Friday, June 27, 2014

Omaha Modern Quilt Guild: Quilts for Beaver Crossing & Beyond

Omaha Modern Quilt Guild: Quilts for Beaver Crossing & Beyond: Our hearts are breaking as storms have done extensive damage with fatalities in NE, OK, KS, MO, AR, MS & AL. We need the help of our inc...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day infinity scarf

Sew, Mama, Sew is having a Little Gifts of Love Challenge. So I made a little gift for myself...a heart day infinity scarf. (My 7-year-old son served as photographer for this photo shoot, and I think he did a great job!)

There are so many tutorials out there and I can't even find the one I originally used. I've made so many at this point I don't need the instructions anymore. If you want to make your own, there's a good tutorial here. I usually use knit fabric but for this one I used a lightweight cotton fabric I bought at Joann's several years ago. I can't remember exactly why I purchased it, but I think I had this crazy idea I was going to make Valentine's Day candy bags for my son's daycare class. Yeah...didn't happen.


See...some days I do make an effort...cute skinny jeans and boots, trendy (from a few years ago) turquoise/red color combo, actually wearing earrings. I also just colored my hair to cover the gray. I was feeling a little crazy at Target and went with medium auburn...it's pretty red. I'm not sure what my husband is going to think of that. I was sucked in by the claims of 100% gray coverage and the "promise" of looking 10 years younger. I'm not really 27...I just look like it. :)

And of course there is dog poop on the ground right behind me. Figures.  Happy Valentine's Day!


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

weekly wrap-up {1/26/14}

Well...that comeback was short-lived. *sigh* Here's the post that was supposed to go up last Sunday. There's no pictures. *sigh* I really wish blogger made it easier to use pictures from instagram and flickr and facebook.

What we ate. . .
One of my goals this year is to help out more with the cooking duties and to actually try some of the 175+ recipes I have pinned so I can either delete them or move them over to my recipe success board.
  • breakfast egg omelet muffins:  Easy and delicious!
  • oven-baked chicken tacos:  One of my go-to favorite recipes though I omit the peppers and canned tomatoes to keep everyone (mostly me) happy.  Bonus is there's lots of leftovers for more tacos or nachos.
  • world's best chicken:  I don't know about "world's best" but it was quick and easy and the chicken was really juicy. The leftovers made for some pretty yummy chicken salad for lunch (chopped up the chicken with pecans, Craisins, Miracle Whip and a spoon of dijon mustard).
  • cream cheese lemon bars:  These are my go-to dessert and I made them for the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild sew in on Saturday. I'm usually disappointed with cake mix recipes but this one is delicious.
 What we did. . .
  • I took my son the the boys' high school basketball game on Friday night. It's hard to believe it's been 20+ years since I spent most of my Friday/Saturday nights doing that.
  • My son had his first basketball practice Friday evening from 8:15-9:30pm. They're seven years old. Apparently gym time is a little hard to come by.
  • My son and I went to the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild sew in on Saturday and made charity quilt blocks.
  • My husband and I had a rare date night Saturday night to celebrate my friend's birthday...dinner at Kobe Steakhouse then drinks after. We stayed out until midnight which is so late for us!
  • In preparation for the Lincoln Half-Marathon in May, I ran 5 miles on the treadmill on Sunday...that is the farthest I have ever run. I can't believe I ran for almost an hour.
Hopefully I can get back on track with my blogging goal and figure out an easy way to get pictures into my posts.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

my return to blogging


I have been horrible about blogging lately. . .like for the past 6 months. And I miss it. I miss reading your kind and encouraging comments. I miss making new bloggy friends and discovering your amazing & inspiring blogs. And as 2013 came and went in a flash, I am trying to look back and remember what happened and what I accomplished amidst the day-to-day frenzy. I know I did stuff but since I didn't blog about it, I don't have a record of it. So starting Sunday I'm going to attempt to blog a review of what happened in my life that week. . .not just crafty stuff, but family stuff, the Pinterest recipes I actually tried, my progress on training for the Lincoln Half-Marathon in May, books I've read, etc. I need proof that I'm doing more than just getting through each day and if I can't find anything to share for the week I obviously wasn't engaged enough (and probably spent way too much time on the computer or in front of the TV). I need to be reminded how lucky I am. . .because I know I am but I can so easily forget.

I know it's Tuesday but why not start now? I can't believe 2014 is well underway and we're almost to the end of January. My son turned 7 and I still can't believe how quickly he's growing up. My husband and I both ended up getting his birthday off work so we celebrated with a bowling outing.

Things started off pretty well. . .
Pouting because he's losing.
More pouting.
Pretending to have fun.
Pretty good form!
The thrill of victory!
And the agony of defeat.
More defeat.

 Good times!



Thursday, December 12, 2013

WISH quilt

Have I really not posted since July? I don't know where this year has gone. . .

September was my month as quilter for the WISH circle of do. Good Stitches. I chose this Half Square Triangle {Scrappy Strings Style} tutorial from Blooming Poppies with the string part of the block in bright, citrus colors (yellow, orange, green, pink) and the other half in a light gray solids or low-volume gray prints. My bee members provided me with some beautiful blocks and I am in love with the finished quilt.


I quilted straight lines approximately one-half inch apart in the gray areas, echoing the diamond pattern. It really shows up on the back.
Bee member Kirsten generously provided the beautiful Amy Butler Soul Blossoms fabric which I paired with a Kona orange and hot pink. My initial plan was to have the quilt label in the unquilted area but I somehow flipped the layout when I put the back together. Still beautiful, though. The binding is a large-scale hot pink and white polka dot. The quilt measures 38.5 inches by 47.5 inches and will be donated to Project Linus.

There is a do. Good Stitches year-end celebration of all the amazing quilts that were completed in 2013.  Go check them out!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

wip Wednesday {7/24/13}

I have so many wips and not much motivation to sew. (I hate when that happens.) So, some of the projects in my mess of a sewing room are. . .

A simple "i spy" patchwork quilt top. I was inspired by this Tea Rose Home tutorial but instead of gingham sashing, I used a bright orange polka dot I had in my stash. My friend is having a 1st birthday party for her daughter next month so I though this would be a cute gift. I have a fun Moda print in my stash for the backing.

Bead bags for Beads of Courage. One of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild members brought this charity opportunity to our attention at our last guild meeting. I have 2 bags finished and 4 more in various stages of done-ness. I like sewing for charities that benefit my community, and these bags will be donated to the Beads of Courage program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center.


String quilt blocks for Children's Square Home in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I enjoy making string quilt blocks and again it's nice that they will benefit my local community. (They want these sent in untrimmed and it's killing me. My favorite part of making the blocks is trimming them and seeing how beautiful they are.)


 Here's hoping I find some motivation this weekend to get some of these projects completed!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

digital WISH quilt

I recently had the opportunity to become a quilter for my WISH circle of do. Good Stitches. For the April blocks, I chose this modernized disappearing nine patch in red, aqua, dark brown and white. And finally (a little late), here's the completed quilt:



My favorite part is our do. Good Stitches label incorporated into a wonky star block on the back.

This is the largest quilt I have ever quilted. I tend to make baby quilts since they aren't as difficult to maneuver on my domestic machine. Since this was my first large quilt, I chose a simple quilting pattern of wavy horizontal lines. I love how it turned out and would like to thank the ladies of the WISH circle for making such beautiful blocks. This quilt will be donated to Project Linus.

Stats:
size: 51.5" x 62"
quilting: wavy horizontal lines, quilted by me on my Bernina Activa 220