Monday, June 25, 2012

So far we have bbq'd some awesome steak, eaten In-N-Out, gone on a nature walk, played with my Sister-in-law and her adorable son, walked the bay lands, saw pretty birds, went swimming and got super soaked, made cookies, and saw a neighbors horse.

We are traveling until next Monday so I apologize for it being so quiet around here.

We're listening to a CASSETTE TAPE of Lyle the Crocodile read by the author (who sounds EXACTLY like Andy from Twin Peaks) and reading along in the book right now. my parents live on 3 acres in northern California. Great for fresh air and nature and birds and eucalyptus trees and slowing down. I haven't even been on the computer yet!

But I am working on the quilt, so far so good. I can still feel my fingers.

Friday, June 22, 2012


And quilting has begun. Here's hoping I can still feel my fingers next month!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Swoon 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9!

Here they are.  I'm putting the sashing on now and then will assess the situation on the back.  I've got a queen flat sheet that will be perfect if it's big enough.  If it is, I'm going to sandwich this baby up tonight and start quilting it tomorrow!  Sorry, I didn't take a picture of the layout of them all together yet, and those are little rocks.  It was a bit blustery...

Monday, June 18, 2012

We had a happy father's day

We had a fun Father's Day yesterday and I wanted to show you all (hi mom!) some pictures of our weekend! 

We also celebrated Ben's birthday the Wednesday before so it was a full week!

Now, here's the thing.  Ben and I were both raised by single moms.  We're both still trying to figure out how everything works when you have two parents, but it seems to come naturally to him to be a good father and husband! 
Pardon the feet...I have weird toes...

We got him a grill for fathers day on Saturday and put it right to work! 

We showed the kids how to make s'mores and taught them how to play hide and seek after.  It was adorable because they really don't get it but had a great time anyway!  We spent the whole evening outside, it was wonderful!
Sunday was pretty good too.  Ben got to watch some soccer games and we barbequed chicken and had s'mores again!  Oh wow I'd forgotten how good it smells to fire up a charcoal grill...yum!
Made me want to go camping and barbeque everything I eat! 

I love being able to eat outside and stay outside until it gets dark. 

I have good memories of summers as a kid having dinners outside and playing until my knees had grass stains and my feet were covered in dirt.  Those were the best days.  I hope our kids have similar memories, because they were just as dirty!

 I'm really happy to have Ben around. 

It's sooo nice not to have to do all the parenting on my own (which only comes to mind because both our mothers did this whole thing alone.  I can't even imagine what a challenge that must have been.). 

Being able to run out of patience and know that he can fill in for me.  He reads to our children, teaches them to play soccer correctly, to make me laugh, and how to be a good person. 

He is the guy that will pull over to help someone having car trouble.  He helps people reach things on the high shelves in the grocery store.  He picks up trash.  He does the right thing, even if it's not his responsibility.  He has helped me to be a better person and helped me be ok with being me. 

I'm really not super comfortable expressing emotions so writing this is a little challenging...but I really love this guy!  He's my best friend and my biggest supporter.  One thing we've realized during this past year is that "home" really is each other.  It's a wonderful thing to have him in my life, and I'm really happy my children have him for a father!

Crisis averted!

They had it! And I decided to get enough to use for binding also. I think it'll look really nice.

Thank you guys for helping me get over my freak out. As my husband pointed out, it's not like I'd have everything else done by now anyway!

So here's something else, nobody I've talked to at my LQS (so far...I've only been 3 or 4 times) knows what English paper piecing is or what the Swoon quilt pattern is.

Oh well. They do have the entire collection of Nightshade so that's a win...

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Major fail alert:

I am ONE 4" block short of being free to finish all the swoon blocks....

There is a quilt shop in town that carries lots of Moda so I'm going to be there bright and early Monday morning searching for the red scallop from Ruby by Bonnie and Camille (right?). If they don't have any I just might cry...and then order some as fast as I can.

