Monday, December 30, 2013

A Year of Quilts 2013

I am always amazed when I look back over the year and see all the quilts I've finished.  When I see all the UFO's in my sewing room it can seem that things never get finished.  Then the end of the year comes and I look back over my blog to see what I have done and WOW I do finish things.
Here are all the quilts I finished in 2013
And here are a few various other projects completed through the year.

Here's to many more finishes in 2014.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ruth's Harvest Sky

I first met Ruth a few years ago in this class I taught in Roy, for my Harvest Sky quilt.  Since then she has joined my guild and I have enjoyed getting to know better.  She is a very talented quilted as evidenced by her finished quilt from said class.
I love the house border she added to it.  How truly wonderful is that!?  One of my favorite things about designing and teaching is seeing how people make the quilt their own.  Good job Ruth!  You did fabulous!  To see more of Ruth's beautiful work make sure to visit her blog.  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Share What You Love

Last year at this time I received this beautiful quilt from my grandma, made by her mother.  Since then I have been reproducing it with a modern flare.  I have even made it into a pattern to share with others.  I was thrilled to find that while teaching a class recently one of my students is from the town my great grandparents homesteaded in.  And come to find out she is over the historical society there.  She bought my pattern, had me write the history of the quilt and is now sharing it through their museum.  How cool is that!?
Recently I won the traveling stash off of Sarah's blog.  It arrived last week, full of fun treasures.  
I choose these lovely prints to be a back for a quilt I'm working on.

I added these fun prints from my sister, Julie's, line, Smore Love.

If you would like the traveling stash to visit your house so you can share what you love while receiving something others have shared, leave a comment telling me what you are sharing this holiday season.  I'll pick a winner on New Years Day.  Good Luck!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ready for Adventure

 Being a mother of three boys has filled my life with adventure.  When they were little I remember them loading up their Little Tykes cars and pretending they were going across country to visit grandma.  When Alex was eight he got a compass for his birthday and he excitedly exclaimed, "Now I can find Antarctica!"   Yes, having boys has led to many adventures.  

So I was delighted when I saw the new fabric Detour by Riley Blake.  With  maps, suitcases, and the like it is the perfect fabric to create, World Traveler, a quilt ready for adventure.  
If your looking to sew up a little adventure of your own, hop on over to Riley Blake's Cutting Corners where you will find a tutorial on how to make this quilt.  I promise your little adventurer will be thrilled.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Festive Nights

It's a week until Christmas and I'm sure you are all very busy.  There is shopping to do.  I haven't even started wrapping.  If you're like me you still have a little holiday sewing still to complete.  And after going all day I bet your nights are full of festivities.  In honor of the festive nights I made this journal cover.
It has music fabric in honor of the Christmas carol sing along.  Those shining stars represent the luminaries the youth in our neighborhood will be making tonight to be set out on Christmas Eve.  All the wonderful white dots are little snowflakes.  Here's hoping we get some more of the white stuff.

Monday, December 16, 2013

24 Years and Still Going Strong

Today is my anniversary.  I have married to my wonderful husband for 24 years.  I like to tell him he's like my quilts; perfect with lots and lots of character.   Gotta love all that character.
 Celebrating our anniversary can be tricky.  Christmas time can be so busy.  Today we squeezed in a quick lunch because tonight is the 29th annual Christmas Carol Sing a long.   It's one of my favorite things to do at Christmas with our family so I don't want to miss it.   We will gather at the Energy Solutions Arena with thousands of others and sing Christmas Carols accompanied by an orchestra.  They put the words on the marquee so you don't have to worry about remembering.  And Santa comes.  I just love it!!!    

