Sunday, June 24, 2012
But when I was chatting with Amanda, and she asked me to test her gumdrops pattern from Sunday Morning Quilts, of course I said yes. I had seen the quilt in person when I visited in February of last year and it was so appealing!
I jumped right in, with a color scheme that was "current," wanting to put my stamp on it. The pattern was very well written, undoubtedly, but my gumdrops in yellow on grey was a bit lackluster.
Rather than inspiration, it was a push from Amanda to talk about the pattern testers work on her blog that had me pulling it out again. I mean, my sweet friend links to my blog with some frequency, but this felt like it needed a solid effort on my part to participate!
Pillows, I was thinking, to which Amanda replied that it was no surprise. Turns out I'm not a big quilter, but quite the pillower.
High Park Fire victims. This wildfire is hitting close to home, it seems that we all know someone whose home was lost, or evacuated. 82,000 acres and still growing. It makes my heart hurt. Please pray for rain, we could really use it here in Colorado!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
These ladies were so sweet(their design company is so aptly named!) and cute and I could have happily packed them up to take home with us. They're going to give Angela scraps to make some shop samples and I will gleefully go pick those up in Fort Morgan. It's possible that I'm the first person ever to have any level of excitement about traveling to that town!
this dress out of the red Shasta daisy print as soon as it comes in. You can see pictures of all the prints that she's gonna carry here in my Flickr photostream!
Katy, Brioni, and Tascha walking by, so they stopped to help. They have good taste too.
Oklahoma Joe's. This will become a pillow, because I prefer to machine sew hexagons, but this technique rocks!
So, that's it folks. There is so much more to say, but others took more pictures, and I'm all out. Though you should all go read the story of how I touched David Butler's arm in a very "How I Met Your Mother" moment over on
Sunday, January 15, 2012
When I began blogging, I had a crappy camera and even crappier computer. Not much has changed. We got a new camera(with credit card points) that wasn't as crappy, I did okay for a while, and then last Christmas(2010) I got a new netbook. I thought my problems were solved!
But then it was all about taking the pictures, downloading them, using my (awesome?) new computer with the little bitty screen, and somehow blogging fell through the cracks. I didn't even have time to make things to blog about if I was going to try to blog too.
And then I dropped my camera, and things went from bad to worse.
So, I worked really hard, and we saved our money, and, for Christmas last(2011), I was gifted a phone upgrade from the iPhone 3GS to the new iPhone 4S. And we(I) got an iPad2. I felt like all the (quilt)blocks were falling into place for me be a blogger again! ( I also highly reccomend the apple bluetooth keyboard!)
Until today, the iPad has been just a very expensive, larger version of my old phone. Crappy camera, no easy way to upload photos, my phone seems just like the old one, but with a better camera.
Wait! Better camera! Way better camera! And so today I set out to make these "toys" work for me. And they did...
Apps that I LOVE!!!:
Camera+(iPhone)--Uploads pics straight to flickr. Also e-mails multiple pictures wickedly fast. Grandma's around the world should gift this app. Awesome. Not to mention all of the great features it has. I wish I had known about this before I got the new phone, it would have improved the old phone's camera too!
goodReader(iPad)--Allows me to upload my pdf patterns directly and has sweet features for hi-lighting, making notes, etc. I will probably use this more for knitting, but how awesome to have the pattern there for quilting too. Print the necessary templates/pattern pieces and the rest is literally at your fingertips! (I printed all 17 pages of Anna's 241 tote before reading the directions. My print cartridges and my husband did not thank me.)
Blogsy(iPad)--So I mistakenly thought that I would be able to use photos from my photostream to blog from the iPad. Not so. And then when I painstakingly cut and pasted urls from my flicker photostream, that wasn't working either. So ready to throw the expensive toy across the room. That's when I got a glass of wine. I thought to myself, what would Drew do? So, I googled it. And there it was. Blogsy. This will be only my second time using it. But so far, it rocks my world. I can drag photos from flicker into the exact place I want them(after a few tries, but that's the learning curve, I'm sure.) I can choose from my really random array of 5 blogs(!?!) It has a button to let me imbed Youtube video!!! If I were so inclined.
