Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival


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For my second entry in the Blogger Quilt Festival, I'm submitting the baby quilt that I made from Diane Bohn's awesome pattern Grandma's Lawn Chair. I was lucky enough to get to test the pattern for her and I loved it. You can read my full post about the pattern here.

This quilt I made with a FQ bundle of Pearl Bracelets that I had. I am becoming a sucker for Lizzy House fabrics (I'm hoarding a FQ bundle of her Constellations line).

I made this quilt for friends of ours who just had their 2nd baby. A precious little boy named Milo. I love making baby quilts because they come together so quickly and most of the time are bright and cheery :)

This quilt was the first time I did straight line stitching with a walking foot, and I loved it. It quilted up so much faster than when I did FMQ on William's quilt.

A close up of the pretty quilting.

For the back I used a pretty pale blue Pearl Bracelet print. I love how the quilting looks on the back of the quilt too :)


Quilt Stats:
Size: 33.5" x 39.5"
Pattern: Grandma's Lawn Chair by Diane Bohn
Fabric: Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets
Batting: Warm and Natural
Thread: Aurifil #2311 50 wt

Bloggers Quilt Festival

AmysCreativeSide


Since I am newish to quilting, I was a bit intimidated to submit a quilt to the Bloggers Quilt Festival. But, one of the things I love about this online quilting community is how supportive and friendly everyone is! So for my first quilt I am submitting my Craftsy BOM quilt that I made for William.

I wasn't sure on if I should enter it into the scrappy category or the throw quilt category, but since most of these fabrics came straight out of my stash I went with Scrappy!


This quilt was a quilt of firsts for me. Most of these blocks I had never made before doing this quilt. I learned so many skills working on this quilt, and that is one thing that I loved so much about this Craftsy class.

This quilt was also the first time I had ever done FMQ. I was so intimidated at first, but once I got started I loved it! I used Aurifil #2311 and it quilted up wonderfully. I did an all over meandering pattern because I thought it would be the easiest since I am a beginner.Once I got the hang of it, it was really easy :)

Since it has been raining like crazy for the past 2 days I was only able to get some indoor shots of the quilt. The backing i did super scrappy because I didn't have enough yardage for a backing, and because I love the look of it. It is perfect for my little crazy William :)

This block with the fussy cut Berenstain Bears was originally going to be a pillow to go with this quilt that I made William, but I changed my mind and used it in the backing instead. I wasn't sure how I would like it, but I am glad I put it there.

This is my favorite block in the quilt. I love the fussy cut Batman, and I loved putting together this star. When we went shopping for fabric for the binding, I let William choose the color and he chose this awesome Kona Sour Apple. It is so bright and cheerful, and I love that William picked it out.

Here is the whole thing in all its crinkly glory. This is definitely a quilt that is well used and loved. William sleeps with it every night :)

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Houston MQG Festival Modern Meetup Blog Hop

The Houston Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a meetup during the International Quilt Festival here in Houston for all quilters interested in the modern quilting movement!!
There will be swag bags for the first 50 people who sign in!! There will also be 17 awesome door prizes given away with prizes from Cloud 9 Fabrics, Aurifil, Jennifer Paganelli from Sis Boom, Fat Quarter Shop, Intrepid Thread, Modern Yardage, and many more!!! 

When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 8-10pm
Where: Hilton Americas Lobby Bar

Look for the Houston Modern Quilt Guild Signage!!
BWS tips button
Join us on all of the blogs on the blog hop:
Wednesday:
Becca Bryan - Bryan House Quilts
Sally Keller - Sally's Angelworks
Hilary Smith - Young Texan Mama
Thursday:
Stephanie Freeman - Houston D.I.Y.
Patty Sloniger - Beck and Lundy
Amy Campbell-Ryan - House of Bad Cats

Friday:
Tammy Blackburn - Karamat Sews
Cathy Winter - Winter Wanderings

Even more importantly, join us at the Meetup!! :)

Swag Bag Sponsors:
Interweave Publishing, Martingale Publishing, Kona Bay Fabrics, various pattern makers, Pink Chalk Fabrics


Below is a collage of some of the fabulous Door Prizes and Swag Bag samples that you could be lucky enough to win!
Thank you so much to our sponsors for this event!

If you are in the Houston area, you should totally come and join us for this super fun event!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Weekend Happenings & Baby Peyton's Quilt

Well my laziness is not 100% cured, so that is why I am posting about our weekend on Tuesday :) So, this past Friday we headed to College Station for Jeff to sponsor a team & participate in a golf tournament with his old department.


