Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One Last Quilt & a Goodbye

Short Trips Baby Quilt
Goodbyes are always hard! I've done a lot of thinking over the past few months and while stitching on this quilt and have decided to take a break from blogging. After much thought and going back and forth as to what I should do, the time has come to make a final decision.
Short Trips Baby Quilt  - a
I've found I've been spending too much energy and thought tending to the shop and blog when I really wish to be spending my time in other ways. I'm sure to continue all the crafts and hobbies that I love... sewing, quilting and hand stitching are what I'm really enjoying right now and will always be a part of my life.
Short Trips Baby Quilt - c

Short Trips Baby Quilt - b
Keeping a blog has been so much fun for me. It's provided a way for me to connect with others while I've been at home caring for my children. Now that they are growing older, those nap times that I used to sew and quilt are not happening.
I'd like to thank all of you for your kind comments, friendship and encouragement throughout the years! It's been a blessing to have so many people admire what I've made... that's really motivated me to keep going, finish up a project and to create and design some new things. Thank you so much!
Short Trips Baby Quilt - d
I'm having a big sale in the shop to help clear out all the remaining listings. Use the coupon code GOODBYE for 45% off your purchase. There are lots of pincushion kits, flag buntings and a few vintage sheet items left!

Here's a little more about the quilt in the pictures above:
finished size: 39" square
 the squares are cut at 3" and finish at 2.5"
*there's a great chart here to help you calculate setting triangles and corner triangles for quilt blocks set on point in a quilt
the design was inspired by Jolene's Granny Square Block
quilting is done with cream colored perle cotton and a Jeana Kimball Redwork Needle size 9

...and I think that's it!
You can continue to reach me through email at twinfibers (at) gmail (dot) com and on Pinterest... oh, how I love to find great stuff on there!
{hugs!}
~Jessica

54 comments:

Cindy said...

I totally understand. I've really enjoyed your blog. Best wishes and I hope to see you pop up every once in awhile.

Little Island Quilting said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog. A shame but I can see where you are coming from. Good luck.

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Totally understandable. I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past several months and wish you the best.

J said...

Jessica - I will miss your blog. All the best!

Janet

Shanna said...

I'm so sad, but I completely understand!! Your blog was one of the first ones I started reading...thank you for sharing with us!!

Little Miss Shabby said...

I so get it Jessica! I have loved visiting your blog and taking peeks into your world!

felice said...

Oh Man! I am so sorry to hear you will not be blogging any longer. Your blog has been one of my favorites. I enjoy seeing your projects. I am hoping that perhaps you will keep blogging on a more ad hoc basis so as to not feel pressure and be able to enjoy the process. Of course, this is a greedy hope. Regardless, best wishes! You do really beautiful and inspiring work!

aksherry said...

Beautiful quilt!! I totally understand you need to move on. Best wishes for all your future projects!!

Jan said...

Understandable, but you will be missed!

Heidi Staples said...

I've been dealing with similar issues lately myself, having to cut back on sewing and blogging time. Your blog was one of the first I found when I started sewing, and I've loved seeing your projects. Good luck in wherever you go from here!

Melissa Corry said...

I sure will miss you!! Have fun in all of your future endeavors and enjoy life to the fullest!!!

CJ said...

So sad for us but I TOTALLY understand! I stopped bloggin in January hoping to spend less time on the computer and more time actually quilting/sewing! The computer still has a gravitational pull. I hope you are more successful at breaking that bond and doing more of what you want to be doing! Thanks for all of your inspiration.

Modern Amish said...

Jessica, it has been lovely getting to know you and be inspired by you through your blog. Sorry to see this blog coming to a close, but I'm sure our paths will cross on Pinterest or flickr or somewhere. Keep up the hobby! Its good for the soul!
blessings + happy stitching!
Lindsay

Meg said...

I have been a big fan of yours for a long, long time! However, I completely understand. You will be missed! I am so glad I got to meet you!

xoxo

Sel said...

Thanks for blogging all this time and enriching my experience as a quilter. It's been both a pleasure and an inspiration to read your posts and see your quilts.

Best wishes!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog posts and yummy eye candy/quilts. Enjoy yourself! We'll miss you!

Joan said...

Lovely quilt! So sad to see you go. I have really enjoyed your blog. Best wishes to you!

belarmina said...

lo siento!!! espero encontrarte otra vez y disfrutar de tus trabajos
saludos

Rita Hodge said...

Thank you for all of your wonderful inspirational quilts and crafty works. It have enjoyed stopping by here often and hope your enjoy a very much deserved break. Enjoy!

Marg M said...

Hi thanks for such lovely visits to your blog it has been great to follow good luck with your new pursuits and I will miss the visits thanks

Domina said...

I will miss your posts and beautiful projects! We'll have to make sure we connect next time I'm up your way (or if you ever come South!) :)

Hitch and Thread said...

It's a lovely quilt. I wish you luck in your next stage of life.

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

yay for you and so sad for us. Lots of love to you and your family. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Good for you for going with your gut.

CathyK said...

Thank you for the time we had! Best of luck on your new endeavors!

