Friday, August 30, 2013

Triangle Baby Quilt: Finished!

I sewed up this quilt top awhile ago, but it took me forever to finally get around to hand stitching the binding on.  I was determined yesterday, though, to finish it and get it checked off the list!

Triangle Baby Quilt

It's a pretty crinkly quilt, and I really like that.  I think the next time I make a triangle quilt, I'm going to cut my triangles bigger in the beginning.  I think some of the prints might get lost when the quilt is afar because the triangles are so small.  I think I cut them with 4" sides...

Triangle Baby Quilt

I used whatever blue, green, and yellow scraps I had for this quilt.  I even cut a tiny bit from my stash to bulk it up.  

Triangle Baby Quilt

I used one of my favorite In My Room prints by Jenean Morrison for the back and Outfoxed by Lizzy House for the binding.

Triangle Baby Quilt

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the quilt and I think it'll make a nice gift for a sweet little boy someday.

Currently Listening to: The Hill by Bombay Bicycle Club

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recents >>

A few exciting things have been happening around here recently...

On Saturday, I finally received by Sewing Summit schedule!!  I have been wanting to go to Sewing Summit ever since their first year, but this has been the only year that we've planned for it.  I am also super stoked that my mum is going - and we got all the same classes!  In case you're going, here's my schedule!  I would love to meet you and say hi!!

9:00 - 10:15  Fabric design with Pat Bravo
10:30 - 11:45  Zipper clutch with Alessandra Gutierrez
1:15 - 3:15   English Paper Piecing with Kaye Prince
3:30 - 5:30   HST quilt top with Amy Smart

9:00 - 10:15   Applique tea towel with Amy Redden
10:30 - 11:45  Metal frame pouch with Elena Roscoe
1:15 - 3:15  Embroidered pocket hoop with Amanda Woodruff
3:30 - 5:30  Photography with Melissa Esplin

In addition to gearing up for Sewing Summit, I've done a bit of fabric shopping...

Tule by Leah Duncan

This is Tule by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I must say, I am in love with this line.  I wouldn't be surprised if I bought another bundle of it.  I love each of these prints and I have no idea what I'm going to sew up with them!  Maybe a Swoon quilt?

I have also embarked on a new addiction...

Studio Calico PL July 13 Kit

Studio Calico PL August 13 Kit

I'm gearing up to start goal #4: Start a Project Life, and I am so excited!! I love all these little things!  Studio Calico did this awesome sale earlier this month that resulted in me signing up for Project Life kit subscription and I cannot wait for my next kit!

I'm also planning a couple of new quilts.  I've mentioned previously that I've been collecting autumn-y fabrics for a Modern Maples quilt (found in the book Pretty in Patchwork Holidays).  I am almost done collecting fabric, and I have a pretty good idea for what I want to use as the background.  I'm hoping that I can get the rest of the fabric I need before Sewing Summit!

Modern Maples Quilt Planning

I've also been staring at this stack of fabric:

Boo Crew by Sweetwater

This is Boo Crew by Sweetwater and it needs to be a Halloween quilt.  I'm not big on Halloween... It's sort of a passive holiday for me, but since I won this fabric... I might as well make a designated Halloween quilt!  I'm thinking of something simple and I'm feeling highly influenced by this quilt.

More recents >>
loving > leaving the windows open
craving > bacon!
quilting > the Fireworks quilt!
looking forward to > fall
current temperature > 70°

Currently Listening to: Cancel on Me by Bombay Bicycle Club

Monday, August 26, 2013

Block #11!

I finished the eleventh block for the Virtual Quilting Bee!  I still have two more blocks to do!  Luckily, I have two weeks before the 14th block is released!

VQB Block 11

I really love this block.  But I also really love the fabrics that I used.  It was hard to cut into my yardage of Lizzy House jewels (that I got from Lizzy House herself!) and I had a hard time cutting into the Sweetwater pebble print (I fell in love with that print when I made this quilt...)  I'm glad I made those little cuts, though, because this finished block is a new favorite!

VQB Blocks 1-11

Here's all the blocks together!  I am excite to be feeling well and almost caught up with this bee!

Currently Listening to: Trembling Hands by The Temper Trap

Friday, August 23, 2013

Small Finish: August Woodland Sampler

This little block seemed to stitch up pretty quickly!  ...or maybe it was just that August has been a better month for me health wise and I was able to knock it out!

