Friday, October 6, 2017

A Fall Break...

 Happy Fall!!
Fall is admittedly my very favorite time of year and how lucky I feel to have our daughter and 
grand-guy staying with us as their little family transitions in selling their home and moving during this festive time of year. (Oh, and yes a new baby due by Thanksgiving) With that said, I'm going to put Tuesday Archives on a brief vacation and well my blog too, as much of my time after work is being spent with this little guy. He loves to take Jackson for a walk with me. We routinely find ourselves filling our afternoons and evenings with books, paint, and well, just all around fun stuff that four year olds like to do! I'm sure I'll jump in here with updates of our time together every now and then...but just wanted to post that October will find me away from our "virtual" community of blogging/quilty friends. I know I'll miss it and you, but knew you'd understand.


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Step away from the machine!

Yep! Yesterday was one of those days! 
I was looking forward to my "spiderman quilting" when, everything that could go wrong, did! 
The metallic thread kept breaking. "Somebody" really cute kept interrupting me and then finally, I jammed the machine. ARG! My hubby was so nice to help me take things apart to fix it. But I think I need to raise my presser foot a bit to accomidate for the thickness of the quilt??
To say the least, my grand guy is really excited about his birthday quilt and 
was pretty disappointed to not watch meme work on it.
With that said, I don't like to be watched as I quilt. LOL!!  I think it will be interesting how much sewing I'm going to get done after I finish this quilt and the baby quilt for our little due in November,  as he and our pregnant daughter will be staying with us for about six weeks as they await for their house to sell. (Insert joyful emoji!) I'm really looking forward to having them stay with us, as my husband and I haven't lived near family for atleast seven years and with Fall in the air, we are looking forward to the festivities of apple picking, hay rides, pumpkin farms and trick or treating. 
Plus, as empty nesters, it's wierd to have a full refrigerator once again.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Archives #172: Blog Anniversaries

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This week's theme is: Blog Anniversaries

This past June found my little blog here to be four years old! Four years!
Today's linky provides that opportunity for us each to skim through our archives and reflect upon our own journey as a blogger. I read my first post and so remember checking the post for what felt like 100 times that first day in hopes to receive one reaffirming comment. I finally had my husband comment just to see "if everything was working correctly". And now look at us, here with our own little community of friendships, support and inspiration!



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Sunday, September 24, 2017

It's SPIDERMAN!

I wanted to create an original "super hero" quilt for my grand guys birthday quilt this year.
He and I always have fun playing "Spiderman" with silly string and I wanted to capture that memory. I searched the internet for ideas and found none. When while on a walk I thought to use a color sheet.

I used my projector at school and enlarged it to the size I wanted for the quilt.

I then traced and cut all my pieces.
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Then using the livingroom window as my "lightbox"

...I taped the pattern and my background fabric to the window and...

...with my Roxanne Basting Glue, positioned and secured all the pieces. I also marked the web for quilting. (Of which I ordered metallic thread for! Won't that be cool!!)

Here's what he looks like all sewn together: 
This one is going to be fun to quilt. Stay tuned!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Superhero Walk-A-Thon

Introducing our new class of "Super Second Graders"!

Okay Ladies, we are never too old to wear a tutu! (OMG!!)
 My cooperating teacher keeps me young and I truly love her for that!

This is our annual fundraiser for misc. classroom supplies. 
It's fun and makes for a great Friday.

I hope you'll stop by this weekend as I'm looking forward to sharing the beginnings 
of my grand guy's Spiderman quilt with you.  I even took the little guy fabric shopping
with me and he helped me pick out ALL the fabric! So fun and he was so decisive.
Yes! He has TWO suckers in his mouth. Oh man! I love being a grandma! He ended up sharing one with me and of course, I'm practically immune to kid germs, so I enjoyed it right along with him. 

He knew immediately THIS was the fabric he wanted for the back. 
(Good thing I DID bring him, as I would have picked the Spiderman one!) He loves his superheros and could name every one them on this fabric! He played with the fabric all day, rolling himself up like a burrito, making tents and sharing with Jackson. 
The fabric is now all washed and ready to be put on the quilting frame. I'm predicting my little grand guy has a new "favorite" quilt in his very near future. What do ya think?

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Archives #171: Bags

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This week's theme is: BAGS

This little charm pack bag continues to be one of my favorites.
 It sure does bring back fond memories of when we had a local quilt shop and I'd take Saturday afternoon classes to learn new things. I miss those days. I miss having a local quilt shop and I miss the friends you make taking these kinds of classes. Funny how things change of the years.



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Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's FOOTBALL Season!

Aughhhhh....we all love those ultimate quilting moments. You know the ones when someone just reallllly loves the quilt you made them. They cherish is. They USE IT. They love it.
Our daughter and SIL are in the middle of packing for a big move (Meme Note: A move that will now make them only 2 1/2 hours away instead of their current 3 1/2 hours.) Anyhoo, while packing my daughter told our grand guy he gets to keep out one quilt for the transition. Annddd he chose:
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Four years old.

