Sunday, September 22, 2013

Another week gone by...

and I am still trying to find my blogging groove. We're a month into the new school year and I still don't have an organized schedule!  Of course, there's a lot more going on than usual.

I finally finished sorting and mailing round 2 of the Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap. I ended up with a few extra spots, but it all came together in the end! So if you're sad because you missed out, I could possibly hook you up with a stack of charms...  I made the little pic above for our swap group, but feel free to use it for yourself if you like it.  A huge thanks to everyone who participated in these swaps! I'll let you know if we do round 3, because look how much fun they are mixed together!

My favorite thing about sorting swap charms is seeing how the different lines work together!

Another thing that has switched up my schedule a little is that I started working at the local quilt shop! I happened to be in the shop three weeks ago, with Sawyer, who was giggling, running, and hiding behind the shelves and making it very hard to shop. The owner asked me if I had a babysitter. While my brain tried to decide whether to be offended, he went on to say they were shorthanded for their upcoming sale and wondered if I'd like to help out. What a relief! And, yes, please.

I ended up working two days that first weekend, and we agreed I'd come in on Fridays for a few hours. My husband is usually off on Fridays, so he will be home with Sawyer and here to meet the bus after school. They want me to help with their facebook page, and possibly design their window displays! The funniest thing is that I'd considered asking them for a job, but not until the kids were older. I am on a 2 year plan before I go back to work.  That way all four kids will be in school all day, and Emma will be old enough to watch them for an hour or two after school. They are being very flexible with me and I am having a lot of fun so far! So if you're ever in the area, stop by Country Fabrics on the square in Garnett KS!

Our fall program for my local guild was this month. Patricia Knoechel of Quilt in a Day was here to share blocks from Quilts from El's Kitchen. I love the greens and blues in this version of the quilt, and the blocks are pretty cute too!

They also shared some other quilts made using Quilt in a Day patterns. One super easy idea was making a disappearing nine patch using layer cake squares! Duh, why didn't I ever think of that?!

Our chickens are doing great. Still no eggs though. We got a few more hens from a friend, and one of them is the sweetest softest little doll. She's a white/silver ameracauna, and if you make the mistake of bending down or squatting while she's around, she hops up on your back. The kids think it's hilarious, of course.

The kids love feeding them from their hands and picking them up. Two of the hens turned out to be roosters, so we are looking for a new home for them. Mr. Ruby crows quite enough as it is, I don't need two more noisy boys around here!

Anyways, things are busy but good. We are enjoying the cooler weather and I am hoping to get a few more projects quilted! How's your weekend been?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

the Southpark bag

Look at my new bag!  Isn't it perfect for fall?

A few weeks ago, I was offered a chance to test a new bag pattern for Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. Of course I said yes! Even though I haven't ever made a structured bag before. Only totes and easy little pouches.

The Southpark Bag was actually pretty easy to put together. You can buy the pattern for only $10, and it's very clear and easy to follow. Be sure to head over to her new site and see the other versions of the bag. It's a great project to highlight a favorite fabric, or one with a large motif or border print.

I used some of my stash of Flea Market Fancy and one of the new prints from Croquet. They look good together, don't they?

The hardest part for me was finding rings for the straps! I ended up taking a large set of silver D Rings off a belt. I did find some curtain grommets at my LQS, but they only had black or gold. Remember though, I live in the boonies and I didn't check Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I'm sure you could find some there.

It has a divided pocket inside for your phone, and a magnetic snap closure. It's a great size for me - plenty of room for my wallet, kindle, makeup bag, and snacks.

I am really proud of my first quilted bag. I'm not quite ready to tackle a weekender, but I may attempt a duffle bag for my trip to Houston next month!  Thanks to Jennifer for letting me try this out.

And be sure to stop by her new site Ellison Lane and enter to win her big giveaway! There's also a Back To School blog hop starting 9/21, you'll want to check that out too.

Oh! If you're planning to be at quilt market next month, drop me an email at I'd love to meet some of my readers and put faces with the names!

linking up with a new sewing link party iSew!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

when it rains...

it sure does pour! Is September as busy for you as it is for us? I know I've been MIA for a few weeks. Getting back in the school routine, running the mom taxi, and I even started working out at the gym three mornings a week! I need a nap.

I have so much to share with you, I think I'll need a few posts to cover it all! The cover for the book was finalized, and I just love it!

The book photo shoot was done at an antique/flea market called Hickory Dickory in Kansas City. Really cool photos. And guess what? My quilt made the cover stack! Eeep!

The KCMQG had their Mirror Ball Dot challenge reveal last Thursday. I was the worst procrastinator, and didn't even cut into my fabrics until Wednesday (we've had them since MAY)! So I kept it simple and slightly modified the First Aid pattern from Quilt Retro by adding sashing and cornerstones.

For the fabrics, I used the two grey mirror ball dots given to me for the challenge. The I added Kona white and two colors, as well as that gorgeous eggplant Grunge and the Cotton Couture Gray that came with the challenge bundle. I even had one lonely little white mirror ball dot charm from a swap. So I set it in the center block. Nice to finally use that little scrap! 

The challenge was to use an inspiration photo from the Country Club Plaza in KC, well known for it's Plaza lights at Christmas time. I spent an afternoon down there taking some photos, and ended up using this one for my inspiration. Those cutouts are on several of the buildings down there. I actually worked on the Plaza right after college, managing the Abercrombie & Fitch store. Things have changed a lot since then! I didn't even recognize half of the stores! :)

Another fun thing that happened recently was seeing this quilt Handiworking made from my charm crossing pattern! It turned out so great! And can you believe, it's only her second pieced quilt?! Amazing job Jane!

OK, that's enough for one blog post I think! I'll try to be back tomorrow with more fun things to share!


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