Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday

What day is it?
 I'm smack dab in the middle of the time warp known as musical week, which has me stuck behind a piano in a dark theater on most nights. I miss seeing the sun, but we're almost there!

This year, we are putting on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It's such a funny show and we've laughed a lot! I'm looking forward to our performances, starting tomorrow!
Anyway, here are the hexies I've been working on during the down time.

What would you call this shape?
A star? A snowflake?
 The kids keep asking me what I'm making and I tell them I don't know yet! I'm just having fun putting them together and who knows, I might make a bunch more, I might not. 
Working on these has definitely kept boredom at bay! 
What are you working on?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nebraska Seasons Quilt


Do you ever wake up in the night, sit up in bed and say, 
 That was me last year on my dad's birthday. I felt horrible.

I asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he requested a quilt/wall hanging for his office.
He came up with the idea to do the colors of the Nebraska seasons.
I didn't know what to do at first but then I got the idea to put the sun block in the center and build up the borders in a seasonal order after that. 
I've had this border book for YEARS and never used it before. I'm not sure why I bought it in the first place, but I'm glad I had it for this project!
Each border represents a season color wise. I, of course, used the brightest colors possible! Thanks to all the snow days, I was able to get it finished up before his birthday this year. 

The best part of this story is that my dad happened to be in town on his birthday and I was able to meet him for lunch and deliver his birthday quilt in person!
  I really love how it turned out and he likes it too. 
I hope it will brighten up his office!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Supernova Friendship Block Swap: Finished Quilt!

Hey Hey Hey!
 Looky here!!

 Kristie from Sew Sunshine and I have been participating in the Supernova Friendship Block Swap since last June.

Stephanie from Late Night Quilter and Sandra from One Million Stitches put the swap together, using the awesome Supernova pattern by Lee from Freshly Pieced.

And guess what?
You know what?

Whooooo hooooo!! We did it!!

This whole project has been so much fun from the very beginning! I have really enjoyed getting to know Kristie and I will never forget when we met up for the first time at the Cosmic Cow quilt shop here in town. From the minute we started talking fabric, I knew we were going to get along great! Even Rich at the quilt shop (who had to listen to us gab on and on) said he thought we hit it off haha!

My favorite thing was making a new block each month.
 Picking out the fabrics and deciding where the colors should go was fun. 
As you can see, Kristie and I really went for it with the bright, saturated colors.

Actually, I think the best part was seeing how our blocks were working together each time we swapped. Kristie and I think we were just meant to make this quilt together.

The whole thing makes me smile.

Kristie, our quilt rocks and I had the best time making it with you!

P.S. There's not much snow left in these pictures,
but I'd also like to give a shout out to Mother Nature for all the snow days.
I wouldn't have finished this quilt without them! :)

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Snow Day Edition

Today was my THIRD snow day this week! 
How lucky am I with all the free sewing time?
This morning, I got up and began my regular morning routine and then school was called off. 
Whooo hoooo!!

The snow was coming down strong, so I was really happy that I did not have to go out.
 After some coffee, I got right to work finishing the quilting on the supernova friendship quilt that Kristie and I made together.

 By the time the snow stopped, I had the quilting done! 
I made up some binding with fabric from my stash and then I needed a cookie break.

Gary spotted the red tailed hawk swooping into our backyard. He grabbed the camera and snapped a pic of it sitting on our neighbors fence. It was super close! 
We get really excited when we see these huge birds in our backyard and hope that they will start eating some of the many squirrels we have around here. 
We like to think that our squirrels must be extra tasty because of all the birdseed they eat. 
Although, we might be sad if the hawks ate Bobbie. She's our favorite squirrel haha!

 (Hawk photo by Gary)

 Snow days mean uncovering the car and cleaning up the snow at some point. My muscles are going to be so sore from shoveling the driveway! Gary and I teamed up and got the job done. Then he got out his snow brick makers and started making...something. The snow bricks were too small, so he got out our cooler and made giant snow bricks! He was having so much fun. I'm not sure what he was going for but we decided that the snow was too dry to make strong and solid bricks. 
The snow will probably be stickier tomorrow. :)
Now I'm off to take an Advil and start working on that binding!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Superbowl Sunday Snowday


I have to admit that I was feeling little jealous of all the East coast snow pictures I was seeing on Instagram last week. I mean, I'm not complaining about the warm temps we've been experiencing here in Nebraska, it's just weird for January. I've been ready for a good ole snow day for awhile now. When it rained/snowed all day yesterday, I was pretty sure church would be called off this morning. 
I did a little happy dance when I got the call.  
I haven't had a Sunday off in a long time and I kept thinking, 
"What is this wonderful thing called Sunday morning at home? It's awesome!" 

Sunday mornings at home are the best. I don't want to go back to church ever again. 

 Since I was up early, I got right to work doing all my favorite snow day things: 
Making a yummy breakfast of quiche and rhubarb muffins. 
Taking pictures.
Taking a nap. 
Baking cookies and drinking hot chocolate. 
Making soup. 

Gary was my snow shoveling hero and cleared the sidewalks and driveway. 
He may not be as excited about snow days as I am. 
Do you have any snow day rituals?