If you’ve read my blog for very long you probably know that I struggle with keeping up with quilt-alongs. For those of you who didn’t know this about me, here’s my confession:

I suck at keeping up with quilt alongs.

But now that I have implemented my new work schedule, I seriously hope that will change. I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t finished the mystery quilt of Cheryl’s I started, um, how long ago? Too long….

Speaking of the new office hours, I want to thank you for all your comments and suggestions on the post I wrote last week. I found that several of you struggle with the same work/life balance, and it is my hope that we can support each other. If you ever need to talk about the balancing act we struggle with just reach out. I would love to have a conversation with you.

Last week I kept to my schedule (yay!) and was so happy to have play time to sew whatever I wanted. And what I wanted to sew was the first block in the “I Wish You a Merry QAL”. If you missed it, you can read more about the quilt along here. I’m determined to keep up with this one!

The first block in the QAL was designed by Vanda of Quilt in Piece. Vanda gave us an applique snowflake block to make and it is adorable! I’m not great at applique, but I gave it an honest effort and it doesn’t look too bad.

Snowflake Applique block

I used fusible web to adhere the pieces to the background, then did a straight stitch to outline the shapes. They will probably fray a bit, but I’m okay with that. At least until I learn a better method!

I originally thought I would make a blue snowflake, but at the last minute changed my mind and used this red snowflake print. I still might make a blue one, just to get in some practice. Practice makes perfect, right??

Snowflake block

My Finished Block

If you want to see more snowflake blocks, head on over to the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group . There have been a lot of gorgeous blocks shared. Also, if you have the time I hope you’ll jump in and join the QAL. The organizers (who were all participants in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop) have rounded up some great prizes for finishers and you won’t want to miss out!

Hopefully I’ll get more personal sewing done this week. We are in the middle of a DIY project, replacing our front porch, and that is taking up a lot of my free time.  We originally had a small cement slab that was very narrow that served as our front entry. After several days, and a LOT of help from my brother, we now have a lovely front porch. It’s 8 feet wide and 22 feet long! I’m excited that it’s wide enough to accommodate a porch swing my dad made for me, with plenty of room for more seating, end tables, and plants. When we have it completely finished I’ll post pictures.

I will also be busy prepping for two classes that will start this week. I have a new Beginner Quilting class starting Thursday, and will also be teaching Star Bright, the pattern published in Quilter’s World earlier this year. I want to make a Mini Diva wallet so hopefully I’ll have time to just whip one up. Uh huh. Just whip one up. Hey, a girl can dream!

So now it’s time for you to share the projects you are working on. It’s Main Crush Monday time! You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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