Thursday, April 4, 2013

I call it "Well Loved"

This morning, I pulled my Sunkissed in Spring quilt out of the dryer after it needed a little cleaning from bearing the brunt of my daughter's dinner revisited.   (As if it isn't bad enough that I have a cold, now we get sick wee ones too, Le Sigh)   This is like the 40th time since I made it for a MBS tutorial  2 years ago that it has been washed.  I remember the first time it took a crayon beating I cried.  I was so upset over how many hours I had spent making this quilt just to have it treated like a common coloring book.  

We'll, 2 years later, and a lot of washing's later,  I am happy to say that I don't cry anymore.  I mean, it goes on a 3 year old's bed, what do I expect??  When something goes amiss I spray it, toss it in the machine, and tell myself it is "Well Loved".

I know, it looks practically perfect from a distance, right.  But get close up :)  You will find at least 10 of these little Nail Polish blobs on it.

And there are a few of these pen streaks that I can't get out for the life of me.  I have gotten ink out before but apparently this particular pen has more stubborn ink.

And almost all of the flower centers are coming unraveled.  I did a zig-zag stitch around the centers so it would secure both pieces of fabric at the same time.  If I were to do it over again, I would take the extra time and just do a blanket stitch twice, one in each direction.

So sure, it doesn't look like it did the first day I shared it, but it is "Well Loved".

Now, I don't want you all to think that this I just sit back and laugh and smile every time one of my quilts get's stained.  Quite the contrary.  This whole "Well Loved" idea has been a process for me.  It get's easier once a quilt is stained repeatedly to see it as a good thing, but, when a new quilt is stained for the first time, I'm not gonna lie, it's hard to be okay and not shed some tears.  I mean after all, there is a lot of yourself put into each one.   I could go on and on with personal experience and examples, some good, and some not so good that I have learned from along the way.  But after the up's and down's, the personal reflection and pondering, I have come to the conclusion that someday, when I look back on my quilting journey  I am pretty sure that I would prefer my quilts to be "Well Loved" rather than Well Seen.  (If only I could process all of that in the moment I find that first stain ;)  

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Cold and Comma

First off, thank you to all of those that responded yesterday with your favorite color combo's.  It truly helped to brighten my day.  I awoke this morning with a not so nice cold, so at least I know now why my brain was scrambled :)  Here's hoping it comes and goes quickly :)

I realized that I haven't done a WIP post in some time. (like over a month). Which is kind of fun to wait a while because it really shakes the list up :)  And the more moving around the better, right :)

So here's a few of the things from the list that  I am working on right now :)

The last two days I have been playing with the fabulous Comma by Zen Chic for Moda.  These are some fantastic prints to work with.  So bold and fun!!!  I am working on whipping up a fun, chic, baby blanket for the MBS April Showers month :)  So yup, tutorial coming soon!!

I am also working on pulling out this little WIP.  I have had the whole cloth done for some time and then it kind of got buried by some secret projects.  I am at a point with lots of pinning, so the plan is to do a little pinning each night, while the husband and I have a Harry Potter Marathon.

And of course, there are lots of other projects in stages of finish, but well just leave it at the thing that keeps me sain,  The Master WIP list ;)

Designing Stage
  • Circle Meets Square Quilt 
  • Midnight Stars
  • Boxed In and Out
  • Jen's Baby Blanket
  • Mini Refracted
Piecing Stage
  • Jessi and Me Quilt 
  • SD
  • Block of the Month - Lucky Stars
  • Virtual Bee Block
  • Scrappy Stars
  • Scrunchy Strips - For Kami
Quilting Stage
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
  • Ring Around
  • Starburst Quilt-A-Long (I need to schedule to go rent time on a long arm)
  • Manly Snuggler
Completed Stage
  • Read with Me
  • Hugs Before Kisses
  • KS
  • DD 

Now I am off to start basting my Comma top.  (and I suppose I should throw in a load of laundry as well.)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ho Hum, so a Color Question

Okay, keeping it real here.  I have started and stopped like 5 other posts.  My mind is all over the place this morning.  I have so much that I should be doing (that's what happens when you go out of town for a weekend)  and all I want to do is curl up on the couch and take a nap.  It appears it's going to be one of those Ho Hum type of days that you just have to manage to push through.

So . . . since I can't focus any of my thoughts . . . I thought maybe I would pick your thoughts today.  So, tell me, what is your favorite color combo's??  2 color, 3 color, 4 color, whatever.  What colors do you tend to put together over and over again and always love them??

I am excited to see what your fav's are!!  And maybe I can play with some fabric in your favorite colors to help turn my day around.  Nothing makes me smile like playing with fabric :)

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Monday, April 1, 2013


Wow!!!  Thank you so much for all of the incredible sweet comments on my  Read With Me Quilt and Tutorial.  You all sure know how to make a gal feel fantastic!! In fact, I felt so fantastic about this quilt thanks to all of your wonderful compliments, that this weekend . . . 

I added a cute little label to the back . . . 

And added a quilt sleeve . . . 

And entered it into the Salt Lake Home Machine Quilting Show!!!!!   I am so excited.  Honestly, I wasn't planning on this at all.  But we were going to Salt Lake this weekend and my mom has agreed to drop it off and pick it up and the show is May 9-11 so she is bringing it right back to me before I leave for Market as she is watching the kids, so basically no shipping involved.  And then all of your wonderful comments kept coming in and bolstering my confidence and basically, I just ran out of excuses why not to.  

So we will see how it goes.  I don't have any big expectations, but I figured, I might as well give it a go.  Can't hurt to try, right??

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, from our house to yours!!

Here's hoping we don't have any belly aches by the end of the day :)

Easter Bunting Tutorial found here :)

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