Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stained Glass Quilt

Another old WIP is finished and ready to be used and loved.

Stained Glass Quilt

The Stained Glass Quilt

This quilt started out a bit different. It is based on the Turning Twenty Stained Glass pattern, and was supposed to have a large piece of fabric in the center with these blocks around the edge. I picked out the large-scale Summer Totem from Loulouthi for the center and got started making the blocks. The blocks came together quickly (even fiddling with that pesky 1" sashing). And once they were done, the whole project sat... and sat and sat and sat. I was a bit worried about everything matching up... there isn't much wiggle room with that sashing, and accurately cutting a single large piece of fabric, on an 18" x 24" cutting mat, isn't all that easy. So I put the blocks aside.

Stained Glass Quilt

When I picked up the project again this year, I gave some thought to the reasons I stalled out last time. And decided there was no reason I couldn't re-imagine the project. Even without the focal fabric the blocks made up a nice lap-size quilt. A quick turn on the longarm and this WIP was finally done!

Stained Glass Quilt

It feels so good to have one more project completed!

Quilt Details
Quilt Top and Binding: Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner
Quilt Backing: Milly by Erin Ries
Pattern: Turning Twenty - Stained Glass
February ALYoF goal here


Monday, February 23, 2015

Project Life Week 7

February 15 - February 21

46:365 I may be the only person at #quiltcon without a single new handmade thing, but I did pick up these Orla Kiely bags (on clearance) to hold my supplies. #quiltconprep 
Sunday: New Orla Kiely bags (on clearance) to hold Quiltcon supplies. 
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47:365 The giant squirrel has found a home for now. I snicker every time I pass him in the hallway. 
Monday: The giant squirrel has found a home for now. I snicker every time I pass him in the hallway.
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48:365 Auditioning fabrics for a #quiltcon class. 
Tuesday: Auditioning fabrics for a Quiltcon class. 
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49:365 Today kicked my ass. But then I came home to this ❤️��❤️ 
Wednesday: Coming home to this made my day! 
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50:365 It's officially a road trip now that I've stopped at Buc-ee's 
Thursday: It's officially a road trip after a stop at Buc-ee's. 
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51:365 A finished Meadow block. #meadowquilt #quiltcon
Friday: A finished Meadow block. 
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52:365 Last stop before heading home from #quiltcon 
Saturday: Last stop before heading home from Quiltcon. Yum! 
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Project Life Week 6

February 8 - February 14

39:365 Quilt washing day. 1 quilt already put away and 5 more that need to be put on beds, chairs, or folded. Even in SE Texas my quilts get lots of use. 
Sunday: Quilt washing day. 
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40:365 Binding away (since the snow cancelled my trip.) 
Monday: Binding away (since the snow cancelled my trip). 
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41:365 School Book Fair - so hard to pick just a couple. 
Tuesday: School Book Fair - so hard to pick just a couple. 
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42:365 Girl Scout cookies are here. Let the sorting begin. 
Wednesday: Girl Scout cookies are here. Let the sorting begin. 
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43:365 This goof... Second trip to the school book fair. Bought a couple more books and added a whole bunch to her wish list. 
Thursday: This goof... second trip to the school book fair. Bought a couple more books and added a whole bunch to her wish list. 
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44:365 Now I need to find a chair to reupholster (and someone to do it for me). 
Friday: Now I need to find a chair to reupholster (and someone to do it for me.) 
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45:365 Valentine's Day balloons from my girl. 
Saturday: Valentine's Day balloons from my girl. 
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mini-Charm Pack Challenge

When friends and fabric gather, great things happen!

Fall Market 2014

Becca, Brooke, Julie, Sally, Joanna and I are back at it again. After converging on Vanessa at Fall Quilt Market, she graciously gave us all a mini-charm pack of her (then upcoming) line Color Theory to play with. And look, our little group grew by a few people this time... more people = more fun!

Color Theory

42 mini-charms + about a yard of Moda Bella white = a super cute and super fast baby quilt. The whole thing came together in an evening. This may become my go-to pattern for future baby quilts. The quilting is a mix of long-arm (on the Bella) and sewing machine (on the mini-charms).

Color Theory

The backing is from Riley Blake, released a few years back. I was thrilled when I saw how well it matched the pink in Vanessa's line. I'll admit that I'm a little nervous to wash all that white and all that hot pink together. I haven't had fabrics run before, but I'll still be throwing in a whole mess of Color Catchers!

