Monday, July 28, 2014

Sewvivor!

Holy cow! I can not even begin to express how excited I am about being in the Top 16 for the Sewvivor competition going on over at Family Ever After! I sketched out my idea for the nautical theme for challenge #1 and I really love it, and I think that it will be super unique :)

I'd share pictures of the sketch, but I don't want to give away the surprise. Tonight I am hoping to sketch out/organize my ideas for the other challenges. I know I'll only have to do them if I move on past the nautical challenge, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.

So since I don't have anything else to share I'll leave you with a picture of my lovely handwork I've been doing recently. I love having a cross-stitch to work on in the evenings.

I have fallen in love with the patterns from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery They are so stinking cute! This is the Once Upon a Time Sampler. It has been going on since January, but I just started a couple weeks ago. I think I've made pretty good progress so far :)

**Don't forget that you have until Wednesday to enter the Folk Art Holiday Giveaway**

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July Blog Hop & Giveaway

Today I am happy to be a part of Gina Martin's Christmas in July Blog Hop! Gina has a new Christmas line out called Folk Art Holiday and it is absolutely gorgeous. Just look at how pretty this pile of selvages is!


Here is the line-up of amazing bloggers that will be sharing their lovely creations during the blog hop.
In case you missed it, my good friend Becca over at Bryan House quilts shared some gorgeous Quilt as You Go pillows yesterday, and today I am going to share my QAYG stockings. I promise we didn't plan it this way :)


I started with a pretty pile of strips that I cut at all different widths, and turned them into some pretty awesome stockings. I have been wanting to make some matching stockings for myself and my 2 boys (the hubby and the baby) and I am so glad that I finally have!


Well I've made stockings for Jeff and I, but I have plenty of strips left over to make 2 more. So William can have one, and mystery baby #2 that we're planning on having next year will have one too!

I didn't use the wood grain for the QAYG portion of the stockings because I knew I wanted to use it for the cuffs. Since there are 4 different colors of the wood grain print, it's going to be perfect for 4 different stockings.

I kept the back simple and used the snowflake print that coordinated with the cuff. I like to have a bunch of snowflakes and wintery themes in my Christmas decorating since we don't get many  any snowy winters here in Houston, TX.

I used 50wt Aurifil #2311 for all of my straight stitch quilting. I absolutely love the color (or lack there of really) of that thread. It's a wonderful eggshell shade that blends really well with most fabrics. QAYG takes a bit of time, so not having to change thread colors between strips is a life saver.

I can't wait to finish up the other two stockings, and then I have to patiently wait for Christmas decorations to hit the stores so I can get some cute stocking holders. This year will be our first Christmas with a fireplace to actually hang stockings on! I am quite excited because I love to decorate for Christmas.

So after all my jabbering :) It is finally time for the giveaway!! Gina has graciously offered up a Layer Cake of Folk Art Holiday for one of my lucky readers. The giveaway will run from now until the end of the Blog Hop on July 31st.
 
How to Enter: 
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday tradition. Mine is from when I was little and my siblings and I would always sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve, that way no one could sneak to see our presents in the middle of the night. 

Bonus Entry: My followers get an extra entry, Just leave an additional comment telling me how you follow me :) Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin, GFC, etc.

Thank you everyone for stopping by today, and I hope you liked the stockings I made! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes with this lovely fabric.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewvivor - Young Texan Mama - Hilary

I'm really excited because I have decided to try my luck at the Family Ever After Sewvivor Challenge! This round of the challenge is all about quilting, and I think it would be an absolute blast to compete.

For my entry I chose my absolute favorite quilt I have made to date. My Marcelle Medallion! I LOVE this quilt so much and am so proud of it because it is the biggest quilt I have ever made, and finished completely myself.

The majority of the fabrics I used for this beauty are from Lizzy House's Constellations fabric line, and everything else are blues and greys from my stash.

I quilted this 60x60 inch monster on my tiny Brother SE-270D. It was quite the adventure getting it thru the throat of my machine, but it turned out awesome and I am glad I did it myself.



Making this quilt was such a blast and I love the way it turned out, but I think my absolute favorite part about it is how much my little munchkin loves to curl up in it.

Here's to hoping I make it into the Top 16 for the challenge!! Wish me luck :)

http://www.familyeverafterblog.com/2014/07/sewvivor-3-quilters-edition-auditions.html

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Deep in the Heart of Texas QAL: College Station

Howdy everyone!! I am so glad you are stopping by on the Quilt Along today for my block for the great city of College Station.

College Station isn't my hometown, but it holds a very special place in my heart for several reasons. I'm a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2011, I met the love of my life in College Station, and he and I had our little munchkin William there. College Station will always be my home away from home.

Here is a brief history of the beginnings of College Station:
"The City of College Station is a young municipality, with its beginnings in the founding of Texas A&M College.  Texas' first state institution of higher education, the College was inaugurated in 1876.
The campus became the focal point of community development.  The area was designated "College Station, Texas" by the Postal Service in 1877.  The name was derived from the train station located to the west of the campus.

Growth of both the community and college influenced residents' desire to create a municipal government. Citizens voted 217 to 39 on October 19, 1938 to incorporate the City of College Station.  The first City Council meeting was held on February 25, 1939 in the Administration Building on the A&M campus." --Source: City of College Station Website

College Station has grown leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings, and now it is one of the top college towns in the country.

