Monday, July 21, 2014

journey of a birthday quilt

 One of my friends suggested I photograph the process to document the work I do. This is probably the only time I did take pictures, thanks to my here you go, from finished to beginning. Journey of a birthday quilt!

my photo assistant!

me quilting, L took this one, she was so excited about taking pictures

sketched drawing next to sewing machine, it helps when I have to change directions

basted, rolled up, and ready for quilting, my son Ram took this one of me

this is the final layout, although I did go back and rip things and re-cut

work in progress

before I added the pictures, this was the first layout. takes all my living room and block one passage to the kitchen...It was fun to create something special!

Since this post was sitting in as a draft for a bit, the birthday boy has gotten his quilt and i'm told he loves it. YEA!!!


Friday, July 11, 2014

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by SouleMama.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

etsy loving

sharing some eye candy from a treasury I created on Etsy...these can be so much fun and people are so creative with their products!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

yarn along

Not much knitting right now, trying to finish a custom order. I always feel guilty when I work on anything while I'm working on an order. A while back I started reading Bitter in the Mouth and I'm enjoying it. It's a story about a young girl, Linda, who tastes words in her mouth. It caught my eye because I love this photographer's work and she had designed a cover for the new version, yup I judge books by their covers...I checked mine out from the library and they didn't have the prettier cover.
Isn't it pretty!!!!!
photo taken from Amazon
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


We [mom making kids] have taken up walking to get out and exercise. In support of my coworkers efforts to work out I added the MapMyRun app they have been using. [we walk, just to set things straight, even though the app says run] This weekend I took the kids [not to excited] for a mile walk. They enjoyed it! We stopped and smelled the flora because there were no roses [as the saying goes] on this trail, there was some poison ivy!
Poison Ivy...I did not know, they boys did! I'm still not sure if I can identify it on my own, but I will stay away from plants that branch out into 3 leaves...

Hope everyone had a great fourth of July!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"sew week"

Last week we started our round of summer activities to engage the kids mind. [Mostly the boys.]
They made a 20" envelope pillow for their project and we ended the week by attending the quilt show. Our bible study for last week and this week has been the book of Titus. We are focusing on giving, through Grace, Mercy, and Peace. In easier terms for them it's help, forgive and comfort. All three of us are learning everyday. So I am incorporating that into our projects. 
Remy was surprised he could make something and very happy with his pillow. Ram had a more complicated cover, with the back a different fabric, but he was so grateful and impressed by his accomplishment. We added a pocket for his phone following the pattern instructions. I think they turned out great! Even though they are in different rooms, they match.
The boys selected fabrics, surprised how quickly they were able to do it. They learned how to cut with a rotary cutter, iron and use the sewing machine. Hopefully we will continue to do projects in the future.



I used this pattern as a guide, since we made ours for a 20" pillow.

I think they better understand why I enjoy sewing so much.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

yarn along


Finished the Briar hat!! My little model looks adorable in it so I have started a smaller version for her. The yarn is cotton so she will be able to wear all year long. I'm back to working on my Perkins Cove top, it's always hard to get back to something when you rip it out, having to figure out where you are in the pattern, picking up stitches, counting...blah blah blah, its sooo boring! Usually I put the project aside and take a long time [months, maybe years] to get back to it, but made myself not procrastinate and keep working on it!

I finished reading Missing Lily! Honestly this one was kind of hard for me to finish, although when I finally finished it I was glad I did, it's a cute romance story. I flew through the fist half and then kind of stalled on the last half.

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