Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wantobe Quilters Campaign

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Hello, friends and followers!

If you have read here for any length of time, you know how passionate I am about welcoming new quilters to this fabulous hobby of cutting up fabric into pieces and sewing them back together. I truly believe that anyone can quilt and I would love to give you the opportunity to win some of the best tools, fabrics, and notions to get you started!

So with that being said, I would like to welcome you to a Wantobe Quilters Campaign over at Sew We Quilt.

What is a Wantobe Quilter? A Wantobe Quilter is someone who has no quilting tools, has never quilted, and is dying to get started.

What's happening? There are giveaway 5 times a week for the next 10 weeks!   There are over 50 Sponsors involved.  For real.  I've never seen a giveaway of this size and I'm pretty sure Madame Samm is one of the few who could pull this off... she's like Wonder Woman with a quilted cape.

The campaign began Aug 1st and runs till Oct 29th.

What can you win?? Supplies that will have you quilting before you know it…From sewing machines to irons, to die cutters, to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles, rolled sewing machine bags, patterns, books, magazines…everything you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter. 

Don't believe me? Check their Saturday posts for recaps of the week, the giveaways are FABULOUS! Go take a look!

How do you win?? Easy!  Just follow the steps below.

1. Register: just email me your name and phone number and email so I can submit this to the organizer, because if you win anything I can win something too.  How cool is that?!

I promise that your information goes no further than myself and the lovely Madame Samm and will be destroyed after the event.  I assure you that I won't be calling to ask if your refrigerator is running... ;)

Why??  Real Wantobe Quilters only! Because of the size of this event, this extra step should curb those who will just comment so they can sell the prize on Ebay if they win.  Plus, if you win, because there are SO many prizes, there has to be more than one way to contact you! You wouldn't want to miss out would you?? 

2. Follow: be a follower of Sew We Quilt. I would love you if you followed me too because I told you about this cool event... :)

3. Comment: If you are a brand new quilter, your days to leave a comment to win are M-W-F! Just leave a comment and the name of my blog {That Girl... That Quilt}over at Sew We Quilt.

If you are already a quilter, your days to leave a comment to win are T & TH! Same thing... leave a comment and include the name of my blog over at Sew We Quilt.

One of the reasons I love being a quilter and a blogger is because of events like these.  So what are you waiting for??  Hurry and register!

P.S. You will not be eligible to win anything if you do not register with me or with any blogger who is participating. So head over to the "Email Me" button on the right side of this blog, click it and send me your info.  If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I'll respond... YAY my email is working again!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

All Time {favorite}

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With school starting again, I thought I would share one of my all time favorite Chaney stories. 

Back in kindergarten, we went on the kindergarten tour of the school before the first day.  Chaney's new teacher led our tour.  Everything was going fine until we went into the cafeteria.

Picture 18 bright and wide-eyed kids with equally nervous parents following behind a teacher...

Teacher:  This is the cafeteria.  You can bring your lunch or you can buy your lunch here.

Kids & Parents:  silence

Teacher:  This is the table where we will sit and eat with all our friends.

Kids & Parents:  silence

Teacher:  Doesn't that sound like fun??

Most of the Kids & Parents:  silence

Chaney:  uh huh... prisons have cafeterias too!

Me:  bright red and gasping for air with all eyes on me and my suddenly talkative child

Teacher:  oooohhh my!  ummm...What a great example of a cafeteria!

Kindergarten teachers, bless them, have this amazing ability to turn nearly everything into a positive.  Me, I was an odd mixture of pride and embarrassment.  How funny but where in the heck did she learn about prison cafeterias??  And even worse, why was she thinking about prison and kindergarten?

As exciting as it is to see Chaney grow and mature, I never want her to lose her sense of humor or creativity.  This year we decided it was time to give her a dedicated area to do homework.  But in keeping with her creative spirit, we went with something a little less traditional.

We got her a work table from Ikea that is big enough to do homework at, draw, color or craft.

