34 Things to do…..Another Birthday List

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear me, Happy Birthday to ME!

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Today is my 34th birthday. Its hard to believe actually.  I don’t know if I’m quite ready to be 34, that means I am almost in the mid thirties.  YIKES!

Anyways, three years ago I started a “TO DO list” for myself, a bucket list of sorts for the year, 31 things that I wanted to do before I hit 32.  This year I had 33 things to accomplish and you know something I think I did really well completing the majority of them.

Because I enjoyed the list so much, I decided to make another list, my 34 things to do before I hit 35.  So here we go.  Each year there is one more thing….should have started with a count down instead.

  1. Have some gelato in Italy
  2. Step foot in St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice, Italy
  3. Have authentic Italian Pizza
  4. Print the Year Book for Ella
  5. Complete level 2 of swimming with Ella
  6. Make a bean bag chair for Ella
  7. Make a cute little girl dress for Ella
  8. Get Ella’s basement play room set up
  9. Take Ella to Barrier Lake for a picnic
  10. Finish my Swoon Quilt top
  11. Finish the Shiny and Brite Quilt
  12. Do a small applique project to get over my fear
  13. Walk at least 10 000 steps on week days and 7000 on weekends (minimum)
  14. Lose 15 lbs
  15. Get a Cruiser bike to bike to work
  16. Ride my bike around the Reservoir
  17. Bike to work at least 3 times a week during the Spring/Summer/Fall at least
  18. Bike to Fish Creek for a picnic
  19. Learn at least 5 chords on the Ukulele
  20. Practice my Ukulele at least once per week
  21. Not blow my FUN money budget
  22. Go Bowling with Nate at least once
  23. Go to a movie in the theatre with Nate
  24. Go to the CPO
  25. Eat at a new restaurant
  26. Go out for Ice Cream and sit in the park to eat it
  27. Purge the stuff under the stairs
  28. Take a family vacation
  29. Blog at least once a month
  30. Read Lord of the Rings book 1
  31. Make Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  32. Make cupcakes that actually turn out
  33. Try one new menu item each month
  34. Purge my Closet

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Sleep Sack for Ella

Ella was in need of a new sleep sack as the winter months approached.  She has a thin cotton one, that we knew would’t be warm in the cool temperatures.  I headed out to a couple of stores to find the next size and something a little heavier than cotton.  But I had a lot of trouble finding the next size up.  Ones I found in the 18-24 month, were a shocking amount of money. Who knew a sleep sack could be $80 plus?

In the end I decided to try my hand at making one for her. I used some fabric I had left over from a quilt to make the quilted front.  I picked up some flannel to make the inside.

This was a bit more challenging than I first thought and I made some mistakes along the way, but in the end I am thrilled with the result.  Ella loves it too.  In fact, every quilt she sees she now calls a sack.  I would love to have one myself.

Since the piece had a quilted front and a flannel inside, I had to figure out, along the way, how to join those pieces together with a finished seam, AND join the pieces to make the sack again with a finished seam.  Perhaps the arm holes are a touch tight because of this mishap.  My seam ripper became a VERY GOOD friend through this project.

Now that I know how to do this, I will be able to make the next one without so many tribulations.

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FNQG: Zipper Challenge

Zippers seem to be one sewing basic that strikes the fear in the heart of almost all sewists or quilters that I know.  Back in June we began planning this year’s guild program. We came up with a little zippered pouch to do for one of our challenges.   It was going to be great.  Then I started to get emails about it.  Perhaps people hadn’t quite gotten over their fear of the zipper.

So I revamped things a bit.  We moved the zipper challenge to December for those BRAVE ENOUGH to take the plunge.  Nine people did.  Which is great, I thought it was only going to be me and one other lady.

I used Elizabeth Hartman’s “Quilt as you Go” tutorial and a package of 2.5″x5″ rectangles that I had.  I also followed the tutorial I found on Lori Hartman Designs to make the actual pouch.

I’m really happy with the way the pouch turned out.  I used a puffy batting that I had a little piece of and it really made the pouch seem like it had some substance – nothing flimsy here.  Love it.  I laugh in the face of zippers!

