Thursday, August 30, 2012

Making Progress

2 64-piece sections done...

Hexie Progress

...14 more to go.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Project Life Week 34

August 19 - August 25
The week in which I do my civic duty...

232:365 One happy, do-nut lovin' kid
Sunday: One happy, do-nut lovin' kid 
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  233:365 Package going into the mail for my #mugswap partner. 
Monday: Package going into the mail for my MugSwap partner. 
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  234:365 Today's jury service pays $6. Today's lunch on jury break costs $6.05. 
Tuesday: Jury Duty Day 1 - Today's jury service pays $6. Today's lunch on jury break costs $6.05
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  235:365 Day 2 of Jury Duty = Day 2 of lunch out 
Wednesday: Day 2 of Jury Duty = Day 2 of lunch out 
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  236:365 8 hours at the court house - 7 of those in the jury room... Very happy to come home to fun mail!! 
Thursday: 8 hours at the court house - 7 of those in the jury room... Very happy to come home to fun mail!!
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  237:365 DONE! 
Friday: DONE 
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  238:365 Not on the shopping list, but too cute to pass up. 
Saturday: Not on the shopping list, but too cute to pass up. 
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bibs for Babies

Last weekend, during the Show N Tell portion of the HMQG meeting, Amy showed some baby bibs she had made for charity. Her sweet little bibs inspired me to break out a couple of my favorite kid-friendly fat quarters and stitch up a couple of simple bibs.

Bibs for Babies
Bibs for Babies
(Modeled by our newest Build-A-Bear 'Sam')

These went off in the mail today... eventually headed to Operation Baby Shower.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mug Swap

Have you heard about ACuppaKim's MugSwap?


I saw it on Julie's Instagram feed, and was able to jump in just in time.

I love coffee cups! No run of the mill, came-with-the-place-setting mugs for me... usually I'm drinking from my Blue Bell Creamery mug, or a Mickey Mouse mug, or the Chicago, New York, or Boston Starbucks mugs I've picked up on business trips this year. So this swap was perfect for me... a new special mug, from a new special on-line friend!

I thought and thought about what to get for my partner. In the end I picked up a mug that was a little bit Texas, and whole lot of special. See, this mug was made by a resident at Brookwood Community - A God-centered educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with disabilities.

MugSwap Package

In addition to the mug, I made the cutest mini grocery bag (pattern from Michelle Patterns), and added in a little of my favorite tea (Ashby's Vanilla Spice... from our local British import store).

And I've heard from my partner... my mug is on the way to me, and I'm so excited to see what she's picked out for me!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Project Life Week 33

August 12 - August 18


225:365 Showed restraint... The 3 things I went for & 2 impulse 1/2-yard  buys. 
Sunday: Showed restraint... The 3 things I went for and 2 impulse 1/2-yard buys.
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  226:365 My first Vinylmation. Typhoon Lagoon 
Monday: My first Vinylmation - Typhoon Lagoon 
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  227:365 Picked this up for my #mugswap partner 
Tuesday: Picked this up for my MugSwap partner (made at Brookwood Community)
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  228:365 hmmmm... This could be the start of something fun. 
Wednesday: hmmmm... this could be the start of something fun. 
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  229:365 Megan left a bear for me on my bed. Sweet girl!! 
Thursday: Megan left a bear for me on my bed. 
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  230:365 New Le Creuset pans arrived today!! 
Friday: New Le Creuset pans arrived today!! 
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  231:365 Anyone else have a cat that nibbles on tissues? 
Saturday: Kitty - please stop eating the tissues. 
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WIP - Braid Quilt

I've had a Braid quilt on my "someday I'll make" list for some time now. Turns out it is pretty quick to cut out and piece together.

