Thursday, October 31, 2013

quilt market recap, two

Last post, I mentioned Heather but didn't give you an introduction!

at the MQG meetup
Heather blogs at quilt.cook.keep and has a cool quilt in the new book. She's guest posted here before. She is also the bee mama for Bee Vintage, a vintage sheet sewing bee. She's the president of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild (for a little longer), coming soon to Moda Bakeshop and guess what? She's awesome in person too! We shared a room during market, it was great to get to meet her IRL.

Here are a few of my favorite booths. Somehow I didn't snap a pic of Heather Bailey's award winning booth and its amazingly huge paper pieced butterfly - but you've all seen it by now I'm sure.

I love the expression I captured on AMH's face in the video above! Sorry 'bout that Anna. You're adorable no matter what. And I really wanted to steal that quilt on the left.

more AMH goodness.

Amanda Murphy, who was so sweet and fun to talk to. She has a holiday book that is super cute too.


Tula Pink

Denyse Schmidt

Hey look! That's our book in the United Notions booth! Woot! And I think that's Lisa Calle's Lucky Strike quilt in the bottom right...

And of course, this was my absolute favorite booth of all at market. :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Quilt market recap, part one

I'm home! Back with my favorite people in the world.

I had a blast at market! I have so many pictures to share, but let me start with this one.

It will be here soon, so save the date! There just might be a giveaway or two...

OK, so. market. I got to Houston Thursday afternoon, and at the airport, I bumped into one of the other designers in the book, John Kubiniec of Big Rig Quilting. We met up with Karen Gloeggler, who was at market promoting her new book, Jane Austen Quilts. Loved them both! We had dinner and then I headed back to the hotel. I hadn't slept the night before - too excited!

Heather, me, Lisa, and John
Friday was schoolhouse day! We only had 15 minutes to talk about the book and show all the quilts. There were quite a few people who came to see it, which was a relief - we were the last session of the day, and right at dinner time too. Heather & I figured we'd be talking to each other. But I survived my brief moment at the mike. And I got to hug my quilt - I hadn't seen it since this summer!

I've got lots more to share but I still need to unpack. So I'll be back tomorrow with more photos!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

only two more days!

I can't believe it's almost Quilt Market time!  I fly out on Thursday, eek! I am so excited and nervous - just know that when I'm nervous, I smile really big. So if I seem overly smiley I'm probably shaking in my boots!

I finally have copies of this gorgeous book in hand! They arrived last Friday and they are so beautiful! I LOVE the other quilts in the book! click here to order  (if you want a signed by moi copy, email me - and we'll work out the details!)

Here's mine - Diamonds in the Rough. Featuring 2wenty Thr3e by Eric & Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket for Moda.

We'll be doing a Schoolhouse session on Friday afternoon, and sharing all the quilts from the book, so come see us! We'll give away a free copy of the book at the end of the session. They are also doing a book signing on Sunday, which I hope I will be around for! (trying to catch a later flight)

Kansas City Star Quilts will give out tickets to the signings a half hour before each one. Just stop by their booth, 2046, to get your free ticket.
So, if you're headed to Houston, make sure you find me and say hello! I'll be the one smiling hugely to herself :)


this past weekend didn't go quite as I planned. I was going to lay around in my jammies. Maybe watch a movie or two.

Troy took the older kids to cut firewood Saturday afternoon, and I was taking apart an old quilt that I'm repairing for a cousin. I also had fabric laid out on the table, cutting out pattern pieces for a tunic top. Sawyer was taking a nap, and I was enjoying the quiet house.  But then Troy called, said his truck was broke down and they needed a ride. I threw on some sweats and woke up the munchkin, and we headed out to pick them up.

Well, I pulled into town and saw a huge crowd at the park. I noticed some of the kids running along the sidewalk were my nieces and nephews. And I thought, huh. Who's having a party and didn't invite us?! How rude!

this is what 40 really looks like :)
It seriously took me seeing my mom was there before I realized it was a party for me. I'm turning 40 soon, and they managed to pull off a real surprise! I would have bet you a hundred dollars that Troy wasn't planning anything. As evidenced by the fact I had on no makeup, unwashed hair and was wearing sweatpants.

There were people there who I hadn't seen in ages, it was amazing and made me feel really loved. My brother Tom came down from Iowa with his daughter, which means I have gotten to see both of my brothers this month! My bro-in-law brought a trailer full of hay bales, and we all piled on and went for a ride. There were kids everywhere, running and playing and having so much fun. And they had a fab buffet of pulled pork and sides, and a whole table of desserts.  My sis-in-law even brought me an outfit (bra included!) in case I showed up in my pjs. They know me so well.

We tried to take some photos, but we were all laughing at Troy & Jade's suggestions of things to say - "saggy boobies" was really cracking us up for some reason. I don't know how any of them turned out, I didn't have my camera but I'll share them once I get copies.