Color Theory


Quilt Details
Top Fabric: Moda Color Theory + Bella White
Backing Fabric: Essential Dots by Riley Blake
Binding: Moda Bella White
Size: about 35" x 35"


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

January Book Review

Year after year I set a reading goal for myself of 50 books. I've only actually reached my goal once. I usually top out at 35 - 40 books in a year. Not my goal, but still pretty respectable considering I work 40+ hours at a corporate job, have another time-intensive hobby, and have a husband and child that would like dinners on the table and clean clothes to wear.

So far this year I have started out strong and am right on track for the year. Here's a quick run-down of what I've been reading:



My first book for #26bookswithbringingupburns (No. 6 - Author I haven't read before) Forfeit by Caroline Batten My two second review: okay, but not great. Seemed about a 100 pages too long. Daisy constantly getting drunk and wasted got old way before the 
#forfeit by Caroline Batten

I receive a daily email of ebook deals, customized to my interests (mystery and contemporary romance) which are usually free, $0.99 or $1.99. I admit that I'm pretty quick to judgement... if the book cover art looks "homemade" I probably won't even read the 4 or 5 sentence description... and I'm pretty cheap... I'll give the free books a try before spending a buck or two on something that may be a flop. So over the last couple of months I've only picked up a handful of books, and this was one of them. What caught my attention with this book was the integration of social media to the story line. Overall the book was okay. Kind of a far-fetched story, and the main character constantly getting drunk and wasted got really old really quick. And it felt like the book was about a hundred pages too long. Would I read this author again? Maybe... if it was free, and I didn't have anything more interesting in my to-be-read pile.



Second book finish of the year. And no. 7 on #26bookswithbringingupburns list: book by an author you love. My two second review: third book in the John Puller series, good action, went quickly for 470 pages, and I enjoyed getting to know Puller's brother 
The Escape by David Baldacci

John Puller... what can I say? Yes, Jack Reacher will always be my number one military cop, but Puller is a close second. And this time we finally get more information on John's brother and what got him locked up in Leavenworth. So far I've loved everything I've read from David Baldacci... Puller, King and Maxwell, Will Robie... and maybe this year I'll get started on his Camel Club series.



Book 3 of 2015 is in the books �� Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. And item no. 26 on #26bookswithbringingupburns - a book based on a true story. My two second review: I really enjoyed it. Fun to get a bit of the back story on some of my fa 
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

This one has been on my to-be-read list since it came out a couple of years ago. And I'm so glad I finally checked it out from the library. St. Elmo's Fire, West Wing, Parks & Rec... I really didn't think I could adore this guy any more after watching him in some of my favorite movies and tv shows, but after this book I have a whole new appreciation for him as an artist a businessman.



Book 4 of 2015 - A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth. And item no. 12 on #26bookswithbringingupburns - a book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe. What better witch than Glinda! My 2 second review: a fun and funny book. I'm glad I finally checked it 
A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth

Finishing Rob Lowe's book must have sparked a desire in me for celebrity autobiographies (and there will be one more in my up-coming February update). Kristin had me giggling out loud with a perfect mix of southern sass, family stories and 'industry' insides. Finishing Kristin's and Rob's books back-to-back makes me want to binge-watch The West Wing on Netflix.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Project Life Week 5

February 1 - February 7

32:365 Brunch with friends and shopping for OOP fabrics... couldn't ask for a better Sunday! 
Sunday: Brunch with friends and shopping for OOP fabrics... 
couldn't ask for a better Sunday! 
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33:365 I'm thankful everyday that she inherited my love of books. 
Monday: I'm thankful everyday that she inherited my love of books. 
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34:365 I should have been making quilt backings tonight, but I couldn't resist starting another scrappy project. 
Tuesday: I should have been making quilt backings, 
but I couldn't resist starting another scrappy project. 
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35:365 My life may be complete now. 
Wednesday: My life may be complete now. 
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36:365 Here (scrappy) kitty kitty �� 
Thursday: Hey there scrappy little kitties. 
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37:365 It has been one of those days! But I have a new quilt almost done, a new book by my favorite author, my trusty donkey, and a fresh manicure. So despite the bumps, I guess this day ends up in the WIN column. 
Friday: It was one of those days! But I have a new quilt almost done, a new book by my favorite author, my trusty donkey, and a fresh manicure. So despite the bumps, I guess this day ends up in the WIN column.
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38:365 Treadmill shopping today. 
Saturday: Treadmill shopping. 
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