August Woodland Sampler

This little skunk is so cute!  I really enjoy him.  Do you know what I enjoy even more than the little skunk?  That August is coming to an end and the weather forecast as cooler days ahead.  The heat has been killing me this summer, so I am so happy that fall is slowly on its way!

January - August Woodland Sampler

Here is the whole Woodland Sampler so far.  Looking at this makes me shake my head at just how fast this year has been going by!  This sampler will be finished before I know it!

Anyways, although this is a small finish, I am happy for the accomplishment!

Currently Listening to: Need Your Love by The Temper Trap 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Catching Up

I know I've said this before in my last few posts, but now I truly am convinced that I am feeling better and here's proof!

VQB Block 9

I have finally sewn something!!  This is block 9 for the Virtual Quilting Bee.  Getting terribly sick caused me to get 4 blocks behind...

Fortunately, I am now only two blocks behind!

VQB Block 10

Here is the 10th block!  I am so proud of myself for managing to even sew up this much after weeks of not sewing a single stitch!

Here are all the blocks I have finished so far, blocks 1-10.

VQB 1-10

I'm pretty pleased with how they're looking all together.  I like the color diversity.  I'm thinking about assembling them in color order when I put the quilt top together.

So... hopefully I'm getting back on track and the blog won't be so quiet any more!  I do have a small finish for tomorrow and I have some recents to catch up on next week!

Currently Listening to: Love Lost by The Temper Trap

Friday, August 2, 2013

Houndstooth Quilts for the Twins: Finished!

Admittedly, I finished these two quilts before I got terribly, terribly sick.  However, I am really glad to finally post them and be done with Houndstooth quilts for a (long) while.

Houndstooth Quilts for the Twins

These quilts are rewarding once the quilt top is laid out and ready to be sewn together.  Before that point, it is too repetitive and monotonous for me to really get into.  I love the finished product, but it was just a bit too much labor to get there!

Houndstooth Quilts for the Twins

To save on frustration, I would recommend squaring up anything you can square up before sewing it to another piece.  I finally learned that when I sewed together the girl quilt and even though it took a lot longer to make, it was no where near as frustrating.

Houndstooth Quilts for the Twins

I probably will make this quilt again in the future, the finished product is too good not to, but I am glad to know that I should not make that commitment lightly!

Houndstooth Quilts for the Twins

For the girl quilt I used Kona White, Kona Cerise, and Kona Iron for the back.  For the boy quilt I used Kona White and Kona Iron.

Houndstooth Quilts for the Twins

I am glad that these two are checked off the list!

Currently Listening to: Make Her Say by Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Common

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Recents >>

So, other than being sick, there have been a few things that have happened recently...

I mentioned another trip to Dallas for my sister's surgery.  As you can imagine, there weren't very many photo opportunities, but I caught a picture of my sis being silly the day before her surgery.


And... my mom caught a picture of Dad and I passed out in the waiting room, waiting for my sister to get out of her 12 hour long surgery.

Pop and Me

While I was home, I spent some time with my niece, Cora.  She's a skittish little pup, but she is so adorable!


On the day I was to return back to Salt Lake, my flight was cancelled.  Not delayed for hours - totally cancelled.  The best Delta could give me was a flight that left at noon the next day... BUT, it was a first class ticket... hard to be mad about skipping lines, extra comfort, and a served lunch during the flight...

Flight Home

Before the flight, I found a Häagan Dazs in the terminal and a book by my favorite author. (I didn't even know this book had been released yet!)

Flight Home

A few days after finally making it home, I fulfilled one of my 99 in 999 goals: #21 Meet Breanna's baby boy... and he is adorable.

Jake, Matthew, and Breanna


And, last but not least!  I finally got my Pebble watch.  Jake and I backed Pebble on Kickstarter early last year and we pledged enough for two watches.  Jake chose to get a red watch, so he got his some time in May.  I wanted a white one and had to wait even longer!  Worth the wait though, this watch is awesome.

Pebble Watch

It's an e-paper watch with multiple digital faces (or an analog face that is still digitally done...).  It is connected to my iPhone via bluetooth, so I can read texts, emails, and even see who is calling.  I can control the music on my phone with just the push of a button on my watch.  It's pretty cool.

More recents >>
loving > white peaches
wanting > Waterfront Park by Violet Craft!
sewing > Virtual Quilting Bee blocks (I'm so behind!)
finishing > my Fireworks quilt, finally!
de-cluttering > the sewing room
current temperature > 95°

Currently Listening to: Gold by Wake Owl