Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Recess Square-in-a-Square

First quilt of the year is done!

Recess Square-in-a-Square

And just under the wire for this month's entry in Melissa and Shanna's A Lovely Year of Finishes (January Goal post here.)

I used 1 Jelly Roll of Recess by American Jane for the quilt top. And the backing is one of the coordinating prints from the Saggy Baggy Elephant collection by Clothworks.

Recess Square-in-a-Square

This quilt top went together quickly... it was one of the two quilt tops I pieced at last year's HMQG weekend retreat. And once I finally got around to basting it, the quilting went quickly too.

Recess Square-in-a-Square

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Project Life Week 4

January 20 - January 26

20:365 Going to see a new baby this morning. 
Sunday: Going to see a new baby this morning. 
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  21:365 Maybe a little QAYG with Indie for the #sweetpouchswap 
Monday: Maybe a little QAYG with Indie for the Sweet Pouch Swap. 
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  22:365 How I've spent my morning!!! 
Tuesday: How I've spent my morning!! 
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  23:365 Finally picked myself up a Houston coffee mug. 
Wednesday: Finally picked myself up a Houston coffee mug. 
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  24:365 Grandmas send the best care packages! 
Thursday: Grandmas send the best care packages! 
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  25:365 Love the red dot binding.
Friday: Love the red dot binding. 
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  26:365 At last count - 14 Build-A-Bear animals. 
Saturday: At last count - 14 Build-A-Bear animals. 
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Lots of Projects

Ever go through one of those periods where you feel like you're just not getting anything done? That's me right now!

 Don't get me wrong... I'm working on projects... probably too many projects... just can't seem to get any of them finished.


Basted & ready to be quilted.  First project for A Lovely Year of Finishes.
Working on the January project for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

  Add one more to the to-be-quilted pile. #scrappytripalong
Need to quilt my Scrappy Trip Along top 

  21:365 Maybe a little QAYG with Indie for the #sweetpouchswap 
Playing around with an idea for the Sweet Pouch Swap

  #PLPS Partner - maybe some Erin McMorris and EPP hexies? 
And another idea for the Pretty Little Pouch Swap.


Here's to a productive weekend!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

12 in '12 Challenge

If you've been following along for a while, you might have noticed my posts throughout last year about the 12 in '12 Challenge my HMQG friends Liz, AmySafieh hosted. The idea was simple... finish 12 quilts in 2012... one per month.

I love a good challenge, and I have a wealth of projects that need finishing, so this challenge was perfect for me! Well, it turns out I won the grand prize!

12 in 12 Challenge Prize

Look at all that was stuffed in my goodie bag... fabric, a rainbow of Sharpies, some ribbon, pink & purple office supplies, zippers, bakers twine, and a hippo!!

Liz has become a hippo-making machine (she has them listed in her shop, but they go quickly!) They're so cute and now I want to create an army of hippos!

Hippo from Liz

And now my badskirt hippo now has a little friend.

Hippos from Badskirt-Amy & Liz

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Project Life Week 3

January 13 - January 19

13:365 Checking out the layout of Megan's quilt (and I need more light in this room!) 
Sunday: Checking out the layout of Megan's quilt (and I need more light in this room!) 
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  14:365 The best part of San Antonio. 
Monday: The best part of San Antonio. 
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  15:365 She's so happy to be on the way home from the kennel. 
Tuesday: She's so happy to be on the way home from the kennel. 
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  16:365 Brought this little guy home from my grandparents' house. Funny how the craziest things bring the strongest memories. 
Wednesday: Brought this little guy home from my grandparents' house. Funny how the craziest things bring the strongest memories. 
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  17:365 Ready to turn these blocks into a quilt top. #scrappytripalong 
Thursday: Ready to turn these blocks into a quilt top. 
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  18:365 To Do list & Grocery list... Exciting Friday night. 
Friday: To-do list & grocery list... exciting Friday night. 
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  19:365 HMQG days give me an excuse to wear the name tag I made for #sewingsummit 
Saturday: HMQG days give me an excuse to wear the name tag I made for Sewing Summit. 
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Project Life Week 2

January 6 - January 12

6:365 Very patient puppy waiting for some popcorn to drop. 
Sunday: Very patient puppy waiting for some popcorn to drop. 
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  7:365 A quite house & a little time for me :)
Monday: A quite house and a little time for me 
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  8:365 14 more #scrappytripalong blocks done. Only 12 more to piece. 
Tuesday: 14 more #scrappytripalong blocks done. Only 12 more to piece. 
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  9:365 Second time tonight. Hate when I forget 1 key ingredient. 
Wednesday: Second time tonight. Hate when I forget 1 key ingredient. 
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  10:365 Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip & Chocolate Teddy Grahams - totally worth going back to the store last night! 
Thursday: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip and Chocolate Teddy Grahams - totally worth going back to the store last night! 
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  11:365 Beer, sewing & Scrubs... 
Friday: Beer, sewing, and Scrubs... 
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  12:365 Hello Kitty Yahtzee 
Saturday: Hello Kitty Yahtzee 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Pay It Forward

hello

There's been an explosion of Pay It Forward generosity on social media this weekend... and I'm jumping in! 

The first 5 people to leave me a comment (make sure I have a way to contact you), will receive a little something special from me sometime soon.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Lovely Year of Finishes - January Goal

I'm excited to join in on A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Melissa and Shanna!

My Button

For the month of January I plan to finish the American Jane quilt top I pieced at the HMQG retreat. The quilt top went together really fast... now almost 8 months later it is time to finish it up!

First quilt top I finished this weekend

Project Life Week 1

December 30 - January 5

Cutting scraps... so far enough for 11 #scrappytripalong blocks (plus some Scrap Vomit squares) 
Sunday: Cutting scraps... 
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  366:365 This is how we do New Year's Eve.
Monday: This is how we do New Year's Eve. 
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  1:365 First book up for 2013. Anyone read this one? 
Tuesday: First book up for 2013. 
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  2:365 The holidays are over. 
Wednesday: The holidays are over 
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  3:365 My view: ME (until the sun comes up - then I can see hubby's office building) 
Thursday: My view - ME (until the sun comes up, then I can see hubby's office building) 
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  Ryder arrived today!! Thank you @badskirt - I love him!!
Friday: Ryder arrived today!! 
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  5:365 I am crazy excited about my new popcorn machine.
Saturday: I'm crazy excited about my new popcorn machine. 
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Sewing: A Review

2012 was a pretty productive sewing year for me... 21 quilts finished, another 6 quilt tops pieced (and on the to-do list to finish in 2013), and a number of smaller projects like bunting, bags, pouches, and pillows.

2012 Quilts

And a big thanks to Liz, Amy, and Safieh for hosting the 12 in 12 Challenge... it really inspired me to finish up some projects!


I've been giving some thought to projects I'd like to work on in 2013.

Quilt Tops That Need To Be Quilted: 12
Quilt Tops That Need To Be Finished (& Quilted): 3
New Quilts: 7 - Scrappy Tripalong, Out to Sea, Wonky Star, Scrap Vomit #3, Pow-Wow, Fat Quarter Frolic, Flora

Think that's enough to get me started ((wink wink))