Have you heard of Modern Sewciety Podcast? It is run by Stephanie K., she interviews people in the sewing/quilting industry and has great guests on her show. Susannah and I recently spoke with her about our upcoming sewing retreat, Sew OK (spots still available). It was easy to converse with Stephanie, we even talked more after our episode ended and we are still discussing stuff! If you like podcasts, give it a listen, we share an episode with the ever-so-cute Jeni Baker!
This week, I'm featured as the quilter of the week at BadAss Quilters Society! I'm excited and honored! Yes, there are pictures of things that I only sewed, but, hey, it was hard work, too! Thank you, Maddie for featuring me!
Speaking of BAQS, Maddie Kertay and Nicole Riveria are hosting a networking gala called The Big Wing Ding, if you are in the Houston area on October 27 (Quilt Market time), the event is 7-9 p.m. I am a speaker as well Sara Lawson, Megan Frock, Bari J, Ebony Love, and so many more talented ladies! There is a lot to learn there, we are speaking on our particular interests/expertise, I will speak about building a local sewing community and a little about modern quilting (as an interest, not expertise). Buy a ticket and come to see us, we could all use the support!
from The Big Wing Ding's event page:
"If your business centers around the rapidly growing and changing quilting market I really encourage you to find time to join us and hear what these industry visionaries have to say! I think we all can agree that a change is in the air and there is no better way to see which way the wind is blowing than to hear people like."
Tickets are for sale here: The Big Wing Ding
Share with anyone in Houston--friends, guilds, etc.!
She asked why kids can't watch television when they want and eat pizza when they want, looking as if she wanted to ask for weeks. We went through a scenario where she realized she doesn't possess the ability to do those things on her own. Also, she concluded (with my help) that maybe she would grow up and still do those things or at her leisure, if she had the desire.
I usually walk around thinking, "Oh, it must be so easy being a kid," I now realize that they have their days, too. She put Bobbin the dog outside so she could just play with her toys, I get it. I let her make that decision because I do want her to know her boundaries are to be respected. Also, I remember putting her in her own space so I could breathe...yesterday, even.
Hours later, she is lying on pillows and reading with zero cares. I'm doing laundry, meal planning, making impromptu treehouse forts, and wishing I was sewing.
We ate ice cream.
We are well.
I am back from Portland, OR where I attended Quilt Market. Unfortunately, I need to post about something else first, our state and awful tornadoes, go to OKC Modern Quilt Guild's page to read more.
Happy Memorial Day.
We are hours away from catching up with aunts, uncles, cousins, and their children.
We are ready to eat appetizers, main course today, and dessert tomorrow.
We are ready to drink good wine and take a hayride through the park.
We are ready to celebrate each others existence.
I'm ready for my quilt retreat that starts tomorrow!
We just want to be happy today and we are.
Maybe we don't talk about those who are without loved ones today, but, we are thinking of you, too!
We will be happy today as we don't have a lot of time to do otherwise.
Yes, it's true, I somehow gravitate towards the tedious, thank you, Amanda for that observation, but, now I cannot avoid it.
So, here are some tedious works that I recently finished.
I used a pattern for this, it is "Hoo's My Baby?" by Bunny Hill. This was fun to sew. I did ask someone else to quilt it, as I had deadlines to consider.
I fussy-cut the borders for the quilt and had a lot of fabric left, so I made a double dresden pillow & finished it with binding, I love the result--looks like piping.
This is a too-long pinwheel quilt, seriously, it is getting a "This Took Forever" label on the back. The pattern is from Thimble Blossoms & fabric is Hello Luscious by Basic Grey. After piecing this, I opted for simple, sparse quilting, just diagonal lines in one direction.
Here is the back, it is small enough to use a single cut of fabric.
Both of those quilts are hanging at Oklahoma Quiltworks, my local quilt shop, also, I work there once a week. I love it there, all of my worldly problems disappear when I walk through the door. Aaahhh.
And I just finished this!