Cindy said...

Good for you for listening to your heart! I've so enjoyed seeing your work and will miss you!

Debbie said...

oh I'm sorry to hear this, but of course wish you the best!

Franziska said...

I can understand your thoughts, I think many people feel this way. I hope to see some new creatins nevertheless. Keep on crafting.

Kiera, It's Sew Kiki said...

Blessings to you on this new chapter in your life. You've made a difficult decision, but are following your heart and that's always the right thing. I've enjoyed your blog and inspiration! My best to you and your family.

Angie said...

Oh Jessica, I am sad to see you go. I completely understand where you are in life. I am there myself and between working full time, being a mom, my creative times have become few and far between. I wish you the best of luck and hope that you would occasionally share some wonderful inspiration with us. Being Mommy is first and I truly understand this now more that ever. Best Wishes!

SuzyMcQ said...

Bye! Thanks for everything. I really enjoyed your blog.

mindingmomma said...

you will be missed. i hope you leave your blog up so we can read the archives. good luck in the future.

Carrie P. said...

We all have different seasons in our lives and you are in a new one and you have to do what is right for you. I enjoyed your blog very much. Your creations are beautiful. Best Wishes!

Heather A said...

I'll miss your blogging but I fully support anyone's notion to spend less time online and more time in life.

Enjoy!

Melissa Albertson said...

I'll be sad not to read your posts anymore! Hopefully you will still keep the blog up - I always go to yours first and then look at all your links on the side. Your blog is what got me into reading other quilting and crafting blogs. Before I d=found yours I didn't even know so many wonderful sites existed! Enjoy your time crafting!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I'm so sad to see you're leaving the blogging world. Your blog is one of my favorites. I will miss you, but all the best.

Karen said...

Oh....I am going to miss your blog so much! You have been my sewing companion for quite awhile! But, I know how life gets in the way.... Wishing you all the best!

James said...

Hi,
Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Quilting Community? Our members will love it!
Members include: Quilters, Quilting Enthusiasts, Experts, Bees, Circles and Clubs.
It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also share Photos, Videos and Articles if you like.
Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
Please feel free to share as often and as much as you like.
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I hope you consider sharing with us.
Thank you,
James Kaufman, Editor

Valerie said...

Jessica-I've enjoyed your blog, and better yet, getting to hang out a bit at Summit last year. I hope all the best for you and your family. Enjoy!

Tatkis said...

Your quilt is so beautiful (I love those apples), hope you'll have some time to quilt and blog in future!
Good luck!

Tatyana

Kelli said...

Good for you--what a wonderful last quilt to leave us with. Best ofl uck to you, Jessica!!

Meredith said...

I have LOVED your blog and am sorry to see it go away. sniff, sniff. I completely understand though - good luck to you and your family!

Stay at home mom in Texas said...

Jessica, I might be one of your older readers. I have really enjoyed your thoughts on one of my loves, crafting. I know the decision to rearrange your priorities seems hard, but you will never regret it. You never get these years or special times with your kids back. I enjoyed your blog because I am in the empty nest years (3 college age sons) and am finding the time to be re-inspired. Thanks for you beautiful projects.

Dana said...

say it ain't so!
Well, I can't blame you for wanting more time. Life is fleeting!
I still plan to make one of your quilts, so hopefully I can still find you on Flickr.
Best of luck to you!

CitricSugar said...

You'll be missed but I totally get it. I just came back from a two month break of not posting and not reading. It does take a lot of energy but no one should blog out of a sense of obligation, especially if they want to be doing other things.

Take care and best of luck in the future!

Anne said...

Take care and enjoy your break from blogging.

Lori said...

So sorry to hear this but I completely understand as I have two children that are keep me hopping. I have gone back and forth about this very issue myself.

I will miss drooling over your beautiful work. SO much eye candy. I have the pot holders that I won through your blog hanging near my sink. I rarely use them because I just like to admire them. I use them in photos for my blogs- Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness.

Wishing you the best.

Bárbara Gutiérrez said...

que pena !! recién llego a tu blog y te vas :( pero igual te sigo por si algún día decidís volver :)
mucha suerte en esta nueva etapa!!!!!

jenny miller said...

We do understand your sentiments. You will be missed. This last quilt of your will be cherished and its a memorable one.
sticker printing

Camille said...

Selfishly I want you to stay, but totally completely understand why you are choosing to go. You'll be missed, that's for sure.

jill said...

Sorry you will not be here anymore. I always loved looking at your blog. Yours was one of the first ones I found when I started looking at blog land. I absolutely love your quilt. Would you share some of the fabrics you used to make this quilt. I would like to make one too.

traceyjay said...

I just got to this post Jessica!
I have had this thought myself a few times lately...
I hope to keep in touch with your creations somehow! (maybe flickr?)
And if you ever want to make a pattern of mine, just holler! Seriously!

Anonymous said...

I really miss you blog. I still come back to it to see some of the beautiful quilts and things you have made and wish I could see more.
Mandy Hawkins.
Minimay, Australia.

Cat said...

Best wishes!

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