Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stitch Rainbow

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry.


 A little rainbow of Stitch Circles by Michael Miller
Purchased from my Local Quilt Shop

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Fun

I've been promising my kids some summer fun "once the basement gets done," so today we are headed to the pool!  It's supposed to be over 100*. Gag!  

But before I leave I thought I'd show you a hastily snapped phone pic of the new carpet, in case anyone besides my mom wants to see it. 

In my eyes it turned out SO beautiful!
 I'm a very lucky girl.

Yesterday after the carpet guys left, ALL the kids (meaning: my kids + 3 sets of neighbor kids and a couple nieces!) spent the evening playing in the empty rooms downstairs where it was nice and cool.  It was fun to hear their (loud) squeals of laughter! 
...I'm looking forward to many years of basement fun!

In other news, my daughter and her friend spent 3+ hours yesterday designing, creating, and building their own board game.  
Electronics free day + no whining = Awesome!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Basement

I can't believe it's almost July!

The last few months have been one giant blur of activity as we try to squeeze finishing a portion of our basement in between work/life/school/summer vacation.  It has been cRaZy to say the least.  I feel at times that my children have been orphaned as the hubs and I spent many a late night plugging away downstairs.  But the end is in sight (cue the Hallelujah chorus!!) as our carpet comes today!  It's the final piece to the puzzle...

 With the minutes ticking down until completion I thought some of you might like to see a few snapshots of what has been taking place behind the scenes.  We basically started with an empty basement and a head full of ideas and proceeded to build 3 bedrooms, a bathroom (not finished yet), 2 storage rooms, 2 closets and a clubhouse.  We have added another 1000sq ft to the house.  That is HUGE for us!
This will be my daughters new room.  The hubs was a rock star with his handy man skills (not his regular day job)!  The built-ins turned out better than I had envisioned.  And that wainscoting/shelf... Perfect!  I'm pretty sure this will be my new quilt-picture-taking-room!

He also built out the closets in the both boys' rooms.
Again, Awesome!
The wall color for this room is a nice neutral tan with a bit of grey.

None of our upstairs windows have trim around them but I requested the extra trim for the basement windows.  Hubs obliged.  In due time the upstairs windows will have trim as well.  Trimmed out windows = beautiful view!  The wall color for this room is a bit darker blue grey but I'm going for a nice coastal feel when it's done.

 This view is looking down the hall at the newly finished part of the basement.  The color on the wall came out to SO beautiful in my opinion!  It's a nice light grey from Kwal called Carbon.  It's also the color of my daughters room, much to her dismay. (She was hoping for bright turquoise.)

On the left in this picture is the clubhouse.  It's something I've wanted in each of the previous housed we've owned as well.  Now, I finally got a clubhouse!  It's basically the width of a closet and about 8 feet long, with a little window and little doorway.  It's somewhere my kids can go to hide away or play endless games with their friends.  What kids doesn't love a little nook or cranny?!
 
 Here is another view of the clubhouse.
There is a regular sized door on the end for the over 12 crowd to use. :) (Storage closet on the right.)

And there you have it...
 Anyone who has ever done DIY home improvement knows it takes twice as long and way more money than anticipated to complete, but I am forever grateful for my husband's mad carpentry skills and endless patience with me along the way.  Like I said, he's been a rockstar!

And now, if you need me, you'll find me rolling around on the floor enjoying that new carpet smell. Haha!
 I'm only sort of kidding...
 :)

Linking up to Really Random Thursday

Monday, June 24, 2013

Off to a Good Start

First off, let me say that I had a great first meeting at the SLMQG last week.  The ladies were very sweet and they seem like a cool bunch of women.  I'm still staying with my local quilt club ladies, too, but feel there is enough room in my life for both types of experiences.  My goal is to learn and grow my craft, which I feel I can do with both groups ~ in different ways.

Here are the blocks I received last month as part of the Sew Pieceful Swap Group.


One of the things I am loving about this group is the super fast turn around time.  The swap works much the same way as the ever popular 3x6 and 4x5 bees but with a monthly deadline rather than quarterly or semi-annual.  I guess I'm enjoying the challenge of the speed.  Nothing like a looming deadline to light a fire under your seat, huh? 

As you can see I've received some beauties.  The blocks for June have started rolling in and they are equally as pretty!  I don't know if I've said before but I'm planning on using this quilt/these colors as a jumping off point for my family room.  I'm kind of excited to see where it ends up.

