It’s been a busy month! I’ve already plunged into two New Year Resolutions and crossed an item off my bucket list (I went to my very first NFL game - the NFC championship game in San Francisco)!! Here is a full report detailing the progress of my resolutions:
Okay, this doesn’t seem like a difficult resolution to most, but I’ve been thinking about going to the PMQG meetings since mid-2011. I don’t know why I was so intimidated but I “forced” myself to go to the first meeting of the year! I was too chicken to stand up and introduce myself but I enjoyed my time as a wallflower. And wow, talk about talent. All of the quilts that I saw were beautiful and the work was incredible. I feel out of my league but on the same token, I’m extremely inspired. I went home and signed up online to be a member. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and will blog my continued effort to fulfill my resolution.
I stumbled upon Binky Patrol when I was looking for volunteer opportunities in the Portland area, back in November. The organization is nationwide, and I stole this tidbit from their website because I think it clearly explains their mission:
We are an all volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.
The Portland Chapter is made up of knitters, crocheters and quilters; ergo, I qualify. Not to mention, I have several quilt tops that are completely pieced but just need to be quilted and bound. I can’t imagine better motivation to finish these quilts and get them to children and families in need.
Below is the first quilt I made for Binky Patrol. I made up a Lone Star pattern, which was my first (and last?) time piecing diamonds. Originally, the pattern I thought up for this quilt was much more ambitious, but after the Y-seams I was ready to call it quits. I machine-quilted it on my Bernina 440QE and hand-stitched the binding on at the chapter meeting. I’m super pleased with how it turned out and I hope it brings warmth and comfort to the recipient.
In the works: listing items on my Etsy shop, and getting ready for the Crafty Underdog on Feb 12th at the Mission Theatre!
First things FIRST! I want to thank everyone who came to Handmade NW’s Formal Holiday Artisans Fair this past Sunday!! It was a major success and I met so many wonderful people. Much gratitude to everyone that has supported me these past few months - each day I am so grateful to have you all in my life because I couldn’t be living this dream without your generosity and encouragement.
Secondly!! I’m featured on Crafty Underdog’s website!! Check it out here!!!! Further, I also have some goods at their store now (!!!!!) and I confirmed that the world’s best mug that I posted about previously is the talented work of Keith Johnson. He has goods at the Crafty Underdog shop as well so if you’re in the Portland area, you better check it out! It’s at 60th and SE Foster and absolutely full of rad and creative things. Not to mention, the ladies of LGA Creative (the Crafty Underdog’s brainchild) are the best. They really get ‘community’ and it’s such an honor to have their support.
Third (and lastly), since this past Sunday I’ve been working on Christmas presents so I don’t have any photos to post until after the holiday!
That all being said, Happy Holidays to everyone and warm wishes to all of my tumblr friends. I hope your holidays are filled with family, friends, joy and love. Merry Christmas! xoxo