I started out 2013 with spots in 2 pouch swaps... because you can never have enough little pouches, right? I don't really participate in a lot of swaps. I love them... the excitement, the plotting and planning, the waiting... but I don't have a whole lot of extra time and it can be hard to squeeze in those deadlines sometimes. But I've been working on cutting myself some slack and trying new things this year, so a couple of swaps sounded just perfect.
And now that my second package has made it to the other side of the world, I can share what I made, and what I received!
Pretty Little Pouch Swap on Flickr
I was sewing for Jessie (who I got to meet at Sewing Summit)
And Megan was sewing for me. Can you believe she made me 2 pouches! I love them both, but those Tula Pink squirrels just kill me!!
The bright side of having hubby away last week was lots of time for sewing. A couple evenings of quilting and a few movies while hand-stitching the binding, and my Scrappy Trip Along quilt was finished!
This quilt was so much fun to put together! At least 75% of the pieces came from my scrap baskets... I could have made the whole thing from scraps, but I didn't want to repeat any of the strips, so I cut into some fat quarters for a couple of the blocks.
I was having trouble deciding on a backing fabric, so the people who live in my phone (AKA Instagram) helped me pick this one, and it is perfect!
Wow! You really can tell how strong our Winter sun has been here in Texas... the above 2 pictures are of the same section of the quilt... the top one taken inside, and the bottom one outside.
Pattern: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Quilt Top: Scraps
Backing: Henna Garden in Persimmon from Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson
Binding: Eyelet (Seeds) in Grey from Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt
Size: 60" x 72"
It's been a bit of a rough week around here... hubby has been in Connecticut since Sunday (and is on the plane home as I type). There have been a lot of tears; middle of the night bad dreams; and a 1,000,000 questions of when daddy will be home. So I thought we needed a day off from work and preschool to have a little fun!
It was an amazingly beautiful, sunny, mid-60 degree day in Houston... a perfect day to spend in Hermann Park.
Hard to believe QuiltCon is almost here! Quilts, shopping, classes, lectures... what a fun weekend in Austin!
This picture was taken by my HMQG-buddy Fi while shop-hopping in Salt Lake City during Sewing Summit. Pretty accurate picture of me... sunglasses on the top of my head with fabric in one hand and my cellphone in the other!
So 5 things you may not know about me:
1. I went to college (Texas A&M) thinking I'd go on to vet school. But freshman chemistry kicked my butt and I switched my major to Psychology. And while I loved Psych, I had no idea what to do with a psych degree. I ended up getting a job at an investment firm... thought I'd stay for a couple of years and then move on to something else... well, this summer I'll celebrate my 17th anniversary.
2. I met my husband at work. We worked on the same floor, but in different groups. And we managed to keep it quite... many of our co-workers didn't know we were dating until after we had already gotten engaged.
3. My favorite movie is Fletch. I know every line... I've read every book.
5. I've lived my entire life in Texas. I love this state, and I love Houston, but I do not love the hot Texas summers. The heat makes me grouchy and I pretty much hibernate in my air conditioned house from June through September.
There's no shortage of quilt tops around my house to choose from (I think I have 12 tops that need to be quilted... maybe more... yikes!!) But this month's pick is the Scrappy Trip Along I pieced in January. By the way, have you checked out the #scrappytripalong hashtag on Instagram? There's over 4,000 pictures in there!
My Starbucks You Are Here collection includes: Alabama, Alaska, Atlanta, Arizona, Austin, Boston, Calgary, California, California Adventure, Canada, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Denver, Disneyland, Florida, Hawaii, Houston, Kansas City, Kentucky, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Magic Kingdom, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Niagara Falls, North Carolina, Ohio, Orange County, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Tennessee, Toronto, Twin Cities, Utah, Vancouver, Virginia, Washington DC