Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday once more!

Good morning friends!  I didn't get much sleep last night so I apologize for any incoherance.  Our little Lady Face doesn't seem to be feeling that terrific, and woke up a whole lotta times last night.  So we're going to snuggle on the couch and have a Buzz Lightyear movie marathon, poor girl. 

I did have a pretty productive weekend though!  Here's what went down.

Books and Blocks Bee Too: I was a little stumped at what to do for this.  The queen of February chose the book block on p. 126 and I wasn't sure what I had in my stash that would fit what she was looking for.  She wanted the block altered a bit so she could do her own sashing thing, so we left the strips off of the top and bottom making it 12.5x8.5, and wanted the spine to be white so we could all sign our names.  After a trip to Joann's for the fabric pen, I found the green Nicey Jane print that I used as background and then received the Japanese fabric in the mail with a bundle of Pezzy Prints (yay!) and thought that would be cute. 
I'm quite pleased with how it came out, even if the spine is a touch long...

Thanks to an almost blizzard (windstorm with some morning snow) we stayed home all day Saturday and that gave me time to put this together!
 I got the fabric from Hawthorne Threads, isn't it cute!  I'd been looking for something like this and couldn't find what I wanted.  This was it!! I tied it so it would go even faster, and because I wasn't sure what I would do to quilt it.  I didn't want to obstruct any of the gorgeous images on the fabric.
 The nice people at Hawthorne Threads cut it so nicely that I could immediately sandwich it together without having to cut it and none was cut off in binding either!  Truly an easy project.

The kids like it, and it is filled with all sorts of fun and educational things.  A win win for me!

I have also pulled out one WIP that I've been meaning to finish for some time now.  It should be done this week (fingers crossed). Remember that Drunkard's Path quilt-along?  I finally finished the top and then it sat and sat for a couple months on top of the washer...I had the backing fabric picked, and it was all ready.  I was a little bummed with it initially because it wasn't as big as I'd hoped it would be and so the border I had added to it wasn't what I thought it'd be.  It just didn't add up to what I'd hoped.

But then I pulled it off the washer yesterday and gave it an ironing, and what do you know, I love it again!  I think it's a great size and will look wonderful over the couch.  I'm doing a simple hand quilting to it, and used an old sheet I picked up at my parents house over thanksgiving that is the perfect rosy, dusty pinkish color that I wanted, and so soft!  It will be wonderful to have it finished.

I will take a better picture when it's done.  The quilting is looking really awesome so far, and should look even better after it's washed and crumply!

I'm linking up to Sew Happy Geek for the Manic Monday Linky Party and at Canoe Ridge Creations Head over and see what everyone else is up to this Monday morning!

I think I'm going to make some hot chocolate!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I am going to copy this awesome post idea from Tanesha at Crafty Garden Mom. Love this idea and it's great since I haven't posted anything in a while (it's almost March...what?!)

Outside my window... It's 10:40pm.  Dark and very cold with remnants of the snow that came while I was asleep Friday night/Saturday morning.

I am thinking... Lady Face's birthday is only about 35 days away.  She will be 2 and I want to be in better shape by March will be super fun!!! right. Just found a blog that I am really really enjoying, especially this post (about white trash cooking - soooo funny). Her posts remind me of my grandparents who were from Kentucky and my years in Virginia in college in what I considered "The South".

I am thankful for... My family.  The ones that live in the same house as me especially.  They are so good to me.  I love them tremendously.  Even the furry one. 

I am reading... Well, at the beginning of the year, every year, it's my dream goal to read a book a week.  I love to read, but lately quilting and sewing have been my go-to free time I've only read one book so far this year.  I am reading The Dog Who Came In From The Cold by Alexander McCall Smith.  I love all of his books.  He writes about happy things and real stuff. Little victories and life things that make us all part of the same goodness. Absolutely adore it.  Life's too short to read crappy books that make you feel terrible...

I am wearing... um, Don't look now but I got some pj pants at T.J. Maxx and they are too short (I'm 5'10") which is what I get for buying girly pj pants and not man ones like I usually do.....but I'm wearing those, a BYU Track t-shirt, and (get ready for this one...) a blue Ralph Lauren jacket....from Costco. Almost thought I'd classed it up for a second there, right?

I am creating... a quilt that has been semi finished for months now, a quilt for my husband, and three wedding quilts.  A me that is  leaner, toned, and almost constantly sore from being shredded by Jillian Michaels...I'll let you know how it goes during March when I actually do the workouts more than once a week :)

I am hoping... that I can have more patience this week, and that comfort will find it's way to those I'm worried about.

