Sunday, January 26, 2014

Project Life Week 4

January 19 - January 25

19:365 Exciting Sunday night around here.
Sunday: Exciting Sunday night around here. 
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20:365 hmmm... Maybe the start of a new project. #robertkaufman #kona #freespirit 
Monday: hmmm... maybe the start of a new project. 
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21:365 I think I finally have enough pieces  cut to finish up the scrap quilt I started middle of last year. 
Tuesday: I think I finally have enough pieces cut to finish up the scrap quilt I started middle of last year. 
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22:365 That New Year's resolution to buy less fabric & use more of my stash  doesn't seem to be going very well. 
Wednesday: That New Year's resolution to buy less fabric and use more of my stash doesn't seem to be going very well. 
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23:365 Having fun finishing up my piece from the #hmqg workshop. 
Thursday: Having fun finishing up my piece from the HMQG workshop. 
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24:365 My garden flamingo has a snot-sickle ❄️❄️❄️ #houstonsnowday 
Friday: Snow day in Houston and my garden flamingo has a snot-cicle. 
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25:365 Even with all of the ice yesterday, the postman still made a stop at my house. Thanks for the swap @chezterez !! 
Saturday: Even with all of the ice yesterday, the postman still made a stop at my house. 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Double Delight Quilt

A new quilt for Megan... and done just in time for our annual Houston cold-snap (freezing temps and ice for a night, and then back to our usual 70 degree winter on Saturday)

Double Delight

Megan picked the fabrics... pink, hearts, and flowers... pretty perfect for a sweet 6 year old girl. Originally we were going to make a different pattern, but these fat quarters were cut just a hair shy of 18" x 21" and I couldn't make it work. So we picked the Villa Rosa pattern Double Delight instead.

Double Delight

The pattern comes together so quick! And since it only needs 14 fat quarters, and I had 20 to work with, there weren't any problems with my little-bit-too-small-fat-quarters.

Double Delight


Quilt Details
Quilt Top Fabric: The Lizzie Collection by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics and Moda Bella
Backing and Binding Fabric: Bloom and Grow by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake
Pattern: Double Delight by Villa Rosa
Size: 54" x 63"
January ALYoF goal posted here

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Project Life Week 3

January 12 - January 18

12:365 Daddy has a new helper for yard work. 
Sunday: Daddy has a new helper for yard work. 
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13:365 She loves her karate classes (and was thrilled to finally get to wear her uniform) 
Monday: She loves her karate class! 
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14:365 My first 2 paper-pieced #economyblockalong blocks. So glad I decided to go with @creativethursday 's Meet the Gang for these blocks! 
Tuesday: My first 2 paper-pieced Economy blocks. So glad I decided to go with Creative Thursday's Meet the Gang for these blocks! 
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15:365 Dinner finally!! Sat through Karate starving while 3 parents spent the entire time talking (loudly) about their favorite restaurants. 
Wednesday: 8pm - Dinner finally! Sat through karate starving while 3 parents spent the entire time talking (loudly) about their favorite restaurants (UGH!!) 
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16:365 Ready to cheer on the Bruins!! @nhlbruins 
Thursday: Ready to cheer on the Bruins! 
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17:365 Popped into the county annex building to see my little artist's work on display (that's a catfish, in case you weren't sure )
Friday: Popped into the county annex building to see my little artist's work on display. 
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18:365 #HMQG scrap pile. Ready for a class with @jessicakdarling 
Saturday: HMQG scrap pile. Ready for a class with Jessica Darling. 
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Boston Bruins

I've been a hockey fan since I was a kid.  Got hooked while watching the 1988 Winter Olympics, and since we had a satellite dish (NOT the Dish/DirectTV of today, but the BIG dish installed in the middle of your backyard) I could watch just about any NHL game I wanted once the Olympics were over.  My team became the Boston Bruins in the days of Cam Neely, Andy Moog, and Ray Bourque.  For the last 25 years I've wanted to see a game in person, but when you live almost 2,000 miles away on the Texas Gulf coast, it isn't that easy.

Boston Bruins January 16, 2014

Fast forward to May 2013: I'm watching the Stanley Cup playoffs, and much to my surprise Megan starts watching the games with me.  She cheers, she celebrates each win, she's almost in tears when we tell her Chicago beat Boston for the cup.

Boston Bruins January 16, 2014

So on a whim I checked the NHL 2013-2014 schedule and found that Boston would play in Dallas once, in January, and a plan was hatched... tickets were purchased, tshirts were gifted (thanks mom!), and hotel reservations were made. Chris and I each took 2 days of vacation, Megan missed a day and half of school, the dog was boarded, and door-to-door we were gone 25 hours (9 hours of that in the car)...

Boston Bruins January 16, 2014

And it was all worth it!! The game was awesome... our seats were fantastic, we were surrounded by enthusiastic Bruins fans, and the Bruins won 4 to 1!

Boston Bruins January 16, 2014

so. much. fun.
I'm ready to make plans for another Dallas road trip during the 2014-2015 season (of course now Megan wants to go to a game in Boston!)

Boston Bruins January 16, 2014

Let's go Bruins {clap} {clap} {clap}

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Part 2

Right before Christmas Kristan put out a call for Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap Angels. Christmas is a crazy time... and I had 10,000 presents left to sew (okay, that number might be just a tad off, but after the third late night of sewing it sure felt like 10,000 things!) But I didn't hesitate to help out. Last year I was the recipient of an Angel pillow in the Pillow Talk Swap on Flickr. So it was my turn to pay back some good deeds.

Lucky Penny Mini Quilt
I didn't have much information to go on... just what I could gather from a little bit of internet sleuthing. She seemed to like bold colors, so I took a gamble and used up the charm pack of Alison Glass Lucky Penny I had been hoarding saving. And I knew right away what I wanted to make - stitch n flip half-square triangles.

Lucky Penny Mini Quilt
SO. MUCH. FUN!! I can't wait to make something with these again!

Lucky Penny Mini Quilt

Quilt Details:
Fabric: Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover
Pattern: Stitch N Flip based on techniques in the book Quilting Modern
Size: 16" x 16"

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Project Life Week 2

January 5 - January 11

5:365 Coinstar, I {heart} you! 
Sunday: Coinstar, I {heart} you. 
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6:365 Last day of Winter vacation and we're building a Cloud Cuckoo Palace. #lego 
Monday: Last day of Winter vacation and we're building a Cloud Cuckoo Palace. 
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7:365 All kinds of new friends in my sewing room. 
Tuesday: All kinds of new friends in my sewing room. 
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8:365 New mugs added to the collection this week. Thanks for swapping @deniene and @craftsewcreate !! #starbucks #youarehere 
Wednesday: New mugs added to my collection this week. 
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9:365 The start of a new project. Halfway through fussy cutting centers. 
Thursday: The start of a new project.
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10:365 Calories don't count if consumed at the office, for a birthday - right? 
Friday: Calories don't count if consumed at the office, for a birthday - right? 
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11:365 I really wasn't going to join in the #economyblockalong but now my pieces are cut & papers printed 
Saturday: I really wasn't going to join in the EconomyBlockAlong, 
but now my pieces are cut and papers printed.
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