Monday, June 30, 2014
Hellooooooo! It may seem like I haven't been making much lately but that couldn't be further from the truth! I have been mega busy busting out one thing after another but have had to wait to share these things until the time was right. First up, a widdle baby blanket for the little one my friend Amby is cooking right now!
I'm actually elbow-deep in working on a king-size quilt right now so working on this piece was a nice break from the gigantic-ness I've been focusing on. Amby's shower crept up so quickly for me that I wasn't sure I'd have time to bust out a quilt for her but I was determined (and crazy) so this was born during nap times and bed times for half of a week.
What's different about this one for me is that it's made from all modern fabrics! The killer main fabric came from Owl & Drum (have I told you how much I love that place?!) and the solids were some of Tex's handmedowns. Amazingly, the bias tape was purchased and matched that center strip spot on. Serendipitous, yes?
I also decided to free motion quilt this one. I could have just used a regular foot but, I figure, I'll never improve with FMQ unless I keep practicing with it! The front doesn't show too much of the quilting craziness but the back sure does! It may not be perfect or aligned or straight but, boy howdy, it's durable! I was pleased that there was minimal puckering which tells me I'm getting better at basting! Progress! :)
The backing may look familiar to many of you as this is the third quilt I've used it on! I *think* I may be able to squeeze one more baby-sized quilt out of it if I'm careful. It's just so soft and works with SO many colorways! I'll sure miss it when it's all gone.
Amby is such a sweet, good mom to her little man, a wonderful maker, and a good friend to me with a terrifically wonderful laugh. Seriously, it's the best laugh. I can't wait to meet her next guy (soon!!) and to see him being all baby-ish on his quilt! You can spit up all over this one, little man, it's yours! :)
Monday, June 23, 2014
I think every person who has a child has certain things they look forward to or that are monumental to them. For me, one of those markers was having my child hold my finger to guide me places. That was always an act that I found endearing in my friends' children and now, my little one does the same.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
*Behind the scenes exclusive!* There was a tiny little kitten in 99% of the photos I took of our bedroom. It seems this is one of her favorite spaces to spend time in as well. She's taken to sleeping under the covers with us, curled up at tightly as she can be right next to me. It melts me.
Friday, June 13, 2014
A little radio silence over here, I know! My 'free' time has been filled lately with finishing up this number, learning new tricks with my machines, working on a top secret project that I can't wait to share with you (!!), and planning out a king-size quilt commission! Plus, just living and enjoying the days with the kid, the man, and the furry herd.
This was a bit of an emotional quilt for me to work on. That may not make sense to some but often, creating is a very emotional process. You see, for whatever reason, I inherited much of Tex's fabric that wouldn't be sell-able. I've sat staring at those fabrics for a while, wanting to make sure I did them justice and made Tex proud with what I used them for. I don't know that I'll ever use up all that I was passed along but I am going to do my best to use every single little scrap! To say it's an honor to work with Tex's fabric would be an understatement.
So what started out as an intimidating and emotional project for me became one of my favorites. Sure, it's not perfect but I certainly learned tons from it, as I usually do. I'd like to think Tex would approve, and that Nancy will too. To both of you ladies for your creative encouragement and for sharing your unbelievable work with the world. You inspire more than you know.
For those interested, this quilt is now available in the shop.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
For someone who used to travel internationally at least once a year, recently realizing that I hadn't even left the state in the past two years was a little jarring. I was thrilled to break that streak this past weekend with a quick jaunt to Arkansas with some of my closest girl friends for a weekend in the woods.
On Friday three car-loads of ladies who have known each other for decades first met up in Bentonville which is home to the uh-mazing Crystal Bridges museum. Before perusing some art, lunch and drinks were shared in town square while we did some very important catching up. Amazingly missing small rainstorm after small rainstorm, we finally made our way to the museum and had an accelerated afternoon of artful acculturation before starting the caravan back up to head to our weekend cabin.
After driving on some of the THE scariest and bumpiest country roads I've ever been on, we finally arrived at our huuuuuge cabin that we had booked months in advance. It was lush. We were spoiled. Friday night was filled with a home-cooked dinner, a beverage (or three), LOTS of laughs that made your belly hurt, the scariest face masks you ever did see, hot tubbing in the rain, nonsensical games, and a sunset in rockers on our screened-in porch.
After a hearty breakfast Saturday morning, the crew headed out to Fayetville to spend the day (and most of the night) but I opted to hang back at the house. I rarely ever get true time alone so I jumped on the opportunity. Oh man, was it nice. I made friends with the hot tub again, read (for fun!), took the most leisurely bath complete with mimosas and snacks, gave myself a pedicure, watched some movies, took a THREE-HOUR NAP (worthy of three exclamation marks!!!), did some serious reflecting, and just enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Here's the thing with away time with friends who've known you more than half of your life - sometimes, they help you see yourself in a different way. Perhaps see things that you don't want to see or have been ignoring. Or maybe they help you see the good that you can't see. I had a girls' weekend like that. It was a very introspective getaway for me complete with some of my dearest helping me through it.
And of course, the weekend wouldn't be complete without stopping by the side of the highway in a field of wildflowers to take odd engagement-inspired photos with my best friend.
Growing up is weird. And sometimes really hard. Life is confusing and often overwhelming but having your friends along for the ride makes it just a bit more possible to conquer the difficult parts. To my girlfriends, and their friendship through it all.