While he was golfing, William and I went and hung out with my sister and then our good friends Brandon and Christine. They are expecting their first child this December, and I am super excited because they are having a girl!! Now I get to sew little girl stuff!

The have 2 sweet doggies, Dakota a Huskie and Bogie a Boston Terrier. Bogie has those bug bugeyes that are so ugly that they're cute :) and he is the best little cuddle buddy. He crawled up on my when I was sitting on the couch and fell asleep. He then started to snore lol

And he loved to give kisses, especially to William since William was on his level and could be easily attacked with loving. After Jeff slept off the fun he had at the golf tournament, we went to have brunch at Hullabaloo's. Now my fellow Aggies please don't hate me, but this was the first time we have ever been to Hullabaloo's!

For all you non-Aggies, Hullabaloo's is an old diner just outside College Station in Wellborn, TX. Hullabaloo's was one of the first restaurants featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. You can check out the episode here.

It was just as delicious as everyone says it is!! William got a pancake that was bigger than his face, Jeff got a delicious looking green chile burger, and I got a to-die-for ham & cheese omelet with home fries.

 William's monster pancake. It was probably the fluffiest pancake I have ever seen, and it was so delicious. It was sweet but not too sweet.

I definitely know that we will be eating at Hullabaloo's every time we go to College Station from now on!

William and his Aunt Christine. He loves his auntie Tine, and William was really intrigued by the idea that baby Peyton was in her tummy. Hopefully this sticks around for when Jeff and I decide to have another baby.

This weekend I also got to give Christine and Brandon the little quilt that I made for Peyton.

William isn't quite tall enough to hold the quilt up for a good picture, but he wanted to help :) This picture probably shows the colors the best though. I used a charm pack and yardage of Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious collection.

I used this awesome tutorial for a car seat quilt from Moda Bake Shop to make the quilt. It was a really easy to follow tutorial, and I definitely think I will be using it again in the future. I wish I Would have made William one when he was little because the quilt has ties on the side that allow you to tie it onto a car seat or stroller.

I backed the quilt in a super soft Minky and I didn't use a batting between the layers. Texas winters are cold, but not that cold so I didn't want the quilt to be too heavy. I quilted it with an allover loopy pattern with 50wt Aurifil 2311. I love this color thread because it is an eggshell color and it doesn't take away from the quilt itself.
Christine loved the quilt! I can't wait to make Peyton some more goodies. I love making things for William, but every now and then I need to do something girly with pinks and flowers :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

25 Before 25 Check-In

Well I have been semi-successful in the past month with my goals.
  1.  Finally lose those 10lbs that have been hanging on since having William. 
    • I've pretty much stalled where I was at last month. Thankfully I didn't gain 100lbs while I was eating tons of food on my Disney Vacation, but I really need to get back on track. If you use My Fitness Pal or RunKeeper, add me as a friend and we can cheer for each other!
  2. Complete 10 quilts (binding & all). 
  3. Start making significant & consistent money from my Etsy shop.
    • I've already had 3 orders in the past month, and I am hoping for a lot more. If you haven't checked out my shop then you totally should :) 
  4. Exercise at least 4 days a week. (this goes hand in hand with #1)
    • Yep, haven't been doing this... unless walking around Target counts. 
  5. Go camping as a family. 
  6. Go to the beach as a family. 
  7. Balance our finances and stick to a budget.  
    • Doing the same thing we have been doing.
  8. Be able to run 5 miles without stopping. (again goes with the exercise thing) 
  9. Grow my blog to at least 300 followers. 
    • I'm up to 231 followers :) GFC & Bloglovin combined. Love y'all!
  10. Feel comfortable in a bathing suit again. (again exercise)
  11. Keep in touch with my girlfriends more. 
  12. Save money and upgrade my camera to a DSLR.
  13. Visit a state I have never been to before.
  14. Bake soft pretzels from scratch.
  15. Get a family portrait taken.
  16. Start planning a wedding. This one hinges on Jeff's decision to make us "official" :)
  17. Have a pattern published in a Magazine or Moda Bake Shop.
    • I have a pattern sketched out :) I am very excited about it!
  18. Read at least 25 books. 
  19. Read to William more consistently. 
    • We read every night!
  20. Have an organized meal plan each week. 
  21. Teach William how to do age appropriate chores
    • He is still doing great at helping with the dishes and laundry :) 
  22. Visit my brother more often. 
  23. Open a savings account for William, and start saving for college.  
    • DONE!
  24. Finish William's 1st year scrapbook.
  25. Make The Weekender Bag & The Aeroplane Bag
That is my progress so far. This past month has definitely been more slow and steady. I am hoping to kick it into high gear in November when it comes to exercise and everything. That way I can burn off all those delicious Thanksgiving foods :)

What goals are y'all working towards? 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

William's 3rd Haircut

William has gotten his haircut 3 times now, and all 3 times he got it cut at The Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street at Disney World. I'm ashamed to say that it wasn't until our trip last November that I had ever been to the Barber shop. I had heard of it when I worked there, but had never been.

