Saturday, May 7, 2016

Full Cirlce

I just want to get something straight. When I started this blog I had all the best intentions. I wanted to travel, sew and just love life. My now finance and I had bought an RV back in 2013 and I wanted to go on the road and share my love of sewing and crafting alongside our adventures to new and exciting places. Hence the Sew Nomadic name! Then for whatever reason we hit a wall. It turned out we just wanted out of New Jersey. We sold the RV and took off for Utah in a more conventional manner. Granted this was still a very extreme move. Quite the culture shock. The change was nice.
But the feeling never went away. That feeling of wanderlust. Wanting to be free, to travel and explore and see new things. To live life to its fullest. Every time I watch one of those movies, you know, like Wild or The Way or Into the Wild, I just want to sell everything quit my job and go. Maybe buying the RV was some desperate attempt at a hail Mary that we thought would save us. Were we crazy? stupid? irresponsible? Or brilliant? I could almost kick our past selves for not sticking with it because honestly it would have been great.

I always say to my mother there has to be another way. I don't want cookie cutter, I never did. I was never one that fit the mold and every time I find myself squeezing into it I lose a little more of myself. Why is it that life seems so scripted. You go to school, to get a good job, to get married, to get a house, to have babies and fall further and further into debt and self loathing. Maybe some people really love this kind of thing but none of that seems attractive to me. Life doesn't have to play out like that. And I understand that even if you do follow the more conventional path that your life wouldn't be bad its just not what I want. So this leads me back to the beginning.

We still talk about it constantly.

Here we are almost 4 years later and we are still talking about selling everything, buying an RV/camper and just taking off. Its what we wanted all along and it feels right in my bones. I can't get over just how logical this seems, for us anyway. So here's to a re-beginning. Our mulligan if you will. I would love it if you'd join me on this now familiar adventure just one more time. There's just one catch, no more script, no more tireless editing and no more BS. You're getting it all good, bad and ugly. Its going to be a blast!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Blog Revival?

Wow.

All I can really say is wow it has been some time. Is there anyone even still out there??? Anyone even reading this silly blog of mine?

 I don't want to make apologies or talk about how I meant to do one thing or another. Can I be honest? The truth is I just didn't feel like blogging anymore. It was tiring, making sure every post was perfect, all the editing and proofreading, blah blah.....I found Instagram and everything changed. But now with IG going to a different format I may return to blogging. But here's the thing....there are going to be some changes around here.

If I do any posts they will be short. Borrowing from the ease of IG I will maybe post one or two pictures and make quick comments about them and that's it. I really like the documentation process and sharing my hobby with the world. So it is definitely not something I want to give up totally. But if its going to work I need to make it work for me.

Hope you all understand. Thanks for bearing with me. This is going to be fun!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

3 Quilts and a Scrappy Trip

Howdy everybody! Hope this summer is treating you well! I actually did some sewing this summer although not as much as I would like, but I got some things started and accomplished.....well sorta!

I made this awesome quilt inspired by Canoe Ridge Creations Chevron and On quilt that was featured in March/April edition of Quilty mag.


I used my Kate Spain Central Park charm packs that have been in the stash for a while. This was a "use what I have" challenge. I think it was pretty successful. I forgot how much I love this line. The colors are so wonderfully bright and exciting!


I also quilted this myself and was the first time I did a panto on the longarm. I am so happy with how it came out! I still need to attach the binding. I found the most amazing print in my stash, all the colors match perfectly! I don't remember what its called or who made it, but I love it.



And then this amazingness....


I recently quilted this beautiful Vintage Revival Quilt for one of the gals at the guild. It was such a delight to have this gorgeous thing on my frame. It was not all fun and games though as I quickly found out that my straight line quilting skills were lacking. I used the Morocco pantograph from Urban Elementz and it sure was tough. I wound up making a stencil and quilting from the front side with my ruler.


It really was awesome though, I learned a ton on this bad boy. I figured out how to load a pieced back, deal with bias edges, and beefed up on my ruler work. It was great! Sure took me long enough but the owner is super stoked and I'm proud of myself. It isn't perfect, but I'm not either ;)


Here is another quilt I quilted (I hate saying it like that. makes it sound weird...quilt I quilted...lol). Anyway...This one came from my neighbor. It is her first quilt, EVER! The pattern is a slightly modified version of Ring Toss by Allison Harris. She made it for her daughter and did such an amazing job! I was so impressed. Very good person to instruct. And she loved the quilt making process so much she is already starting to think of other things to piece together. **insert evil laughter** I just did an overall meander which was super fun and super quick. Love the bright fun colors in this. I might have to make one myself!



And lastly, I FINALLY started my scrappy trip quilt. I have been wanting to do this for forever! I pulled everything out of the stash for this one. 


I really want it to be super scrappy, but its actually proving to be pretty hard with my matchy-matchy-ness. I have decided to run a dark strip through every block to kind of tie it all together. 

I don't think I will make it too big though the more blocks I make the more I just want to keep going. We will see where it takes me.......

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Its Been A Loooong While

Hey everyone! I'm surprised you are all still here. I'm not really keeping my resolution, but oh well. Its hard to make promises like that and I knew you'd all understand anyway! Right?!?!?! I didn't really go anywhere, life just sort of happened as life normally does. I don't want to admit that it was laziness so let's just call it a hiatus. ;)

There is a lot to share as its been, ooohhh, 5 months or so since my last post. But the anticipation only makes it that much better! I'll just pick up like I never left off.

I finally finished the baby quilt I was working on for our newest family member. She was born in April and her name is Giavanna. Such a cutie!



And since the last post I bought something.....something BIG.


I just couldn't pass it up! I love it! It makes the quilting process so much easier and faster. No more sore shoulders or days and days of quilting. I'm actually not using it as much as I like, but it probably just means I'm not sewing enough.

I finished my Spanish Tiles quilt on it though. Figured out how to do woodgrain FMQ!



I also made this...


this...


and working on this...


I am sure there are plenty of things I missed. And I PROMISE to share them when I come across them. I just bought the backing, a sheet, for the quilt top so I'll hopefully be quilting it soon! Yippie!!!! Thank you to everyone who has held in there with me. Your support is very much appreciated. To my family and friends I'm still alive. And to the blog-o-sphere you'll be hearing more from me!!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

SLMQG

Guys....last night was so wonderful!!!! I finally got to go to a Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild meeting and I must say it was one of the best things I've done so far here in Utah! It was a little sketchy at first, but after the nervous jitters were gone and I started talking to all the wonderful people there its was just magic! There were so many amazing quilters and designers it kind of blew my mind. Not to mention I was a little star struck (and I'm gonna name drop) when I saw Katie from the blue chair sitting inches from me. My insides were all like sqeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Justin even knew who she was LOL!!! And I don't mean to get all dorky but to finally meet someone who, to you, has been so influential and inspiring it kind of calls for a little jumping up and down!

Its official!!!!!!!
But seriously, the inspiration was everywhere. I left feeling so excited and delighted to jump in front of my sewing machine and get down to business. I feel like this is the first set. And hopefully if my work schedule cooperates, I can make it to as many meetings/events as I can so I get hang out with all of these amazingly talented and wonderful people!!!! I don't know too many names yet, but I'm sure in time I'll get to know each and everyone them!

















The Riley Blake Challenge






Thank you to everyone that participated in Show and Tell it was awesome. I hope you all feel as inspired as I do!