One year old. 
The best part was his reasoning:
  "Mom it's football time and I want it to watch football with dad!"
Yep...one of those ultimate moments we love!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Raw Edged Flowers....Washed!

How did it get to the middle of September already! I haven't been sewing and have only spent a few evenings during the week binding this beauty. I promised I'd post an update once these raw-edged flowers were washed and quite honestly this quilt has quickly become our very favorite! It received it's inaugural washing yesterday and after two rounds in the dryer I finally hung it out in the afternoon sunshine to get the rest of the drying process done.

I really like these scrappy, raveled flowers:


 I surprised my husband with it on our bed when he got home from work. He immediately said: 
"This is my very favorite quilt. I love how it brightens up the room."
Yes, he made my day!

Tuesday Archives Update

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I gradually coming out of my September "Back to School Fog". Defined as having to take naps after school with little energy to even stitch once evening rolls around. It takes about a month  to get settled into routine and my energy where I'm now...ready to get going again. I've updated our Tuesday Archives on the sidebar. Thanks for your patience at my lack of consistency lately. 

Some upcoming September projects that I'm looking forward to sharing with you include a self-designed super-hero quilt for our grand guy's upcoming fourth birthday and a quick dinosaur charm pack quilt for our second little guy due to arrive around the end of November. 
(Isn't quilting for little ones the best!
 Happily creating and quilting once again....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday Archives #170: Zippers

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This week's theme is: ZIPPERS!
First, when did September arrive? All of a sudden, I get back to work after a long weekend and it's the 5th already! It's always so wierd when that happens. Anyhooo....welcome September! I have a lot planned for you. But let's first get started with getting back on track with the ol' linky here.
As it sometimes happens, when preparing for our weekly linky, I get "lost" reading on the internet.
I came across The Zipper Lady this morning, and quite honestly didn't know there was so much to know about zippers as I found myself "down a rabbit hole" as I explored her website. Sooo...


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tuesday Archives #169: YELLOW

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This week's theme is: YELLOW!

Yes...Yellow! It's just such a happy color!
I have been busy prepping for Lori Holt's Bee Happy SAL and find myself anxious to get started on the blocks!  Especially when I saw she posted the adorable sun this week:
See....didn't that bright yellow sun just make ya smile. 


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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Creativity: Being Prepared Part One

Which right now, I'm not!
Yet, as a school teacher, the new school year is more often than not my "New Year's Resolution" time of year. There are so many things I love about being a teacher, and the schedule is one of them.
Thus this Saturday morning as I find myself catching up on all your blogs and myself happily settled into a new school year, I find myself contemplating my quilty list of projects and set to use today to prepare myself for a productive year of Saturdays. 
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Being Prepared

First, I've rearranged household routines of cleaning and mowing to be accomplished during the weekdays, between that afternoon gap of arriving home from school/work and dinner. My motivation?  My husband works Saturday, thus I really want to have my Saturdays free to relax and rejuvenate myself through my sewing/quilting.  It's an important part of my creative process to be intentional and organized. If not, it would be soooo easy for me to just go into my studio today and just kinda, look at everything. LOL! And truthfully, not get much done as there are WIP everywhere. (Of which I don't mind...that's normal for me, but none of it is really prepared to the point I just jump in there and sew for thirty minutes.) So being prepared is important to my creative process. We've been participating in the Primary Colors Personality exercises at work as a staff and quite honestly, I haven't done these kind of exercises since college. We've all loved it and have gained a better understanding of each other and ourselves. Heck, I've even had my family take the quiz. 

Okay, with that said, admittedly I'm a centered purple and only two point from being tied with centered orange.  I use to teeter into the extreme purple mode of micro-managing when I was younger, but age has truly mellowed any of those tenancies. My cooperating teacher teases me that I have "organized fun" and she's so right! Once my work is done...it's time for fun!

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Seriously, it's admittedly that need for productivity and accomplishment that even has me sitting here today, "planning" my creative process so I can be productive while I have fun sewing! LOL!! (Of course I'm laughing at myself...but see, I just can't help it!)  Okay, with those confessions made and probably TMI shared, I am totally motivated by fellow blogger Jackie's "Alternative Creative Workspaces" post from last March. As, like many of us, she has a variety of creative projects going on at once and each with their own space and purpose. I love that!
Sooo what does being prepared look like for me?
Well, today I am setting out to accomplish the following:
1. Get projects ready and kept together.
2. Spaces I need projects for: a TV room hand project, a patio hand project, a sewing machine project, and well, there's always a quilt needing to be put on the frame. 
3. A portable project.
As I get busy with all this, have fun and click HERE  to take the personality test. 
Feel welcome to comment on this post to share your "color"  and how it relates to you as a quilter. 
I'll be back soon with an update of my progress.

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