Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Mystery Time!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is embarking on Bonnie Hunter's new mystery!  It's so much fun to wake up on Black Friday, and eagerly check the web to see what the kick off step is going to be!

This year, I did just that, and grabbed my fabric to get going. I joined in a Google Hangout with the Twilters, and got to cutting.  It also happened to be the day that my university was playing out big rivalry football game, so I took a bit of a break to scream at the TV, then went back to reassess my work. 


Look at all those strips!  Wait. Look at ALL those strips. That's a lot of strips. CRAP. I cut twice as many strips as I needed for this step!!!!

This is probably perfectly manageable, and really only applies to the pink and blue, so worst case scenario is that I need one more yard of each. But, still.  Ugh. 

This was a complete speed bump for me, but I'm chugging away on the step, and hoping to be completely done by the time step two comes out this Friday!

Linking up over at Quiltville!

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!   



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Herringbone QAYG Quilt!

Our guild had a sew-in/workshop in October, learning how to make a quilt-as-you-go herringbone quilt.  I wasn't able to attend, but HAD to make the project!  Thankfully, it was based on this great tutorial by Maureen Cracknell, so I was able to follow along at home afterward!  

I used a few pieces of yardage from Kate Spain's Good Fortune line, with a few solids mixed in.  I cut the strips at a variety of widths, since I knew there would be no way I'd be able to actually match up all those points.  That way, it looks intentionally off kilter!  

I threw up each of the strips on the wall as I completed them:  


And then did a little extra quilting along the columns to get the top/batting combo attached to the backing:


And finished it up with a scrappy binding!  I had to cut a few strips from the binding, but I had enough 2.5" strips left over from all the cutting I did for the top itself, that this binding was easy peasy.


And here it is all done!


I can't get the little one off of it long enough to get a regular picture of it!

I think that my favorite part of this quilt is how well it shows off the fabric that I chose.  Throwing in those solids for a little pop here and there was a last minute decision, but one I'm glad I made!  It's the perfect snuggly couch sized quilt, and I think I see a few more in my future....

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