The chair is my absolute favorite.  So retro and so Chaney. 

The chair seat is a little deep and she's short so I made her a pillow to sit on.  When she was looking for fabric for her book bag, she initially went for my Habitat stash.  I loved her final choice but I decided to incorporate some of her other favorite prints into this pillow.  It's a simple disappearing 9-patch pattern with an envelope closure.

I added some of my Kitchen Sink bunting because doing homework should be festive too!

So we've graduated from a play table and chairs in the corner of my studio to a real work table.  I still walk in expecting to see her little table but I have to admit, I really like the colorful makeover too.  And there's one thing I can promise, prisons definitely do not have anything like this new space! ;)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to school...

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... back to school...

Am I the only one who hums that ridiculous song from the movie Billy Madison on the first day of school??

I love the routine, the school supplies, the projects, and the new things learned.  Chaney loves almost everything about school and as a parent I really can't ask for much more.

I can't believe she's in 2nd grade already!  Her teacher is awesome and Chaney already adores her because she did her student teaching in Chaney's class last year.

I made her a tote bag for art class last year that she loved and ended up carrying to school everyday so this year I made her another one.  This is quickly becoming a handmade tradition that Chaney and I both look forward to.

Chaney picked out the fabrics and I think she did a great job!  I always enjoy seeing her color and pattern combinations because they are usually pretty unique. 

If there was ever a fabric print perfectly suited for her it's this one because this Texas kid is in love with New York City.  She's only 7 but she is already making plans to live there and be a photographer when she grows up. 

I love her dreams.

The selvage on the outer pocket was Chaney's idea because the dots remind her of a subway map.  Don't you just love her fabric sense of style?? 

And BTW, she's never been on a subway which makes her idea even cuter.

On the inside of the bag I added a few more pockets... one with slots to hold pencils and the other one open to hold anything else i.e. her ever multiplying collection of chapstick. 

I knotted the strap because, well, Chaney is short and the strap was a bit too long.

I double stitched all the seams for extra durability because school bags definitely take a beating.

 YAY for a new school year!  I can't wait to see what it brings.

Anyone interested in a tutorial for this bag?   It's super easy and only takes 1 yard of fabric and some scraps for the pockets...

Linking up for Fabric Tuesday!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


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Has the rooster feather craze hit your area?  Chaney has been begging for some all summer long and I promised we would have a few put in her hair right before school.

See that color combination?  Red and aqua... she's definitely my kid!  They are actually really cute and I'm pretty sure that every second grade girl needs to be properly feathered before heading to school.

Chaney's biggest concern... not the feathers falling out but rather Buddy and Gus trying to hunt her head since they are "hunting" dogs.  However, other than chasing bunnies, they have never gone on any sort of hunting trip outside our back yard so I'm thinking her head and feathers are safe...

Meet the Teacher is tonight and she's got an awesome teacher.  This is going to be a great year!  Tomorrow I'll share Chaney's book bag that I made her...

PS: I'm still working on my email situation.  After conversing back and forth with Yahoo, I'm pretty sure both accounts are toast.  So now I'm trying to figure out the most painless way to merge everything over to new addresses... wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pets on Quilts {show}

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Sew Cal Gal is having a Pets on Quilts show!  Isn't that the greatest idea?? 

Gus is our quilt dog.  It's not unusual for him to bury himself under a quilt on the couch.  And then my favorite part is when he gets up and walks around the house with a quilt draped over his back.  I swear that sometimes he's part human!

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He is also our "sick" dog.  If anyone is sick in our home, I can guarantee that he's in their lap sharing the quilt.

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We have had Gus for a few years now.  We adopted him from a shelter with only a few days left on his "time" there.  When I picked him up the shelter employee told me then that he loved blankets and she was right.  He has to be put to bed each night in his crate with a blanket.  He is the perfect compliment to Buddy, our other Beagle and I can't imagine our family without him {or Buddy}.  Dogs are just the best... so sweet and always ready to love you unconditionally.