My plan was to finish all the blocks and sash them by Sunday night so I could sandwich it all up Monday and get started on the quilting...

Not to worry!  It will be OK. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Swoon 3 and 4

And all of them together so far :)
 dark blue pezzy print with the red from little apples (aneela hoey)

 light blue pezzy print with red dot (don't remember what it's from)

Anyone up for some peer pressure?

Just wanted to stop in to see how you all are!!  It's been a crazy busy week, mostly good, with exciting tidbits all over the place.

I want to tell you about some awesome things going on that you should check out.  Immediately if possible. 

First: have you heard of the exciting and upcoming Shorts on the Line?  You can find more details and a full schedule here.

shorts on the line button
Go check it out and pay particular attention to the end of July on the schedule...see that?  YES, it's ME!!  I'm really excited to be participating!  Start thinking shorts, especially if you're new to sewing clothes because that's the category I fall into!!  I'm planning on diving in with both feet.  Be sure to come back and see how it tuns out!

Second:  I don't have any handwork to show today, the hexagons and other fabrics I worked on earlier this week are for a secret project.  I'm worried I'll give it away by posting more pictures! However, be sure to check on Katie's Handmade Parade today, lots of great projects as usual! If you've been curious about the Handstitched class several talented bloggers are taking there are a few posts about what they've been up to.

Third: I have been busy making more swoon blocks.  I'm up to four.  Pictures to come.

Fourth: have you heard about the Soda Pop QAL that Allegory is hosting?  Go here if you haven't.  It's such a pretty quilt from Katy, per usual.  I just figured out what fabrics I'm going to use!  I got a most unexpected and delightful gift from Bianca this week! 
 She sent me a FQ bundle of Valori Wells line Cocoon (I know, right?! Awesome!)!!! 

FIFTH! Katy, of the previous paragraph and Fat Quarterly loveliness, is hosting a QAL too!  Have you seen her Hexy MF quilt?  It's to die for.  I love it.  I want to steal it from her because it's perfect.  Now I get to make my own! I'm going to call mine "I'm hexy and I know it" instead, because I can't get that song out of my head, and I kindof like it :)

Details are being posted on Fat Quarterly's website here, so be sure to go see if this is a project you'd like to do.  This will be an heirloom quilt if I have my way.  Future grandchildren will   I have already ordered my paper pieces and am planning to use most of the same fabric as Katy for the flowers, but I'm going to use a text fabric for the centers.  I'm pretty excited about that.

Finally, does anyone know if you're allowed to bring a needle onto an airplane?  I'd love to take some of these hexagons and fabrics to get started when we fly to CA next Saturday but I hate how you practically have to undress to get through these days and would really hate to be held up by a needle if I'm not allowed to have one....If you have any experience with this I'd love to hear it! 

And if you read that whole thing you deserve a medal...!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Swoon #2

WIP Wednesday

It's my husband's birthday today!!  We stayed up late last night (he helped someone move last minute and I watched Twin Peaks of course) so I'm letting him sleep in while I wake up with the kids.  I'm not sure yet what we'll do but I know there will be an Ice Cream Cake because that's the only thing I could pry out of him that he wanted...

Anyway, since I watched Twin Peaks mostly alone last night I didn't finish my 2nd Swoon block and am finishing it up this morning. 

And here's the first one. I really need to get in order and get some these done or I'm not going to make it!!! In my opinion trimming the HST's is the worst part.  After you've made those it's pretty easy and a fun block to put together. 

I also started a pillow cover for Bee A {Modern} Swapper's June pillow cover swap.  I don't want to show to much.  You'll see more of this in hopefully a more finished form on Friday for the Handmade Parade at Katie's blog.  I have my fingers crossed that my partner will like it. 

And...though I did get charms cut and mailed for 2 more swaps yesterday, I haven't done much else yet this week!!  Sigh...tomorrow I'll be more productive.

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.