I am hearing...
Little Lady Face sing and mumble as she falls asleep, and the clicking of the Mr's football game on the Wii.  The classical station on Pandora - which is currently playing the LOTR soundtrack. 

Around the house... I need to accept the fact that I will be in a semi-constant state of doing dishes and laundry for the rest of my life.  It will never end until I do.  Shingles blew off our roof this weekend and since we're renting we came home from church to find the owners friend on the roof fixing them.  Poor guy.  It was like 25 degrees. We offered him some donuts but he said no :(

One of my favorite things...
Our new leather loveseat (thanks tax return!), a hot shower, Starbucks hot chocolate mix, and the individually packaged skinless salmon fillets (yep, also Costco). And the instagram photo's I took this weekend (see below)

A few plans for the rest of the week... it's Sunday evening so the week is just beginning!  I'm hoping to do fun things with my kids, to get outside, to exercise every day, get the top done for the Mr's quilt, and get some more stuff checked off the mandatory to do list so I can work on some fun quilting projects for me.  I also want to start reading another book to the kids at nap time.  We read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to them a while ago a chapter or two a night and they loved it!  Time for another one. Oh, and to get more sleep...that'll probably help all the rest go better...

A picture (or four) to share from the weekend...

I am happy... Because my kids are healthy.  They are cute.  They love me.  I am happy because my Husband is pretty awesome all the time, and has made me confident that we will always be together.  It's reassuring to know that, and thinking about it makes me feel really special. I am also happy because our rental here is starting to feel like our space.  I'm starting to not be so hard on myself, and to realize that I have the next moment to do better than I did before.  Might sound lame, but that's a big one for me! And finally, I got to stay in my pajamas for 90% of the weekend and I let it happen.  It was glorious.

Bonus points if you can tell me who that little person in the hat looks like!

How was your weekend?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bee blocks finished, I Spy Charm Swap...

I feel like I finished a whole bunch of stuff this week!  Yay!  Got several things in the mail, off of my sewing table, and now I can tackle the next layer of projects!! 

Here's what I did:

I finished my February bee blocks for the Bliss circle of do. Good Stitches:

I'm pleased with how they turned out, and hope they are enjoyed!  It was fun to try something I haven't done in a while, and making the scrappy sail was really fun.  Good way to use up those little scraps.

I also got to make a February block for Katie as part of the We Bee Modern group that I'm in.  Everyone picks a block from the book Modern Blocks (99 modern quilt blocks compiled by Susanne Woods) and then we all get to make it!  Katie chose On The Plus Side on pg. 124.  I wanted to practice first before I used the fabric she sent (all the way from Canada!), and I think I will do this with all the future blocks and then I'll end up with my own cool quilt of the blocks chosen throughout the year!  Here's how my practice block turned out:
I like the colors I picked out and am going to stay with this grey, blue, and yellow thing for all my practice blocks! 

Once I finished this practice one I felt much better about tackling "the real thing".  I get a little nervous when I am making something for someone else, because I want it to be perfect.  It didn't iron as flat as I'd hoped it would but hopefully Katie will like it anyway!  I think it turned out pretty well!  And the fabrics she chose from Echo are simply wonderful!

I also joined in on another I Spy Charm Swap and couldn't decide between two I picked both!!  If you're looking fora swap to join here's the link to the group on Flickr.  I'm pretty sure there are still several spaces open, and the fabrics picked so far are AWESOME! Here are the two that I picked:

Bug Jars in Grey from Patty Sloniger's Backyard Baby (really I've just been looking for an excuse to buy some of this!).  The bottom one is Toyroom in Lilac from Sarah Jane's awesome line Children at Play.  Both fabrics I bought at Hawthorne Threads (and borrowed the images too!).  Love that shop.

I still need to finish the binding on one baby quilt, wash them, and take pictures of them to put up here.  The other thing I'm hoping to get done this weekend is the February block for my the other bee I'm in.  It's another bee with using the book Modern Blocks to pick a block each month and make it (This way I get to be in two bee's using this book so I'll get to do more blocks from it!).  She chose the book block on page 126 and has great ideas for what she wants us to do.  I'm excited to show you the finished block (once I make it of course)!

I'm also hoping to get some progress made on the Mr's quilt so I can justify cutting fabric for my first SWOON quilt!!  Really excited about that fabric stack I've got.

