Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Fall and football!


Even though the season is likely to be over by the time I finish this quilt, I've been working on my fall giant flying geese lately!  

This was the stage where I left this project:  
  

.... and I left this project ALMOST A YEAR AGO!   Oops!  

I've been getting in the fall spirit again by getting going on it, mostly while watching football.  Hubs doesn't love football, so I sneak off to sew and get my fix in.  


I've gotten them all sewn into rows, so now it's time to get them finished up into a top!  Hopefully, there will be more progress soon.... 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pillows!

It's been a hectic few weeks around here!  The in-laws came for a visit, and Thanksgiving is looming, so I've been trying to get some projects done to pretty up the place.  About two weeks ago, I decided that we needed some nicer, more well constructed pillows for the couch.  Bonus points if they could be seasonal as well! 

And look!  I made a whole stack of them!   


There are some 24" squares, some 20" squares, and some 8"x12" rectangular ones in there!  I went with these chevron prints since the colors are fairly autumnal, but not so much turkeys-and-pilgrims-in-your-face.  


Rather than make envelope style covers for the pillowforms I bought, I decided to make zippered pillow cases.  I used this tutorial from SOTAK Handmade, and it couldn't be easier.  Cutting the fabric was the longest part of the process!  It was simple to sew the zippers in, and the flap makes them hidden, which is SO much more attractive, in my opinion.

Of course, the best part of the process was getting them all on the couch.  Why is there no picture of them all properly plumped and placed on the couch?  Well, let's just say that the new puppy has made the couch, ahem, unpresentable.  Ugh. Instead, I'll leave you with a pic that illustrates how you get 8 pillows from your upstairs sewing studio to the downstairs living room where they will live.... just give 'em a toss!   



Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Friday

Yep.  It's been my New Years-mid year-holy cow the year is almost over resolution forever.  I finally put my money where my mouth is and signed up for just about the only thing that can actually get my butt off the couch and exercising - a Disney half marathon!!

Now, before you go all, "Whoa! That's crazy! I could never run a half marathon!" just know that's exactly how I feel.  Every single moment that my feet hit the pavement, that's exactly how I feel.  But, I decided to jump in and sign up for a Disney half because they're relatively low pressure.  The time requirements are generous enough that even if I just do a brisk walk for the whole stinkin' thing, I should still avoid getting picked up by the slow-runner-paddywagon.  Plus, the run goes through both Disneyland parks, AND the Angels Stadium!  No better way, from my perspective, to keep me entertained through what I normally find a very boring activity.

My awesome hubby has decided to jump in with me on the training, and we're just finishing up week two.  The dogs come along for parts of the training run/walk sessions, which is a great way to get them to burn off some energy.  As we all know, a tired puppy means a happy mama!

I'm finally making my way up the ranks amongst the Twilters on FitBit, and am having fun logging everything I'm doing.  Hopefully, doing some Fitness Friday posts on a regular basis is also going to help keep me on the right track!

Steps in the last 7 days: 64,619  (Soooo close to 70k! Hopefully next week!)
Miles run in the last 7 days:  10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Fall is coming....

It's time for ...


 And ...


And .....


This is just a single Swoon block that I whipped up to turn into a Halloween wall hanging. I'm still trying to decide if I want a border, but it will be quilted up soon!  Stay tuned.... 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A fun finish!

Do you have a go-to pattern?  I definitely do....

It's this pinwheels and prairie points quilt, found here at Moda Bake Shop.  I can't even keep count of how many of these I've made!


This one is in Mirabelle, by Fig Tree Quilts, and was commissioned by a co-worker to give as a gift to yet another co-worker who just had a new little girl!  


It's the perfect quilt pattern in so many ways - uses one charm pack, the perfect size as a baby quilt, uses a backing that's WOF, and of course, SUPER CUTE!  Can't wait to make the next one!