So here's some random pics from my photo stream. I hope to be here more often. I'll be really careful with my new tools. My blog has missed me, as I have missed it!
36 patch apron, photo taken with the old phone!
Add-a-border Swap Block for the Fort Collins Modern Quilt Guild, photo taken with the new phone!
Playing with my Go! Baby fabric cutter for the first time. Kinda liking it! New phone photo!
New-to-me vintage fabric goodies for my stash, which is growing at a rather alarming rate. Must sew more to compensate. And another new phone photo! Love it!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I don't know if I'll ever quilt these as I have quite a few UFOs of my own, but they are my treasures! I love anything vintage and am so glad that there's still a market for 30s reproductions and that many of the designers use vintage fabrics as their inspiration.
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend. Many thanks to our troops and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf. It's a time to send up many prayers and to count our blessings. I'm off to spend the weekend with my two biggest blessings, my husband Drew and son Tade. May you do the same!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
|pretty little pillow to add some color to my dreary day--I'm loving some half square triangles lately!|
I'm struggling to balance my creative outlets with family life, work, and other obligations. The lack of balance here really has me questioning the why of many thing that I do.
Why do I feel the need to do everything? I'm feeling overwhelmed by my current hobbies of sewing, quilting, cooking, baking and yet I dream of weaving and stained glass. I try not to even think about the hobbies that I neglect, like knitting and soap making! Our garden this year is going to be huge, which means time away from what I want to be doing. Before we even have our little seedlings in the ground, I find myself resenting this intrusion on my time.
I'm constantly raising the decades old question of whether we, as modern women can indeed have it all. While I've never been able to fully discern what having your cake and eating it too really means, I know that I want that cake!!
I was telling a friend recently that I write hundreds of blog posts in my head that never see the light of day. I want to blog more, and yet it seems to be the one thing that I can let slide. I do feel like my creative endeavors have value and merit and should be shared with my online community. I'm sure my incredibly supportive husband would appreciate a break from me constantly showing him what I'm working on.
Thanks for "listening," I needed to get that off my chest! Here's to answering no to someone that wants me to hem their pants. May they understand that just because I have a sewing machine and am lucky enough to have a room dedicated to my crap, that doesn't make me a tailor!
I'm hearing the timer beep on the oven, so I really must go. Once I have the 3 tier cake for 150 people off of my plate maybe I can practice what I preach and not say yes anymore. Once I eat a piece, that is!
Monday, April 4, 2011
And the newest batch with a ticker tape twist ready for the retreat with Penny in less than two weeks!! I am so lucky in my crafty friends--blogging and otherwise. This group is going to be so much fun!
Amanda's idea--her choice of colors is just perfect! And I love the key chains! So quick and easy!
Have a happy week!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Caitlyn is moving to San Diego for a music therapy internship and I whipped this up for her as a knitting bag. All of those pockets on the outside will be perfect for this! I loved the use of binding on the top edge. It really took the pain out of trying to turn the bag inside out. I machine stitched the binding down, rather than hand sewing it, which was painless!
The only fabrics that I repeated were all of the linings. She has great cutting instructions that made figuring out how to cut the sizes needed very simple.
You can find the book here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! If you'd like a chance to win a copy, just leave a comment making sure I can contact you if you win! I'll pick a winner on Friday, March 25 at the end of the tour.
Be sure to check out more projects from the book on the blog tour!
Tuesday, March 22--Cindy of Sew Blessed
Wednesday, March 23--Stephanie of Unfinished Project Party
Thursday, March 24--Ruth of Sew Chic
Friday, March 25-- Julie of From These Hands
Have a happy Monday!