Happy New Year-ish!

Wow, can you all tell I had a crazy last semester of graduate school?! I haven’t blogged since I wrote about Rayni in August! I hadn’t even noticed it had been so long.

Well I guess I should start with updating you all a little. The biggest update being that I finally graduated! I am officially Kristina, MAE, EdS. :)

Here I am about to cross the stage:

Getting ready to cross the stage!


And of course I had to decorate my motor board with a quilt block:


Graduation was definitely a bittersweet feeling. It feels good to be done with school and to be able to relax a little bit before finding a job. I’ve been able to focus on taking care of myself and doing what I want, which I haven’t been able to do in a really long time. 

Example number one, I’ve started to cook dinner at home instead of picking up some fast food on my way home from my internship or school.

Pasta, chicken, with olive oil and herbs


Example number two… I’ve stopped biting my nails! It’s been a whole three weeks since I last bit them. Sad to say this is actually a major accomplishment for me.

But… I miss school and my friends. I miss having a place that I have to be everyday and stuff to do to keep me busy. Also, I just miss working and being around kiddos. I’m pretty lucky to be able to say how much I miss being in counseling sessions and how excited I am to start working. I think being a counselor just fills a part of me that I’m not able to fill with anything else.

Even though I haven’t been blogging, I have been doing a lot of quilting. I’ll be updating my blog with pics of what I’ve been working on over the next few weeks.

Always find the Beauty in the Blocks,


Baby Quilt for Rayni

I made this quilt for my baby cousin Rayni. I got a chance to see her a couple of weekends ago and decided to take some pics of her with the quilt. I loved spending time with her, my cousin, and her husband.

This was actually the first quilt I made on my sewing machine… Before I got a walking foot. I don’t know how I ever quilted without a walking foot.

Isn’t she the cutest! I couldn’t get enough of her!

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

Peace Quilt Update

I finally finished Mia’s peace sign quilt. I feel like it took me forever! You might remember when I wrote about it here.

It was kinda fun trying appliqué for the first time. I’m definitely going to need more practice at it though. I know there’s a ton of great tutorials out there on how to do appliqué correctly, but I’ve realized that when it comes to quilting, I like to try things on my own until I find a method that works for me. Sometimes it leads to doing it just like it said in the tutorial, but other times it leads me to a new method that fits me.

So anyways here are some pics of the quilt! I wasn’t able to get the best pictures because Florida weather wasn’t cooperating with me.

Here’s the whole quilt. I did free motion quilting all around.

Peace quilt
Peace Quilt


Here’s a close up of the appliqué. I decided to leave the edges of the peace sign raw so it’ll have a cool, frayed look.

Peace sign


And here’s a picture of the back.


Also, I tried doing some writing in the quilt. I wrote “peace” and “Mia”. I’m not sure how well you’ll be able to see it though.

Free motion quilting
Free motion quilting


I hope Mia will love this quilt. She’s going to get it next weekend, so maybe I’ll be able to put up a picture of her with it.

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

WIP Wednesday: Modern Barn Quilt Paint Along

I decided to join Olive & Ollie’s paint along, so this week I’ve been working on my modern barn quilt. I’ve really enjoyed being able to sit down and paint for awhile. It’s pretty much all I’ve been doing this week since I’m on vacation. I’m so close to being done, but I can’t figure out the last color I want to put on it. I’m almost considering just leaving it white.

To me it looked like a hurricane when I first drew it out. I decided to go from light to dark with the colors as if it’s going from the eye of the storm where it’s so calm to the outside where all the scary rain and stuff is.

I think I’m going to make it into a sign and write “Beauty in the Blocks” on it. That way if I ever go to a craft or quilt fair or farmer’s market I’ll already have a sign for my tent.

Any suggestions on what color to make the last white piece?


I just finished the modern barn quilt. I love how it came out! I decided to mix grey with a blue color I had for the last piece. You can’t really tell in the pic, but it’s different from the green in the middle.

Baxter was really curious about this new thing in the apartment.

All in all this project was so fun! I’ll definitely make more in the future!

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

What I’ve Learned Sunday

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

It’s my first “What I’ve Learned” post today. I’m pretty excited about starting these blog posts. It’s going to give me a chance to share a little more about myself and about this whole starting a craft business thing. Plus, counselors are all about introspection and self-awareness, so this is kinda forcing me to take a step back and see we’re I’m coming from.

So what I learned this week… I learned I need to give myself a break.

I am admittedly bad about overfilling my plate and not gauging when I need some time for myself to relax. This isn’t exactly the best quality for a counselor to have, but it’s kinda a hard habit to break after 24 years, or maybe a hard habit to acquire?

This semester I’m finishing up my internship at the Child Advocacy Center (check it out, it’s a great organization that helps kids and families that have experienced abuse). I looove working at the CAC and it has helped me grow as a counselor (and play therapist) more than I ever could have expected. But it’s definitely not easy work and if I’m not careful, it can really wear me out.

