Happy Monday! I thought I would pop in quickly to share a few things going on in my world.
My husband took the kids to my Sister-in-law's house this weekend, thus freeing me up for a few hours. My mom was also visiting and helped me to tackle basting my KING SIZED City Sampler quilt. Yeah, I was majorly dreading this project, as it measures a whopping 104" x 104" but with the help of my mom, it really wasn't so bad. Actually it went really smoothly and her help was very much appreciated! I am estimating that over 500 safety pins went into this one, roughly every 6" or so. Whew, so glad to have that task over with and very excited to start quilting this one!
I received some super exciting news on Saturday, that I was chosen as the Second Place winner in the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along hosted by Craft Buds! I couldn't be more thrilled and excited, I'm still so pumped up! I wanted to thank Craft Buds, all of the awesome judges and lastly all of the amazing sponsors of the quilt along. Hop over to Craft Buds and show all of the other participants some love, because there was some amazing entries in this contest, they all deserve praise.
Lastly, after doing some figuring and traveling confusion from my husband (don't ask.) Austin, Texas is only a 6 hour drive from my house, making QuiltCon totally doable! I actually plan to travel via Amtrak (kinda excited about that alone!) So yes, I'll be there, QuiltCon 2015! Hope to meet you there!
A few months ago I received the most lovely gift in the mail. Do you recognize it? Last year it was part of the Zakka Along 2.0 - Patchwork Please sew along. It is the Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch (week 18) and this one was made by my friend Debbie over at A Quilter's Table. Isn't it the sweetest!
Debbie made it for me as a "just because" and boy did she nail it! It is so perfect, adorable and oh so handy. You see right at the time I received this lovely gift, I had just started the Autumn Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, and was using a gallon size Ziplock bag. So sad. So I threw that sad Ziplock bag away and immediately stuffed my new pouch full of all my cross stitch goodies!
You can see my pouch filled to the brim below. It had a space for everything and holds it all so well. You can see back in the day when I took these photos just how far along I was with that cross stitch project (not very far!)
On the left side it holds my floss, the actual cross stitch piece (folded) and my chart of colors and symbols.
On the right side it holds my needles, and the current thread I am using, plus my scissors tucked away in a pocket that keeps my boys from getting their precious hands on them! I have been using this embroidery pouch every single day, traveling in my purse, car and by hand for months now, it is the perfect size and perfect thoughtful gift for me!
Below is where I am currently on the sampler. My background fabric wasn't quite dark enough, so the white kinda disappeared. To solve this issue, I am adding in a gold thread with the white to make it pop, and hopefully stand out a bit. If you look hard at block number 13 you can see the gold on her hat. I have been steadily working on this one, enjoying every minute and enjoying my little gift even more. Thank you Debbie!
While we are on the topic of Debbie, I was thrilled to find out yesterday that she won 2nd place in the Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt Along, hosted by Sew Sweetness. Tula Pink herself picked the winners and I couldn't be more thrilled for Debbie, she completely deserved it and if you want to check out her awesome winning quilt, "Unlocked" then click HERE to see what a beauty this quilt really is!
Ironically, after publishing this post, I was browsing through my old blog posts and discovered that today, exactly four years ago is when I started blogging! Wow, time flies and it is so hard to believe that it has already been four years Thanks so much to all of you for joining me on my journey and for all the friendships that I have formed in these years through this little blog!
Popping in today for a brief post. First I wanted to mention that my One Block Wonder Quilt was the "Viewer's Choice" winner over at Quilter in the Closet. Once the quilt-along was over, Jen opened up voting on all of the entered quilts, and I am thrilled to say that mine was the most voted for. Thanks so much to all of you that voted, it really means a lot to me, especially since there were so many fabulous entries. Now I just have to decide how to use my gift certificate to The Intrepid Thread! Woo Hoo!
I have been steadily working on my Autumn Sampler (pattern by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.) As you can see I jump around quite a bit and not one block is "finished" yet, but that is fine with me, I just pick a spot that I want to stitch and just start stitching! I have been enjoying this so much, SO MUCH! I stitched while we were on vacation, I stitch in the car rider line, I stitch in the evening. I bet I already have 20+ hours on this baby, which is kinda insane if you think about it, but I really have just been stitching along and loving every minute of it!
Lastly, I had a little story to share. My husband and I always joke around about what we want our tombstones to say (I know this is morbid) mostly or always joke things. For example, I want mine to say: "I told you I was sick." See funny, the idea of bringing laughter to others in a cemetery long after I'm gone cracks me up. So back to the point. On a long car ride, where I was steady stitching on the above, the following conversation takes place:
Husband: "Your tombstone is going to say, "I came, I sewed, I made a lot of crap, I died."
