Monday, May 27, 2013

I {heart} Floressence

This quilt came together almost exactly as I pictured in my mind.  Don't you just love when that happens!!

I {heart} Floressence

I pieced the quilt top at The Stash Bash in April... started Thursday evening and finished before dinner Friday. I'm probably one of the few people that enjoys the process of trimming half-square triangles, and at the retreat I was able to to borrow my buddy Safieh's Bloc_Loc rulers... Wow... Makes the process even better!  I need to get my hands on some of those rulers!

I {heart} Floressence

This quilt was my first finish on the HandiQuilter. LOVE!  Although I did finish the heart on my regular machine... I'm not thrilled with it (that part didn't come out as I pictures in my mind), but I can live with it, so I'm not ripping anything out.

I {heart} Floressence

Quilt Details:
Top Fabric: Floressence by Art Gallery and Moda Bella Solid
Backing and Binding Fabric: Essential Dots from Bloom & Grow by Riley Blake
Pattern: 5" (finished) Half-Square Triangles

I'm linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes for May.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Project Life Week 21

May 19 - May 25

139:365 Fudge Pie right out of the oven for my brother's birthday lunch. 
Sunday: Fudge Pie right out of the oven for my brother's birthday lunch. 
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  140:365 All quilted except for the heart (that's for tomorrow). 
Monday: All quilted except for the heart (that's for another day) 
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  141:365 Love poking around in this shop! 
Tuesday: I love poking around in this shop! 
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  142:365 Not even close to burning off the beer & pigs in a blanket from last night. #sweatnsew 
Wednesday: Not even close to burning off the beer and pigs in a blanket from last night. 
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  143:365 Cleaning the sewing room I found this... The info booklet from Methodist Sugar Land Hospital that I'm in (second from left). 
Thursday: Cleaning the sewing room I found this... 
the info booklet from Methodist Sugar Land Hospital that I'm in (second from left). 
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  144:365 Binding, champagne & some TV... Perfect ending to a long week. 
Friday: Binding, champagne, and some TV... perfect ending to a long week. 
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  145:365 Back to speech therapy for Megan. This week's magic word is 'shovel'
Saturday: Back to speech therapy for Megan. This week's magic word is 'shovel' 
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

My New Toy

So what have I been up to lately? Oh, just playing with my new toy...

HandiQuilter Avante

After a little bit of practice work, I loaded my first "official" top last week (it only took me the better part of an hour... can't wait for the day I can do it without having to stop/start the YouTube video!) And I finally quilted the top Monday night (a busy weekend kept me away from just about all things crafty!)

Looking forward to making my way through that giant pile of quilt tops I have stashed away in a corner!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Project Life Week 20

May 12 - May 18

132:365 Queen of the quilts. 
Sunday: Queen of the quilts. 
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  133:365 I've got my evening plans sorted out. #bruins #stanleycup #playoffs
Monday: I've got my evening plans sorted out. 
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  134:365 Thread, fabric, do Good Stitches blocks & care package from mom... Pretty good mail day! 
Tuesday: Thread, fabric, do Good Stitches blocks and a care package from mom... Pretty good mail day!
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  135:365 Took the better part of an hour, but I loaded my first quilt onto the machine. 
Wednesday: Took the better part of an hour, but I loaded my first quilt onto the machine. 
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  136:365 Tooth Fairy is making a stop at our house tonight. 
Thursday: Tooth Fairy is making a stop at our house tonight. 
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  137:365 Bought this as a backing... now just need to plan a quilt for it. 
Friday: Bought this as a backing... now just need to plan a quilt for it.
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  138:365 June/July issue of Mary Janes Farm magazine features a block made by HMQG member Mona @quiltingcyclist (top picture) 
Saturday: June/July issue of Mary Janes Farm magazine features a block made by HMQG member Mona. 
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Monday, May 13, 2013

To Boston With Love

Once upon a time I wanted to be a runner, and on a whim I signed up to train for a marathon with Team in Training. What started that Saturday afternoon in a library meeting room brought me years of fun and some great friendships (along with lots of early morning runs, sore legs, and a few blisters.)