This past trip William was not as cooperative as before (he hated when she sprayed his hair with the water bottle) but he sat there the entire time and in the end came out with an adorable little boys haircut. I cried when they were done because when his hair is short he looks so much like his daddy, and it made me wish Jeffrey was there with us.

I definitely think that getting William's haircut at the Harmony Barber shop is going to be a tradition of ours when we go to Disney. I wonder if I can wait to get his haircut until we go again in 2015 lol With how fast his hair grows, he'd probably look like a girl by then.

If you have little ones, I highly suggest checking out the Harmony Barber Shop on you next Disney vacation. They do boys and girls haircuts, and if it is their first haircut they get a certificate and special Mickey Mouse ears that say "My First Haircut".

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WIP Wednesday

 I have so many projects going on all at once, and it is exhausting but wonderful.

Last night I laid out this quilt and cut the batting to size. Now I just need to finish piecing the back and then quilt it. My sister keeps asking for it, so I have moved it up in my line of projects.

I shared this quilt top yesterday with y'all. Today I picked up some super soft Minky for the backing and some adorable pink thread for quilting it. I hope that I can quilt it sometime this evening or tomorrow.

I finally got around to making the flying geese for my Marcelle Medallion. They ended up being a tad too big, but I think I figured out a clever way to fix it.

I still have my Sister's Ten BOM & my Shining Stars BOM to work on too, but they have taken a backseat for the moment.

Also just a heads up! If you're going to be in Houston next week for International Quilt Festival you should come to the Modern Festival Meet Up that the Houston Modern Quilt Guild is hosting!  We've got quite a party planned with lots of fun giveaways and door prizes. And the people are pretty fun too.

What? Modern Festival Meet Up
When? Saturday November 2nd, 2013, from 8pm until 10pm.
Where? At the Hilton Americas Bar
Who? Anyone interested in modern quilting. Come meet up!

I it was a lot of fun last year, & we hope you can join us!


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Modern Festival Meet Up 2012 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Disney Wordless Wednesday

 

Focused on the Magic



This weeks theme for Disney Wordless Wednesday is Disney Inspired Letter "P". So for my pictures I made a collage of the People Mover aka The Tomorrowland Transit Authority : )


Sewing Away

It took me a little while to sit back down at my sewing machine since getting home from our vacation. We had a pregnancy scare at the beginning of last week. I say scare not because we don't want another baby, but because I have the Mirena IUD. If you get pregnant while you have it in then there are tons of complications including loss of pregnancy and fertility.

Needless to say, things were pretty emotional around here for a couple of days. Thankfully it was a false alarm, but I am pretty determined that I want to get this IUD taken out so I don't have a scare like this again.

Anyway back to the fun stuff. I have been sewing up some really cute things for a friend of ours who is having a baby girl in December. Sewing baby stuff has actually be really therapeutic for my emotions.

The first thing I made for her is this adorable little dress. I think this is quite possibly the tiniest thing I have ever sewn. I think baby Peyton is going to look so cute in it :)

I used Made By Rae's Little Geranium dress pattern, and I loved it. I only used her free newborn size pattern, but I think I might purchase the full pattern so that I can make bigger sizes for the other little girls that we know. (I don't think she offers the newborn size as a free download anymore because I can't find the link on her website).

I also just completed this adorable quilt top for her. I still need to quilt and bind it, but I couldn't wait to share how cute it is coming together. I used Bonnie & Camille's Scrumptious line, and this great tutorial from Moda Bake Shop to make it.

We are going to visit our friends this weekend and I plan on having this finished up by then so I can give it to the mommy-to-be. I also have a couple other surprises in the works for her.

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Favorite Pictures from Our Disney Vacation

 I took almost 1000 pictures on our most recent trip to Disney World. I would love to share all of them with you, but that would be a very very long blog post. So I picked out a couple of my favorites :)
























We had such an amazing time celebrating my parents 32nd Wedding Anniversary! I am so blessed to have such amazing role models in my life, and I hope that the relationship that Jeffrey and I have grows to be just as amazing as my parents. They must be doing something right :)