Friday, June 28, 2013

Baby Houndstooth #2 Quilt Top

Are you tired of reading about these Houndstooth quilts yet?  Well, now that I have made the quilt top of the third one, I feel pretty done with making them.  This one is for the baby girl twin, the one for her twin brother is posted here.

Houndstooth Quilt Top #2

The solids here are Kona White and Kona Cerise.  It will be backed in Kona Iron (to match her brother's) and bound in Kona Cerise.

Houndstooth Quilt Top #2

This one is my favorite of the three Houndstooth quilts that I have made (the first one can be found here!).  I love the colors and I was able to apply the things I learned from making the first two the first time around and maintain my patience.

Houndstooth Quilt Top #2

I like these quilts, but they aren't very fun to make.  I know I'll probably end up making another one (or two, or three...) by commission, but I absolutely refuse for the rest of this year!  I hope to have both of the twin's quilts entirely finished and ready to post by next Friday... and then I can be all done with Houndstooth quilts for awhile!

Currently Listening to: Wild Country by Wake Owl

Thursday, June 27, 2013

99 in 999: #54

While spending the day with my mum on Monday, she showed me her bonsai tree.  Because maintaining a bonsai tree is on my list of 99 goals, I told her about the list.  She asked me what other things were on my list and I told her random things as they came to me throughout the day.  Then I got to #54: Owning a pair of gold flats.  She instantly said that she had a pair of gold flats she has only worn once and I could have them if I wanted.  Of course, I wanted to see them!

99 in 999: Own gold flats

Needless to say, they came home with me!  How could I pass up beautiful Gianni Bini gold flats?

99 in 999: Own gold flats

There's another one checked off the list! 97 more to go!

Currently Listening to: Seaside by Wake Owl

Monday, June 24, 2013

Recents >>

I apologize that it was pretty quiet here at the blog last week... it was anything but quiet at home!  Two days after getting home from Dallas Jake and I made a quick trip to St. George for Father's day.  We came back on Sunday night and I had a mile long list of things to accomplish before we left for another weekend getaway to Moab on Friday.  That, of course, made me super busy without a lot of computer time!  Astonishingly, I completed my ambitious to-do list in just four days.

Anyways, blah blah blah boring.  Here's some photos of my recent adventures:

Moab 2013

This is the crew.  From left to right: my mom's husband Craig, my brother's friend James, Mom, me, Jake, Dawn (my brother's wife), and my brother Josh!

Moab 2013

Moab 2013

The weather was hot and beautiful.

Moab 2013

Riding the side by side was so super fun!

Moab 2013

Also, in my recents posts, I intend on briefly sharing which goals on my list of 99 that I am currently working on:
> #41: Sew a summer wardrobe - I purchased this pattern and I am soooooo unbelievably excited!!
> #92: Have a new list of 99 at the end of the 999 days (I already have two!)

More recents >>
sewing > the binding onto this quilt
planning > the quilt I'm going to make for my family reunion auction
enjoying > some time at home!
craving > salads, surprisingly
loving > all the time I have been able to spend with family
current temperature > 81°

Currently Listening to: Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys

Friday, June 21, 2013

Virtual Quilting Bee: Blocks 7 & 8

Since I've been traveling, I regretfully got behind on the Virtual Quilting Bee, but I'm all caught up now!

Here's the 7th block:

Virtual Quilting Bee Block 7

...and the 8th block!

Virtual Quilting Bee Block 8

Here they are, all together!

Virtual Quilting Bee Blocks 1-8

My favorite blocks are the first and the seventh ones I think... This has been a fun adventure! I hope I don't get behind again!

Currently Listening to:  Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Houndstooth Quilt: Finished!

Just in time for Father's day, I finished this Houndstooth quilt for Jake's dad!

Dad Katz' Houndstooth Quilt

I usually wash and dry the quilts after I photograph them, but I had such little time to finish this quilt that it had to be washed the evening before I could photograph it.  So... unfortunately you can see the crinkle texture of the quilt, but not a whole lot else... Any suggestions on how to photograph a crinkly quilt?

Dad Katz' Houndstooth Quilt

Right after taking these photos, it went right into a box to be wrapped.  

Dad Katz' Houndstooth Quilt

For the front of the quilt I used Kona Iron and Kona Pacific.

