Monday, March 31, 2014

Find Momo

Do you know Momo?

Momo

If you're on Instagram and love dogs (even a little), you need to follow this sweet pup and his owner Andrew.  Momo and Andrew are traveling the country (in an awesome yellow van) on a book tour for Andrew's new book Find Momo. After missing Maddie on tour last year there was no way I was missing Momo when they swung through Houston.

On each stop of the tour, Andrew and Momo are playing a little bit of hide-and-seek with their fans... Andrew posts a picture of Momo, and if you figure out where they are, and are the first one to arrive, there's a red envelope waiting for you (with a ticket for a free copy of the book.) About Noon Sunday I saw Andrew's Houston picture post to Instagram, and knew right where they were (of course the location tag didn't hurt!) We live in the far southwest 'burbs, a good 30 minutes away, so I figured the envelope would be gone before we got there, but still we had to try (and since the location was just down the street from the book store, it wasn't like we had to go our of our way.) Imagine my surprise when we pulled up, and there on the ground, under the trash can, was the bright red envelope. We parked at the convenience store across the street and snatched up our prize.

Momo Book Signing

We spent about an hour at Brazos book store... listening to Andrew's story, playing with Momo, and taking pictures.

Momo Book Signing

Megan and Momo

Megan brought along a toy for Momo. Andrew told Megan he was certain Momo would love it since it was a combination of Momo's two favorite toys... his ball and his rope.


Megan, Momo & Andrew

Thanks Andrew for letting us play with your fabulous dog! And thanks to Brazos Books for hosting such a fun afternoon.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Project Life Week 13

March 23 - March 29

82:365 I love the start of a new project! Hope to have this done in time to take to #thestashbash 
Sunday: I love the start of a new project! 
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83:365 This week's fun & excitement is strep throat for the kiddo. 10 days of gagging down antibiotics should be fun! 
Monday: This week's fun and excitement is strep throat for the kiddo. 
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84:365 Chris brought home presents for the sick kiddo! (I got a bunny too!!) #lego 
Tuesday: Chris brought home presents for the sick kiddo. (I got a bunny too) 
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85:365 When I'm up past bedtime the kitty comes out to the living room and stares at me. 
Wednesday: When I'm up past bedtime the kitty comes out to the living room and stares at me. 
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86:365 Birthday gifts from my sweet friends! @houseofbadcats @gabriela_cast @fatchickquilts you are the best!!! 
Thursday: Birthday gifts from my sweet friends! 
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87:365 My little yellow belt. 
Friday: My little yellow belt. 
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88:365 My longarm is home! Problem diagnosed as a bad bobbin case. 
Saturday: My longarm is home! Problem diagnosed as a bad bobbin case. 
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Boutique Jelly Roll Quilt

I totally deserve a gold star for finishing this one!

Jelly Roll Race

I (foolishly) thought this would be a quick finish. I loaded it on the longarm and set off to make large wavy lines across the quilt. Within minutes my thread shredded... not just a simple break, but a big gnarly nest of shredded thread. I regrouped and started again... another shredded thread. One more try and it shredded again. I called my rep and she offered a few more suggestions... more shredded thread. She came by the house and tried a few more things... more shredded thread.

Jelly Roll Race

In the end we tried: re-threading the top, re-threading the bottom, new needle, new needle from another package/shipment, moved the thread from the right spindle to the left spindle, another cone of the same thread, a cone of different thread, a new bobbin, a new bobbin case, checked top thread tension, checked bottom tension... I finally took the machine in for a little check-up. And I'm happy to report that it is fixed and ready for me to pick up tomorrow!

Jelly Roll Race

In the meantime I wanted to finish up this quilt. So I pin basted it before taking it off the frame and quilted it on my Janome. It was a little rough going... I'm out of practice, I didn't pin-baste nearly enough, and thanks to a couple of holes in the border fabric (from ripping out stitches) I had to trim it down just a bit. But it is finished!

