Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So Quiet

Yup, things have been a little on the quiet side the last few days.  That's because we were camping and you just don't have internet connections in the great outdoors.   Friday morning we loaded the kids up and headed up the mountain to some family property for some good old camping family fun.

We love camping!!  Can you tell by the smiles??

The girls taking a break from our "clearing a trail" activity aka work project.

And if it is one thing that will always be a guarantee, it is that we end taking half of the dirt from the mountain home ;)  (But if I am being honest, I get a kick out of the dirty faces, so cute!!!)

And after a long day of play, I love to take a moment and just enjoy the beauty of nature at sunset.

 Talk about a view.  Just stunning.  You can actually see Zion National Park along the horizon :)

And lest you think I didn't manage to squeeze any quilting into the weekend . . .

I practiced a little free motion quilting designs while the kids and I enjoyed some sidewalk chalk time.

And, with the help of my cutting mat caddy, I managed to cut out the pieces for a new quilt while the younger girls took a nap.

So that's what we have been up to :)

And now I am off to widdle down the massive pile of laundry from the weekend ;)  Gotta love that campfire smell!!
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Interlocking Rectangles - A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Thank you all so much on your sweet comments for my Rally quilt I finished yesterday !  I am just over the moon about it and am so glad to finally have my own personal quilt finished :)  And as promised, I managed to finish the video for the free motion quilting design I quilted on it, Interlocking Rectangles :)  This is a fantastic, beginner friendly, wonderfully modern free motion design that will go perfectly with your geometric quilts :)

Here is an example of the pattern :)

And here is the video tutorial :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

Linking this video finish (and the quilt for that matter) up to Amanda's :)
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2013

I just love Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I love seeing so many amazing quilts and finding great new quilting friends and their amazing creations!!  Welcome to any new friends stopping by for the first time!!

I am so excited to share a new quilt that I just finished today!!!  (I know, just under the wire there :)  This quilt has been on my to do list for a while, pretty much ever since I finished this quilt for my husband.  I knew I wanted my own  Rally Quilt with my Alma Mater's logo and my own design that would be similar enough to match his with our same school colors :)

This design has been in my sketch book just waiting to be turned into this quilt.  I just love coming up with geometric patterns that seem to weave together.  They have such amazing movement to them.  This one took a little while to design, but i knew the moment I saw it sketched out on graph paper that I would be fantastic.  I am working on writing a  pattern for it that will hopefully be done next week. It is a block pattern but I love that it doesn't look like it is.  

The applique was tricky to say the least.  (Okay, let's just say it was hard.)   Southern Utah University's fabulous thunderbird logo really forced me to raise the bar on my applique skills. But after hours of cutting and stitching around all the individual pieces, it was perfection.  And honestly, I couldn't be happier, I just love it!!!

Here is a look at it appliqued and attached to the quilt.  I quilted this with a new free motion design for me.  And all over interlocking rectangles pattern.  I am hoping to get a video tutorial edited and posted tomorrow on how to do it :)  It really is a super fun pattern to stitch that has a great modern feel and really fits this geometric pattern well.

And just for fun, here are our two Rally quilts together.  Luckily, our Universities don't compete against each other,  But if they did, I would be yelling, "Go Thunderbirds" while wrapped in my new Rally quilt!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share my quilt.  Now pop on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and check out all of the amazing quilts!!! 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

While Mom's Away . . .

Today I started quilting my newest quilt and I am hoping to finish it so I can link it up with blogger's quilt festival :)  Sometimes I wonder why things always seem to get pushed to the last minute , ah well :)

I am trying a new free motion design.  It's similar to my interlocking circles design I used for my Ring Around quilt, just a different shape.  Interlocking squares (and rectangles but that's a mouthful :)

And let me share a little funny (but not so ha ha at the moment)  from my morning.  I went to get my tripod to record me quilting so I could make another FMQ video tutorial for ya'll and come to find that my wee ones decided while I was gone that the tripod was a really fun toy.  I tried to put it back together only  to find a piece missing.  After searching high and low and still no piece, I resorted to the next best thing . . . tape :)  Ya gotta use what works :)

Here's hoping I have a new quilt, video tutorial, and pattern to share very soon :)  All though, most likely not all at the same time :)  I'm off to do some more quilting :)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spring Quilt Market - 2013

Spring Market was incredible!!!  What a whirlwind weekend.  I thought I had taken a million pictures, turns out I took just over 100 and it still doesn't seem to do the weekend justice for everything I saw :)  I have been trying to figure how to best share this weekend with you and decided that it can be summed up in three words . . . Fabric, Friends, and Fun!!!!