Goofy Challenge 2007 
Me & Mickey after I finished the Goofy Race & a Half Challenge in 2007

I've run some pretty amazing races, but running the Boston Marathon was never in my future... to run in Boston you need a 'qualifying' time, and I was always lucky to finish a race before the whole thing was shut down, never mind ever being fast enough to qualify for anything. And it broke my heart to see the aftermath of the bombs that went off at the Boston finish line. The finish line is such a magical place... all the hard work you've put into training... all the Saturday mornings you've been up at 4am just to get a long run in... and to cross over that finish line and see your friends, family (and total strangers) cheering you on is amazing!

When I saw that Vancouver MQG was putting together a banner of hand-crafted flags for the city of Boston, I knew I had to be a part of it. And These will be on their way to Boston today.

To Boston With Love

To Boston With Love... Tammy

Flag Details
Size: 6" x 8"
Fabric (front): Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
Fabric (backing & ties): Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit
Pattern: A variation of this quilt

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Project Life Week 19

May 5 - May 11

125:365 Not everyday you see a metal longhorn strapped in the back of a truck. #onlyinTexas 
Sunday: Not everyday you see a metal longhorn strapped in the back of a truck. 
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  126:365 Hubby laughs at how I cool my pop tarts after toasting them. 
Monday: Hubby laughs at how I cool my pop tarts after toasting them. 
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  127:365 #sweatnsew there hasn't been a whole lot of either over the last month. But today I'm back at it!! 
Tuesday: Back at the gym today with my new toy.
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  128:365 Pay It Forward gift from Amanda arrived today! 
Wednesday: Pay It Forward gift from Amanda arrived today! 
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  129:365 Flowers from my sweet little girl. 
Thursday: Flowers from my sweet little girl. 
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  130:365 Muffins with Mom at school today. 
Friday: Muffins with Mom at school today. 
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  131:365 A couple of cute hearts. #moda #happygolucky 
Saturday: A couple of cute hearts. 
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Giveaway Day Winner!!

I loved reading about everyone's Summer/Winter plans! Looks like y'all will be spending lots of time with family and at the pool/lake/beach this summer... Sounds perfect to me!

 And now for the winner...
SMS 05-13 Winner


Thanks to everyone for stopping by and sharing a little bit with me!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Giveaway Day!!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day is here again!

SMS May 2013


If you're new here... Welcome! Here's a sample of my 2013 creations:

My creation



Now on to the giveaway... This time around I'm giving away 2 charm packs of the just-released Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

HGL Charm 

  HGL

To enter: Leave me a comment about what fun plans you have for the upcoming summer (or winter for my Southern Hemisphere readers). I'm taking Megan to visit my mom in New Hampshire this summer... It will be fantastic to get away from the hot Texas summer for a few days!

As always, entry is open to U.S. and International readers.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Project Life Week 18

April 28 - May 4

118:365 Post-vacation grocery run made a little better with Buddy Bucks. 
Sunday: Post-vacation grocery run made a little better with Buddy Bucks. 
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  119:365 My least favorite part of coming back from vacation! 
Monday: My least favorite part of coming back from vacation. 
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  120:365 Limited myself to just one book at the Friends of the Library sale.
Tuesday: Limited myself to just one book at the Friends of the Library sale. 
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  121:365 Came back from vacation with 5 coffee mugs! 
Wednesday: Came back from vacation with 5 coffee mugs! 
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  122:365 Packing for the #HMQG retreat. 
Thursday: Packing for the HMQG retreat. 
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  123:365 Spoils of today's fabric shopping.
Friday: Spoils of today's fabric shopping. 
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  124:365 ...and done! #hmqgretreat #hmqg 
Saturday: ...and done! Started at The Stash Bash in April; Finished at HMQG Retreat in May. 
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Lovely Year of Finishes - May Goal

There's still no shortage of projects to pick from for this month's A Lovely Year of Finishes goal. But I'm still so in love with the Florescence quilt I put together at The Stash Bash, so I think that NEEDS to be my May goal.

102:365 Quilt top done!! Love this @artgalleryfabrics line! #thestashbash


A Lovely Year of Finishes

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fabric!!

I haven't done any sewing since The Stash Bash.

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But that hasn't stopped an accumulation of new fabric! Guess I better buckle down at HMQG's annual retreat this weekend.