Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Coming Home on Road 15


Believe it or not I finished a quilt in one month. It is a table runner size, but still it is a finish. Technically, I finished this quilt in 18 days. Less than that if you take off the 8 days that I was in Texas visiting my brother. I think this may be a new record for me. 


I used  road 15 by Sweetwater fabric with the Coming Home pattern from Simplify. I really like how this one turned out.

New commisssed quilt project

This quilt is currently hanging up in Sew Katie Jean's. I have been teaching/leading a book club using Simplify With Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home  at a local quilt store. So far there has been two classes using this book and this is the next quilt we will be making. The class is coming up really soon.. August 2nd to be extract.


Quilt Stats:
Name: Coming Home on Road 15 Quilt
Size: 34" x 34"
Fabrics: Road 15 by Sweetwater Charm Pack, Cream solid, a Random print (boarder), Denyse Schmidt Flee Market Fancy Eyelet(backing)
Binding: Tula Pink Saltwater Sea Strips Aqua
Pattern:  Coming Home from  Simplify with Camille Roskelley
Quilting: by me, Stippling
Started : July 2013
Completed: July 2013 
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PS I have no idea why my pictures didn't turn out so well. I think I need to look at my camera settings....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Super busy

I never understand how I can be so super busy during the summer. It is just mind baffling for me. I mean I am teacher I don't even have to go to work every day, but the summer just zooms by.

Hells to the yes

I know I enjoyed part of my summer staring out into the ocean. Which I am very much missing right now.

picture by Mirelle Carmicheal Photography

Attending the beautiful wedding of my sister in law and her new hubby, which by the way her photographer did such a beautiful job on all the pictures.

Barton Springs Austin

I understand that some of the time was taken up by visiting my brother, sis in law and nephew in Texas. I even got to swim in a Barton Springs in the rain... brrr.

Thanks to both my mom and my mother in law I was able to use my bday money to score some nice #baremineralsmakeup a new makeup brush and some fun samples

I don't know maybe it is that everything seems to take so much longer for me in the summer. Getting dressed today took me 2 hours. I did take a bath and play with my new makeup (b-day money finally spent)...  I don't know if I ever told you but I have this slight thing for make up. My makeup collection maybe almost just as bad as my quilting collection. I also followed a pinterest tutorial to do my hair. However still two hours is a lot more than my normal 30 minutes 45 minutes at max.

Developing 21st Century Learning Through Digital Storytelling with iPods Part 1

The worse part about all this is that I have been working over the summer too. I know you are thinking... but you are a teacher. The sad thing about that is I attend professional development training during the summer and I teach professional development training too. However the good thing about that is extra working means extra money which means more quilting supplies and of course makeup. I guess what made working this summer "bad" is the fact that my router decided to go out and my luck with technology has been making this process so my less enjoyable. The ironic part is that yes that is a technology training that I am working on.

I had planned on doing more planning for the school year but that really hasn't happened. Looking at the calendar I have 3 weeks left and summer is over for me. I need to get a move on all my projects if I want to accomplish anything this summer. But first, off to another training.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

How does your garden grow?

This year mine is growing like mad. Since we knew we were going on vacation this year, we added a drip line to our square foot garden and it took off.

When we got back from Hawaii it looked like this.

Garden after Hawaii

Then we we came back from Texas, it looked like this. It seems each time I look away it is making huge leaps and bounds.

Oh my garden. Another week away and it has just taken off. Can't wait for everything to grow and ripen.

The great thing about our garden this year is the bees seem to be visiting. Last year they really didn't visit, which means we had big plants and not very many fruits. So far this year almost every plant has a fruit on.

Which means I was able to I harvest our first big batch for us. I mean we have been harvesting a whole bunch of zuchinni, but I am glad that we got some other items too.

Yummy treats that i just harvested from my garden.

Our neighbor had been harvesting our garden while we were gone and I am very glad for it. I am happy that she was able to enjoy of garden and the food did not go to waste. She said that everything was very yummy and I have to agree.

I am looking forward to everything continuing to grow and ripen. Do you have a garden? If so how is it doing this year.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone is having a great day. I am so happy to be able to spend the day at my brother's house and to be with family.

I didn't have time to make anything this year... I always want to every year and never seem to have time. So I thought I would share my pinterest 4th of July inspiration board.