The Pets on Quilts show is running August 15th - 19th so go enter and take a look at some really cute pets too!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mug Rug {swap}

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I joined a mug rug swap earlier this year and with my package safely en route overseas, I figured it was OK to post the details.  I really enjoyed making this for my partner and I also can't wait to see what shows up in my mailbox.

I used my GO! Baby cutter to cut the flying geese units and it could not have been easier.  I see a quilt of flying geese in my future for sure.

This is the last of my Farmdale fabric *sniff* but I'm happy to share it with my partner.  I added my usual pocket and stuffed it with a yard of Riley Blake pom poms.  There might be a few other goodies included too... ;) 

I machine bound it using my tutorial...

And BTW, both of my Yahoo email addresses {That Girl and my personal email} were hacked.  If you have commented on my blog, chances are pretty good that you got a spam email from me last night.  If you did, don't open it... well, unless you are interested in Viagra and other prescription drugs CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!!

Ugh, really?  I wish people would find better things to do with their time like quilting or being creative.  My email accounts are so messed up that I'm probably going to have to get new addresses.  If you are emailing me, I promise I'm not ignoring you; it just might take me a little time to get to the email since I can't even get my accounts to load into my iPhone anymore. :(

Happy Fabric Tuesday!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Random {happenings}

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1. We picked Chaney up from camp early Saturday morning.  We drove all 2 hours in the rain.  If you have seen anything about North Texas weather this summer, you've seen that we are in a severe drought with hardly a trace of rain over the entire summer.  Anyways, I took some embroidery to work on while Steve navigated the roads.  It's another Jenny Hart pattern... I just love her work!

2. I also finished my little wall hanging.  I took the pictures yesterday afternoon but when I went to look at them I realized that I still needed to iron the center because you can still see where the embroidery hoop was.  A picture of that would have bothered me forever!  I'll give you a peek though...

3. Chaney loved camp.  She's already signed up for next year!  She has hardly stopped talking about everything she got to do.  I'm so glad that we let go and were brave enough to let her spend a week away having the time of her life. 

4. I met a client this morning who quilts too!  She is making a cathedral windows quilt and piecing it all by hand... wow!  It always makes my day to talk to a fellow quilter. :)

5.  We got a break from the 100+ temperatures.  It was nice while it lasted... it's 104 again today.

Anything random happening in your world lately??

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday {Thanks}

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when Chaney got "married" to Bunny
It's no secret that things are a bit of a roller coaster in the financial markets and world economies.  Well, I guess it could be a secret if you don't really follow the media.  And if that's the case then good for you!

Sometimes it is hard for me not to be money focused because that's entirely what my day job is about.  But when I step back and look at what is going on around me it almost looks silly.  Almost.  Now, I wouldn't be in my line of work if I didn't believe that money and financial security should be a priority but sometimes I wonder if we have made it the priority.

Children go to bed hungry, in our own country, every night.  Over 50% of marriages end in divorce which happens to be a bigger number than any recent stock market decline.  Where is the media hype and widespread panic over these things??  But mess with our money and all heck breaks loose.  Hmmm... 

So with all these things considered, I was thinking this morning about ways to shift my focus and I decided to list a few things that I'm thankful for that don't have a direct financial value.  Here are my first three:
  • My family... they are the best parts of my day
  • Our church... I look forward to every weekend when we can learn and focus {or re-focus} on what really matters.
  • My creativity... God given and just so must fun to use. 
What three things are you thankful for today?

Monday, August 8, 2011

One Happy Camper

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It was quite the weekend around our house.  Lots of packing... quilting... writing Chaney's name in everything... car decorating... and finally lots of driving.

We took Chaney to camp yesterday and it wasn't as bad as I thought.  We stopped to get ice cream before heading out of town and as I sat there watching her eat I looked at Steve and told him, "she's too little to go to camp, just look at her".  And then he told me not to project my anxiety onto her or anyone else... like him. ;)

The two hour car ride was good and I think it gave us all time to psyche ourselves up.  For us it meant being able to let her go.  For Chaney it meant that she was extremely hyper.  And for those of you who know her, hyper is not a typical description for such a mellow kid.

