Friday, July 27, 2012

adios!

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As of today at 5pm I am on vacation!  I was thinking the other day about previous vacations and I realized that I haven't had 9 consecutive days off since I was on maternity leave with Chaney.  And that isn't really a vacation when you are a single mom with a newborn.  That was over 8 years ago so it's high time for a break!

We are traveling and yes, I realize by blogging about our vacation ahead of time that I am leaving my fabric stash vulnerable.  But quilters are nice people so I have no problem trusting ya'll with this information. ;)  And speaking of fabric... that pretty stack of charm squares you see up there came in the mail from Fabricworm yesterday.  Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt is even prettier in person.  I can't wait for the yardage to come out! 


Steve and I were both up at 4:30 this morning for no good reason.  I guess it's a combination of being excited about picking Chaney up from camp tomorrow morning and being ready to start our vacation.  So I decided to make some more headway on my sample for our Giant Granny Panties quilt along.  This is turning out to be a really fun quilt to make with lots of tricks that makes this quilt come together easily.

I usually do the design for my quilt alongs and stay a week ahead of the group but this quilt design is a little different so I wanted to make sure I worked any kinks out beforehand.  I'm happy to say that this quilt is coming together without any issues so I should have the intro post, design and fabric bundles up after I get back.  


I was supposed to be working out by this time but I opted for this instead.  My enablers friends on Instagram pointed out that sewing is exercising so that's what I went with.  I'll work out tonight instead...

I will try to get at least one post up while I'm gone so if you want to see what I'm up to in real-time, Instagram is where that will be happening. :)

Have a great weekend & week!



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On the road...

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I love road trips.  Especially ones in Texas.  Small towns are so interesting and being a native Texan, there are so many little things I love to share with Steve as we travel.

Like pointing out prime spots for snipe hunting.  giggle


We took Chaney and her best friend to camp on Sunday and we don't pick them up until this Saturday.  It's very quiet in our house!


Between stopping at Dairy Queen a.k.a the Texas stop sign and a hayride at camp...


...I finished the binding on my Dizzy Diamonds quilt.  I love the binding fabric!


I finished it with time to spare and when we got home it promptly went into the washer and then dryer.  I came out perfectly crinkled and it's all mine.  Steve attempted to call it his until I threw another quilt at him.


Every time I use this quilt or even walk past it, I smile.  It was a lot of work but well worth it.  I'll be finalizing the pattern as I get input in from my lovely pattern testers and I hope to show the whole quilt plus the pattern in early August.  I can't wait!

Now I just have to finish quilting my next quilt so I have something to bind on our trip back to camp this Saturday.  You know I can't spend all my time on the road looking for snipe... ;) 



Monday, July 23, 2012

Featured {Crafter}

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I just love finding new quilting blogs!  Ally and I stumbled across each other several months ago and I must say, she is one of the cheeriest and friendly bloggers I know.  She's a cover girl and she is super talented.  She also has an affiliation with a very cool Austrailian quilt magazine... I'm going on and on so I'll stop and let her tell you more about herself!

Hi, my name is Allison and I'm the desinger behind "Quilting Mumm".  I'm so thrilled to be working with the lovely Jennifer from That Girl... That Quilt!
 I have been quilting for about 3 years now.  I have had my work published in quite a few Australian Patchwork Publications and have a regular article in Down Under Quilts Magazine.
 I am in LOVE with fabric, I just can't seem to get enough of it!  I love designing new quilts that are easily achieved using vibrant print to eally make a statement!  I have recently started making gorgeous purses which I am selling, and I also have started making commissioned quilts.  I feel so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by beautiful things that make me happy!

To check out what is happening in my studio, head over to my Facebook page OR my Blog.

Have a beautiful day!

I hope you will go visit her today!



Thursday, July 19, 2012

A wedding for the commitment-phobic...

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I had a lot of fun writing my last post and even more fun reading the comments and emails.  I have very funny readers!

Here's what I'm thinking...

...the Double Wedding Ring quilt will a series of tutorials that I post as I make my quilt.  This quilt is a big undertaking and I'm afraid that the structure of a quilt along combined with the time commitment might scare a lot of people off.  That kind of commitment even scares me a little!

... the Giant Granny Panties {GGP} quilt will be a quilt along. Yay for granny panties! I'm working with one of my favorite fabric shops to put together quilt along bundles so look for the first post sometime next week.

Some of you guessed that the GGP quilt will be a Trip Around the World type quilt and ya'll are very close!  But don't worry, this quilt will be strip pieced so that no one is having to sew a million little squares together.  As you can see from the picture above, I worked out the design details on using a paper quilt last night.  I have never done that before but it actually works really well.

Now all I have to do is make blog buttons for both projects... that should be a lot of fun too! 

But don't worry, no granny panties will be hanging out on the sidebars of blogs. ;)



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Words {granny panties}

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 Do you ever have creative ideas running through your head?  Ones that you know if you shared in real life, you would get funny looks from people?