For all the American followers have a safe and happy forth of July. For everyone else have a fantastic day too!
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our Adventures in Kauai

We had so much fun on our Hawaiian adventure. I shared our pictures from Maui, but it took me a bit longer to go though the pictures of Kauai. Which is actually really funny because, we took maybe a third of the amount of pictures that we took in Maui.

We spent a lot of time driving around the island in Kauai and exploring. The first place we visited was the Kilauea Lighthouse.

Kilauea Lighthouse

Which happens to also be a bird sanctuary. I had a lot of fun seeing the birdies. 

Kilauea Lighthouse

While we were on that side of the island we visited secret beach and the lava pools.

Secret Beach and Lava Pools

Kauai was super green. Every where you looked it was bright green and oh so lovely.


I think that my favorite thing that we did was our trip to Waimea Canyon.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

We also got to see it from the other side on our Na Pali sunset dinner cruise with Captain Andy's

Sunset Crusie

I highly recommend it if you get the chance. Great food and awesome views. 

Sunset Crusie

We even stopped to see a pod of spinner dolphins. I tired to get better pictures, but those little guys are super fast. 

Sunset Crusie  - Spinner Dolphins

The final thing we did in Kauai was a Wailua River Kayaking and Hiking Tour. 

Wailua River

I found out I am not a Kayaking type girl... all I could think of was how I did not want the kayak to flip over and me end up in the river. That was especially an issue after my husband flipped me out as he was trying to get in... It was shallow water then, but still I was panicked the whole way back and my arms were so tried I wasn't sure I could even swim if it did flip over. At least that is what was going through my mind. 

Waterfall Kauai

I do have to say though the water fall was amazing that the kayak/hike tour took us too. We even got to swim in its pool and go under the waterfall. 

Well there you have it... our Hawaii trip. If you want to see a whole bunch more pictures of Kauai I have lots up on flickr and our other pictures of Hawaii  are on there too.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hello July

It is the beginning of July and time to set some new goals for the month. I am really proud of everything I accomplished last month.  I am hoping to be just as if not more productive month for July.

For my lovely year of finishes goal I have a commissioned quilt that need to be finished as soon as possible. I mean  I will be teaching a class on it at Sew Katie Jean's , a LQS, later this month. So I should probably get the sample up ASAP so people can see what they can sign up for.

New commisssed quilt project

I also have a second commissioned quilt for a friend's first grand child that I need to finish this month.

Jungle Bungle Repeat

The only other thing I "need" to finish is one ticker tape bee block for my Sunday morning quilt bee.

This list is already seeming like a bit lofty goals for me, but I would also like to continue to make progress on my embroidery 101 blocks. Only 2 left to go.

Embroidery 101 block 9 in progress

Finish my adorn quilt top.

Adorn- Simply Retro Work in Progress

And at least make some more progress on my modified bento quilt.

Modified Bento Box Quilt in Progress

Plus there is all the stuff around the house that put off until summer, also know as the teachers summer to do list. The funny thing is haven't even started to make a list yet, but off the top of my head I can think of... clean blinds, shampoo carpets, serious dusting, at least touch up paint around the house (we really need to paint, but that may not be in the budget this summer), paint my sewing cabinet, organize some spaces better... ackkk maybe I should start by making that list today. One of my teaching friend, who is much more organized than I am, actually has a list that she adds to the whole school year and magically finishes all her home tasks every summer. I wish that would happen around here, but that would take away from quilting :)
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Goodbye June...

June was one busy month for me. Finishing the school year. Going to Hawaii. Seeing my sister in law get married. And of course it was my birthday month. The month just zoomed by for me and I am actually surprised at how much sewing related things I accomplished. I mean I actually finished two projects.

The first was my Lovely Year of Finishes June goal of making the sidekick tote, which I brought on my trip and it made a great traveling bag.

Finished sidekick tote

I also finished a mini quilt for a Season by Hand and wrote a tutorial on how to make the yo-yos and one on how to make the mini quilt itself.

Season By hand Yo Yo Mini-3.jpg

I made a lot of progress on a couple of my work in progress.

Making Progress

I finished all my bee blocks. Finishing on time was a huge accomplishment for me this month. I basically spent all my free time since we got back finishing them.

June Bee Blocks

As for meeting my goals for last month... I actually accomplished most of them. The only thing I didn't do was finish the top for my adorn mini quilt. Pretty good for the fact that I was only home for about 1/2 of the month.
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