Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Empty Basement

We knew the day would eventually come.  

Kade and Minda have moved on and moved out.  With Kade's new job at Goldman Sachs and Minda able to transfer her student teaching, they found an apartment of their own and are happily living in Bountiful.  

To say it's left an empty space in our home and hearts is a bit of an understatement.  Matt and I bought this house with the specific idea of having them move in the basement while they finished up their education.  Now that they are gone, we're left with a lot of empty space to fill.  This house definitely has more square footage than we two need.

Until we figure out what we're going to do, I'm taking advantage of the space for quilting.  I now have two empty closets downstairs that are coming in very handy.  

And, I definitely have more floor space for laying out quilt tops.  Remember these fun squares from my last post?  

Didn't they come together nicely?  I love the scrappy sashing and how well it matches the monster fabric from the blocks.

I decided to continue with the scrappy look through to the backing and sashing.  It's going to be so fun!

Speaking of fun, we got the whole family together to celebrate Kade's 30th birthday as a "last hurrah" before they moved.  Prime rib and a cupcake cake, it was delicious.  I can't believe my baby is 30!

I love having all my babies under one roof.  I'll never take for granted the blessing of it.  

And now for the big news!  I can finally share that our family is growing.  K & M are expecting their first.  I am beyond excited.  

Spring is finally here.  It's hard to believe that just a month ago the snow in our front yard was waist high. 

Now, the daffodils are springing up in the flower beds... 

and some days are even warm enough for a quick run through the sprinklers.  

Spring is also "Shop Hop" season.  Earlier this month a bus load of quilters and I hit the road for an all day trip to visit shops up and down the Wasatch front.  

These are three of the best quilts I saw during the trip.  The last one reminds me of a murmuration of Starlings at eventide.  I'll definitely be making one like it in the near future.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

On The Design Wall

If you're a quilter or fabric lover, you'll totally get what I'm about to write.  If not, sorry.

Have you ever seen a line of fabric that just stops you in your tracks?  You have no earthly reason to buy it, no project in the works that it will even work for.  You try to walk away.  In fact, you kind of pace around the fabric store as that scolding voice in your head tries to talk you out of it.
"Now, you KNOW you don't need any more fabric, gurrl." (Apparently, when I scold myself I channel Minny Jackson from The Help.)"What you goin' do with that??" That sewin' room of yours' startin' to look like a level five hoarder lives there!"
This can actually go on for quite a while as I pick up the fabric, put down the fabric, walk away from the fabric and then come back to said fabric over and over again.

Sometimes Minny wins...and sometimes she doesn't. Bwah ha ha.

In fact, I was so possessed by this fabric that immediately after I got home with it, I started cutting and sewing.  I had this quilt finished in two days flat.  I think that's a new land-speed record for me.

Sorry about the bad photos.  My basement sewing room doesn't have great lighting at the best of times and I took these at night, so it's even worse. Hopefully, you can get the gist of just how darling this fabric is.  I mean sheep, bears with honey pots, bunnies and carrots, now I ask you however was I to resist?

And, check out the pea pods, too heavenly.  You know the really crazy part? There is no one I know who currently needs a baby quilt.  Actually, that's probably a good thing because I don't think I can ever part with it.  Take that, Minny!

This one stays with me.  I think I'll even enter it in this years fair.  Now, I just have to figure out the perfect way to quilt it.  

But wait, now that I'm studying the photos, I see I made a huge mistake. Did you catch it? The lower pink HST is sewn wrong.  It should be flipped the other direction. I can't believe I didn't see it before now! (Enter appropriate curse word here.)  There's definitely a seam ripper in my near future.  I guess Minny has ways of getting her revenge. Sigh.

I haven't done much quilting since before the holidays but working on that project really got my creative juices flowing again.  Here's what I'm working on now.  Another fabric I am totally in love with.  Another quilt that will most definitely stay with me.  

Once that's done, here's the next one in the queue.  