WIP - Braid Quilt

Now if I could just find some motivation to get myself into the sewing room sometime this week and finish it up.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Project Life Week 32

August 5 - August 11

218:365 Love the Minnie Mouse cup I brought back from NYC. 
Sunday: Love the Minnie Mouse cup I brought back from NYC. 
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  219:365 Learning to read 
Monday: Learning to read 
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  220:365 Big box of batting arrived today :) 
Tuesday: Big box of batting arrived today! 
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  221:365 IKEA project in the works. 
Wednesday: IKEA project in the works. 
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  222:365 We're going to start a charm bracelet for Megan. Which one first? 
Thursday: Excited that we're going to start a charm bracelet for Megan! 
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  223:365 Artist at work. 
Friday: Artist at work. 
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  224:365 Oh Target, why do you tempt me so? I only went for spray starch. 
Saturday: Oh Target, why do you tempt me so? I only went for spray starch. 
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Mommy - Megan Day

After a busy July I figured Megan and I deserved a day off to have some fun. We started, just like every other day, with a 5am wake-up (please tell me this child will learn to sleep in at some point!)

So after getting Chris off to work, I let Megan watch a movie and I cut out a new quilt.

Cutting is all done. Sewing will have to wait... Fun day ahead with my girl.

After being asked 10,000 times if Build A Bear was open yet, we finally headed to the mall. Megan made her choice right away... didn't even want to look at other options. After we left the store I got the full story... her friend from pre-school has the same bear, same dress and same shoes as the one Megan picked.  But she wants to keep hers a secret (still don't understand that one!)

First stop today - Build A Bear

And when you're up at 5am, you're ready for lunch by 11am. A stop at Double Dave's was in order! Still can't get her to try a Pepperoni Roll... silly girl doesn't know what she's missing!

Lunch break at Double Dave's

Our next stop was The Glazery for a little paint-your-own-pottery fun. "Mom, is this beautiful?" "Yes Sweet Pea, it is BEAUTIFUL!!"

Artist at work.

But the day wasn't all about Megan... I picked up some new Kona cotton pieces...

My helper picking out @robertkaufman Kona colors.

... some new All Stars...

My treat for the day... New Converse :)

... and we bought a Ninja blender for Chris (hopefully the Ninja doesn't lie like the Magic Bullet... nothing magic about that thing!)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

1974 Patchwork

Sometimes the simplest patchwork makes me the happiest

1974 Patchwork

This quilt really was born out of frustration...

Back in May we were in day 10,000 (or so it seemed) of the house turned upside down with new floors going into every room. And the car's 'check engine' light had come on the previous day (a quick, but EXPENSIVE fix). So that Friday morning, with the installers working away to finish on-time, I set my sewing machine back up and locked myself in my sewing room. I knew a quick & easy project with some great fabric would help ease the stress of the week.


1974 Patchwork

Then after a busy July, where I figure I was home for dinner 4 times over a three-week period, I had to work on something... something that I could zone-out doing... something that I could crank up the music and get lost in while forgetting the day... So some simple straight lines (but not always as straight and even as they could be) and this was done in no time.

1974 Patchwork

From start to finish this quilt was just what I needed! Now on to the next project!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Project Life Week 31

July 29 - August 4

211:365 Basted & marked this weekend. Now to get it quilted. 
Sunday: Basted and marked this weekend. Now to get it quilted. 
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  212:365 Can't believe it has been 2 weeks since I last sat at my machine.
Monday: Can't believe it has been 2 weeks since I last sat at my machine. 
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  213:365 Sourpuss 
Tuesday: Sourpuss! 
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  214:365 Party at school today :) 
Wednesday: Party at school today. 
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  215:365 #widrn 5:30am... Watching Penguins of Madagascar with Megan 
Thursday: #widrn 5:30am... Watching Penguins of Madagascar with Megan and about to head to the gym.
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  216:365 Only 5% left... But I don't think I'll be able to stay awake long enough. 
Friday: Only 5% left... But I don't think I'll be able to stay awake long enough to finish.
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  217:365 Hexie sewing at swim lessons. 
Saturday: Hexie sewing at swim lessons. 
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hexie Quilt Progress

Making good progress on my Hexie Quilt.

Hexie Quilt Progress

I'm putting together 32-piece sections now, so it is a little hard to travel with this anymore. But weekend evenings, watching TV with hubby, gives me some good time for hand-stitching.

My goal is to have the top fully pieced before the end of the year... I think it will happen!