stories AND have a “fire” all in one day if I wanted.

I started by inserting foam board into the fireplace opening (bound together with white duct tape. I had to bump out the board to take care of the outlet situation. The entire thing is removable for when I need to plug in things like the Christmas Tree, and should be deep enough (I hope) to have the tree timer set up for the lights!

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Next was the fun part, decorating it!

I purchased a big sheet of black felt, and centered it on the fire. Adhering it with hot glue.

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Now it did not perfectly square up, but I solved this problem by making “tiles” to go around. I measured them out to be 5.25″x 5.25″ to catch the widest gaps, and put them all around the edge. I had to trim the middle pieces so they lined up and looked nice.

Then I cut out some felt wood and flames to make it complete!

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and “ta da” an instant fireplace!

A simple way, to add a little light in the room, and a fun place to play.

peace. love. dove.

Cherie

Vacation

Sometimes you need a break.

I had a year of complete change. I had my little one turn ONE, I started a new job in direct sales, we moved from Hawaii to Florida, bought our first house, and adjusted to our new location and schedule. With two trips to the midwest in the span of a month and a half. I needed a break.

I took a month of from my Direct Sales business, and it left me time to create. Find myself, find my beautiful passion for crafting back. With January coming to complete, I am so excited I already made an entire quilt, and have a project to quilt lined up for next month already.

Life has to start again, and not that its not starting, I am just still visiting my family. I want to get started on more projects. I would love to get back into being on design teams, and I want to create!

My goal for this year is ME. I want to make things for ME. Complete projects for ME. Do what I want to do. It’s all about balance. This is the year, this is the time, and it is actually going to happen. I am going to make it happen. I am going to get out my Silhouette, and finally play with it! I am going to use my sewing machine every month. I am going to try new techniques. I am going to work on losing weight. I am going to do it because I want to! I am turning off the TV, walking away from the computer, and using my brain every day for ME.

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yep, thats me!

peace.love.dove.

until next week, when I am back with more projects made!

Baby Boy Quilt

I finished it. I have a goal this year of finishing things I have started. Whether is was 4 years ago, several months ago, or even a few days ago. It is all about follow through. I am also making it a goal to use my Silhouette a ton more too! My husband bought it for me the Christmas AFTER my daughter was born, so my time to craft and sew and all sorts of things, just disappeared. The only time I got it out was to help others with projects and to make my daughters onesies… but that is another post, another day, when I go through her bins and actually get them out and photograph them nicely.

Today, I am sharing the baby quilt I made for my cousin’s son. I am not sure at this point what you call my cousin’s kids to me, but my cousin and I are super close. She was my Maid of Honor at my wedding and we grew up 5 miles away from each other, and born with in 2 weeks of each other (our mom’s are sisters). Our Mom’s other sister had a son who is 9 months older than us.

I whipped this quilt up in a jiffy. It took all the spare time that I had, and I was wondering if I was even going to get it done!! But here it is in all its glory.

IMG_3738It is my first attempt at free motion quilting, and I have called it anywhere from children’s scribble to bumpy road! You have to start somewhere!!!

here are some more pictures of my progress that I took. Join me on instagram to see me in all my glory too @cherbeartoo

This was also my first time making flying geese, which was fun! You can tell I am a total rookie because I just said that. I made it with love. I hope you enjoy, and I can’t wait to show you what I am going to FINALLY finish next month!!

I also want to try to cut fabric on my Silhouette! That sounds like it could be fun, especially for appliqué quilts.

Off to play with my toddler. Have a wonderful weekend.

Peace.Love.Dove.

 

A New Year a New View

As soon as the New Year approaches, I am finding myself confused on what to do next, what step to take, and where I want my next journey to be. I like to start with a blank page. This year is going to be different, interested, more accomplished, more traveled, and I really want to push myself, but enjoy it. (I say this every year).

I have spent the last year doing direct sales. I love the products I sell, but I am not always certain that the “job” is for me. I am a more hands on type person. I have yet to find my passion, and something that works well for me and my family. I don’t think I have ever had a job where I knew that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and maybe I will never find that. With that being said, I want to try to find it if I can.

My husband has known what he has wanted to do since he was a kid. Lucky him, he has completed it. He loves his job, and it is all he has ever dreamed about. Me on the other hand, I never have had a full dream of what I want to do. I start a lot of things and never finish them. I am scatterbrained, and well, to be honest, the worst multi-tasker in the world. I just can’t do two things at once.

I want to focus and find that little thing that brings passion in my life. Right now, it is fabric. I love it, I swoon after it, I enjoy cutting it up, and I am learning to sew it back together. I make a great mess, and it gives me my own freedom. So this year, I am going to dedicate myself to quilting. I want to get better at the skill, and develop it. I want to make a few quilts, and see if I have the knack, and maybe, if at all possible, it might lead me to a passion. Maybe even great ideas. But I a not 100% sure what will come of it.

So with the move from Hawaii to Florida complete, and we should be fully settled into our new home. It’s time to jump. It’s time to kick. It is time. Nothing should get in my way — well unless my daughter decides not to take a nap, like she is right now. It is time to escape into my little fabric hole, and fill my heart with joy.

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