Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mini Quilt Swap

Thanks to my friend Stacy, I signed up for my FIRST ever Mini Quilt Swap. This one, sponsored by Schnitzel & Boo , and it's her 3rd round. In the email correspondence she said that there are over 900 participants. This being my first, makes me kind of nervous. 

If you want to check out the entries and participants progress so far, you can search #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap and #makeaquiltmakeafriend on instagram. Part of the requirements to participate is that you have to share your progress at least 3 times. If you have some time, you should totally check it out. The entries are beautiful! 

For my swap, I decided to try paper piecing for the very first time and went with a pattern called Starry Skylines in a combination of block sizes from From Blank Pages. I did change it up just a little. 


Based on my partners information, I went with different colors and here is what I ended up with:



Can't wait to send it off! I also decided that I will include one of my Christmas craft's with a few other little odds and ends in the package for my partner. 

Today, I am thankful for: The holidays coming soon and a chance to see my family! 

Melanoma fact of the day: An estimated 9,710 people will die of melanoma in 2014.

Friday, December 5, 2014

A New Friend!

I must have been a good girl this year because Santa came early this year! Santa=Mr. B. I am so excited to introduce you to my new sewing machine, the Babylock Ellure Plus





I had never really thought about getting a machine that does embroidery but after a quick demonstration at the store, I couldn't resist. There is not a thing wrong with my other machine, I was just ready for an upgrade and thought that it would be necessary to have a travel machine for when we visit family and friends. 

Aside from the awesome embroidery feature, which I have a lot to learn about, this machine has some really great features that i'm loving already. Like:
  • Auto Threader
  • Scissor Feature
  • Leg Activated Pressure Foot Lifter
  • Bobbin Threader
  • Hands-Free Sewing
* Note that these are not even close to the real names for these features but this is what I call them. 

I have been dreaming of a new sewing machine since my trip to Sewtopia in early November. Of course, after talking with the ladies there and trying out the sample machines, I realized that I had been sewing on a dinosaur. Not that there's anything wrong with that, that machine and I have shared some great memories over the years. We decided to go with a Babylock machine because if you recall, earlier this summer I brought home the lovely Babylock Eclipse DX serger

So.. aside from the Christmas crafts that I have been working on, I'm also still working on this little gem. Can't wait to get all of the hexagons together and the top assembled! 
 

Just had to pick up these Valentines themed fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop. 




Today, I am thankful for: The sunshine, the weekend, and happiness. 

Skin Cancer fact of the day: Nearly half of all Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sewtopia

Let me start by saying that I had the best weekend! Imagine being surrounded by 75 people who love the same things you do and that was my weekend at Sewtopia.. sewing, fabric, chatting, blogging.. etc.  It was like a ladies sewing circle on crack! What more can I ask for?

I'm so happy to have met lots of new friends and some of the ladies at the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild, which i'm planning to check out next week. If you are interested in seeing more pictures from Sewptopia, which you totally should be, check out #sewtopia on Instagram.

A shot of the Sewing Lounge

The pop-up shop from Suppose

A selvage block for the charity quilt featuring Cotton + Steel

Nighttime coffee from my hotel room. Gotta burn the midnight oil somehow!

Projects from the Michael Miller challenge, which I didn't get to participate in because I signed up too late.



Treasures that I just had to bring home.

New friends! Yay

Enjoying a Margarita and some yummy Mexican food!

#selfie

Second project of the weekend, with coffee of course.




Today, I am thankful for: I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend doing what I love with amazing new friends. 

Skin cancer fact of the day: Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. 


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hello Utah! Part 2

New for this week: Our furniture and my car arrived.. yay! We not have all of our stuff, which leads me to my next thought of.. we have too much stuff! Who doesn't feel that way after a move right?

So once again, because i'm too lazy to write out a long long post, i will tell my story through iPhone pictures. :-) 

Yay- After 2.5 days on the road this was a welcoming site. 

This was a random photo that I took from the car.

The front of our new digs.

The view from our house!

The view of the town from behind our house. 

This was taken from the same location as the photo above.

My temporary work setup until our stuff arrived.

We had laundry before anything else! Thanks Lowes!

The view at sunset from where Mr. B will be working.


Shameless selfie taken on a walk one afternoon.

We went into Salt Lake City and had to stop at the Temple


The sin setting over The Great Salt Lake

Can you hear the Hallelujah angels singing, because I could.

A future craft room.. i see it in there somewhere.

It's current status. I plan to spend time today finishing this area.

Fun magnets! Mr. B. and I got these magnets when we visited the American Gothic house on our vacation through the Mid-West last month. 


Well, That's all I have for now. Aside from the fact that i've been impatiently waiting for my next Nespresso order to arrive. Since we have arrived, i've been drinking instant coffee.. it's just not the same. Also, i'm super excited because I was lucky enough to snag a ticket to Sewtopia, which i'll tell you all about in my next post!

Oh and shout out to my mom who is shopping for a new sewing machine today.. so wish that I could be there. 

Things that i'm thankful for: Safe travels and a new home. :-) 

Melanoma Fact of the Day: As of 2006, the 5 year survival rate of Melanoma was 92.8%. Check you skin often, when caught early Melanoma survival rates are really promising.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello Utah!

Let me sweep the cobwebs out of the corners of this place. 

I am excited to fill you in on the happenings over the last month. If you've been following along, you already know that Mr. B took a new job in Utah. Indeed, i'm writing from our new home in beautiful Eden, Ut. 

Since I have acquired quite the number of images over the past few weeks I thought that I would break up the posts. This posts documents some of the happenings before our departure. 

We got Poppy and iPad so he can Face Time... look at him go! 

 My sister is teaching him a few iPad tips.

Mom hosted a going away party, Copper partied the night away.

This was actually from several weeks ago, I just thought it would be great to include. Congratulations to Taylor & Jonathan! 

Selfie at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Philadelphia.

My cousin, Aileen, came in for the walk too!

Mom, Rachel and Me!

Breakfast with Pop afterwards. 

A visit with Michael wraps up the goodbye visits.