My Response: And underneath that it will say, "Life Well Lived!"
And I think that about sums it up folks, love others, do what you love, life well lived! That is all I have to share today, so go out and have a great day!
Rachel over at Stitched in Color is hosting a mosaic contest called Clashy Bright. The basic point is to head over to Marmalade Fabrics, pick a collection of 12 that you define as "clashy bright." This is my collection, I think I wanted to enter because I kinda define myself as clashy bright, and if you asked my husband, I'm sure he would agree. Instead of just picking a bunch of random fabrics that would "clash" I chose fabrics that I think clash within themselves, especially the two ends on the very first row. Those two are like, "Wow, these are some CRAZY colors mashed together in one print!" I then choreographed the rest of the collection to match those two and stuck with a very defined palette that in the end I think is the definition of Clashy Bright! Do you agree?
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It is absolutely amazing to me that I was nominated as a finalist in the Summer Sewing Contest over at Ellison Lane Quilts. Thank you so much! Wow, I am truly blown away. If you have already voted for me, thank you, I truly appreciate it. If you have yet to vote, you can HERE, and no, I'm not asking for your vote, there are so many great finalist, you should vote for the one you love, but if you love mine, I'm number 11. Just saying.
In my original post about the Patchwork Prism, I shared that we were considering hanging it above our fireplace. Well here it is, in all its glory! We both love it and boy does it brighten up the room!
I also have a few random bits I would love to share:
I read a great blog post over at The Sometimes Crafter about the various evolutionary stages of a quilter. I loved it and thought it was so appropriate. You can read it HERE.
I am in desperate need of a new iron, and am seriously considering this model HERE. Do you know anything about Singer Irons? I am also in the serious researching stage of this sewing machine found HERE, to be used exclusively for machine quilting. Any thoughts or advice? That's it folks....
Have you ever seen the show "My Name Is Earl?" My husband and I loved it, it was silly, the acting was great, it is a shame it isn't on anymore. What is my point? Well the point of the show was "Karma." Do good things, good things come back to you, do bad things, and guess what bad things happen! Simple enough. I have been trying to practice this concept more and more lately, sometimes I succeed, sometimes fail, but heck, at least I'm trying! All of this has a point that I'm about to get to....
A little over a week ago Denyse Schmidt released a brand new line of fabric for the chain fabric store, Jo-Ann's. The internet has been a-buzz, everyone is really excited, myself included. How great, you can run into town, and pick some up! You can even use coupons! Yeah!
My first trip was a little over a week and a half ago, I had coupons in hand, and a list of other things I needed, especially some of the (also new) Lisette fabric that was 50% off! I found (and purchased) the Lisette fabric I was looking for, but they did not have the Denyse Schmidt fabric....boo! While waiting in the extremely crowded and extremely long line to get my fabric cut, there was a year old? baby in front of us with her mom. This child proceeded to scream (louder than any adult I have ever heard) and scream, and scream for about half an hour straight. My son (in his stroller) even seemed annoyed. Can I say head ache. When I got home, I complained to everyone that would listen about this annoying kid and how her mother didn't really do anything, and just stood there while this kid wailed and wailed. Now before you start judging me....wait.
After a few days went by, I couldn't stand it and decided to make another trip back to Jo-Ann's to see if they had finally put out any of the Denyse Schmidt fabric. I FOUND IT! So excited, I threw my son in the shopping cart and proceeded to load up the 11 bolts they had, to get the fabric cut. That is when it started, the screaming, the crying, the crazy bad behavior from guess who? Yep, my son! What did I do? I went and got my fabric cut, are you crazy, what did you think I did! What did my son do? He screamed the entire time! What was the reason for all this craziness? KARMA! She got me, she won! If you complain about a screaming kid, you kid will be the next to do it. I learned my lesson, the hard way.
Back in the day when I was a working gal, the company I worked for always had a great Secret Santa game that lasted one week, for four days you brought your "person" a small $1-$3 gift, and then on the fifth day, we had a party, and you presented your "person" a $20 gift and unveiled yourself as "Santa!" I love this game, so fun to see everyday what you will get, and even better to try and figure out who is your "Santa." The first year I participated, my "Santa" gave me this village set (a few pieces at a time) for the first four days! How awesome is that! It is a small set and the houses are small too, about 8" x 8," but the perfect size to set up every year. I look forward to it every Christmas now, and we added LED Christmas lights underneath the "snow" to add that additional light and glow! Every year when I set it up, I now think to those "working a real job" days and the few perks (and people) that made "the grind" fun! Have you ever played "Secret Santa" and ended up with a gift that you truly loved? I hope you are truly enjoying this Christmas Season and remembering the "Reason for the Season!"