Dad Katz' Houndstooth Quilt

On the back I used a bit more Kona Iron and also some Lizzy House Constellations.

Dad Katz' Houndstooth Quilt

I had a hard time with this quilt.  The pattern didn't suggest at all that any of the blocks might need to be squared up, so I didn't think about it.  Since sewing this one together, the baby sized quilts for my friend's newborn twins have gone much smoother.  I like the finished product, but it's not my favorite quilt to actually sew together.

Dad Katz' Houndstooth Quilt

I am happy to check this one off of the to-do list, though!

Currently Listening to: Where Are You Now by Wolf Gang

Friday, June 14, 2013

Baby Houndstooth #1 Quilt Top

I know I have mentioned these baby Houndstooth quilts a lot over the past month, but I finally have the quilt top for the baby boy finished!

Houndstooth Quilt Top #1

I used Kona Iron and Kona White for the quilt top.  It will be backed and bound in Kona Iron.

Houndstooth Quilt Top #1

I really feel like it's taken me forever to get this far on one of these quilts... but then I have to remember that I have been in Vegas and Dallas in the past 30 days!  This has been a mighty busy summer!

Houndstooth Quilt Top #1

I hope to get it quilted in the next week and I also hope to finish the quilt top together for the baby girl twin!

Currently Listening to:  Something Unusual by Wolf Gang 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

99 in 999: #16

Soon after finishing my list of 99 goals, I accomplished #16: Have lunch/dinner with someone from high school!

Since I was already in Dallas, I had the opportunity to meet up with one of my really great friends.  We called him Canada in high school and that is still what I call him.  It always takes me a minute to think of his real name!

As we chatted I realized just how bad I am at keeping up with my friends from high school!  He is way more in the know than I am. 

Evening with Canada

Sorry for the crappy photo... I forgot to get one until he was dropping me off!

We went out for Tex-Mex for dinner and then we had gelato for dessert.


I had a great time with him and I am so glad that we're still friends after all this time.  

Currently Listening to: Lions in Cages by Wolf Gang

Monday, June 10, 2013

99 in 999: The Beginning

I mentioned the other week that I am going to try to complete 99 goals in 999 days.  Well, I finally finished my list!  I have divided up my list into several categories for the convenience of both of us!

Things to do:
1.     Go to a 30 Seconds to Mars concert
2.     Go to a Grizzly Bear concert
3.     Participate in a shop hop
4.     Start a Project Life
5.     Open an Etsy shop
6.     Have business cards
7.     Attend Sewing Summit
8.     Go Parasailing or paragliding
9.     Fold a thousand paper cranes to make a sincere wish. According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1000 paper cranes, you get to make a wish.
10. Go stargazing 5 times with the Star Walk app
11. Have a photography shoot at a factory
12. Spend time photographing my favorite factory
13. Make 72 hour kits
14. Make a friend who is a quilter
15. Take a Craftsy class
16. Have lunch/dinner with someone from High School
17. Print Instagram photos
18. Make my own stationary
19. Have a stamp professionally made
20. Have dinner with Jake’s parents and mine
21. Meet Breanna’s baby boy
22. Buy fruit/vegetables at a farmer’s market
23. Give only handmade birthday gifts for a year
24. Make s’mores
25. Make chocolate chip pancakes
26. Sell a quilt to someone I don't know
27. Get my childhood bracelet fixed
28. Participate in a food co-op
29. Take a dance class with Jake
30. Maintain a bonsai tree
31. Make a six piece collection of paintings

Quilt and Sewing things:
32. Write a quilt pattern
33. Make a quilt for each month of the year
34. Host/co-host a quilt along
35. Make a quilt for mom
36. Make mom a pillow to match her quilt
37. Make a City Sampler quilt
38. Go to Quilt Market
39. Make a Weekender Bag (or similar)
40. Make color coordinated scrap boxes (you can see Amanda's scrap boxes on the top of her shelf here!)
41. Sew a summer wardrobe
a.     10 dresses
b.     7 skirts
c.      15 shirts
42. Make a quilt for our bed
43. Make an Outfox the Fox quilt
44. Sew curtains for the kitchen
45. Make ruffle pillows for couch
46. Bind a quilt with scrappy binding
47. Make Jake a quilt
48. Put up a design wall
49. Submit a quilt pattern to Quilty

