12.03.2016

Sew Saturday ~ Mini Quilt Exchange ~ Paint Chip Swap

Our guild does some really fun swaps.  I think we have them once a quarter, but it might even be every other month.  Recently we did a paint chip swap that blew me away.  Those who wanted to participate were asked to bring in paint chips in the 2 colors they wanted for a mini quilt.  We then secretly exchanged the paint chips and made a mini quilt for the person whose colors we received.  

I was born and raised in a small town in Northern California.  My family are big San Francisco 49er fans.  One of my second cousins was a player for the 49ers when I was a little girl.  I married a man who is a die hard fan of the 49ers, even when he wants to throw something at the TV because they are playing so bad.   We moved to another small town about 90 miles south of Seattle, WA.  Almost everyone here is a Seahawks fan, but some are more so than others.  My husband said, "just because we moved here doesn't mean we become one of them".  LOL  Personally, I like the Seahawks colors better than the 49ers, but I just can't give up my "home team".  

All that to say, I drew the paint chips of the biggest Seahawks fan in our guild and she chose, Seahawks green and navy blue.  I could have done anything with those colors and considered choosing a generic pattern, but instead I decided to "go big or go home".  To honor this fan I made my own pattern using our guild logo as inspiration.


I had to work in super secret hiding.  My dear husband would not understand.  I snuck fabric into my sewing room and worked while he was away at work.  ;)


In the picture below you can see her paint chips as well as all remaining Seahawks fabric. I knew I couldn't leave that laying around the house.  LOL


As I stood up at our meeting to give this quilt away it occured to me that Terri might not be a Seahawks fan.  Perhaps it was just a coincidence that she chose these colors.  I broke out into a cold sweat knowing I had put my marriage on the line for this mini quilt...



At first she said she wasn't and then she confessed that she had on Seahawks underwear.  Thankfully she is as big a fan as I was told she was and she loved it.  For the quilting on this one I followed the outline of the 12.  It turned out pretty cute and I would make more for my other Seahawks fan friends, but I think I better stick to neutral territory for awhile.  ;) 


 Next week I'll share the over-the-top amazing quilt I received.  I still get choked up thinking about it.  Can you guess which 2 colors I chose? 

11.30.2016

Bullet Journal Planner | December

Hey there planner friends.  I'm going over my September, October and November layouts in my bujo with you for today's video, then getting into some changes for December.


To view on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBMOI9eIvJ0


Daily to-do's will go beneath the weekly boxes.  I'm still not sure what I will do on the side.  Stay tuned to my planner video playlist on youtube to find out.  ;)


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Stampin' Up:
Smoky Slate Ink Pad: Clicky
Clear Block A: Clicky
Clear Block B: Clicky
Clear Block C: Clicky






11.28.2016

Inspired By Butterfly Quilt

It's been awhile since I've done a video for my Inspired By classroom at StampNation.  The design team had been busy playing "Tag, You're It", but now we are back to our regular schedule.  My inspiration this month comes straight from a quilt by Shabby Fabrics.


Honestly, I cannot tell you how many times I have used this quilt as inspiration for design.  From the colors, to the flow, to the tulips and the butterflies.  There is so much to pull from this piece.  I think I may need to buy the kit and make one of these for myself to hang on the wall.


Here is a sneak peek of my card.  If you would like to see the full card, along with the video tutorial and other inspiration pieces from Melissa Miller and the rest of StampNation, clicky.    You must be a StampNation member to view it, but at just $9 per month, it is worth the investment in some "me time" for yourself.  :) Clicky to find out more and join now.

Supplies from the Foundations Box
Stamps: For Everything (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Grass Skirt, Orange Twist, Rockin' Red, Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD)


11.26.2016

Sew Saturday ~ SSMQG Field Trip

This past summer our guild took a field trip to the lawn of the state capitol in Olympia, WA to enjoy the outdoors and learn how to take better pictures of our quilts.  I'm pretty sure this will become an annual tradition.  It was fun to meet in a new location, and the ground of the capitol turned out to be a beautiful place to capture our quilts in a unique light.



Cecile, our president, revealed our new guild banner to be displayed at meetings, the county fair, sew-ins, arts walk and more.


Some of us really got into the art of photography.  Using props like trees and hedges, benches and steps. Meagan even got on the ground to get a better angle of her quilt.











Grandma's quilt was almost done.  I had just finished the quilting and needed to attach the binding.  I was leaving the next day to fly down and see her because she had taken a turn for the worse.  My plan was to take the quilt with me and finish the binding on the flight and while I was down there.


I loved this park bench as a prop.  I'll definitely be going back here to take more pictures of my finished quilts.


This was one of my favorite pictures.  Kara on the steps of the capital building, sitting on her quilt with the setting sun shining on her.


This picture of grandma's quilt with the capitol in the background is pretty special too.  :)