That's why I blog.  I can rattle stuff off to people who will {mostly} get me.  However, I don't expect anyone to get that I dreamed about the proper use of semicolons last night. 

True story.

I've been considering hosting another quilt along.  They are always a lot of fun and you get to meet new quilters and even learn some new skills.

All of my quilts seem to carry an official name as well as an alternate name that I can't bring myself to name the quilt but it still sticks.  Like "Balls to the Wall".

Enter a quilt along by the name of "Giant Granny Panties".  I know... but every time I look at the design, that's all that I can think of.  It's a different technique but based off of the traditional block that everyone has taken to calling a "granny square".  Except it's only one granny square but really big; hence the name.

That's my first quilt along idea...

But then I blogged yesterday about the double wedding ring templates I also got some comments and emails about making that quilt as a group.  No clever name there but it was also a consideration when I was buying the templates.  It's a difficult quilt to make so why not surround myself with other quilters miserable with tedious templates? ;)

My hesitation there is that a quilt like that may exclude some that are intimidated by the pattern.  But "Giant Granny Panties"... everyone would have fun making that quilt.

So what do you think?  Which quilt along would you be more interested in?  Or maybe we could just make both quilts and call the whole quilt along "Granny Panties on Your Wedding Night".

Yep.  I just said that.  Yet another reason why I blog.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{Training}

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Chaney is in training to be a fabric aficionado.  Sunday the conversation went a lot like this:

Me: Get your shoes on... we're going to the fabric store.

Chaney:  Oh good!  Can I get some fabric?  I hope they have some mustache fabric!

This is where she and I differ.  As a kid, I despised going to the fabric store a.k.a Clothworld.  It smelled funny, it was dusty with lots of dead crickets, and buttons are only entertaining for so long.  But because Chaney's favorite room in the house is a mini-fabric store, she finds fabric much more exciting than I ever did.

This past weekend Instagram was buzzing with news of Heather Ross' Crafty Cloe showing up at Hancock Fabrics.  So while we were driving I explained to Chaney who Heather Ross was, why I loved her fabric lines, and why it was cool to have her fabric show up in a store around here.


So here's my haul from our little shopping trip to get batting... and BTW, Steve is amazed at how much batting has changed in just a few weeks.  Quilting is a fast evolving hobby! 


And yes, Crafty Cloe really is that cute!  The clothespin dolls are adorable and the print of Crafty Cloe in action reminds me of Chaney.

Oh, and do you see the double wedding ring templates?  Yeah... I'm kicking around making one of those quilts with alternating warm and cool rings.  I made one last night and let's just say that I'm going to need some more practice. ;)




Monday, July 16, 2012

Done!

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I don't think I've ever been more excited to finish quilting a quilt.  This one was A LOT of work!  Almost 2000 yards of thread... and every time I wound a bobbin, I kept telling myself that that one would be the last only to run out again.  Stopping to change out a bobbin and/or wind more is such a beat down!


Anyways... I really love how the quilting turned out.  It's dense but the quilt is still very soft and has a nice drape to it.  I have decided that this is going to be my quilt. :)  I sell or give away a lot of my quilts but I really like it and I don't think I could sell it for what I put into it time-wise.


I consulted Intsagram last night and the verdict was the tape measure binding which is what I was leaning towards, especially since this is going to be my quilt. 

I have had this fabric for a long time but I've never been able to use it because it's very specific and not everyone likes tape measures or finds them cute.  Kinda like the fabric with scissors on it... those prints always make me giggle because pretty much anyone but sewists and quilters would find sleeping under a quilt with scissors coming at them a little disturbing.

I'm going to cut the binding tonight and attach it and them I'm moving on to the next quilt.  One down... two to go before our drive to camp and then vacation after that.  Hand binding is one of my very favorite parts of quilting and I love to do that when we are on road trips. :)



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Winning

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Thanks to everyone who entered the Joyful Giveaway sponsored by A Joyful Soul Fabrics!  I enjoyed reading all the comments and I hope ya'll enjoyed browsing through their gorgeous selection of fabrics.

The winner is...

#148 Wonky Girl  Congrats to you!  I have forwarded your contact information on to Lindsey and you should be hearing from her very soon. :)



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday Words {cooking}

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This post doesn't have much to do with quilting but I'm so excited about our summer meals that I just had to share!

I stumbled upon Freezer Cooking on Pinterest when I was supposed to be making out my grocery list.  I started reading about the concept and looked at lots of recipes and decided to give it a try. 

I work full time and so does Steve.  And considering that it's hotter than heck around here, the last thing that I really want to do is fire up the stove or oven when we get home from work.  So that left us with easy food {not super healthy} or going out to dinner {not very cheap}. 

Basically, the concept is that you buy your ingredients, combine them and freeze them to be cooked throughout the month.  This blog does a wonderful job of explaining the process and recipes so I'll leave that part to the experts {there are lots of other blogs as well}.


It took me a few hours on Sunday to cut all the vegetables and meat and then assemble the bags.  Two hours of work for 10 meals in the freezer isn't bad at all.  Which leaves plenty of time for a summer beer.  Cheers!