**If you are interested in joining this swap go to the flickr page and sign up.  Since this is a monthly swap you can jump and out as need arises.  Sign ups start somewhere around the 20th of each month.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Road to Tennessee

I decided to make this block for the June edition of the Sew Pieceful Swap group.
It was a bugger to make, but only because there were a million little pieces involved.  (16 squares per block times 2 corners per square times 5 blocks = 160 pieces)  Next month I really should pick a block with bigger/less pieces!  


But the end result are these awesomely beautiful blocks.
I loved how they turned out and hope that my bee mates love them as well. 
I know I'm not supposed to have a favorite, but I think I like the pink and black one best.

Block Tutorial 
**If you are interested in joining this swap go to the flickr page and sign up.  This is a monthly swap, so jump in and out whenever you want. Sign ups start somewhere around the 20th of each month.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Off to the City / #slmqg

Tonight I'm attending my first SLMQG.  I'll admit that I'm a bit terrified nervous about it but hopefully all goes well.  It'll be a different experience than my other quilt club group, that's for sure!
 
   As part of the meeting tonight there is a pillow cover swap.
Being the newbie I have no idea how my pillow will be received but fingers crossed that someone will like it.

After a quick brainstorm and a failed first attempt with another design I went with this color palette design.  It turned out just as I had hoped, maybe even a little better.  

Organic quilting was the order of the day as my straight line quilting was horrendous at 1am.  But I like it enough to think that I need to do it on a big quilt someday.
And for the back...
  A simple envelope enclosure and some mustaches!
Surely someone will like it, huh?! 


**Mustache print is Where's My 'Stache by Alexander Henry

Monday, June 17, 2013

Low Volume Stash

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry.

I can't resist a great low volume bundle.  
After making my bed quilt I've fallen hard for the quietness of low volume prints. 
I don't know what it is about them that I love so much but they make me very happy.



Here is a little bundle I purchased awhile back from Amanda at Westwood Acres.  I should really stop subscribing to her flickr and IG feeds because I get hooked on her pretty stash building bundles every time.  I'm trying to be good... but this time resistance was futile.

I like buying these type of bundles because they always include things I wouldn't normally pick out on my own, like those kites and little houses.  But my favorite pieces of the bunch are probably the chicken wire and the sewing pins.  Love them!!

One of the things I like about Amanda's shop is her stash builder bundles.  I am not a single designer kinda girl so I like buying her hand-picked mix and match bundles. It's a great way to add variety without having to search out different fabrics for yourself.  Right now I have my eye on this lovely navy bundle! Ooo, la, la!  I'm pretty sure I have only 1 navy blue print in my stash right now so this would be a great addition.  Just remember that her bundles change regularly so keep your eyes open for one you might like.


**For the record, I have not been compensated in any way for this post. 
 The opinion expressed is mine and mine alone. Just sayin' :)**

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pinterest Sampler Block 3

 This post is part of an ongoing series.  Follow along as I make blocks using designs from my pinterest board with hopes of a beautiful sampler quilt at the end.

I'm squeezing this week's block in just under the wire, but here you go...
I really like it!


 It's a block called Road to Tennessee and finishes at 12.5 inches.  

I can't imagine making a whole quilt out of this block but it was fun to make once.
#pinterestsamplerquilt

**Here is the block that I originally pinned. And here is the link to the tutorial.

Monday, June 3, 2013

#pinterestsamplerquilt Blocks 1 and 2

This post is part of an ongoing series.  Follow along as I make blocks using designs from my pinterest board with hopes of a beautiful sampler quilt at the end.

Today I'm off for a week of fun at Girl's Camp!  In the midst of the frenzy of planning and packing I managed to squeeze in the first two blocks for my pinterest sampler quilt. 

So this week it's a two-fer.


This first block is one you've seen before
 If you recall it's the block I made for the May edition of the Sew Pieceful Swap group.  
Even after making it 6x I'm still not tired of it.  :)

I made my block 12.5 inches but my pin is for a tutorial for a block that finishes at 10.5 in.  Besides the size difference I made one other change. I decided to use a solid strip of fabric on the star points rather than squares.  I just like the cleaner look. 


My second block is one I've pinned in various forms and goes by a few different names.
When I made my block I ended up using the tutorial from knotty gnome, but I've also pinned a paper pieced tutorial from Don't Call Me Betsy, and a cute little 6 inch version from Bee In My Bonnet.  

I definitely had some troubles while making this block.  I've thought for awhile that my 1/4 inch mark on my machine is eversoslightly off so it's making my block-making a frustrating experience.  I'm planning on using this block for my June Sew Pieceful blocks, so when I make it en masse I'll probably try the paper pieced method instead.  

Enjoy!
#pinterestsamplerquilt