Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Final 2014 WIP

Happy New Years Eve! It is the end of the year and time to reflect. This year has been a crazy one for me. I did not complete any of my sewing to do list. However, I did complete an educational administive program and I did get a new job. I guess that means I true can't say I didn't accomplish much in 2014


My final Work in Progress for 2014 is my sister-in-laws wedding quilt. It is already to be seen together and sent out to a Quilter. Does anyone have some good suggestions for a custom long arm Quilter? Since I don't want any quilting in the signature boxes, I can't just do any all over design. Suggestions would be appreciated.

I am also working on a cute little embroidery design, but I can't share to much or it will give away the surprise.

I also had one last fabric splurge for 2014. We went to a couple fabric shops during our visit to TX and I found a shop I adore in Dripping Springs called Valli and Kim. They had so many pretties including a whole bunch of Anne Marie Horner prints. There was so much I wanted to get, but these are what made the cut.


Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Winner

Congratulations to: Allison P.

Sew Mama Sew! Giveaway = Charm Pack Winner (1)

Allison I sent you a separate email. Send me back one with your address and I will get this out to you on Monday.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

First Work in Progress in a long time

This is my first work in progress in way too long. Hey, but at least I touched my sewing machine again and I even put together a little something.

I should be working on my sister-in-laws wedding quilt.

Nikki and Pauls Quilt WIP

However, instead I made myself this cute little scraptastic placemat. It is just a top right now, but that is a great start for two days.

Scraptastic placemat top

Good thing too. I was too worried to touch her quilt because it had been so long and I was worried about my 1/4 inch. I was right about that. It took two days of sewing to even get to something that is some what acceptable. Luckily this was a low value piece and it was really just for practice.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Since it has been so long since I have blogged and I just found out about Sew Mama Sew giveaway day yesterday, I went back and forth on if I should participate. However, the more I though about it, the more that I realized what a great way to start back at this whole blogging thing.

Kona Charm Pack

Since this wasn't very planned out, I am just grabbing a  wonderful Kona Solids Charm pack out of my stash... it is always good to share from your stash right :)

Kona Charm Pack

I mean just look at those pretty colors. Why wouldn't someone want those to find a new home with them.

Now if you new around here and would like to follow along here are some of my favorite projects.

Some of my favorite creations

You can see more just top by clicking the links for: My Quilts, Completed Sewing Projects, Recipes, Tutorial and you can even learn more about me. And yes I know, I haven't finished anything this year... but I do have 22 days left of the year and I am sure I will finish at least one thing this year.

Now on to the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. I am using the rafflecopter app for this giveaway. If it hasn't loaded yet just give it a moment. Oh and it is only open to the US this time... Sorry all my out of country friends. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Stash #1 AKA Been bitten by the quilting bug again

It has been forever since I have touched my sewing machine or even really thought about quilting except in passing my craft room and thinking maybe I should go in there. I am still working on finding my "new normal". However, I have a feeling the quilting bug may have gotten me again.

Cotton + Steel basics stash building

Technically, I still haven't sat down at my machine, but I did start buying fabric and patterns again. And isn't that the way it started in the first place.

See pretty fabric... buy fabric... oh I could so make that... buy pattern... look at more fabric and patterns...Touch pretty fabric and patterns... Imagine doing something with the supplies...Then maybe make something with your new pretties...

Moda Building blocks pattern

The black Friday sale was what finally got me.

Oh and a FB post by Camille Roskelley.... I mean just look at those pretties.

I truly felt like I just had to have Moda Modern Building Blocks. And of course since I had a gift certificate and there was a sale I couldn't justify not buying some fabric. So, I purchased the Cotton and Steel Basics bundle too. When everything came it, I was so glad it was just as pretty as I imagined.

First time linking up to: Sunday stash @ Molli Sparkles

BTW I am feeling like I need to get back into this blogging thing. Blogging seemed to help me journal my creative thoughts... which in turned helped me create. I am so excited to get back at it. I have even started reading blogs again realized Instagram has become huge in this online quilting community. I have been so inspired, once again, by reading all your blogs, instagram posts and such out there. I have even been commenting again instead of just thinking cute. So let's see how this goes.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summer is finally here...

This has been one crazy school year.Working on my administrative credential while teaching, took out a good chunk of my me-time.

However, we just finished with the school year the kiddos last Thursday. Not only did I say my goodbyes to my darlings, I also had to say my goodbyes to my Woodridge Family.

Today was my last day as a classroom teach at Woodridge Elementary School. Next year I will be an instructional support specialist. I will be work with other teachers on special assignment and schools in my district. I just don't know what schools yet. I

Since the 4th graders leave Woodridge to go to middle school, we have a secret dress up week to say good-bye. I didn't get a picture of us on art day, but here are some good ones from the rest of the week.

Super hero day - And yes were were one super team of teachers (if we don't say so ourselves).

Super Hero day

The funny thing is that so wasn't planned. Great minds do think alike!

Totally 80s day -  rocking the side pony brought back memories of my previous life as a Valley Girl.

Oh my god! My oh so awesome forth grade team so like rocked the 80's today!

I just have to say that I am so like glad I like got to teach with this like totally awesome team! (See Valley Girl, I grew up in the Valley during the 80s and may or may not talked that way. And no I am not sharing pictures!)

Our last day was Hawaiian day. Which is very appropriate for saying Aloha to our students. Each student got a lei and a Wildcat for Life certificate.