Monday night we came home to beef tips ready to eat over brown rice {made in my new rice cooker that I'm completely obsessed with}.  Tuesday night we came home to sausage {chicken} & peppers.  Tonight... chicken teriyaki. 

All three of these recipes can be found here.

Everything is made from scratch with the exception of the organic beef/chicken broth but those are still nasty preservative-free.  This way, I can control the amount of salt, seasonings, and ingredients in our food which makes me really happy. :)

Plus, the first two meals have both made more than enough for Steve and me to have lunch the next day.

I'm pretty much sold on this process and other than the cheap freezer bags that I bought and my scary vegetable chopping techniques, Steve is a fan as well.


Now if I can just will myself into liking cottage cheese because it's healthy!  Cute Pyrex helps but it doesn't make it taste great.  It also doesn't help when I'm eating that for dessert while watching Steve eat an ice cream sandwich. ;)

So I take back what I said at the beginning about this post not having anything to do with quilting because less time in the kitchen = more time sewing!

PS... today is the last day to enter the giveaway for the Coquette jelly roll.  The post will close tonight at 11:59 PM CST.



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

{Dizzy}

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Things have been busy around our house lately!  Nothing big, just a busy summer. 

Chaney heads to camp in a few weeks and right after that we are headed out on vacation for week.  I can't wait!  Well... for the vacation part at least.  Even though Chaney went to camp last summer and had a wonderful time I can't help but still be a little nervous.

Anyways... I've been quilting like mad and I now have a pretty good grasp on how my new Juki free motion quilts and I love it.  My goal is to get my three quilts-in-waiting quilted so I have plenty of binding to take with me on vacation.


I don't know what to call this other than dizzy quilting so that's what I'm going with. :)  It's time and thread consuming but the texture of the quilt is really amazing.

This quilt is in the process of becoming a pattern and is being tested by some wonderful quilters right now.  Pattern testing adds time to the process but I highly recommend it!  I'm a bit quirky in my thought process at times and everyone seems to interpret things differently so I've really enjoyed getting feedback and fine-tuning the pattern.


So naturally, with lots of quilting comes lots of basting.  I do not enjoy basting my quilts and because of my allergies, I'm really not supposed to use or be around strong smells or chemicals... like basting spray.  The results of pin basting vs. spray basting are pretty much the same for me but the sore fingers from pinning is no fun. 


However, my awesome quilting mother-in-law gave me these pin covers along with the tool and it has made pin basting a breeze.  For real.  They are fast to use and pain free too!

I hope ya'll are having a great summer so far!  I'll be back tomorrow to tell you about my new adventures in the kitchen... 

PS: don't forget to enter the giveaway for the Coquette jelly roll!



Monday, July 9, 2012

A Joyful Giveaway!

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Good morning & happy Monday!  I'm so excited to have A Joyful Soul Fabrics as a new sponsor.  I love finding new fabric shops and I know you are going to love shopping here!

Today they are here to give away a beautiful Coquette jelly roll by Chez Moi to one reader!

A little about them:

A Joyful Soul Fabrics specializes in fun and funky fabrics and patterns to inspire your creativity! We pride ourselves on quick and personal customer service. In addition to our online shop, we travel around the Texas and Oklahoma area vending at Quilt Shows. Our Fat Quarter Club is a fun and exciting program which automatically ships a dozen fat quarters to your doorstep on the first of every month (and sometimes, there might be a surprise along with them)! Our cycles run for 6 months and our next cycle starts up on September 1st! You’ll only find the most current and contemporary designers at A Joyful Soul Fabrics. We carry designers and manufacturers like Amy Butler, Art Gallery Fabrics, Heather Bailey, Sis Boom, Moda Metro, Riley Blake and Tula Pink just to name a few and we add new fabrics every month!

And from Joy:

Hi, I’m Joy and I am the owner of A Joyful Soul Fabrics but I would never be able to do what I do without my wonderful husband, John, who is currently serving our country as a United States Navy Chief. Being a military family, we move about every three years so having an online shop has enabled me to pick up and move the business where ever and whenever the Navy needs. I am also very lucky to have the talented Lindsey on my staff! Lindsey does online marketing, research and communication so I have more time to provide assistance to our customers, sew up samples and create our blog posts.  I am so proud of our shop and love that my customers appreciate the special and personal service we provide them! It’s what I was born to do! I pass on my passion for all things textile by teaching workshops and lecturing at quilt shops and guilds. These are exciting times in the textile world! I am so blessed to be in the thick of it!


You can find a great jelly roll tutorial today on their blog.

You can also connect with them on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

Want to win the jelly roll?  Just leave me a comment and tell me which line is your favorite that A Joyful Soul Fabrics carries.

If you would like a second entry, be a current follower OR become a new follower of That Girl... and leave me a second comment telling me that you are a follower. :)

This giveaway will close Wednesday (7/11) at 11:59 pm CST and I will announce the winner on Thursday morning.  Good luck!



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