It feels good to get back in the sewing room and as you can see, it looks like I've got my work cut out for me.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Back from the brink

It's been a while since I last checked in.  First it was the holidays, then I was sick for three weeks and by the time I was well again, I was out of the habit.  Plus, there was so much to catch up on, I just didn't know where to start.
I guess I've got to jump back on the horse and at least get something down before I look up and another 2 1/2 months have gone by.

Here's a quick run down of the highlights:

A family trip to see the bell choir concert on temple square.  This is my new go-to holiday event.  I've been to the Mo-Tab Christmas concert several times but honestly since they brought in the Muppets nothing is ever going to top that for me, so I've stopped going.
This concert was SO much fun and the tickets are first come, first serve so it's much easier to get tickets for than the Christmas concert which is by lottery.  If you live in the area, I highly recommend you check it out.

Christmas was as amazing as ever.

Someone was extremely happy about the Jedi gear that Santa left him. 

Of course, the best thing about holidays is all the snuggle time.

And then there's this...even if you have no experience whatsoever, when your three year old grand-daughter asks you to fix her hair, you give it the old college try. 

I feel immensely blessed to have my children and grandchildren close enough that we can be together so often.  It's the best gift I'll ever receive.  

So. Much. Snow!  It started snowing on Christmas Eve and it just kept coming...for the entire month of January.  We've had a warm snap in February and much of it is gone now, but at one point the snow in our front yard was waist high.

It's been great for snowshoeing, though.  The foothills are literally a five minute walk from our house.

Not much quilting gets done during the holidays but I did manage to finish this one for my cousin. I love it so much I think I'm going to make another one to enter in this years county fair.

Here is the newest home improvement in my quest for the Farmhouse look.  I love it!  I think it gives the room just the right touch.  And, I know it's a good choice because I saw that Joanna Gaines used the exact same one in the last episode of Fixer Upper.  

With the new year came some new goals.  More reading and creative scripture journaling are on the top of this years list.  

And last of all, Joe Boxer Burnham passed away shortly after Christmas. These are the last pictures we have of him.  
He woke up in the early morning hours of December 30th coughing up blood.  We rushed him to the vet hoping it was just pneumonia but found out it was a massive tumor in his lung.  He peacefully passed surrounded by his family, his pack.  We still ache for him.  He was a true gift to us.    

So much happens day to day, but that was a whirlwind tour of the last few months.  Another resolution I've made is to be a more disciplined blogger.  I've promised myself to post at least twice a month.  We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Election Therapy

If you're like me then this election has been excruciating for you.  In fact, the last two weeks were so bad for me that there where days I simply turned off all media, shut off the outside world and spent the day in the sewing room.  Needless to say, I've gotten a lot done.  

This stack of fabric was gathered for a baby quilt I have been commissioned to make.  My cousin, Cyndi, asked me to make it for her daughter (my 2nd cousin, Heidi) who is due in January.  That gives me plenty of time to get it done, but all the time in the sewing room has made me very productive.

The theme for the nursery is elephants so I scoured the internet until I found the most darling pattern. The blocks turned out even better than I hoped.  

Birds and a turtle...

Some poppies to be scattered throughout...

And a frog.  I did a bit of appliqué and machine embroidery for eyes and legs.  Drum roll, please... 

It came together so well.  

It seems that every time I make a quilt it becomes my new favorite but I think this might be my all time most beloved.  I'm thrilled to know it will be kept in the family.  Maybe it might even become an heirloom.  

Considering that the aftermath of the election is even more hateful than the actual event, I have a feeling I'll be spending considerable more time in the sewing room.  I've sworn off media for the foreseeable future so I'll probably have it quilted by the end of the week.  

If you are interested in purchasing it, the pattern is called Elephants on Parade and I found it here.  

I don't have much else to say.  Nationally, it's been an exhausting few months and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon.  I have no power to change that.  Personally, I'm just going to gather those I love close and love them.  And more than that, I'm going to be kind to everyone I can.  It's all I can think to do.