Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Basic Black

I'm sensing a theme.

Swooning with Oakshotts--pattern by Thimbleblossoms--completed

 My Granny is Amish--completed

Waiting--pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts--WIP

Charm Parade--pattern by me--WIP

 Sea Breeze--pattern by Canoe Ridge Creations--complete

 Quilty Stitches--pattern by Corey-LMS--WIP
 Curve It Up--pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful
Please come back tomorrow for the full reveal of all 12 blocks from the Sew Kind of Wonderful Curve It Up quilt pattern. It's my turn on the blog hop. Oh, and there might just be a giveaway...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Finish It Friday: The Sew Together Bag

Last month at my quilting retreat at Gruber's, three of us made the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented. I had not come prepared to make this, but since I knew it was kind of tricky, I thought making it together with friends would be much easier.

So I walked across the parking lot from the retreat center to the quilt store and bought a fat quarter of each colorway of my favorite Kaffe Fassett fabric, Guinea Flower, along with multiple zippers.

I took lots of pictures during the process because already I have fabric combinations galore floating around in my head. The extra pictures will make it easier when I'm making another one solo.
Here are all three bags getting acquainted. I  know they wish they lived closer together, just like the friends who made them.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Really Random Thursday, 8/14/14: My Life as Told in Starbucks Mugs

Awhile ago I got the idea of justifying Starbucks mug purchases telling my life story via Starbucks mugs. Mugs from the "you are here" series started popping up on Instagram and it is probably one of my favorite series.

Be prepared for some literary license. It turns out that some states don't have "state" mugs, only cities. And at least one state, crucial to my life story, doesn't have a mug at all!

I was born in Los Angeles, in a little town called Maywood, to be exact. In doing some research when writing this, it turns out that Maywood is a small city in southeast Los Angeles County, and at 1.18 square miles, it is the third-smallest incorporated city in Los Angeles County.
 At some point when I was very small, my parents packed up everything and moved to Chicago. I think my father planned on going to school. Things didn't work out, apparently I cried all the time, and so after about six weeks they packed up everything and moved back to California.
My father was a pastor of a church in Downey, also in the Los Angeles area, and we were there until I was about three. At that point, we moved to Oklahoma, where my father became the pastor of a larger church. We lived in Enid for seven years, until I completed fourth grade. I have great memories of Oklahoma and the house we lived in. My brother, Jeff, was adopted when he was ten days old, and came to live with us on July 4, when I was about 6 1/2 years old.

(Note to Starbucks: There are people living in Oklahoma who drink coffee. Design a mug for them!! Because seven years is a big chunk of my life, I am using a logo from Sew Oklahoma. Contact this designer. Oklahoma needs a mug!)

After fourth grade, we moved to Phoenix. I don't have fond memories. I apologize if you are one of those people who love the sun and the heat. I'm not one of you. While I enjoyed school, I hated the heat.
After my sophomore year in high school, we moved to Seattle. Total bliss. All those wonderful grey and drizzly days. I was totally in my element. Climate-wise at least. Changing schools right before my junior year in high school was a hard transition for me.  Funny story about my high school, Shoreline. It is not a school anymore--it is a retirement center.
After being in a graduating class of over 700 students, I wanted to attend a really small college. Our church denomination had just the college I was looking for, Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas (our son, Aaron, graduated from its sister school here in Fresno, Fresno Pacific University).
I was much more comfortable in a smaller setting. I met the love of my life, Mark. He was from Minnesota and was recruited to play football for Tabor.
We got married (in Seattle) after he graduated, and then settled down in western Kansas for five years while he taught school. At that point, I was pregnant, we were tired of the non-stop wind of western Kansas and Mark was ready to try something besides teaching. My parents had moved to Fresno the year before, so we made the decision to move there as well.
In the meantime, my brother had grown up, gotten his master's degree in economics, married and moved to Dallas.
He went to work right away for the federal reserve and was there until last fall, when he got a different job for the federal reserve in Washington, D.C. We can hardly wait to go there for a visit.
Aaron was born in Fresno, and after graduating from college and getting married, he and Christa moved to Portland for five years while he went to optometry school. What a beautiful city. I think if they had stayed there, we would have found a way to move there as well.
Instead, once he was ready to start his career as an optometrist, they moved back to Fresno, and live a mile away. We are so happy about that, because we love having them and our grandchildren so nearby.

So there you have it. The places I've lived, at least most of them,
and friends who have also contributed to my little collection.

If you have followed Really Random Thursday, you know I like a good quote. I saw this one at lunch today.
Your turn.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Caution: Curves Ahead!


Have you noticed how curves seem to be everywhere? I just finished sewing the cutest quilt for my grandson, all curves. It was so much fun and I continue to be in the curvy state of mind. So I'm really excited to be part of this first-ever Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop.

I have had the ruler for awhile, as well as some of the patterns and the new book. In fact, one of my good friends, Stephanie, started the Urban Nine Patch a couple of years ago at our annual Gruber's quilting retreat. It was actually one of the last quilts that Jenny custom quilted for clients. It is amazingly beautiful. This little picture does NOT do it justice. You can see close-up pictures here. Really, you should go check it out. I'll wait....
Isn't it amazing??

When I had the chance to join the blog hop, I jumped on it. I had taken my Quick Curve Ruler along to the retreat and it cracked during flight. But thanks to Jenny coming to my rescue with speedy shipping, I have a new ruler, the Sampler pattern and a PLAN! I'll give you a little hint--I'm all about brights and black right now.

Please go and check out Jenny’s blog and shop. You can also join the Sew Kind of Wonderful mailing list to get news of any new patterns or promotions. There is going to be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the bloghop and have a go. You can find plenty of inspiration on the bloghop so please go and check out the other participants!

Monday 18 August
Tuesday 19 August
Wednesday 20 August
Thursday 21 August
Friday 22 August
Monday 25 August
Tuesday 26 August
Wednesday 27 August
Thursday 28 August AND
Friday 29 August
The bloghop is going to be followed by a 'Curve it up' Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sea Breeze Mini Quilt-Along Reveal

This is my version of the Sea Breeze Mini Quilt (pattern by Canoe Ridge Creations), with the quilt-along organized by Angie of Gnome Angel.More details here.

I started this in Minnesota and finished it at the airport in Seattle.
They have high-backed rocking chairs in their open and sunny central terminal!

And back home...

Our grandchildren love this white rocking chair. But I think it makes a great photo prop.

This was a fun project. Thanks, Angie, for organizing it! You can read a little interview she did here, with answers to some fun questions. I hope you will check out all the other versions of this sweet mini.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Finish It Friday, 8/1/14: The Zip and Go Bag

I firmly believe that if you are going on an all-day date with your daddy, you need to be prepared. After all, girls need a place for the necessities of daily life, right? Mints, lip balm and a Starbucks card...
I made Charlotte the Zip and Go Bag by Erin from Dog Under My Desk. At about 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, it just the perfect size for an almost 8-year-old.
It has two separate zippered pockets. Charlotte loves purple, so rather than making an adjustable strap, I just measured the length she would need for a cross-body bag, and used purple webbing.

If you have never made one of Erin's patterns, they are full of photos and have excellent, detailed directions.

Our son, Aaron (Charlotte's daddy), is an optometrist. Could there be a cuter or more perfect fabric for the back of the bag? I think not...
Another picture. Just because.
And yes, the cute little Starbucks card pretty much says it all.

 I'm linking up with Amanda Jean and with TGIFF. Have a lovely weekend.