Packed away was all her stuff and the Happy Camper quilt.  It made me feel better to make it and send it and my hope is that she won't feel too far from home sleeping under it either.

It's my biggest finish to date.  I expected wrestling a twin under my home machine to be hard but it really wasn't difficult at all.  It's also my fastest finish... designed and basted on Thursday; quilted and bound on Saturday.  I added the hand quilting Sunday morning.

But what about the piecing-the-top step?  There wasn't one.  I cheated.  Big time.  The quilt top is a thrifted twin sheet and the quilt back is a thrifted sheet as well. 

The patchwork is one charm pack of Little Apples.

I "appliqued" the squares with a little basting spray and then free motion quilted over them.  I added some hand quilting in Perle cotton around them and I was done!

I love the binding.  It's from Riley Blake's Love Birds and it looks like it's made to coordinate with Aneela's Little Apples.  I love it when that happens.  To save time I also machine bound it using my tutorial.

The best part, Chaney loved it!

*Linking up for Fabric Tuesday*

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Huge Sale!

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One of my fabulous sponsors, Sew Obsessed, is having a huge sale this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Huge as in 30% your entire order all weekend long.  All you have to do is go shopping and use the coupon code "WEEKEND".

Have fun shopping!  I'm thinking a little fabric therapy is just what I need...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Words {stress relief}

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You know the whole Debt Ceiling issue??  Yeah, so it's been making my job a little on the stressful side lately.

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So my lunchtime distraction... Pinterest.  Have you seen it?  It's so cool.  Seriously.  It's like Facebook, Flickr, and the best of blogging all rolled into one place. 

Pretty things... shiny things... funny phrases... stress relief!  Cindy first told me about Pinterest so I fully blame credit her for my new hobby of pinning every pretty thing I see.

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Need some inspiration?  Just add a search word or two and there's a page of inspiring and sometimes even interesting pictures to choose from.

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Want to see what the cool and crafty girls are loving?  You can follow them and they might even follow you back! 

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Want a place to organize your colors, favorite tutorials, quotes, recipes, books, etc?  Pinterest.

Now, there can be some ummm... racy photos that pop up so I wouldn't really recommend letting your kids surf the pictures by themselves unless you want to explain womanly cupcakes to them or what that shredded coconut is supposed to be. ;)  For real.

You can see what I'm up to by clicking the Pinterest link on my right sidebar.  If you haven't signed up all you have to do is request an invitation.  I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Camp time {almost}

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Steve and I attended the parent meeting for campers about a month ago.  Oh, the details... the do's... the don'ts... the lists... the email account to set up to correspond with your camper.  Yep, you read that right!

Me:  So what did you think {about the meeting}?

Steve:  I thought it was good.  Chaney is going to have a blast.  What did you think?

Me:  That I don't wanna go to camp!

Steve:  Well, then thank goodness it's Chaney going and not you!

I love his way with words...

The great camp countdown is upon us. In 5 days Chaney leaves for a packed week of horses, water slides, campfires, and friends.  She needs a blanket for her bed that can withstand the rigors of camp so what's a crafty mom to do??

Yep, a quick quilt.

Two vintage twin sized flat sheets + 1 charm pack of Little Apples = one mom feeling a little better about sending her baby to camp for a week.

And I promise to take better care of Aneela's sweet characters than the Pips that I "fussy cut"... ;)

Stay tuned for an easy tutorial!

And in other news, we are finally getting a new roof and having all the damage from the storm repaired today.  We are on the 33rd consecutive day of 100+ degrees of heat and it's supposed to be 110 today... those poor roofers!

I'm happy to be at work avoiding all the hammering and noise.  Chaney is at home so she can bring the roofers water.  And then Steve is home to make sure they aren't doing it wrong.  I bet by the end of the day that they like Chaney more... ;)

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