A Wooly Friday

September 28, 2012

I Keep forgetting to give an update on Kristin.  Kristin, who is my little sister.  Maybe not so little as she is 24.  I know I have posted about her before.  She is settled into a new town, new apartment and new job!!!  Kristin loves being a Physician Assistant. To be honest, she has TWO jobs.  She picks up extra hours on the weekend at an urgent care center in addition to working at a cardiology clinic.  With Kristin all settled, Scooter is living home with her again.  He loves his new home, but we sure miss him!!

I have not done a Wooly Friday Post in ages!  I love working with wool.  It is relaxing, portable and you end up with a beautiful project to enjoy.  Looks like wool can be contagious because Kristin has caught wool fever too!!  She asked me to help her pick a good first project and the supplies she would need.  This is the project she chose.
Super cute and not too big.  It is called Tulip Basket Table Mat and available here.   A nice beginner project with just two different stitches.  I also thought these would be great beginners projects. 

So off we went to get started!
Here Kristin is cutting her shapes that she has drawn on Lite Steam a Seam 2 fusible web.  All fused down.
Stitching away.  She took her time stitching.  Kristin enjoyed it so much, she did not want to finish it too fast!!
Her stitches look great!!!

I think I have a family full of little artist/crafters.
Elaina is a master bracelet maker.  She can follow any pattern or YouTube video and make the most beautiful bracelet.  Of course, I forgot to take a pic of it when it was done.
Alyssa loves to paint her nails!!!  Penguins.
Cookie Monster and cookies. 
Good times!!!  The girls hair is getting super long.  They have been growing it for 2 years with the goal to donate it.  I think soon, probably after picture day at school.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!  I am done with recent events.  I owned my mistake, going to learn from it and move on.  There is nothing more to say.  I always have and always will put God and my family first.  I have been saying no for several months now. :-)

Happy Fall Y'all...Honeycomb Schnibbles

September 25, 2012

It is officially Fall.  Shockingly, I actually have all my fall decor out as well.  The girls and I finished decorating last weekend.  They live for it...Scott not so much.  His job is to bring all the boxes up from downstairs.  He was getting a little restless when I kept telling him there was more...and more...and more..

Finally, a little finish of my own.  Honeycomb Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  You can purchase the pattern here.  This is an awesome pattern to feature the fabric.  I thought it would look cool in reproductions, but I think it looks great in any fabric.  I quilted this last winter.  I had the binding attached, just not hand sewn to the back yet.  Not sure what I was waiting for??  Probably just the time to sit and stitch.  I finally had some stitching time while the girls were at dance. 
 I pieced this last year and posted about it here.  I love decorating with quilts!!  I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to have some quilts to enjoy that are mine.  Not just "mine" until I have to send them home. :-)
I used a couple of charm packs of Comfort - Collections for a Cause by Moda.  The background is Primitive Muslin by Primitive Gatherings.  Big surprise there!! :-)  The fabric looks so nice in my house.  The colors are perfect!

The quilting is just a freehand allover swirl.  It is fast, easy and looks nice.  Like I have time to custom quilt anything of my own??  Some day maybe.  :-)  I am just happy to be able to slip something of my own on the machine between client quilts. Threads are So Fine, top and bobbin.  Batting is Dream Blend.  I love the look after it is washed and dried!

Halloween is so fun to decorate for!!  I have things sprinkled allover the house.  

I need to write some of my spells down.  Too bad I don't know any quilting spells. :-)
Of course, I have to have a crow or two. I layered a vintage jar with black beans and candy corn.  Another little idea stemmed from Pinterest.  I love me some Pinterest!  Most of the decorations are from my friend Daphne's shop here.  Her shop looks amazing right now.  I could spend a fortune on pumpkins alone!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully, I will have a few more posts this week. :-)

AQS Grand Rapids Recap

September 17, 2012

Finally, a little post about my whirlwind experience in the Primitive Gatherings Booth in Grand Rapids last month.  Where to start?  It was crazy busy before I even left for my trip.  Starting with packing.  I spoke with Lisa several times about attire.  I am notorious for over packing and uncomfortable shoes.  I seem to always pick fashion over comfort when it comes to footwear.  Not so this time.  I packed light and comfortable...very important I found when working all day in a PG Booth.

