Sunday, April 29, 2012

Project Life Week 17

April 22 - April 28


113:365 Oops... Don't think 2 right shoes will work. 
Sunday: Oops! Don't think 2 right shoes will work. 
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  114:365 Stitching while waiting at Chris's dr. appointment. 
Monday: Stitching while waiting at Chris's dr. appointment. 
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  115:365 Big pile of trimmings makes me happy. 
Tuesday: Big pile of trimmings makes me happy. 
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  116:365 I think the squash & zucchini will take over the garden. 
Wednesday: I think the squash & zucchini will take over the garden. 
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  117:365 Yummy colors. 
Thursday: Yummy colors! 
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  118:365 Pretty sure this wipes out my morning run. 
Friday: Pretty sure this wipes out my morning run. 
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  119:365 Re-watching Chicago Code & working on do. Good Stitches blocks. 
Saturday: Re-watching Chicago Code and working on do. Good Stitches blocks. 
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pinwheel Quilt

Another quilt that took a while to finish...

Pinwheel Quilt

Looking back through Flickr it seems I started it January 2011... finished the top up around May... had it quilted in November (another one quilted by Lindsay at Eileen Quilts)... and finally got the binding on earlier this month.

Pinwheel Quilt

I really debated on the binding for this... I bought the red floral (from the same Boutique line) when one of my LQS was going out of business. I stashed it away, knowing I had SOMETHING for the binding. When I went to pick out the backing I was thrilled that this Riley Blake Essential Dot matched the greens in the Boutique line... but totally forgetting that I had red binding waiting. I was afraid the backing would turn out looking too Christmas-y... but I really love the binding print, so I ended up just going with it. Probably not the absolute best option, but it works, and I used up a little stashed fabric (always a good thing!)
   
Pinwheel Quilt

Oh, and I think I need to find a new picture spot... I think that part of my backyard fence is sinking a little... the last few months I haven't been able to get a straight-looking full picture no matter what I try!

Monday, April 23, 2012

do. Good Stitches

Better late than never... that's the motto for this quilt. The blocks were made by the Grace circle of do. Good Stitches in February, and I wanted to get the quilt finished in March... but life happens. And finally last week I was able to spend a little time finishing it up.



do. Good Stitches - Grace Circle

I decided not to bind this one in the traditional way. I knew the binding process... cutting, piecing, ironing, sewing to the front by machine, hand-stitching to the back... would take at least another day, and I had no idea when I would find that day. I really wanted to finish this up by the end of the weekend. And then I remembered the self-binding technique I've used on other charity quilts... cut the backing fabric 1" wider on all sides than the finished quilt, pull the excess fabric around to the front, fold over, and machine stitch down. The process is supposed to keep well loved (and frequently washed) quilts held together better. Don't know about that, but it sure is easy!

 

do. Good Stitches - Grace Circle

The quilt will be headed off to My Very Own Blanket this week. Soon to be well loved by a special kid. 

And just because they're too cute not to include... my photo helpers



do. Good Stitches - Grace Circle

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Project Life Week 16

April 15 - April 21


106:365 The garden 1 week after planting. 
Sunday: The garden 1 week later.
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  107:365 A little post-run stitching at the gym 
Monday: A little post-run stitching at the gym. 
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  108:365 Someone wants in the sewing room 
Tuesday: Someone wants in the sewing room. 
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  109:365 Putting DVDs into sleeves... 2 DVD towers reduced to 2 small boxes. 
Wednesday: Putting DVDs into sleeves... 2 DVD towers reduced to 2 small boxes. 
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  110:365 Got a postcard today from Grandma. 
Thursday: Got a post card from Grandma today.
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  111:365 Lots of yummy FMF this morning. 
Friday: Lots of yummy FMF this morning. 
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  112:365 She sure does love her new goggles!
Saturday: She sure does love her new goggles.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WIP - do. Good Stitches

The ladies of the Grace circle of do. Good Stitches were probably beginning to wonder if they would ever see February's blocks made into a quilt. Well, after Post Office delays, a couple of trips out of town, and a few weeks of just-couldn't-get-my-act-together, the quilt top is done!

do. Good Stitches quilt top pieced.