This week it really hit me how tired I am and how much I need a break, so I’m taking next week off for some much needed self-care. I plan to do A LOT of quilting, sitting by the pool, and maybe a little day trip to St. Augustine or the springs. I definitely need to learn to do something daily to regenerate and not wear myself so thin.

Today’s self-care comes in the form of baking Pineapple Upside Down Cake and hanging out with my family for Father’s Day. :)

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

Wedding Quilt Update

I thought it would be cool to post pics of quilts I’ve made once they’re in their new homes. Here’s the first one I have.

This is the quilt I made for my brother and sister-in-law for their wedding. Gina sent me a pic of it on their couch. Good thing it looks like it matches!

Wedding quilt in home

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,


I have to admit, the summer bug has hit me. I totally feel like I’m back to elementary school when I had zero energy and would just vegetate all day. It’s just so so so hot to even think about doing anything. I don’t think I’ve done anything quilting related in like 2 weeks! Oh except I organized my fabric stash yesterday… Holy cow do I have a lot of blue fabric!

Anyways that being said… I need to put myself on a schedule! So from now on there will be at least 2 posts a week:

WIP (work in progress) Wednesdays
Something I Learned Sundays

Side note: I probably need to change the name of that second one. Doesn’t seem very roll-of-the-tongueish.

So WIP Wednesdays will be a post showing quilts I’m working on (pretty self explanatory). Something I Learned Sundays will be about something I learned that week. It can be about myself, quilting, running a small business, counseling, or pretty much anything really. Sooo… I hope you enjoy these new posts!

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

Wedding Quilt

So my brother got married last week and I couldn’t be happier for him and Gina. PLUS I finally got the sister I’ve been asking for since as long as I can remember. Not that I don’t love my brother, but a girl needs a sister. :)

The wedding was in the beautiful Hawk’s Cay Resort. It was awesome because it turned into a mini family vacation.

As you might remember from a previous post, I decided to make them a quilt for their wedding present. Here are some pics of the finished quilt.





This quilt was so fun to make because I got to try some new techniques I hadn’t done before. I didn’t use any rulers in cutting the fabric and I used free motion quilting for the first time. Which was soooo fun BTW. Loooved it! I decided to put some sashing between each row since none of the blocks matched up. I didn’t want it to look too crazy.

I was so happy to give it them after the wedding. They seemed to really like it. Now I just need to plan a trip to San Francisco so I can see it in their house in person. :)

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

Military Patch Quilt

Here is one of the latest quilts I’m working on. I was so honored to be commissioned for this quilt because it’s a gift for someone that is retiring after being in the military for 30 years!

The colors of the quilt are cobalt blue, yellow, and black to match the colors of the Army and my customer’s regimental colors. For the back I chose two fabrics from the America the Beautiful fabric line.

Military Patch Quilt Fabrics

Military Patch Quilt Fabrics

Here is a picture of all the patches that are going on the quilt.

Military Patches

I’ve laid out the squares and sewed the patches to each square. Sewing them on was actually a lot of fun because I did it by hand. I haven’t hand sewn something in so long! I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of the patches sewn on, but here’s one before they were sewn together.

Military patches laid out

Stayed tuned for more pictures as I get the quilt finished up!


Here’s the quilt top all done!

Military Patch Quilt Top

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

Peace Quilt

Right now I’m working on a peace sign quilt for my little cousin. She LOVES all things peace sign, so her mom asked me to make a quilt with a white background and a big, aqua peace sign in the middle.

It’s really helping broaden my quilting horizons. First off, I’m making my first quilt circle. I’ve never made a quilt that had anything but squares or rectangles. I used a dresden template to make each piece of the peace sign. I completely guessed how big I need to make each one to get a circle the size I want. I’m actually still not entirely sure how to change it to get a bigger circle. Maybe once I figure the math out I’ll make a tutorial about it. Plus, this will be my first applique project. I’ve never done it before, so hopefully it’ll come out good.

Anyways, this is what I got so far…

I decided to have white and white polka dots fabric for the quilt top. The polka dots are really subtle, so it was just to add a little umph into it.

White squares


Here is the peace sign and quilt top together before it was all sewn up. I wanted to see if the peace sign was going to be big enough.

Peace sign before it was sewn

Peace sign quilt before it was sewn

When I saw this, my initial thought was, “Oh man. It’s perfect. I’m so good at this.” <insert hefty pat on the back> Then as I started to sew the pieces together I remembered… seam allowances… and the peace sign got smaller and smaller. <ego deflated>

Putting the peace sign together


So anyways, this is the finished circle for the peace sign. It’s not as big as I wanted it, but it’s still a good size. Now I just need to put the lines in the middle and applique it all together.

Finished circle


Peace sign


Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,