2 friends and myself each enlarged a traditional quilt block to 60", we all picked a different block and we used the fabric line, Washi. I made a cobblestone block and when I calculated each square, I did not take into consideration that they are on-point and my quilt is 77" big!! Of course! 77! I think I have a name for it now!
And for the back, since I thought my quilt would be 60", I bought enough black stars to accommodate, after miscalculating said quilt, I have to improvise for the back, I took scraps and put them in a bag and cut and pieced whatever I pulled out, it made the process mindless and fast! I thought of doing one tiny cobblestone and felt like I did not have the time, but I couldn't make the thought go away, so i had to do it! It is 6.25" square, I cut 40+ 1 3/8" squares for that block! I do love it!
Well, "77" will be on display tonight at the Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild's show at The Parish during LIVE on the Plaza. I'm excited about the show, we setup for it yesterday and it looks great, there are a lot of talented people in our metro! If you are local come out sometime between 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. and catch of glimpse of our threads.
I do not want you to stay little.
I want you to grow and be the confident and independent little lady that you have been since your first days.
Go ahead, eat the frosting off of your cupcake first.
Keep updating calendars & making your bed each morning.
Continue to draw and write random things daily, especially in the morning, it will make your day even better.
Wear a skirt and play soccer. And win, or just have fun.
Love journals and pencils forever.
Don't give names to toys if you do not want.
Love Darth Vader, zombies, unicorns, & cats and own one pair of pants if you'd like.
Yes, if you see someone doing it wrong, show them how to use a knife, even if they are 8+ years older than you...
Keep drawing zombie Rapunzels.
Continue to question people, especially when they tell you "girls can't marry to a girl."
Yes, you can dance all day and night in that party dress. Who cares if someone thinks it is uncomfortable.
Continue to be selective. I see what it can do to people when they lower their worth.
We love you, little stinker! And yes, you can have an alarm clock now.
Guys, I am not keeping up with the bag challenge, I am directing my time to other projects that I am highly interested in right now and I feel like I should take advantage of the opportunity. I want to finish the challenge, but, I am going to space it out a bit. I'll have a plan by the end of November AND I WILL HAVE IT POSTED! I want to write other blog posts right now, but I cannot ignore the lack of challenge posts.
I'm finishing up some small bags for a craft show on Saturday, I'm a little stressed about it because it is the first time that I will not have a lot of items, I never planned to make a lot because I am working on sewing models for spring classes and I always plan to do too much and I feel crazy.
Also, Thanksgiving. I can't even think about next week until Sunday has passed.
My brain is feeling like a game of Tetris right now.
Maybe I can sleep a little easier tonight after publishing this post.
I am going to have a fun weekend, I'm so excited!
It's true, there are bird lovers at this home, the most involved is the tiny one. At the hopeful age of 1, she was certain that she would catch a robin, they would taunt her by letting her get close and as she went in for the grab, they would fly away! She did not let that stop her, although at 4, she no longer tries to do it. Each year since, I've taught her the common birds that we see out of our window, I could not believe that she learned so many so fast, oh, our little orny!
Here is a nest that she made for a dead worm.
My best Bird sent me The Cornell Lab of Ornithology this summer and we hit the ground running! Each Monday we go to CLO and focus on 2-3 birds, we look at their pictures, videos (if available), talk about which part of the world in which they live, and listen to their calls/songs. It was fitting to start with a robin bird, after the lesson, I printed an embroidery sheet that I found online (The Floss Box) and let my little orny color it, she wanted to send it to Robin "because she will be so exciting!" That suggestion lead to an addition to the lesson--bird craft/art.
I found these 2 birds and she colored them as chickadees.
For 2 separate sessions, I sewed some birds while she filled them with cotton.
I showed E how to sew the tail closed, she did it all by herself! Also, we were still in pjs.
Her little babies...
Mommy, daddy, and kid bird...
Stay tuned for the sequel!
She calls robins "robin bird" to make a clear distinction between the person and the winged creature, you know, we adults are just so crazy!
Thanks for thinking of us, Robin!