This weekend I'm going to give spray basting a try for the first time. And I guess between now and then I need to figure out how I want to quilt it.

do. Good Stitches

do. Good Stitches

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Project Life Week 15

April 8 - April 14


99:365 Watering her new garden.
Sunday: Watering her new garden
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100:365 A really cool swap package arrived today.
Monday: A really cool swap package arrived today
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101:365 Best soup ever!!
Tuesday: best. soup. ever!
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102:365 Might become a couple of new pillowcases.
Wednesday: This might become a couple of new pillowcases.
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103:365 Pickling cucumbers have sprouted.
Thursday: Pickling cucumbers have sprouted!!
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104:365 I blame Friday the 13th for this.
Friday: I blame Friday the 13th for this
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105:365 My weekend: a little fabric & a little light reading.
Saturday: My weekend: a little fabric & a little light reading
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Everything's Better With Fabric

I haven't been able to get my act together since I got back from Chicago. In 2 1/2 weeks I've turned my sewing machine on once. But I did play with some fabric today... And it was fun (even if it didn't involve sewing)


Added a little Ruby to my Starbucks cold cup.

This morning I added a little bit of Ruby to my Starbucks cold cup. I have a FQ of purple flamingo fabric I've been saving for something special... This may be it :)


Spruced up an IKEA frame today.

And after a quick run to IKEA this afternoon I added a little bit of Flea Market Fancy to my new frame. My sewing room is in need of a little update, and I can't wait to get this up on the wall. By the way... A fat quarter is the perfect size to fill out the frame!

Maybe this weekend I'll finally spend some quality time with my sewing machine..

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ups and Downs Quilt

100 9-inch blocks... 700 squares and 200 half-square triangles... all come together in an amazing quilt.

Ups and Downs


Once I finished with the quilt top I sent it off to Joanna for quilting and asked her to surprise me. I was blown away when I got it back last week! This is the second quilt she's worked on for me, and I just love them both to pieces.

Quilting Detail

Quilting Detail

The Backing


At 90 x 90, there isn't a definitive top/bottom - left/right, and now I can't decided which way I like it better... with the zig-zags running across the quilt or running from top to bottom...
Ups and Downs

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Project Life Week 14

April 1 - April 7


92:365 Bella's new crate is a little bigger than the last one.
Sunday: Bella's new crate is a little bigger than the last one!
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93:365 Stitching at the dentist office
Monday: Stitching at the periodonist (dental appointment 1 of 2 this week... fun!)
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94:365 Looked everywhere for the remote this morning... Well everywhere but the visor.
Tuesday: Looked everywhere for the remote this morning... well, everywhere but the visor.
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95:365 Proud of myself for taking a big leap today.
Wednesday: Proud of myself for taking a big leap
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96:365 Waited FOREVER for the price to come down on this (was $19.99!!)
Thursday: Waited FOREVER for the price to come down on this.
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97:365 Kitty - if you're going to sit in that chair you have to help sew.
Friday: Kitty - if you're going to sit in that chair, you have to help sew.
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98:365 Sleepy Red Pandas at Houston Zoo
Saturday: Sleepy Red Pandas at Houston Zoo
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sewing Summit 2012

I had such a great time at Sewing Summit last year! The people... the classes... the shop hop... the beautiful city (and cool weather)... It was all fantastic!! I knew I would be back for the 2012 event.

SS2012


I was prepared for Tuesday's sign ups... an alarm on my phone, a reminder on my computer, emails from my travel buddies, and I almost skipped out on an early-morning dental appointment when they told me the doctor was running late! (Okay... I probably wouldn't have actually left, but the thought did cross my mind...)

It all worked out though... not only did I get my ticket, but I was able to squeek in as one of the first 50 for a special discount!! (which means more money for the shop hop!)

So, are you going?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Project Life Week 12 & 13

March 18 - March 31


78:365 Stitching my way across OK & TX.
Sunday: Stitching my way across OK & TX
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79:365 Bubbles in the backyard.
Monday: Bubbles in the backyard.
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80:365 What?!? You say I'm NOT supposed to hang out on the kitchen table.
Tuesday: What?!? You say I'm NOT supposed to hang out on the kitchen table.
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81:365 Great start to dinner with friends.
Wednesday: Great start to dinner with friends.
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82:365 Flowers
Thursday: Flowers with a fabric vase wrap
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83:365 New art piece for my office.
Friday: New art piece for my office.
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84:365 waiting...waiting...waiting
Saturday: waiting... waiting... waiting...
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85:365 Gifts for Megan while I'm gone.
Sunday: Gifts for Megan while I'm gone.
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86:365 My pillowcase - a little bit of home on the road.
Monday: My pillowcase - a little bit of home on the road.
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87:365 Dinner!!
Tuesday: Dinner!!
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88:365 I think she had fun at school today.
Wednesday: I think she had fun at school today!
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89:365 Love the little flamingo that came in my drink.
Thursday: Love the little flamingo that came with my drink.
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90:365 Airport stitching
Friday: Airport stitching
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91:365 Going to see The Lorax with my favorite little princess.
Saturday: Going to see The Lorax with my favorite little princess.
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