College Station is home to a great quilt shop called Lone Star Quiltworks. Terry (the owner) and the ladies there are always so friendly, and the shop boasts an impressive amount of fabric. There is a good blend of modern and traditional fabrics, and of course a HUGE selection of maroon and Aggie fabrics.

The other local shop in town is Pruitt's Fabrics. They've been open since 1946 and they're located directly across from Kyle Field. Their fabric selection is a bit more modest, but they are the place to go if you need a custom game-day dress. I worked here during my sophomore year, and had a blast!

After you work up an appetite fabric shopping, you're going to want to get lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants CS has to offer. My personal choices are The Dixie Chicken, or Fuego Tortilla Grill. I spent many an evening playing dominoes & eating cheese fries and a burger at the Chicken with friends. And Fuego has AMAZING queso and tacos! You really can't go wrong with either choice. 

Since College Station has a relatively modest skyline, the one thing that always stands out the most to me is the Welcome to Aggieland water tower. I always feel an immediate sense of home when I see it on the horizon.

So after going over and over what I wanted the block design for College Station to look like, (I almost did a  Johnny Football block)  I went with what felt right. The Aggieland Water Tower!

The block will end up being 6.5 x 6.5 inches, and the water tower is done with raw edge applique. We've done it a couple times now on the QAL so I know y'all have got the hang of it :)

Print the pattern for the water tower here. Print with no scaling.

 Your background pieces should be 2.5 x 7" and 5.5 x 7".

 Sew background pieces together and press the seam as desired. I pressed mine open.

 Fuse your water tower pieces onto the background piece. You can offset the water tower like I did, or you can center it.

Stitch around the applique pieces as desired (I just did a straight stitch, but you can do a satin stitch or blanket stitch too). Trim the block down to 6.5" square. Be sure to leave at least 0.25" of an inch around all sides of the water tower so it doesn't get lost in your seam allowances.

You can be done after the previous step, or you can do what I did and put "Welcome to Aggieland" on the water tower. I simply wrote it on with a gel pen that won't wash off, but you can embroider it on if you are feeling ambitious.
I can't wait to see everyone's water tower blocks on their quilts!

And don't forget one of the most exciting parts of this post! An amazing giveaway from Aurifil!

All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run for 1 week, and I'll email the winner!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Back at It: WIP Wednesday

Oh hey there! Long time no see! Sorry about being MIA for so long, but I have been so drained from our move and getting settled that I needed a bloggy break for a little while. So after some rest & relaxation, and a grownups trip to go float the river, I finally have started to get back into the swing of things. Plus my gnarly sunburn from floating the river has me house bound until I feel like putting on something other than pajamas :)

 Most recently I have been working on my Deep in the Heart of Texas QAL. I am really glad that I cut into my FQ bundle of Dowry by Anna Maria Horner because this baby is looking fantastic!

Here are my progress pictures from instagram













I ordered my background fabric from my awesome friend Kristan's shop, and I am picking it up from her on Friday. It's awesome having a local friend who has a fabric shop. If y'all are looking for Arizona by April Rhodes she has some!

Anyway, I digress, there is still time if you are interested in joining the QAL. Tomorrow we are getting the block for Midland/Odessa from Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest. And I am putting the finishing touches on the block for College Station that I will be sharing on the 17th of July!


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I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, and I am planning on not being so sparse anymore :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Deep in the Heart of Texas Roadtrip QAL

Did you know that if you save a blog post as a draft it wont automatically post when you want it to. Well that's what happened to this post lol. I planned on it going up last week, but I had a brain fart and thought I scheduled it when i hadn't. Better late than never though!! 

So I am really excited to be a part of the first ever Deep in the Heart of Texas Roadtrip QAL! It is being organized by two fantastic ladies, Cristina (from Pretty Little Quilts) and Melissa (from My Fabric Relish). On the roadtrip, Myself and other bloggers from various Texas cities will be showing you how to make a Texas Quilt. At each city you stop at you'll learn how to make a block designed for that city, learn some fun stuff about the area, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes!!!

For the QAL, we will divide Texas into four different quadrants, and the pattern for the first quadrant will be available 1 June (find it here). And then on June 2 we will stop at our first city--Dallas. The Roadtrip will continue through August, and there will be link-ups along the way, and in August we'll have our final link-up and Quilt Parade and a chance to win even more prizes!!

Here's a schedule of the stops along the way--

June 2 - Dallas - Ashley at Urban Spools
June 5 - Tyler - Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts
June 12 - Fort Worth - Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
June 16 - Amarillo - Aoife at thREDhead
June 19 - Lubbock - Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish
June 23 - El Paso - Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts
June 26 - Midland/Odessa - Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest
June 30 - Big Bend - Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts
July 7 - Houston - Teresa at Third Floor Quilts
July 10 - Beaumont - Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork
July 14 - Austin - Amanda at What the Bobbin
July 17 - College Station - Hilary- Me :) - at Young Texan Mama
July 21 - San Antonio - Ellyn at Ellyn's Place
July 24 - Hill Country - Lissa at Moda Fabrics
July 28 - Rio Grande Valley - Melissa at My Fabric Relish

The first two blocks for Dallas and Tyler are really cool, and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with!!

If you join along, don't forget to add your pictures to the Flickr group! I can't wait to see what everyone makes!! 


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