After Christmas my hubby and I will take a train ride through the Wasatch Mountains to really celebrate.  Can't do it now because they are only doing the Polar Express, which would be fun but not quite as romantic.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Baking Begins

Christmas is such a fun time for so many reasons.  One of my favorites is the food; Christmas candy, cookies, and those special family recipes.  To keep the traditions going and to pass down those family recipes I went shopping and bought all the yummy ingredients.
Yesterday I had my nieces and nephew, ages 5, 2, and 8 months.  So while James napped his sisters and I made candies with rolos, pretzels, and M&M's.   Then when DD got home from school she played with the kidos while I made peanut brittle.

Today chocolate covered pretzels and my grandma's Chocolate Christmas cake are in order.  Do you bake at Christmas?  If so, what sweet smells are coming from your kitchen?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scraps~ A Journal of Past Quilts

I love my scrap bins.  When I want to relax, refresh, and create I turn to them.  With Christmas just around the corner I'm in need of all three of these, so I've been delving into my scrap bins.  Not wanting to start a big project at Christmas I've been keeping them small.  Mostly journal covers but I have a few more ideas brewing.
I'd really like to make a few homemade ornaments.  I've been perusing pintrest for ideas and hope to find a little time to bring them to fruition.

But for now journals using up my grey scraps (the lid could not contain them all with the leftover bits from this quilt, this one, this one and, this one.) with splashes of color seem to be in order.

It's been a fun way to try a few ideas I would like to one day make into quilts and to practice quilting.  I was even able to try TOAR in this braid one.  I have a few ideas brewing to put my roll to good use.  Thank you Nedra for introducing me to this product.

Now off to the sewing room to get a few more things done and hopefully find a little time for the ornaments I want to make.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sew Bee Wonky

I always love making blocks for my Sew Bee Wonky group.  I love to see what each member comes up with each month.  This month Cyndi came up with this block.
It was a quick, fun one to make.  She has a great tutorial on her blog here.
I could do a whole quilt, maybe two or three with the strips in my stripy scrap bin.  It over flowth.

Time to start making plans for a strip quilt.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Funfetti Finish

Last week at this time my boys were knee boarding on the lake with their Uncle Jon.  This week they are enjoying freshly fallen snow.  I know Neil is hoping to hit the slopes tomorrow.  Grant it last week we were in sunny St. George and this week we are back up north.  But even St. George received snow in this last storm.  While we traveled to and from St. George I bond Funfetti.  I finished up the last few stitches less than an hour from home.  Doesn't she look pretty in the freshly fallen snow?
And cozy paired with my DWR.  Hubby some times gets cold at night and Funfetti is ready and waiting to keep him warm.

Linking up with Sarah today to celebrate this finish.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

House Warming

We received over 6" of snow yesterday, so I'm pretty sure my house is cold.  To help warm it up and give a little Christmas cheer I've brought out my Christmas quilts.  I've hung the Twelve Rows of Christmas by the back door.  That door gets open and shut a lot.  With comings and goings and Spike  wanting to go play in the white stuff, I'm sure my house appreciates this added warmth.
Next our cheery snowman and his holiday tree gives warmth to the kitchen.

Festive holiday houses welcome visitors in the living room.

Finally a Let it Snow table topper welcoming the snow outside because we are snug as a bug with all our house warming quilts.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Gratitude Journal

I was challenged to keep a gratitude journal.  I feel like I'm a pretty grateful person.  I try notice the good in others and thank them for what they do.  I know I have room for improvement.  It can be so easy to see when something goes wrong and to get on the pity pot.  I try not to but know I have been guilty. 

For school my DD had to write an essay about the last Thanksgiving.  Her teacher wanted the students to think what the world would be like if Thanksgiving were to come to an end.  How would people act?  What would their attitudes be? 

 The combination of these two events has me creating journal covers.  I guess I will need one if I'm to take up the challenge.  And with Christmas around the corner gifts are in order and a few of these might come in handy.
If you would like to make a few too.  I have a tute here.  For this one I sewed strips together in varying widths.  Cut them into 1 1/2" strips. Added grey to the end of two of them.  Cut them so they were the size I needed and the color strips created steps.  Added grey strips in between to make it the height I needed and then just followed the rest of the steps in the tutorial.