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Where is the pause button?


This entire year has been on fast forward and it is blur. Skill Builder, Quilt Con, launching Aria Lane, Retro Rubies, just one thing after the next on turbo speed. These last few weeks have definitely been the busiest of my life. Right now I have "MOM" syndrome, Maxed Out Mind. I'm not sure I can fit anymore data in my mind. Every new bit of data that my brain processes means one thing that must go, perhaps that is why I am so spacey all the time.

The other day I was looking through my posts and realized I hardly ever talk about what projects I am working on. I work, work, work and then I have these occasional posts (like this one today) where I share a ton of photos all at once of everything I am working on. Maybe one day I will get into the habit of sharing on a weekly basis, perhaps W.I.P Wednesday? But, today you will get a little taste of all the craziness going on inside my head!

http://instagram.com/p/flR3hRDsfc/

Quilt market is approaching and this year I will be attending on behalf of Aria Lane. Over the last few months we have been working on publishing Megan Nichols two new quilt patterns as well as one of my own which will be for sale in a few days. The pattern publishing process is actually quite hectic from testing, sales, distribution, printing, etc.  its no quick task, but I really enjoy the process and am so excited to keep producing more!

http://instagram.com/p/fYvcQrjsd5/

I got this crazy idea in my head that I was going to invent my own blouse to wear at Quilt Market. I picked up some Anna Maria Horner voile and I have all the pieces cut out, but at the rate I am going I doubt they will be sewn together in time. If it does turn out to be a success I will be completely shocked, I hardly make clothes let alone invent my own. I will be sure to keep you posted whether it is a flop or not.

Not only have I been sewing to prepare for market, but my husband and I have been working on four client websites which all need to be launched in time for Quilt Market. Gulp. I have been sitting at my computer clicking around so much that I had to buy one of those padded memory foam mouse pads so my hand wouldn’t hurt so bad. I can’t share any photos of the sites yet, but I think they will be awesome!

http://instagram.com/p/flO-DEDsZ5/

Tonight I absolutely (hold me to it) have to finish quilting my Modern Block of the Month quilt for Sew Mama Sew. This is a twin size quilt, which believe it or not is the largest quilt I have ever machine quilted. I used a very low loft cotton batting which has reduced the bulk in my machine throat space considerably. But, it still feels massive to me and I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to quilt a King size.

http://instagram.com/p/fk6n_gjsX4/

This week I had Skill Builder BOM Block Lesson #10 scheduled, but I have decided to postpone the lesson until next Thursday, October 24th so I can catch up a little. This is the last two Skill Builder blocks. Can you believe it? I am almost a little sad to see it coming to an end. We will be practicing foundation paper piecing again and learning how to piece Y seams!

All I can say is no matter how busy or stressed I am, I am SO very thankful that I get to sew, quilt, design, and code on a regular basis while supporting my family. And most importantly I get to do this at home with my little kiddos, no cubicle. Thank you for always encouraging me.

What have you all been up to? Any fun works in progress? I would love to see! For those of you on Instagram leave a comment with your profile I would love to follow you!

Alyssa

 

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  • Alyssa says...

    :) Thank you so much Kay!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kay Holm says...

    Hi Alyssa:

    Even though you have the MOM syndrome, you seem to be doing a lot better. My prayers are with you and your family because I know behind every thing, you are supporting your sister. Love, Kay

    On August 20, 2014

  • Christine Slaughter says...

    I’m always in awe of all of the projects you put out there, in addition to your website/coding work! Hopefully after market is over it won’t be AS crazy for you! :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nicole says...

    Wow ! U are busy! But busy is good!
    I have a slew of wips: baby quilt, do.good.stitches quilt and blocks, Medallion along, 3×6 blocks, Halloween quilt and Christmas projects!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jayne says...

    I certainly feel you pain…although on a smaller scale! I’ve been working on my first patterns, trying to finish a few quilts and trying to find a niche for me in the blogging world! (much less stress than you are at)
    I love seeing what you are up to, whats going on and especially love the block of the month series. I hope you can slow down and really enjoy your success!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Paula says...

    I am seriously in awe of all you manage to do but the one thing I will say is that no matter how much you have on your plate at any one time try to find a little time for yourself each and every day as at the end of the day you are the most important person. I must add a big thank you for all your hard work on the Skill Builder BOM. I only discovered it several months after it had satrted but I have been following it ever since.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Sarah N says...

    You certainly are a talented juggler! I can’t imagine how you keep all those balls in the air with kids underfoot – I find mine a huge distraction : P Keep up the great work – especially excited to see the new patterns from Aria Lane soon.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Judith says...

    I’m a big fan of your work and am completely in awe of all that you accomplish. I sewed your SewMamaSew blocks and yesterday pinned them ready to quilt. I absolutely loved sewing the blocks as they were completely different from any that I have done before. I’m now trying to decide how to quilt. I thought, maybe, stitch in the ditch. I will be really interested to see how you do yours……no pressure!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Erin says...

    Hey, Alyssa.
    You have a HUGE workload going on right now. But I bet you’re still loving it :-).
    I would definitely love to see more of the projects you’re working on too, as well as all the fantastic projects you run for us. I have to admit, I’ve fallen behind on my skill builder… It’ll be fabulous when I get caught up though!
    E xx

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nancy D. says...

    I have always been impressed by how much you do and still stay sane! I know it’s frustrating for me when I can’t get one thing done I can’t even think about trying to get to all the projects you’ve brought to us this year. You are a busy one! I still need to put the binding on my Modern BOM2. I ended up dividing it into three sections and then sewed it together – like the QAYG, which really helped with how big it was. I’m also thankful you’ve postponed the next installment of the Skill Builder. I’m behind on that as well:0/
    You need to always make time to take care of yourself too, so take a break when you need to. I guarantee your loyal fans will always be around to support you and your endeavors!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    I would love to see your quilt when your done! I am doing a mix of straight line quilting and free motion quilting. It’s a tough one to decide!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank You Sarah! The little ones actually can be quite the little helpers, so thankful for them!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Christa! I think I could get burned out from staring at my computer, not sure I will ever burn out from sewing :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Christa Quilts says...

    Alyssa – you are always doing so many amazing things! I just hope you don’t suffer from burnout. :-)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Congrats on your first patterns and blog, it is so much fun, hard work, but fun!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Ohh, Medallion Along that sounds super fun!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you Christine, in fact I am really hoping to take a little vacation for my 7th anniversary when I get home, just need to decide where were going.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you so much for always supporting me so much Nancy, you are super friend! I am really excited to see your finished quilts :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Loving it for sure :) I can’t believe we are already almost done with this years Skill Builder what happened to the year! Can’t wait to see your finished quilt.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} says...

    Cheering you on from Japan!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Tara says...

    I would love to see a W.I.P. Wednesday here!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Paula thats very important!

    On August 20, 2014

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