Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Totally Awesome

This afternoon I am hoping to cut into these wonderful Sphere jelly rolls :)  I have a design all worked out to make a twin size quilt to go on my oldest sons bed.  Sphere by Zen Chic for Moda is the perfect pre-teen boy fabric!!  It is hip, fun, modern, and in my son's words "Totally Awesome".

So here is to a Happy Cutting Day!!!  Oh, and this quilt will also be playing double duty as it will be a tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop ;)  So if you are in need of a cool twin boy quilt, it's on its way :)
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Grey was the Fave :)

Thanks so much for everyone's input on my puling fabrics post.  I think Grey won by a landslide :)  I decided to give the combo a try this weekend as I needed to come up with a quick quilt back.  So I grabbed some of the purple damask and added a grey stripe and wouldn't you know, I love it!!!!  I am so looking forward to making the bag now!!

Oh, and if you are wondering what the quilt is, sorry, you will have to wonder a little longer.  Remember these geese from the beginning of the month, the secret project ones, . . . that's what is on the other side.  But I can show you the fun spiral I quilted.  I just love the way these turn out, which is good because otherwise it wouldn't be worth the aching shoulder of maneuvering that quilt in a circle a million times ;)

So what did you get done this weekend??  Any quilting goodies??
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Goal Gone Insane

So each new year our family sits down and makes "goals" for the year, family goals and personal goals.  One of my personal goals was to exercise more this year.   In my mind, this goal meant trying to work out 4ish times a week instead of the two times a week I am currently doing.  Not amazing, but for me  this was a goal that would be hard, but manageable. Oh, and it should be noted, that for exercise I go to the pool.  

So a random little fact here, all of my husband's siblings and most of their spouses were and are runners.  Their father is the High School Cross Country coach and has been since their first child was in High School.  A lot of them still get up early each morning to run.  Even my kids love to run.  I am the odd ball in the family when it comes to choice of exercise . . . can you see where this is going???

Back to the story.  Unbeknownst to me, my Brother-In-Laws were making similar goals.  Their goals were to run a race this year.  Well, my husband's older brother took that goal and went to the extreme with it.   After a few emails and some gentle prodding, the family is now preparing to run the Redrock Relay.  A 187 mile, 36 hour,  Relay Race with 12 members on a team that run from from Brian Head to Zion.   Hoolay!!!

When I first contemplated this idea, I was excited.  I figured this was a great way to meet my goal and have a ton of fun in the process training with my BIL's and SIL's.  So I was all "I can totally do that".  Sure, I have never ran a 5-K (I have swam that far, but never ran) but  I can run 3 of them in a day and a half.  Then I looked up the actual  course and found it is a lot more like running 3 10-K's.   What have I gotten myself into?? My excitement is turning into some serious nervous excitement.

 So here I am  . . . a blank page when it comes to running.  So, all of you quilter/runners,  do any of you have any great running training methods????   I don't think I could run a 400 without getting winded so I am talking like super beginner training.  Do I just go out and start running???  Should I start now????  

I think this means I will have to adjust my "schedule" some more, I wouldn't want running time to interfere with quilting time ;)   Maybe I can convince everyone that our team name should be something quilty related like "Running with Scissors" or "A Running Stitch".    We could even wear cool patchwork shirts. Look how cool this patchwork shirt from Oki-ni  is.  I could totally make 12 of those and maybe use Riley Blake neon's so we won't have to worry about getting hit in the middle of the night ;)

Have a Happy Quilting   (and possibly running) Weekend!!!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pulling Fabrics

So next week is the annual Cedar Chest Quilters Guild Retreat and along with teaching 2 classes, I will also be taking a class.  And not just any class, a Bag Making class!!!  Yes, I am trying to stretch myself and am going to do some 3-D sewing.   Lucky for me,  Barbara is taking the class as well, so I will have a pro at my side at all times.  So yes, I am a little less nervous about totally wrecking the bag.

So as the class is next week, I figured I best get picking some fabrics.  For the main part of the bag, I knew that I wanted to use some of my Joel Dewberry True Colors Damask print.  I love the design and I love purple, couldn't be a better fit.   But now, I have to decide on pocket accents.

Edit - You guys are the greatest , I was totally hung up on the Aviary and the yellow was just the wrong tone.   So here are some new options.  These are all from True Colors.

Grey Lodge Lattice???

Yellow Herringbone???

Mint Lodge Lattice????

What do you think???  Grey, Yellow, or Mint???  Or Maybe a combo of 2??
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

We're a Week In!!

Can you believe, it has already been a week since the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long began.  (And it has been a crazy week at that.)   But no worries, you still have a whole week to gather your fabric to be ready for cutting which will be posted next Wednesday the 29th :)

I am so excited for this Quilt-A-Long!!!  Already, there are so many wonderful fabric combinations popping up in the Flickr group ;)  I can't wait to see these beautiful fabrics take shape ;)

And from the responses I have been getting, this is looking to be the biggest Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long ever!!!   I know I am just going to blown away with how many of you are quilting-along with me.  It just makes me smile, you all are the greatest.

We even have mini Quilt-A-Long's within the Quilt-A-Long.  Eeek, so fun!!!   I already know of 3 gals who have gotten other gals in their area to join in and they are all quilting together.  The Shenandoah Valley gals have even made a Facebook group.  I just love to see this spreading so much quilting love :)

Oh, and just in case you didn't see, that is my Anthem bundle  being cut up in the pictures from yesterday.  I am getting all ready for next week!!  Yippee :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!!
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