Monday, September 15, 2014

Supernova Friendship Block Swap: Block 4

September is in full swing and it's time to swap friendship blocks again!

Kristie's is the blue and mine is the green. I had a tough time putting the green ones together for some reason. You can see how badly my block is lined up in the corners. 

I love how our colorful rainbow blocks are coming together!

Pretty corners!

This month's question was about forgiveness.
"Forgiveness is an integral part of any healthy relationship. What does forgives mean to you? Share with your partner an example of a time you had to forgive someone — or someone had to forgive you — and how it strengthened the relationship."

Tough question this month! 
I think that the act of forgiving is powerful but it is something that can be so difficult to do.  Forgiveness is hard because in order to forgive someone, one must let go of their judgements and see the situation in a new light. Not only that, it also takes courage to let go of fear, hate or anger and then let understanding and love come into your heart. 
As for me, I try to have a loving heart. I try to take people as they are and strive to be understanding with them. I would rather have joy in my life than anger or bitterness, so yes, forgiveness can be a tricky thing but I think it's something worth working on!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Photos From the Weekend

Last Friday evening, Kristie and I went to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. 

These are a couple log cabin quilts that were on display. 

The red and grey was my favorite! I should have taken a pic of the quilts made from kits display. Walking into that space was like walking into a pretty Easter egg with all the pastel pinks, yellows and greens.

So, Kristie asked if I would like to go to this lecture by quilt artist, Luke Haynes. I hadn't heard of him but I thought it would be fun to go. I'm so glad we went!

Wow he's cool!  
We got to see some of the log cabin quilts he's working on which were made from clothing and other fabric items from Goodwill. His goal is to make 50 of them. Holy cow that's a lot of log cabin quilts! I really loved his appliqued quilts. You can learn more about Luke and his super artistic and interesting quilts here.

We asked if we could take a picture after the talk and he was so nice and said yes. So we took the first pic and then the museum people were like, "Wait! We have this frame!" So we took a pic with the frame haha! Somewhat awkward but sorta fun too. Thanks for inviting me to go, Kristie! I really enjoyed it!

The rest of the weekend was ok. After the lecture Friday night, I was all inspired to see what old clothing I might have that I could turn into a quilt. But then I wasn't feeling very good Saturday, so I sat on the couch and watched the Huskers play and worked on my hexies.

I made soup for the first time this season and this REALLY chocolatey cake. Mmm it was good.

Gary and I did some yard work Sunday. The weather was just perfect! 
My sister from Florida will be here tomorrow. I'm so looking forward to spending some time with her! 
Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I'm up to the fourth border on my dad's seasons quilt. This is the spring border. 
I started out making a checker board design with purples, pinks and green but when I saw it all together, I hated it! So then I made some flower blocks, which you see in the the corners. I toyed with the idea of making the border be all flower blocks. Then school started and I thought maybe I should come up with something quicker. 

I really like this triangle border. Instead of all flowers, I decided to just go for color on this round and put my flower blocks in the corners.

I discovered that my quilt is not quite square! I thought I had my measurements right but there are small triangle bits peeking out on the top and bottom rows. Oh well, I'm not taking it out to do over. 

Next up, the summer border!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I Made A Whale

Yesterday, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw that one of the people I follow had made the cutest narwhal stuffed toy. That got me thinking about how I had seen a whale doll made out of denim on Pinterest. Sure enough, I had pinned it on my sewing board! After clicking around the internet for awhile, I found this pattern and tutorial. Unfortunately, I'm not able to print right now, so I looked at the pattern pieces and free handed my own pattern as best I could. 

 For some reason, I have a bunch of denim yardage. I think I bought some to make a skirt once and that never happened. Just recently, I took a bag of old jeans from a past jean quilt to donate and at the bottom of the bag was more denim yardage. Hmm. Not sure where it came from but I used it for this whale!

I had so much fun making this and I think he turned out pretty cute. I don't have any big plans for him, I just wanted to try it! My favorite part was making the little fabric tucks under the lip. They make him seem more realistic. I should have done a few more, I think. There are so many fabric possibilities too, he could be customized for a baby room or color scheme. 
If I do make more of these, I may try to adjust my pattern to make a smaller version because this one used up a lot of stuffing. Although, the bigger size does make it like a fun pillow!
 I don't like how the tail turned out so I'm thinking of ways to make that better.
So what do you think? Should I give him a name?

Do you ever make something on a whim? 
Sometimes that's my favorite kind of creating, especially if it turns out well!

Monday, September 1, 2014

How About Purple

We had a large thunderstorm pass over Lincoln last night. Gary and I happened to be out and about while it was raining. Once the rain let up and the clouds began to part, we both thought there might be a good sunset. Gary asked if I wanted to try and get a picture and of course I said YES!