So many wonderful, amazing, exciting new fabric lines coming our way.  I tell you!!  And of course, I can't share every single fabric picture I took (that would be one long post) but here are some of the lines that I am so excited for.

Violet Craft's Waterfront Park.   Oh, i just love those purples, and the quilt with the bridge, awesome!!

Sweetwater's Road 15.   So stinking cute!!  I got some at Sample Spree and have plans in the works for it :)

Tula Pink's Acacia.  Tula's fabrics are just a work of art, the details are amazing!!

Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew's debut line Wallflowers.  It is just precious!!

Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies super awesome Technicolor.  And her booth was one of my fav's!!!

Jeni Baker of In Color Order's Nordika.  It has such a fun Scandinavian feel to it!!

Vanessa Christensen's fabulous Simply Style.  Another Sample Spree bundle that I can't wait to cut into.


I think my favorite thing about market is the friends!!!  I love getting to make new friends, meet friends that you have felt you have known forever though all your emails for the first time in person, and reconnect with friends from past quilty gatherings.

I was so excited to get to chat with some of my favorite designers, some of who I had met before and some for the first time.  I just love hearing all about their inspiration, their design process, and in general about them, their families, and their lives as a fabric designer!  Here's just a few that I remembered to take pictures with :)

I really admire Camille and all she does while still being a Mom so meeting her was a real treat!!

Meeting Heather Ross.  She is just amazing!!

Chatting with Vanessa. She is just so spunky!!  We had a really great time chatting and I really got to know her more.

It was also really fantastic to get to chat with some of my amazing sponsors!!!  I chat with these gals weekly through emails but being able to sit down in person is so much more fun!!!

Christa from Christa Quilts.  She met us for lunch before we flew out and I don't think we stopped talking for 3 hours!

Julie from The Intrepid Thread.  We bumped into each other so many times, and every time it was smiles and laughs.

Judy from Green Fairy Quilts.  As you can see, we were having a great time chatting :)  
 And then the last group of friends are my blogger gals!!  I loved, loved, loved, getting to hang out and chat with all of my wonderful friends from the blog world.  There were so many hugs and smiles and laughs!!  You just feel a connection with these gals.  And of course, since I felt like we were old time friends, I didn't think to take pictures.  So here's a shout out to my Market blogger gals, love you ladies:  Amy, Stephanie, Vickie, Lee, AnnMarie, Adrianne, Jenny,  Elizabeth, SherriKerri, and  Tracey.
Tracey from TraceyJay Quilts.  This was right before we were about to leave for the airport so I think it spurred me to take a picture, finally :)


And of course, when it all comes down to it, Market is just lots and lots of fun!!

Me and some of the gals from Modern Baby doing our schoolhouse.  As you can see, there were a lot of laughs and we really just had a whole lot of fun :)

Later that day in Tula Pink's schoolhouse I won her 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book!!!  I squealed so loud and pretty much popped right out of my seat, so fun!!!  I can't wait to tear through my scrap bins on this.

And then later that evening, was Sample Spree.  And I don't know about you but hundreds of women going all sorts of crazy over fabric, doesn't get much more fun than that.  And I was so excited that even though I hung out in the very back of the line and waited for the crowds to die down a bit (I don't really handle the pushing and shoving all that well, I get a little claustrophobic) I still got what I was hoping to get ;)  Score!!

And as you all know, I am not a big fan of handwork, but I have to say, watching Heather Bailey embroider the side of her booth wall sure make handwork look like a lot of fun!! 

And I even got to get my groove on with the Quiltmaker's Shuffle.  This was so much fun!!!  I can't wait to see the video of it.  And I placed myself very well, just in the middle hidden behind everyone else :)  (My dance moves aren't anything to write home about :) 

Right before it was time to go, I got to watch Angela Walters do a little demo on her quilting.  So much fun!!!    It was like being inside one of her Craftsy classes :)

And last, but not least, Among all the Fabric, Friends and Fun, I still had a second to put my feet up and just enjoy taking it all in.
Part of the Micheal Miller Booth
And that about wraps it up :)  The Fabric, Friends, and Fun of Spring Quilt Market 2013!!!

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