Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scrappy Diamond Quilt

First (full-size) finish of the year is in the books.

Scrappy Diamond Quilt
And how fitting that it is a scrap quilt. Of all my fabric (and boy howdy, is there a lot fabric!) my scraps are my favorite. I'd much rather dig around in my scrap bins than pull together a color-story of fat quarters any day. Scraps are so freeing to me... I don't worry about color placement, nothing gets planned out ahead of time... just keep stitching until a finished quilt emerges.

Scrappy Diamond Quilt

I've had the idea for this quilt for a couple of years now. I bought the charm packs of Moda neutrals from a friend at least a year ago, but I just never got around to getting started. Then last month I started playing with a few of the charm squares (in all honesty, I was probably procrastinating doing something else), and next thing I knew I had worked my way through a full charm pack. A few nights later and another charm pack was done. Before long I had 168 squares stitched and trimmed. 

Scrappy Diamond Quilt

The scraps in this quilt are extra special, because they're not just left-overs from my projects. Patty Sloniger shared some pieces of her latest line Emma's Garden, I won a massively-stuffed parcel of scraps from Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish, and a couple of recent swaps have had scraps stashed in as an extra goodie... and all of those are in this quilt.

Scrappy Diamond Quilt



Quilt Details
Top Fabric: Moda Bella Neutral Charm Packs + Scraps
Backing Fabric: Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda
Binding Fabric: Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit
Size: 54" x 63"
January ALYoF goal here


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Project Life - Week 3

January 18 - January 24

18:365 A morning full of plotting and planning... 2 long lingering WIPs and some Flower Sugar that has been stashed away for ages. 
Sunday: A morning full of plotting and planning... 2 long-lingering WIPs and some Flower Sugar that has been stashed away for ages. 
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19:365 Plans for the day: EPP for my #bonnieandcamillebirthdayclub project and introducing the kiddo to Star Wars. 
Monday: Plans for the day: EPP and introducing the kiddo to Star Wars. 
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20:365 Working away on a 2 year old WIP. I wasn't thrilled with the original project, so I've rearranged the blocks and like it so much better. 1 row down... 3 more to go. 
Tuesday: Working away on a 2 year old WIP. I wasn't thrilled with the original project, so I've rearranged the blocks and like it so much better. 
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21:365 A packed church today full of love for our friend Anita. 
Wednesday: A packed church today full of love for our friend Anita. 
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22:365 Done. And still happy with the change from my original plan. 
Thursday: Done! And still happy with the change from my original plan. 
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23:365 Family movie night. Introducing the kiddo to The Princess Bride. 
Friday: Family movie night. Introducing the kiddo to The Princess Bride. 
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24:365 We traded in the iPad mini I won at Christmas for new iPods.  And bought a Bose Bluetooth speaker. I can't wait to rock some tunes through the house. ���� 
Saturday: We traded in the iPad mini I won at Christmas for new iPods. And bought a Bose Bluetooth speaker. I can't wait to rock some tunes through the house. 
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fabulous Foodie Swap

After last Fall's crazy amount of swaps I swore there would be no more swaps for a while. Well, that lasted all of about a week. The Fabulous Foodie Swap... yummy foods (and no sewing)... how could I resist that!?!


I received a fun package from Leah in Racine WI.

@leahtherese look what was waiting on my porch tonight! I can't wait to dig into it all. Thank you so much! #fabulousfoodieswap 
coffee, chai, honey spoons, mints, caramels, and applewood smoked sea salt 
I can't wait to try it all!!


And as it turns out, Leah and I were partnered up. I sent to her a package with some of my very favorite things.

Fabulous Foodie Swap
texas honey, cinnamon sugar grinder, dark chocolate caramel with black sea salt, popcorn from graze, and hi-chews 
(have you tried graze boxes... I love them!!)

I have a couple more swaps coming up, but I really have been doing my best to resist all of the on-line temptation (oh, except for the scarf swap I signed up for this week - oops!)


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Project Life Week 2

January 11 - January 17

11:365 Just needs a final pressing. 
Sunday: Just needs a final pressing. 
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12:365 I needed something cute & Disney today. #mouselife #ittybittys 
Monday: I needed something cute and Disney today. 
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13:365 Picking a backing for my scrappy quilt. 
Tuesday: Picking a backing for my scrappy quilt 
(I ended up going with something other than these three.) 
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14:365 Why hello there! 
Wednesday: Why hello there! 
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15:365 A dear friend and coworker of 15+ years unexpectedly passed away this morning. She was my secret Santa for our office gift exchange and gave me this bottle of wine - a favorite of hers. Tonight I will open it and have a glass in her memory. 
Thursday: Toasting the memory of a sweet friend gone way too soon. 
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16:365 "irresistible snack" uh, that would be a big NO! �� 
Friday: "irresistible snack" - uh, that would be a big NO! 
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17:365 stitch, stitch, stitch... almost done. 
Saturday: stitch, stitch, stitch... almost done. 
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Project Life - Week 1

January 1 - January 10

1:365 2015: maybe this is the year I remember to send out birthday cards. 
Thursday: 2015 - maybe this is the year I remember to send out birthday cards. 
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2:365 A new idea for the #disneyquiltswap2015 - some free-pieced, slightly wonky, tea cups for a partner who's a fan of Alice in Wonderland.
Friday: A new idea for the Disney Quilt Swap - some free-pieced, slightly wonky, tea cups for a partner who's a fan of Alice in Wonderland. 
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3:365 Reading time - with an audience. 
Saturday: Reading time - with an audience. 
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4:365 5 1/2 days off of work, and of course I come down with a cold. Quilt and a good book to keep me company.
Sunday: 5 1/2 days off of work, and of course I come down with a cold. Quilt and a good book to keep me company.
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5:365 Pretty awesome mail day! Fabric for clothing (including a knit ��), an OOP pattern, and some FQs from @tlkretz - thanks bunches!! 
Monday: Pretty awesome mail day! 
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6:365 There will be one very excited little girl tomorrow morning... I snagged us Fastpasses to meet Anna & Elsa. 
Tuesday: There will be one very excited little girl... I snagged us Fastpasses for meet Anna and Elsa.
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7:365 @jonahbonah thank you so much for the super-cute princess pouch!! We love it and can't wait to take it to Disney World! �� #lbfchristmasactsofkindness 
Wednesday: A sweet gift from an IG friend. Perfect for our Disney trip! 
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8:365 This kid... knocked a big goose egg on her head yesterday, and was sent home with a 101 temp today. Great start to the new year 
Thursday: This kid... knocked a big goose egg on her head yesterday and was sent home with a 101 temp today. Great start to the new year. 
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9:365 A start at organizing my patterns.
Friday: A start at organizing my patterns. 
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10:365 Girl Scout cookie sale starts today. Houston friends: Megan would be happy to help you with your cookie needs �� And for those that live afar... you can now order online for direct shipment from the baker. �� 
Saturday: Cookie Time! 
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