I spent the rest of the weekend with a big smile on my face, so a huge thank you to all of my family and friends for that! :) Makes turning the big 4-0 next week a little easier.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

chaos, continued...

Did I mention we've been remodeling? Yes, why not. Just add more craziness to the household! Here's a little FYI on our house.

We live in an earth contact home. It is buried on three sides, with the south side exposed. When you pull in our driveway, you see the roof and garage.

From the south, it looks like a normal home.  Our main living area is technically, a walk out basement. This has its benefits living here in Kansas, the temperature stays pretty cool in the summers. If we run the A/C, it's usually because of the humidity.  Some drawbacks are the lack of windows on the north side, and the loss of curb appeal, although, since we live in the country at the end of a dead end road, there's really no one to see it but us!

We bought this place 7 years ago, and have been constantly working on something, making it fit our family's needs. So we added on the mudroom and garage, and added some windows to the upstairs (there was only one - one window, can you imagine how dark it was?!) Troy put in a wood burning stove to help heat it in the winter. After the pipes froze, burst, and flooded the lower level, we turned the one big bathroom into two, one of the best things we've done! It meant giving up the whirlpool tub, but it's a small price to pay for the two toilets. We added cabinets in the kitchen and redid all of the flooring in the house. (and we still plan to paint those cabinets soon!)

looking east
But we still only had three bedrooms on the main (basement) level. This means our daughter is sharing a room with the 3 yo, and the older boys bunk together too. They bicker constantly, get out of bed a gazillion times (I counted) and we finally decided to do something about it.

looking north
Our kitchen/dining/living room were all one open, cavernous space. I've never liked that.  It was a large L shaped mess. Great for big family parties when the kids were babies and needed constant supervision, but not so much anymore. We were only using one half for our family room, and the other half became a toy dumping ground. We decided we could wall that off and create a large bedroom suite for the boys to share.

looking east at the new rooms!
The new rooms needed to be connected to the original bedroom which has a window for a fire escape.  The older boys will have spaces that are pretty small, about 8' x 13', but they will each have a loft bed like this one from Ana White, with a desk underneath and their own closet. And since the ceilings are 9 foot, there's plenty of head room.  The rooms are connected by a pocket door.

looking west
The wiring is finally finished, new recessed lights have been added, and once we get the inspection signed off, we can begin hanging sheetrock. Oh, and we still need to scrape the popcorn ceilings. Yuck. That's one messy job. If anyone has any tips or tricks, we'd love to hear them!

the hallway to the stairs
 We were left with this hallway. That is where we have our "office" area. I am hoping to do something fantastic with that spot next. And of course there's lots of painting in my future.

I did score some new bedding, lights, and rugs at target - marked down dorm stuff! I got all of the stuff for AJ's room for under $30. I'll make him some pillows and we'll be good to go once I figure out the wall colors! Zach also got a new lamp and rug and he'll get pillows too. Sawyer is thrilled to be getting a big bed. I'll post more pics once we get sheetrock up, I can't wait to see it come together!

Monday, October 7, 2013

happy monday!

Looking for a good charm swap?


There is a cool Alison Glass swap happening now over at flickr. There are still several spots open, and this swap only requires one yard of fabric! I signed up for 4 spots, shh, don't laugh at me.  I know I still need to use my charms from the Denyse Schmidt swaps.

My fabrics for the @alisonglass charm swap over on flickr. There are still a few spots left, so check it out! #charmswap

Here's the fabrics I am using. Bike Path in dahlia, fluorescent, salmon, and sun. I bought dahlia once before, it's a beautiful color. My pic doesn't show the colors accurately. Stupid phone camera.

I am trying to get caught up with other stuff. The school Halloween carnival is coming up, so I'm collecting donations and selling raffle tickets, making the facebook event and flyers. The remodeling continues, and we should have sheetrock on the walls soon! (that's a whole other post, coming soon)

Anyone missing a skinny little sweetheart? He showed up on Monday and has made himself at home. Sawyer named him Brownie (he's grey, but whatever) and he's a lover.

We now have another cat. That's 4 if you're keeping track. He showed up last week, and he seems to like it here. He arrived the night before my son's birthday, and he thought it was his present! Sawyer named him Brownie and we are still asking around to see if he has a home.

September bee block

I spent this weekend cleaning, cooking, and I even did a little sewing. I got my September bee block stitched up and ready to mail. I cut out and sewed a top, but it's a little too small for me. I made the largest size in the pattern(12) but I knew it was going to be iffy. So I made it from some old calico-y fabric, and maybe I can redraw the pattern to fit me better. Someday.

I made two pies today, a pumpkin and a pecan. Every time I make a pie, I think, this is pretty easy, why don't I do this more often? 

Today was a good day. #mmm

This is why. If I make pie, I will eat pie. I don't even want to think about how many calories I consumed today. I'll just work extra hard at the gym tomorrow.


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