I set off at 6 AM, so A. I could be there by 8:30 to help set the booth and B. I could stop for an Egg McMuffin on the way.  They are my must-have for any early morning road trips. :-)  I had a little trouble trying to figure out how to get in the convention center.  I am pretty sure I worked off that Egg McMuffin running around until luckily, Lisa waved me down and greeted me with this...
Pretty cool.  I have to apologize for not taking a ton of photos.  I was just so busy that I completely forgot to.  Two things I learned.  One, setting up a PG booth is A LOT of work!!  I mean it's a workout.  I was sweating something awful!!  Two, the Bongeans are the hardest working people EVER!  No joke.
This is as the booth is starting to come together.  Lots of hanging curtains, samples...everything
You may have noticed...I took photos of samples I quilted. :-)  There are 140 samples in the booth, not including all the fabric, thread, wool, notions....precuts...etc.  In order to navigate through the booth, all the samples are numbered, so then you can find the pattern/kit in the booth.  Genius.  The booth is always preset at the warehouse with a printed layout, so we know exactly how to set it up at the show.  Again...genius.
All set for the big opening day!  Nick and Lisa said it went together quickly with the 3 of us working.  FYI, it took all day.  I told Lisa to just boss me around, so I would know exactly what to do.  I will be honest, I never thought it was going to end...Nick just kept bringing in more stock!!  LOL.  I am so glad I was there to set up because it was a life saver for the show.  I could actually help folks find things because this is what the booth looked like 99% of the time during the show...
Bumper-to-bumper traffic!  Lines to get in.  Lines to pay.  I think poor Nick was blamed if the line got backed up, but he can only go as fast as the electronics do!!  The first day of the show was the busiest!!!  We didn't even get a chance to eat.  The Bongeans and their staff do an incredible job to bring you the best booth they can.  I have an incredible amount of respect for how hard they all work.  

I made such awesome memories.  Even a Toby Keith concert while I was there.  
It can't be all work and no play. :-) Lisa, me and Christy.  She and her husband, Clay had a booth at the show as well, Morgan Hoops and Stands.  Nick even treated us to a bike taxi after the concert.  Genius.  We were waaayyyy too tired for anymore walking that night!
I was fortunate enough to meet so many new people.  Many readers of my blog as well as fellow bloggers.  Wonderful people.  That was one of my most treasured memories of being there.  It was great getting to know Lisa and Nick.  Most of my contact with Lisa is over the phone, so this was a nice change.  We started out as friendly, but definitely parted as friends.  :-)  One last thing...this whole thing was kind of "to get my feet wet" for THE B-I-G one.  Starts with "H"....that's all I'm saying. :-)

Haunted Little Houses Runner

September 13, 2012

Long time no blog post.  It is middle of September already!!  The girls have started 6th grade!!  Hard to believe!  The dance season has also started again...hopefully that means I will have some time for wool applique.  My horrendous cold is still lingering.  Can you believe that??  Ridiculous.  I am thinking nothing that a warm weather vacation would not cure...I wish.  I am thinking a little stay-cation is in order pretty soon, though. :-)

I still need to do a post on my Grand Rapids AQS Show adventures.  That was going to be the subject of this post, but I changed my mind at the last minute.  I thought taking a little time for some piecing might help cure my cold as well so....let me introduce Haunted Little Houses.
 I changed up the pattern Full House Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson available here to make a cute fall/Halloween table runner!! 

It is a nice size.  It measures about 19"x53".  I think when I started out, it was not going to be that big.  Well, you know me and super sizing Schnibbles...go big or go home is my motto!! :-)  I love the size, though.  Perfect for the kitchen island.  I used a couple of charm packs of Trick or Treat by Deb Strain for Moda and the sashing/border fabric is from Primitive Muslins by Primitive Gatherings for Moda available here.  My all time favorite background fabric!!  I am thinking once I quilt it, it will probably be getting a tan Rit Dye bath.  Just to take the edge off the brightness of the fabric.  I will post step-by-step directions if I do.

I am just starting to decorate for the season.  Don't you love the candy corn as fillers??  An idea I snagged off of Pinterest.  LOVE Pinterest!!!  Of course I had to buy extra candy...Alyssa thinks there is a new candy dish in the house. :-)

I know many of you have probably already read Lisa Bongean's latest blog post here.  "Our" quilt (here) did not make the cover of Fons and Porter Love of Quilting.  Yes, I am bummed.  We hoped that since they waited until the holiday issue to publish the quilt, that we had a real chance for the cover.  Please do not confuse my disappoint with not being over-the-moon excited about having a quilt that I quilted in a magazine because that is not the case.  BUT we are human too, I think it is only natural that we would feel this way.  :-)

Hopefully, I can quilt Haunted Little Houses soon!! :-)