Hawaiian dayjpg

I will miss my team and the rest of the Woodridge family. Their support, friendship, and collegiality have meant the world to me. It has been a great 5 years. 

It is on to a new adventure for me. Next year, I will be a teacher on special assignment as a instructional support teacher with the district. I am not sure what schools I will be working yet, but I am excited to make a difference in a new way.

Less than a week until I have my final presentation and graduate from my administrative program. We had our rehearsal yesterday and I received some great feed back. Although, I now have some work to do on my presentation, I am hoping to get some sewing time in tomorrow. We will see about that.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spin Cycle

My life just his the spin cycle.

My students know I have been feeling a little blue recently. Today was my second day back after bereavement leave for the second time in a month and one of my darlings handed me these and told me she missed me and that she hopes these help. Although I am

So much change in so little time, and it is all happening at once. Luckily it is a mixture of good and bad.

Let's just get it all out there and start with the biggest change. My father passed away on May 15th. He wasn't in the best of health, but it wasn't expected either. He went peacefully in his sleep. He is missed very much. However, I am trying to look at it as a blessing in disguise. Knowing that he didn't have to suffer this and and that it must have been his time, help a little bit. I am dealing with this the best I can and as my mom has put it "(I am) learning how to live with our new normal."


This wasn't the only death we dealt with this last little bit. My husband's grandfather also passed away at the end of April. His health was declining (as it does as we age) and he caught an infection that he just couldn't fight off. We got to say our goodbye at the hospital. He too is missed very much by all of us.


Both of these men were very influential in my life and taught me a lot about love, hard work, trust, honesty and working towards success and happiness. I know they were both so proud of my accomplishments and who I have so far grown up to become. My dad was all there for me, supporting me and loving me especially whenever I needed that push to become the better me. Gramps filled the void of never known my own grandfathers and always treated me like his own grand kid. I am so glad and lucky that I got to have these people in my life. Although, they may not be with us any longer, what they have taught and share with all the loved will not be forgotten.

However, even with all this going on I do have some celebrations. I am almost done with my Administrative credential. In the last few days, I have written 3 papers and completed 2 field works, plus attended my last class. I have 2 finial papers left (one is make up for the time I missed in the last couple months), a final project and a presentation to go. Then I am done and graduate on June 21st.

Leadership Insitute Corsework

School is also almost out. It has been a great year with my bunch of fourth graders. They have grown so much and I am so proud of them. This year I also had a student teacher, it was great to watch him grow and develop his teaching skills. He made a great impact on my students and I am sure he will make a huge impact on all the students he has in the future.

These will be my few last days at my school site. While in LA on bereavement leave I got a call for an interview for an instructional specialist position. I was still in shock when I got the phone call (it was the day after my father's passing) and I almost didn't take the interview. However, after I thought about it a little more I realized how disappointed my father would have been in my for at least not trying. We made a quick trip back to Sacramento from LA and then back down, but it was well worth it. I am so excited about my new position. I know that I really enjoy working with adults to ensure the success of our students and the position will allow me to do that. The role isn't clearly defined yet, but I think it will be an amazing adventure and a great experience.

Now on top the funny yet some what annoy part of this whole spin cycle analogy.  When I came back up from to have my interview, I started doing laundry as we had already been in LA from almost a week. Well, that is when my washing machine decide to call it quits. The spin cycle broke and we purchased a new set of washer and dryer.

New washer and dryer

I have to tell you they are all pretty and new. However, they are different, just like my life, and this is going to take some getting use to.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

January Goals

Once again I am participating in A Lovely Year of Finishes. Of course that is in addition to my 2014 goals. Well or many in conjunction with.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

I am hoping this time around to make my goals a little more manageable. So this year I am going to set one goal each month and it maybe a big as finishing a quilt top, or quilting a quilt. However, most likely this year will be filled with little accomplishments, like cutting out a quilt, or sewing the blocks together.

I have a busy year ahead and don't want to overwhelm myself. However, I don't want to forget to be creative. So little accomplishments will have to do. Little things that I can actually finish. Things that will help me make progress towards my bigger goals.

This month I want to finish the borders for my sister-in-law's yellow and grey wedding quilt.

Wedding quilt progress

They used the blocks as signature blocks for their guest book.

Nicole and Paul's Wedding quilt/guest book table

This quilt has three borders. Yes three. Two normal borders and one saw tooth border.

flying geese for yellow and grey quilt

On the first day of the year I started the flying geese and finished them yesterday. That was 60 -  2 1/2 by 4 1/2 - flying geese my friends. These were not made the magic flying geese method or another fancy way. And I have to say I think I like it better.  So yes, that was 120 little squares sewed on to 60 rectangles. It was quite a project.

Now I just have to make them into 4 string of 15 flying geese each to make the borders. Plus cut out and sew the other two borders. And that will be my goal for this month. If I move on to sewing the blocks together than that will be great, but I really really just want to finish the borders.

How about everyone else? Do you have any goals for this month? Are they ambitious or small? Just wondering how everyone else is feeling about this year. 
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2014 Goals

As always with a new year means some new goals. Or at least for me an update on my current goals.

Since Pantone's color of the year just happens to be my all time favorite color ever, I decided that this year I would write my goals in shades purple :).

Many of these goals are the same as last year, some are more specific than last year, and some are ones I worked on in the past. I am looking forward to a very productive year with lots of accomplishments, change, and moving forward. My wish is for everyone to have a great year of happiness and love. 

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