Sunday, May 24, 2015

Get in the groove....

It's been a heck of a slump for me.

This happens every once in a while - not just to me, I know lots of quilty friends who hit the slump, and just have to take a couple of months off.  That's where I've been lately, and I just haven't had the energy to do much of anything.

I have a couple of projects that were time sensitive, that I finally got finished up this weekend.  I spent nearly all day today in my sewing studio - and it felt sooooooooooo good.

I've got a few massive WIP's that I'll be able to share soon, but for now, I'm just incredibly excited that the slump is over!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Miserable Marsala.

So, each year, it's kind of fun to look forward to the Pantone Color of the Year challenge that our guild usually does.  I'm the Challenge Chair, so I had to subject my guild to miserable marsala this year....

Yes, it's reminiscent of the 80's, and I'm pretty sure that at some point in my youth, I coveted a prom dress in TEEN Magazine made from taffeta in this very color.  However, it's the COTY, so a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Saturday was our meeting to present our challenge quilts, and let's just say that I had some technical difficulties (read: major precision problems in my piecing), so it's just a top at the moment.  And a top that will need to be repieced, if it ever has hopes of becoming an actual quilt.

In any case, here it is:
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One of the saving graces of this color is that it looks quite pretty (and very Arizona-ish) when paired with blues.  I found a FQ bundle of blue blenders to use, and I do think the colors go together well.

Our next challenge should be a LOT more fun, and I'm definitely looking forward to getting started on it!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In knots

This is the one that derailed me!

Last Christmas, I made this snazzy wall hanging:  

And then decided that, since I put nails in the wall for the rod, I may as well change it out seasonally.  I promptly whipped up this Valentine's Day one:

.... And then started up one for St. Pat's Day.  

And then got stuck.  It's not the quilt's fault.  The pattern itself worked up beautifully.  I just got myself stuck in a rut. I tried quilting it in a spiral - big fail.  I decided to do small spirals, and finally, that worked.  I finally finished the quilting in JULY, so this is the first time I've gotten to hang it up!  Without further ado, my Celtic knot wall hanging!  

A few have asked about the pattern, so here's the book that I got it from:

I'd highly recommend you check it out - the construction methods are really interesting and give a complex look without actually being too complex to work up. 

Now, a few days after St. Pat's, it's off the wall, and  I need to get to work on something Easter or spring themed, pronto!  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hoo boy.

It's been a busy few months!  Between work, and TONS of spring cleaning and house maintenance stuff, it seems like I never get enough time in front of my sewing machine, and certainly not enough to get blog posts out!

I have managed to get a few things knocked out....

This pincushion for a swap at our guild meeting in February:

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Funny story:  I decided to get some crushed walnuts for the filling at the local pet store, where the helpful clerk tried to steer me to the all-organic, uber-bulk size sack of litter. I assure you, kind sir, my pincushion is not that picky.

Also, February was the kick off month for our block of the month program at guild.  Here's my February Block - Squash Blossom:

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And here's March - Churn Dash:

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I scored a fat quarter bundle of August by Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel in a Massdrop last year, and decided that I'd use it for the BOM blocks.  Should be a nice way to show off those gorgeous fabrics!

Oh, and did you notice those cute little flying geese on the sides of the pin cushion?  I made my own paper piecing template on graph paper to make those, after using exactly the same technique to finally get my guild name tag done!

This is what it looked like while I was piecing it together....

Soooooo.  I think that gets me mostly caught up.  I still have my marsala quilt challenge project to post about, and we have some exciting opportunities coming up in the guild that I'm pumped for, so look for those soon!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Race recap!

It's been awfully quiet here, and even more quiet in my sewing room. These last few weeks have been entirely consumed with preparations for the big race!

Yes, I finally ran my first ever (and maybe last ever) half marathon last weekend - The Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon!  I definitely didn't keep up on my Fitness Friday posts, which were supposed to help me stay accountable for training, and well, let's just say there wasn't much training to report. 

The one really wonderful thing about runDisney races is that they're relatively walker friendly. You still have to keep a vigorous pace, especially if you're only walking, but everyone is just having so much fun along the way! 

Being a first time half marathoner, I was in the verrrrry back of the pack to start off.  The first several miles of the race actually went through both theme parks, which makes the run SO MUCH FUN. 

Running through the Magic Kingdom while the sun is rising is, well, magical. There were characters sprinkles all throughout the park, but (much like when I was a kid) I shied away from stopping and didn't bother to get my picture taken with any of them. Besides, I was too busy taking this in: 

The other really sweet aspect of the run through the park is actually the run behind the park. You get to see some pretty amazing behind the scenes stuff, that a Disneyphile like me just loves. 

The last 9 miles of the run were on the streets of Anaheim and Garden Grove. It's definitely not as fun as the run through the parks, but there were lots of people on the sidelines cheering, and even some local marching bands out and about to help spur us weary runners Ali f! 

I will admit, though, somewhere around mile 9, I started to feel it. The wall. The bonk. Blahhhhh. 

My running friends swear that you forget all about this when you cross the finish line. I'm not so sure about that, but I do have to say, getting the sweet medal at the end allllllmost makes it worth it. 

A week later, I'm still recovering (something is funky with either my sciatic nerve or my Achilles, and I have no idea which). I'd go back to Disneyland for another race in a heartbeat - but I think I'll stick to just a 5k or 10k. 

For now, I'm just glad to be done with feeling guilty about not training, and I'm planning to get my butt back in the sewing studio ASAP!