By the time we got to the North side of town, we had missed the bright hot pink clouds. These purple clouds at the end were still really pretty.
 I love that Gary is willing to drive out of town just to take a photo haha!

So today is Labor Day and I have been totally enjoying my day off. I sat around in my jammies and drank coffee for awhile, went on a lovely walk and then I got right to work sewing on the friendship blocks.
Here's a sneak peek!

More purple! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Sewing

My first dresden plate!
My mom and I both bought templates when I was visiting her last month and I've been wanting to try it ever since. I grabbed a bunch of my 3" strips from my scrap box, cut them out and sewed them up! So much fun to do. Now I need to decide what to do with this!
 I'm happy that I squeezed in a little sewing yesterday and today.
I've been having a hard time getting motivated to sew during the week now that I'm back at school. I'm hoping to get more sewing done this week because my list is growing!
Have a great week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Supernova Friendship Block Swap: Block 3 and a Childhood Memory

Time to swap blocks again! 
Kristie from Sew Sunshine and I have been participating in the Supernova Friendship Block Swap, hosted by Stephanie and Sandra, for the past couple months.

I'm loving these blocks so much!

Mine is the pink and Kristie's is the yellow. This time, we met up at the quilt shop and laughed as we exchanged blocks. We always seem to put the contrasting colors and patterned fabrics in the same places. We've decided we are just meant to do this together!

Here's what the blocks are looking like all together.
I cannot wait to put the whole quilt together. 

So this month we had to share a childhood memory. 
Kristie and I both spent a lot of time playing outside as kids, making forts and using our imaginations! I loved those times and here is my memory I shared with her.

 When I was 5ish, my folks built a house in a new development outside of Plattsmouth, NE. Our house was surrounded by lots of trees, a ditch on one side and a corn field in the back yard that, when it was at it's tallest, separated us from the neighbors. It was sort of like living in the country.

I'm thankful that I had my sisters to play with, otherwise, I may not have liked living there so much. It seemed secluded at times. If anything was needed from town, we had to navigate a gravel road. So yeah, we did live in the country! 

  We spent so many hours playing outside. My sisters and I would pack up our dolls and toy kitchen ware and head out into the weeds and trees to play house. I made lots of juniper berry soup and mud pies decorated with clover. Each of us had a "fort" out there which was AWESOME! We each had a space we could go to be alone and sometimes we would be invited to each others forts. 
Most of the time though, we were like, "get out of my fort!!"

We used to have these two sisters who would babysit us. The poor girls had a very strict mother who never let them watch TV. So when they babysat us, you can imagine that all they were concerned with was catching up on some shows. The minute our mom and dad left the house they would immediately turn on the TV and start frantically watching as many shows as they could! It was like they couldn't get the pictures in their eyes fast enough! It didn't matter if the show was Dynasty, The Love Boat or Happy Days. Those girls were watching it.
We didn't have a remote control TV, so one of the girls would be on the floor, changing the channel between the 3 stations. Anytime a commercial came on, they would turn to another show to maximize the shows they were watching. 
My sisters and I were NOT happy about this and we always tattled on them to our parents. I mean, they were supposed to be playing with us, right?

That brings me to one of my favorite childhood memories.

It was summer time and the sisters were babysitting us. They had started their TV watching routine and I'm sure my sisters and I began to protest and say hey, play with us! Instead of playing with us though, they said it was time to go to bed. It was REAAAALLY early, like 7 pm. 
In the summer with the sun still shining.
 I'm guessing Falcon Crest was on.
My sisters and I whined and cried!
It's still light out!
How could we possibly get to sleep now!
Our mom and dad NEVER make us go to bed THIS early!
We really tried to convince them. They didn't care. I think they may have threatened to spank me so I  eventually went along with their crazy early bedtime plans, knowing that they really only wanted to watch TV.

 Meanwhile, while I was complying, my sisters were hatching an escape plan! I remember all of us getting our pajamas on and then poof! my sisters had disappeared! 
The babysitters went into panic mode.
Where did they go?
We searched the house. We went outside and looked around the yard. Nothing. We called for them. Still nothing. I started to think that maybe they had gone into the trees to one of our forts but I didn't let on.

Sure enough, that's where they were, laying down in the tall grass so no one could see them.
 They REALLY didn't want to go to bed. I don't remember if they gave themselves up or if we found them but I remember them, quite awhile later, walking back through the grass to the house, blankets and dolls in hand. The babysitters were so mad but relieved at the same time. I'm pretty sure we had to go straight to bed after that. 
I thought it was really funny that my sisters had outsmarted the babysitters but then I was sort of mad that they ditched me!   
When I asked my mom if she knew this had happened, she said no! The babysitters must not have told and maybe I didn't either. It is one of my favorite memories of my sisters though.