Things to own:
50. Buy bikes for Jake and I
51. Own every song Passion Pit ever released
52. Add 10 more crystals to my collection
53. Add 5 more pieces to my Lenox collection
54. Own a pair of gold flats
55. Own a shirt made by Jay McCarroll
56. Start a collection of vintage buttons
57. Buy another work of art
58. Own a Marc Jacobs bag

Places to go:
59. Go to Oregon
60. Go to Disneyland
61. Go to the zoo
62. Take Jake to Six Flags over Texas
63. Go camping
64. Visit Canada
65. Go to the planetarium
66. Go to Zion’s national park
67. Go to the state fair and eat cotton candy

Things to learn:
68. Make/can jam
69. Learn how to use Illustrator
70. Learn how to screen print
71. Learn printmaking
72. Learn how to knit socks
73. Learn how to quilt feathers
74. Learn how to make gnocchi
75. Learn how to make dark chocolate sea salt caramel fudge
76. Learn how to sew with knits

For the home:
77. Make the bed for 30 days straight
78. Grow a garden
79. Organize important documents and files
80. De-clutter something once a month
81. Finish painting/decorating the master bedroom
82. Unpack the boxes in the basement
83. Remodel the spare bathroom
84. Put Christmas lights on the house

Personal goals:
85. Be consistent in an exercise routine for 60 days.
86. Be sugar free for 30 days
87. Use the DSLR every day for 90 days
88. Get up at 6am 5 days a week for two months
89. Spend time drawing every day for a month
90. Develop my alias (who doesn't have an alias?)
91. Avoid fast food for a month
92. Have a new list of 99 goals at the end of the 999 days

Religious things:
93. Read Jesus the Christ
94. Attend all the temples in Utah
95. Read the Old Testament cover-to-cover
96. Read the New Testament cover-to-cover
97. Bare my testimony of the Savior to a stranger/acquaintance
98. Subscribe to the Ensign
99. Visit Temple Square Christmas lights

So, as I accomplish each of my 99 goals, I plan on blogging about it and keeping a record.  The end
the 999 days is March 5, 2016 (that will be our 5th wedding anniversary!) and at that time, for every goal I have accomplished I will donate a dollar to the Utah Humane Society.  I'm really excited about this and I hope that this challenge helps me get some things done that I really want to do!  I hope you'll follow my adventure!

Currently Listening to: Attack by 30 Seconds to Mars

Friday, June 7, 2013

Boardwalk Quilt: Finished!

It took me forever to finish binding this quilt, but I am so glad that this Boardwalk quilt is done!

Boardwalk Quilt

This quilt is going to be auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.

Boardwalk Quilt

All the fabric is from Sweetwater's Noteworthy line.

Boardwalk Quilt

I quilted it with little loops.

Boardwalk Quilt

As always, the wind was crazy!  But I do love those floating quilt photos!  It's always hard to choose one!

Boardwalk Quilt

My mom chose this print for the back.  I really like it!  I hope this quilt finds a good home some where!

Currently Listening to: Sleepyhead by Passion Pit

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Recents >>

This morning I woke up to find myself in Dallas, Texas!  I flew down here yesterday as a surprise for my Dad.  His expression when he first saw me did not disappoint!

Before I left I participated in a bit of retail therapy...

Purchases 6.3.13

I don't remember the names of all that I bought, but I am very excited to play with some of those fabrics when I get back home!

Also, last Thursday I responded to Lizzy House's call to help cut down some fabric.  It was SO FUN to sit, chat, and cut down fabric with her!  She is so nice and very generous.  I was able to take home some fabric!

Lizzy House Fabric

She also gave me all of her patterns!

Lizzy House Patterns


Here was my reading for my flight! I have every issue they're released and I think that this one is the absolute best! There are so many quilts I want to make!

When I finally got home and surprised my Dad, it was dinner time and they got one of my favorite meals ever!

Golden Chick

I used to eat at Golden Chick all the time in high school and I so wish there were locations in Utah!

10 Pacifier Clips

After dinner I gave Lorie, my Dad's wife, 10 pacifier clips that she asked me to make for her.
She asked for 5 girly clips and 5 neutral clips.  I barely got these done before I left, but they're done!

More recents >>
wanting > to visit some quilt shops in Dallas!
loving > being back in my old room
stitching > the June Woodland Sampler
watching > project runway season one
current temperature > 86°