Quilt Details
Quilt Top & Binding: Boutique by Chez Moi for Moda
Backing Fabric: (unknown) solid
Pattern: Jelly Roll Race AKA 1600 Quilt
March ALYoF Goal here


A Lovely Year of Finishes

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Project Life Week 12

March 16 - March 22

75:365 Pin basting the rest of this to finish on my DSM since the longarm has to go to the shop. 
Sunday: Pin basting the rest of this to finish on my DSM since the longarm has to go to the shop. 
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76:365 I live in the 'burbs, but not far from farm & ranch land. Which means occasionally I find myself at the Tractor Supply Co bringing home cool things like red egg baskets. 
Monday: I live in the 'burbs, but not far from farm and ranch land. Which means occasionally I find myself at the Tractor Supply Co bringing home cool things like red egg baskets. 
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77:365 Today's to-do list has been completed. 
Tuesday: Today's to-do list has been completed. 
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78:365 Two more #handmadebirthdayclub gifts arrived today!! 
Wednesday: Two more Handmade Birthday Club gifts arrived today! 
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79:365 Found out today that I'm going to NYC in May. It will be a super-quick (business) trip, but I sure do love any chance to get to the city! 
Thursday: Found out I'm going to NYC in May. It will be a super-quick (business) trip, but I sure do love any chance to get to the city. 
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80:365 What was supposed to be a quick finish has turned into the headache quilt. But this binding means it is almost done!
Friday: What was supposed to be a quick finish has turned into the headache quilt. But this binding means it is almost done!
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81:365 Beginnings of a washcloth from my crochet class today. (and a great project bag from @susannahkate_sews for #handmadebirthdayclub ) 
Saturday: Beginnings of a washcloth from my crochet class today. 
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oh Cherry Oh

Killing time on Pinterest I found a picture, pinned by a friend, for a quilting design called '3s & Es'. It looked fun and easy so I decided to give it a try on the HandiQuilter. I'd link to the quilting pattern here, but the Pinterest link was a dead-end and my quick Google search only yielded more Pinterest images. But the basic idea is to start with a 3, add in a little curl at the end, build a rounded E off of that, add in a little curl at the end, make another 3... and keep going until you fill your quilt.

Oh Cherry D9P

So I added this way-over-due-quilt-top to the longarm frame and got to practicing.

Oh Cherry D9P

Not perfect, but passable... and I'm excited to try the pattern again!

Oh Cherry D9P

Since we have a quilt or two in this house (wink, wink) I think I'll save this for an end-of-the-year gift for Megan's Kindergarten teacher.

Quilt Details
Quilt Top: Oh Cherry Oh by Me and My Sister for Moda (3 charm packs) and Kona White
Backing Fabric: Bloom & Grow by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake
Binding Fabric: Essential Dots by Riley Blake
Pattern: Disappearing 9-Patch
Size: 54" x 54"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Project Life Week 11

March 9 - March 15

68:365 It has been a rotten Sunday... Hubs left for a business trip, no one showed for the Girl Scout meeting, and my longarm is having fits. We needed coffee & cookies! 
Sunday: Rough days call for cookies and coffee. 
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69:365 Our GS council received a generous corporate grant so we were able to pick up our next Journey book series for free. 
Monday: Our GS Council received a generous corporate grant, so we were able to pick up our next Journey book series for free. 
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70:365 Big decision for tonight... read or TV and hexies 
Tuesday: Big decision for the night... read or TV and hexies. 
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71:365 A birthday gift!!! Open it now or wait until my birthday Tuesday? #handmadebirthdayclub #handmadebirthdayclub2014 
Wednesday: A birthday gift!!
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72:365 Fox dishtowels from Paper Source... Never mind the kitchen, I think I need to make something from these. 
Thursday: Fox dishtowels from Paper Source... never mind the kitchen, I think I need to make something from these.
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73:365 Happy Pi Day!
Friday: Happy Pi Day!
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74:365 More birthday gifts arrived today. The #handmadebirthdayclub one I'll open this weekend, but I'll save my mom's for Tuesday. 
Saturday: More birthday gifts have arrived! 
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