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Merry Christmas

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December 25, 2014 · 5:11 am

Picnic Quilt

Back in the summer time a friend of mine contacted me asking if I did commissions and if I would make her a picnic quilt.  I hadn’t done any commissions at all, as most of my quilts are gifts for people, but I thought it would be wonderful to work with her on a project.  She has such great taste with a modern twist that I was excited to see what possibilities/ideas she would have for me.

After spending time on pinterest, a lot of time on pinterest, I found a couple of great ideas that we could use.  She also scoured pinterest and found a great isosceles triangle quilt and a color scheme that she loved.  I then went to work on finding the right fabric that matched the color scheme.

We went with Kona Cotton in Solids for the main body of the quilt and a black and white chevron for the binding. For those curious, from top to bottom the colors are: Black and white chevron; White; Daffodil; Butter; Pond; Khaki; Punch; Black; Pistachio; and Medium Grey.

Once the fabric arrived I went to work cutting out all the triangles for the quilt.  The quilt had a ton of them.

At first I was having a lot of trouble piecing the quilt as the triangle template I had didn’t have a point at the top and had a blunt end so matching them together was a real scene.

It took me a couple of tries to figure out if I lined up the blunt tips, or lined up the bottom when putting it together.  A light bulb finally went on and I realized that the tip was in fact missing and I had to adjust how I lined them up.  If I ever make a triangle quilt again using this template, I am extending the top to include a point, I think it will help in the end.

When it was all said and done it looked like this.

I love how it turned out.  LOVE IT!

This is the back of the quilt.  I had a couple of the triangles left so I did a strip of them to break up the grey backing.  I straight lined quilted it outlining the triangle using the edge of my walking foot.

I used a medium grey thread to do the quilting.  As I said, I loved how this turned out.  I was happy I could send it away to my friend, but I was secretly sad to see it go.  I worked on this over July and August.  During nap time in the afternoon and some times in the evening.  It was a great summer project.

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Where has the TIME gone?

So its December.  You probably already know that.  For me, I’m still having trouble grasping that.  Its December. Where did September, October, and November go exactly?  It really does feel like yesterday that I was going to the introduction days for the start of the school year and now I sit here on December 13 and wonder how we got there.

It has been an incredibly busy 3 months.  Busy like I cannot remember in past years.  The school year has had its challenges.  We went through some changes this year, including a new mark book/attendance system, live grades, each student having their own computer to use, Google drive for assignments, then google classroom, new policies and a few more things here and there.  The learning curve has been steep to say the least and free time spent recuperating from the busyness.

Our Ella is 18 months now.  Which means she is walking/running all over and at least ONE EYE has to be kept on her at all times, otherwise you could have an entire egg cartoon dumped on the floor, “uhh ohhh.”  She is quite busy and down time with her is reading the same book over and over again – which isn’t a bad thing at all.

I have been working on some quilting projects, just seems I can’t show you them quite yet.  Most of them are for the guild I belong to and are for end of the year challenges that have to stay a SECRET.

I have been working on a couple of projects here and there that I seem to go back and forth between, just getting little bits done at a time.  This is a block from Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox.  I took a class on it this summer and have been slowly working on a fox here and there.  I’m using Kona Cottons, Liberty of London, and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Chambrey.  I’m loving how they are turning out.  Can’t wait to finish the skulk of foxes.

I really have missed writing on the blog and have started many posts, but have gotten taken away from them for one reason or another.  I hope to write more in the remainder of the year and into the new year as well.

 

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Baby B’s Quilt

Our close friends just welcomed their third child into their family.  To welcome them I made this little crib quilt as a just a little gift.  The quilt uses 2 charm packs, Road 15 by Sweetwater and Kona Cotton in Ash.  I took about 12 squares and cut them in half and then pieced rows together.  It was quite fun to come up with a pattern.

I used a solid black for the binding which I think popped the colors.  For the quilting I used the loopy stippling which was a lot of fun.  Unfortunately, the quilt was a couple of weeks late (alright almost 8 weeks), somehow life just wasn’t letting me get down to the sewing room.  But my friends were so gracious and understanding of the lateness.

 

 

 

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