Monthly Archives: September 2013

I’m teaching at the local-ish quilt shop!

To say there is a local quilt shop, is sort of misleading. It isn’t like I live in Salt Lake City where there are quilt/craft stores almost like Starbucks in Seattle. No, I live in a more rural area. I have one very traditional quilt shop about 35 minutes from me. Another one 45 minutes and then a few that incorporate some more modern fabrics 1 hour from me.

The DC Modern Quilt Guild sometimes meets at Capital Quilts, which is where I will have my classes. They have recently expanded and are carrying more modern fabrics now!

You can read about my classes here. This last week, I made up my store samples for my classes. Somehow, in the midst of making them and life, I forgot to take real camera pictures of them. So you get my phone pictures.

First I made a quilt from Jaybird Quilt patterns, Tiny Dancer. 1274598_10201893182309245_454067348_o

It uses her Hexnmore ruler. I adored putting this together. I like a good challenge. Getting all those points to match up is much more of a challenge than a regular 45 or 90 degree angle. I think I did a good job matching. 935948_10201897703182264_90881965_n

There were only a few that I would have liked to have ripped out and lined up a little better. I do so love my seam ripper. I’m serious. It is like a magic wand. I take out my seams and then try it again, usually resulting in better matches.


Another fun thing is that two of the edges are zig zagged so you get to bind on the bias. I was delitghted to have had this quilt on my lap to sew on the binding on Saturday’s soccer games. It was cold out and I was not ready for the weather to have turned. The quilt kept my legs toasty warm.



Then do you remember my Charm Leaf tutorial from last year?981596_10201893195269569_1531213661_o

I get so many hits on my blog from this. So I decided to write it up and teach a class on it too. I admit, I am in love with these leaves. I will be making them into large leaves for a quilt later this month too! Stick around to read more about that down the line.


Anyway, I am super excited to get to teach something I love! If you are local, come take my classes. You will forever be my new bestie if you do and I’ll buy you a lollipop too. Ok, maybe not, but I would love to see you in my class;)            

Some pattern testing

My son adores owls. Snowy owls are his first love and then there is a list from there in a specific order of his preference. But I won’t bore you with the list. Just know that there is a list;)

 owl test 

When I saw Juliet of Tartankiwi’s post entitled Not for the Faint-Hearted! #1 I saw an amazing owl pattern. And #2 I saw a great challenge;) If you tell me it is going to be a challenge, and it has something to do with fabric, you have just become my best friend.


It was quite a challenge to come up with some interesting textured fabrics for this lovely owl. I wanted to find something white with black on it to make into a snowy owl. But it was impossible to find at the one quilt shop nearby. They do however, have a treasure trove of traditional fabrics and tons that were brown. Score. I thought this toile was perfect with some of the sketchy  images. There were lots of big trees in it and I tried to fussy cut it for the belly of the owl. You can see in the image of the head below, there is a person in the print. You can’t see it now that it is all put together.


What a treat! Thanks Juliet for letting me test your beautiful pattern.

Back to School, a project and a reflection

Well it is back to school around these parts. My family in Arizona all started over a month ago. But we just started a couple of weeks ago.


I made my son a key ring to carry his flash drive to school in and shared the directions with Pellon Projects. It was super quick to make up and since my son loves owls, he is happy. Hopefully that teeny little drive won’t get lost this year since he has somewhere to put it;) You can make one too if you would like. Pop on over to Pellon to get the project.


So both my boys were off to school. I had to do the whole tradition of first day pictures and what they want to be when they grow up.


When he grows up he wants to be a video game designer. 6th grade this year. Yikes!



I suspect this one was influenced by big brother’s career choice. He wants to be a  game tester. 2nd Grade this year.



And of course, one of them together. It is a strange year with them in different schools. They are the best brothers.

Just quickly looking back over the first day of school pictures of the past, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. (They are all my favorites after all!)


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When he was in second grade, he wanted to be like his dad when he grew up. What is not to love about that?! Aaah! They kill me!


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Preschool he wanted to be a cop, Kindergarten he was going to be a scientist.

I’ve been so lucky to have become a Mom. Now I wonder what else I’m going to be when I grow up. How about you?