What are you doing this weekend?  It just started snowing so we might be enjoying some hot chocolate and coziness today!  Hope your weekend is enjoyable and relaxing!! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's Wednesday again!!!

The time is just going so fast!  I have gotten a few things done that I'm excited to show you! I've linked up at W.I.P Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, go see what everyone's working on!

-Baby quilts -  I finished two of the 3 baby quilts that I've been working on, and the other I'm hand quilting right now, so it should be done this week.  Love those quick projects like that. (I haven't taken pictures of the finished ones yet)

-Blocks for Avery - I was able to make two blocks for a great cause.  Avery is a 13 year old lovely girl who was a fabulous gymnast.  While practicing a routine she had an accident and she is now paralyzed from the waist down.  You can see a video and hear about her story here.  A new friend on Flickr wanted to make a quilt for her to have while she's in the hospital and recovering and asked for some help making blocks, and I was super excited to be able to help!  Here are the two that I made.  Now I just need to mail them!

"In Progress" (Next on the list):
-We Bee Modern Feb. Blocks -  Got my fabric in the mail (from Canada!) and am hoping to get it done this week and mailed next week
-Books and Blocks Bee Too - Get to use fabric from my stash to make a book block!  Also hoping to get this done and mailed next week
-Solstice Star Series (and Summer Sampler) - Faith at Fresh Lemons just posted the tutorial for the next Solstice Star today so that will be my naptime project, and I'm also going to try to do more from the Summer Sampler series so I can end up with a larger quilt top.
-Wedding quilt for old roommate (I'm going to make a Swoon quilt! Pulled fabrics this week) 

No Progress (But also "next")
-Virginia star quilt for in-laws

-Made In Cherry QAL (need to order the background fabric and figure out what to use for backing and binding)
-Husband quilt (strips are cut, need to assemble then cut blocks and just get it done)
-2 patchwork quilts (one with Aneela Hoey prints, one with boyish prints)
-do. Good Stitches Feb. boat blocks (also need to just sit down and do it! Hope to have these in the mail next week too!)
-Hoop up! Stitch and Send swap (Picked my plan for one partner, still searching for the other.  Haven't stitched yet)
-I got this wonderful world map fabric from Hawthorne Threads that I just need to make a quilt sandwich out of and sew up.  Really easy but I haven't done it yet.
-Drunkard's Path QAL (top is done, backing fabric picked, just need to get it done)
-Farmer's Wife QAL (I'm not sure how many I have...But I'm either almost halfway, or a little over.  Haven't made any new blocks in a while)

New Projects
-A friend got engaged this past weekend so I see another wedding quilt on my future list!  Perhaps also a Swoon?
-Another friend is pregnant!  So exciting, especially since that means another baby quilt!   

I'm wishing for a productive weekend!

Hope you had a great Valentine's day yesterday! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Friday!

It's been an up and down week, but I do have some  projects in the works to show you that I am excited about! 

First, I finished the February HST block of the month following Jeni's awesome tutorial (You should go make this, now).
 I added 3 new Farmer's wife blocks (I needed a break from all those tiny pieces but might make more tonight!) These are blocks 70, 50, and 12.
 I wanted to make this Greek Cross for a while, and since was a little scared to try the paper piecing star from the solstice star series at Fresh Lemons, I made this block from the Summer Sampler series.  Tutorial here
 Here is the next block in the Solstice Star series that came together really well.  I like it a lot.
 Here's what I have made using this tutorial from Blue Elephant Stitches.  Love it.  Planning on two girl baby quilt and one baby boy quilt.  The top is done for the boy quilt, and I plan to put the extra square on the back of it. 

 Then, I recently got to join the Bliss circle of the do. Good stitches bee, and for February we are making boat blocks with scrappy sails appliqued onto a white background.  This is what I've got so far, hopefully I can get these made this weekend and then in the mail next week.

 Yesterday I made coffee cake, and it was wonderful.
 And the kids practiced sticking their tongues out "like the alligator" (who has no tongue?)
Happy weekend to you!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I'm going to sew tonight...

...after I have a mini-meltdown. 

I get super upset when people don't do the right thing, especially when it affects my family.  ISU isn't accepting my husband's previous credits (all of the GE's), because they aren't accepting the accreditation that our previous university has. 

I know this is a mistake.  And I am going to get it fixed.

It's not right. It's not fair.  I will fix it.