Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Disney Wordless Wednesday - Inspired Letter N

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Nutty Duo 
(and the Chipmunks are silly too)
Megan and Grandma - Animal Kingdom April 2013



Focused on the Magic

Monday, August 26, 2013

Scrappy Wonky Stars

I love scrappy quilts. And scrappy quilts made with fabrics from friends... even better!!
Scrappy Wonky Star Quilt

I was lucky enough to attend the first two years of Sewing Summit (missing this year since I'm out of vacation time... boooo!) and some of the best parts of Sewing Summit were all the "extras". Pouch swap, scrap swap, black and white 10" charm swap, fat quarter swap, rainbow charm swap - there's something for everyone. And thanks to two years of the rainbow charm swap I had a big, beautiful stack of colorful charms, just waiting to be turned into something special.

Scrappy Wonky Star Quilt

When I saw Claudia's wonky star quilt I knew exactly what I was going to make with those charms! I decided to cut all the 5" charms down to 4.5" before getting started... this fit better with the quilt size I was shooting for, and took care of any issues there might have been in size uniformity with lots and lots of hands doing the cutting.

Scrappy Wonky Star Quilt

I took all the pieces with me to The Stash Bash back in April, but ran out of time and never got started on it that weekend.  A few weeks later we had the HMQG retreat, and this time I was able to at least make the star points. The rest of the quilt came together quickly.

Scrappy Wonky Star Quilt

Quilt Details:
Quilt Top Fabric: Color Wheel Charm Swap from Sewing Summit 2011 & 2012
Quilt Backing Fabric: Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt
Binding Fabric: Flower Bucket by Genevieve Gail
Pattern: Scrappy Wonky Star inspired by Claudia
August goal posted here


A Lovely Year of Finishes

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Project Life Week 34

August 18 - August 24

230:365 Nothing like a big pile of clean sheets for an afternoon cat nap. 
Sunday: Nothing like a big pile of clean sheets for an afternoon cat nap. 
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231:365 Soda & cookie break (from sewing up last minute gifts). 
Monday: Soda and cookie break (from sewing up last minute gifts.) 
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232:365 That frustrating moment when you realize you bought the wrong size pillow form!! Ugh!! 
Tuesday: That frustrating moment when you realize you bought the wrong size pillow form! 
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233:365 Making a few gifts for Thursday's End of Summer party. 
Wednesday: Making a few gifts for Thursday's End of Summer party. 
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234:365 End of Summer Party face painting. 
Thursday: End of Summer Party face painting 
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235:365 Meet the teacher 
Friday: Meet the teacher
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236:365 Someone's very excited that Denny's had the cupcake cups in stock this time! 
Saturday: Someone's very excited that Denny's had the cupcake cups in stock this time! 
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Pillows

When Megan was 12 weeks old we enrolled her in a daycare/pre-school near our offices. It was recommended by friends, convenient, and fit into our schedules... what more could you ask for, right? Well, we ended up with so much more... Ms. Elizabeth, Ms. Michelle, Mr. Tony, Ms. Gayle... they became family. Yesterday we said our (temporary*) good-byes to all the kids and teachers at Excel. And being the super-sweet kid she is, Megan wanted to do something special for the school.

After a little discussion, we decided that the school could use some new pillows for the reading area in the pre-school room. And since we waited until the last minute (4 days from idea to last day) I decided to go simple. 2 Kona charm packs + HST = 3 pretty awesome pillows!

Kona HST Pillows

Sunday afternoon I pieced and trimmed the HSTs, then after dinner I gave the blocks to Megan and let her pick the layout for the pillows. She asked for my help a couple of times, but all-in-all, the layout was all her doing... and I think she did a great job! I backed them in some random dot fabric from my stash (probably purchased back in my clothing sewing days when Megan was an infant)... a well-stocked stash is great for last-minute projects!

