Friday, July 25, 2014

Post 34- My first 1st place

The weeks seem to come and go and before I know it it's been two months and I still haven't mentioned something as important as my FIRST 1st place win!

I'm finishing up this quilt...finally!...with a blogpost and linking it to Finish It Up Friday with!

I entered the AdornIt Quilt Challenge at HMQS (Home Machine Quilt Show) in Salt Lake City in May. 

I have to confess that despite my hopes of winning, I had convinced myself I wasn't going to win, so I decided not to go to the awards ceremony. I regretted that so much when my awesome friends from the Handi Quilter Education Department (Vicki, Marie, and Cheryl) text me congrats on my win.

Before the quilting began:

This was a pattern on the cover of Quilter's World Spring 2014 edition.

Quilting in progress:

I should mention that everything on this quilt was done hand guided with either templates and rulers or free motion quilting with the exception of the round flower motif (pic below). I designed that in Art & Stitch on my computer.

And finished!

Love the back texture too!

When I finally made it to the show I made it a point to introduce myself to Carolee McMullin, the founder of AdornIt. I was able to learn her amazing story of starting both her scrapbooking company and her fabric company, AdornIt, while raising a family. Now her children are grown and help within the company. 

I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet Carolee. Not only is she inspirational to small business owners, but she is a genuinely kind person! And, like you and I, she is passionate about sharing her creativity with the world!

I also entered the SewBatik Challenge at HMQS and won a Judge's Choice award.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Post 32- Celestial Star QAL

After a few weeks of good vacationing, I'm itching to get back to quilting again.

I have more than a few project deadlines coming up. A wonderful group of Handi Quilter owners from across the seas have adopted me into their FB longarm group. I feel pretty lucky to have their friendship. They are always so encouraging and creating the most inspiring quilts! 

Many of the group joined Lisa Calle's Radiance wholecloth challenge and are hoping to display their wholecloths at a show somewhere overseas. Since I took a class from Lisa back in May and wanted to quilt up the design I made in her class, I decided joining the challenge would be just the thing I needed to get this done. (Yep, I work better with deadlines than without!) An update on that project will be coming sometime later this week.

I also recently joined the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild for a sew-in at Thimbles and Threads in Draper. What fun! Not only did I make some good progress on a project, but I met some awesome gals! One of them introduced me to the blog and the Celestial Star quilt-a-long. 

With all of my other projects and customer quilts, I was hesitant to join the quilt-a-long. But it sounded so fun! So here's my compromise...I'm joining but only making one 18-inch block. So here's what I have done so far.

The first step was purchasing the pattern and coloring some grayscale designs.

They're all fun designs, but my fav is the bottom left. 

I want to use one of the fabric bundles I bought at shop hop. 
Here are the choices:

The next step...coloring the design in some of the fabric collections.

There must be something going on with the bottom left pics, because once again that's the winner!
I really want to make some use of the Christmas fabric I bought, so I think that'll be my fabric choice. 

Stay tuned for more Celestial Star QAL and Wholecloth fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Post 33- Summertime Fun

I'm sitting here in the middle of this beautiful Idaho scenery feeling very blessed. There's truly nothing that compares to making memories with family.

I've had so many opportunities this month to spend time with those who mean the most to me. We started the month by flying out to Southern California with my parents. 

Back when my little family consisted of just three of us, we lived in San Diego for a short while. I always say it was my long vacation. It never really felt like home, since we had no extended family around, but the weather and beaches were paradise for me.

There are a ton of theme parks we could have dumped our money at, but our destination was the beach. It was the one place I thought both teenagers and a  toddler would have fun. 

I think I got it right. What do you think?

Highlights from our trip (beside the beach):

Staying at the beautiful Loews Coronado Resort and jet skiing and kayaking in the ocean. 

Eating at our favorite restaurant in Coronado. the tacos!

Seeing the San Diego temple. It's so beautiful! 

Visiting the Long Beach Aquarium.

Whale watching tour. I didn't get a picture, but a whale actually surprised us and came up alongside the boat for a breath of air. It was quick but amazing!

We ended the trip at Newport Beach. The waves were out of control. It made for the best boogie boarding but it was dangerous enough to take the life of a lifeguard that day. It was a sad ending to our fun vacation.

After a few days at home we headed to Idaho for two family reunions. 

I grew up in Idaho, and while I have no desire to suffer through the cold Idaho winters again, I do love the beautiful Idaho summers. I have wonderful memories of camping and four-wheeling my summers away as a child or spending time at my grandparents home in the tiny town of Shelley, Idaho. So many fun memories!

And that's what I hope we are creating for our kids- Fun Memories!

The family flag my son designed and grandma sewed.

Swinging on the front porch of the cabin.

Eating bugs and dust on the four-wheelers.

The main cabin.

Our little cabin.

I love this pic of Mia helping Grandma do dishes!

More water fun! It's cold, but you either get used to it or get numb!

I had to put this pic in for good measure. Everyone plays Grandmas games (whether they like it or not)!

July has been busy but filled with so much fun! Before we know it summer will be over and these will all be distant memories! Memories that we will all look back on with fondness. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Post 35- Quilt Market Quilt #4

I got out of bed before 6:00 AM for the first time this summer. My husband and I are 'training' for a half-marathon. It'll be his first half-marathon and my first since before I was pregnant. I use the term 'training' loosely because we decided to do this somewhat last minute and we know we are totally unprepared. But there's nothing like paying money to run a race to help get your butt out of bed and in workout mode!

I had forgotten how quiet and beautiful the world is that early in the morning. I had also forgotten how much more I can get done in the morning while the little one slumbers! It's been nice to sleep in for half of the summer, especially after getting up early to get the kids off to school during the school year, but I think it's time to start enjoying the early morning peace again on a regular basis! It might just be a great time to get some blogging in. :)

I am finally posting about my last Quilt Market quilt, although this was actually the first one I quilted for RJR Fabrics. It features the Pride and Glory fabric line by Dan Morris, which will be available in August. You can see the fabric line on the RJR website. I love the pattern and fabric placement. I think the quilt is stunning!

I have a ton of pictures. Unfortunately, none of them are very good quality because this had to be shipped out so soon after I finished it. :( 

I used a double layer of Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting to make the quilting pop. And I used Superior Omni thread for the top and bobbin.

The feathers were all freehand, but I did use rulers for those curved and straight lines.

As you can see in the next picture, sometimes I draw out my feathers with a disappearing purple marker first, just to make sure I'm filling the space completely.

I'd love to make this quilt for myself someday. We'll see though.
Seems like there's never enough time for all the quilts I want to make.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!