Sunday, March 1, 2015

Denyse Schmidt Modernized D9P

In 2015 I'm going to do a better job about taking good pictures of my quilts. And blogging about them. For real this time. I promise. So...without further ado, here is my amazing (and finished!) modernized D9P made with Denyse Schmidt charms from a swap I participated in ages ago.

I. Love. This. Quilt. And for the first time ever, I'm keeping it for myself. Back in 2011, I participated in a few rounds of a Denyse Schmidt charm swap over on Flickr. (Of course I had several spots in each round.) I decided I finally needed to start doing something with them, so I pulled out some of the blue, green, gray, and gold charms to make a modernized D9P using Kristy Daum's tutorial.

For the backing, I scored a piece of clearance Fancy Free Allover Floral at Joann's (love, love, love that Joann's carries Denyse Schmidt and other designer fabric) as well as a DS Quilts remnant that I used for the binding. Except for the two gold pieces on the back and the Kona white on the front, the quilt is all Denyse Schmidt fabrics.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Denyse Schmidt Modernized D9P
Size: 50" x 62"
Fabrics: Denyse Schmidt, Kona white, a few scraps from my stash
Binding: DS Quilts Fancy Free remnant
Pattern: Kristy Daum's modernized D9P
Quilting: straight(ish) line grid quilting by me
Started: October-ish 2014
Completed: February 28, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Valentine's Day Wrap Up (and a parenting fail)

I know Valentine's Day was a few weeks ago, but I wanted to post the cute cards and box my son and I made. For once, I was thinking ahead when I spotted some fun little eye rings in the Christmas clearance at Michaels. With some computer-generated tags, cardstock, and twist ties, we made these cute Valentine's Day cards for my son to give his classmates.

After much debate and deliberation, my son decided he wanted to make Picachu Valentine's Day box. Over the years, I've been much better about letting him make things on his own. (It was a very difficult transition for me since I'm a total type A personality. Yeah...I'm pretty much a control freak.) He did a fantastic job and was very proud of his finished box.

He made the whole thing by himself and even came up with the genius idea of taping toothpicks to the back of the foam tail and ears so he could poke them in the box. I was pretty impressed.

Now...onto the parenting fail. In our search for a box to use, the only thing I could find around the house was a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita box. (Of course that would be the only box I had available.) No worries. I was a super-smart mom, so I deconstructed the box, flipped it inside out and hot glued it back together. That way no alcohol-themed messages would show through the yellow duct tape. (And you wonder where my son gets his crafting genius from.) He made his box. It was freaking adorable. The morning of the party we realized there was no slot to put the cards in. I cut a sizable hole in the back which very clearly revealed a lot of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita graphics. Awesome. I was going to send my son to school with a Valentine's Day box that could quite possibly get him suspended. So minutes before we're due to walk out the door, I'm frantically duct taping the inside of his box to cover up the offending wording. He made it through the party, didn't get suspended, and still has a clean record. Mental note to save a shoe box for next year's project. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Hey...remember me? Yeah. It's been awhile. I've been doing stuff. I swear. There's proof on flickr and instagram. But another year is almost over, and I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I wanted to. Again. I like to use the excuses that I have an active almost-8-year-old son and work full-time. In reality, I waste an obscene amount of time on the internet. So...for 2015, my main goal is to stay off the computer and #gomakeaquiltblock. Every time I get the urge to check my e-mail, refresh my facebook feed, peruse Craigslist for stuff I don't need, or pin a billion more things on Pinterest, I will instead #gomakeaquiltblock. (Seriously...have you seen my Pinterest? I think I've got enough project ideas.) Now I'm sure my husband would prefer 2015 to be the year of #gocleanthebathroom, #gowashthedishes or #goorganizeyoursewingroom, but this is my resolution--not his! Basically, instead of wasting 5, 10, 15 or more minutes on the computer/internet, I will resist the urge and #gomakeaquiltblock. It doesn't even necessarily have to be a quilt block. Just #godosomething. Who's with me? :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Omaha Modern Quilt Guild: Pilger & Beaver Crossing Quilt Deployments

Omaha Modern Quilt Guild: Pilger & Beaver Crossing Quilt Deployments: On Sunday, May 11, 2014, a tornado hit Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. 16 homes were destroyed and 22 homes sustained major damage. The Omaha Mod...

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'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!

2/16/14:  Thanks for choosing my scarf as the csi project pick!

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.