Kona HST Pillows

And speaking of last-minute, the pillow-forms for these were TOTALLY last-minute! Once we decided on making pillows I ran up to JoAnns and bought pillow forms (with my 3 50%-off coupons).
 Sunday. 
 Done. 
 On the ball! 
Until a few days later when I realized I bought 18" forms, but was making 20" pillows... Yikes! No problem though... I'll just pop by JoAnns Thursday morning, on my way to the end-of-summer party, and exchange for the correct forms. Except I couldn't find the right pillow-forms at JoAnns! Now what?!? And then I remembered the Garden Ridge Pottery across the street from JoAnns. Aisles and aisles of throw pillows... surely I could find something there that would work. And I did! And for less than the coupon-price of the original forms. WIN!!

Kona HST Pillows

(*Temporary, because Megan has already decided she's going back to Excel for Christmas and Summer breaks.)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Project Life Week 33

August 11 - August 17

223:365 Enjoying time at the pool today. 
Sunday: Enjoying time at the pool today. 
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224:365 My game plan for the day. 
Monday: My game plan for the day. 
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225:365 I'm sure they won't be as good as the bears I got in SLC last year, but I still had to pick them up when I saw them today. 
Tuesday: I'm sure they won't be as good as the bears I got in SLC last year, but I still had to pick them up when I saw them.
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226:365 A few more #fabricpolaroids cut. 
Wednesday: A few more fabric Polaroids cut. 
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227:365 Never ending fun around here. That's hubby on the side of the freeway waiting for a tow truck. 
Thursday: Never ending fun around here. That's hubby on the side of the freeway waiting for a tow truck. 
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228:365 Almost midnight, but they're all done! 60 #fabricpolaroids  ready to swap. 
Friday: Almost midnight, but they're all done! 60 fabric polaroids ready to swap. 
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229:365 Perfect end to the day. 
Saturday: Perfect end to the day. 
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pets on Quilts

Some things are just meant to go together... like pets and quilts.

132:365 Queen of the quilts.

Krystal is chief of quilting operations around here... or so she thinks.  I can usually find her trying to sneak into my studio, burrowing into a quilt I'm trying to bind, or just hanging out on top of a pile of quilts.


94:365 Bella approves of Megan's new quilt.

Bella likes to spend time with quilts too. But after the quilt destruction of Summer 2009, she's kept under close watch around quilts.


If you like dogs, cats and quilts, make sure to hop over to Lily Pad Quilting for the annual Pets on Quilts parade.

pets on quilts

Thursday, August 15, 2013

O Canada

I went to Canada last week. And apparently this was my first "real" trip to Canada...

There were lots of conversations that went something like this:
Them: Have you been to Canada before? 
Me: Yes. I went to Niagara Falls in 1988 
Them: {eye roll} That's not really Canada.

Who knew?!?

So to celebrate my second first-trip, I made a quilt block. I'm forever commemorating events with something... charms for my bracelet, Starbucks mugs... so why not a quilt block?

Maple Leaf

I had lots of fun digging through my red scraps for this block, making sure each of the eleven pieces were from a different fabric. And while I was putting the block together I kept thinking this would be cool in blues too (for those Toronto Maple Leafs fans.)

I'm not totally sure what I'm going to do with the block. I could add a border and turn it into a pillow, or maybe save it for a "kitchen sink" quilt.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Project Life Week 32

August 4 - August 10

216:365 Hello Chicago.... (sounds better than Hello Downers Grove in the far west 'burbs) 
Sunday: Hello Chicago... (sounds better than Hello Downers Grove in the far west 'burbs) 
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217:365 Ahhhhh... 
Monday: Ahhhh... a beer and a book 
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218:365 Beautiful view from the office I'm visiting. 
Tuesday: Beautiful view from the office I'm visiting. 
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219:365 Good Morning. 
Wednesday: Good Morning Canada! 
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220:365 Had just enough time to squeeze in a quick stop at the Hockey Hall of Fame today. #toronto #hockey #latergram 
Thursday: Had just enough time before dinner at Canoe to squeeze in a quick stop at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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221:365 My first Kinder Egg!
Friday: My first Kinder Egg! 
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222:365 Finding a home for my new mugs. #starbucks #youarehere
Saturday: Finding a home for my new Starbucks mugs. 
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