Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What Now?

I've been working on my latest design and I finally have the center finished. 

Now I just need to figure out the borders. I want to do something a little different. Usually I would have a little border and then a wider border of the paisley type print for the final border. 
This quilt needs something different, something special. I want to incorporate the appliqué pieces, but I'm not sure about in between the appliqué border and the center. I'll keep playing around and hopefully come up with something fabulous!  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fancy-schmancy Wrist Rest

Try saying that title 5 times fast!  
I'm trying to work on some college stuff, but I had to quickly share this pic. 

Pancho thinks he has to be right by me. So I have turned him into my wrist guard. It really isn't that comfortable or helpful but I just let him snooze on. 
I'm not getting a lot done anyway. I am kind of stuck and I'm never productive when this happens. Sometimes I wish I wasn't such a perfectionist when it pertains to school stuff. I wish the perfectionism would move over in other areas of my life, like cleaning the house!  
Oh well, wish me luck!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


I know we all have things to be thankful for and I am guilty of taking things for granted. One thing I am very grateful for is my parents and in-laws. They both live around the corner from us and we love it!  They may not love how we ask for favors at the last minute, or how we don't visit as often as they would like but we love living as close as we do.

Each set of grandparents loves our kids so much. Check out this cute pic of my parents and my kids. This was taken last weekend in Panguitch. We were enjoying one last treat before heading home. 

Today I am thankful for all the help and support my parents and in-laws give our family!  

I encourage you to find someone you are grateful for and let them know. You just might make someone's day a little brighter. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fun in Panguitch

This past weekend we traveled to Panguitch in southern Utah for their annual Quilt Walk Festival.  I wrote about it a few years ago, you can find the post here. Of course, Westenskow and Sons were there selling our wares. We have been to this show as vendors for 12 or 13 years (does it really matter?).  In a way it feels like we are going home. They have seen my kids as tiny babies and then each year as they have grown up. It is a really fun atmosphere and there is something for everyone, from tractor parades to quilt classes.
They had an area for kids which we took our girls to this year. They absolutely loved it. 
They made butter with whipping cream, salt and a marble (it was boiled or so they said). Shake, shake, shake and then it was done. They also had boiled wheat to try. Needless to say my girls were not too impressed with it. 

All three of them took a ride in a handcart, pulled by some very nice young men.  I don't think we would make really good pioneers.  We have been coddled too much with air conditioning and cars!

They also had a petting zoo with various farm animals.  Little A & Big L's favorite animal was a baby chick. Big K's favorite was the puppy. Really?  We have one at home she gets to pet everyday!  It was a different breed and really cute so who am I to judge!  

Their favorite part was the quilting station. They had little quilt sandwiches stapled onto little wooden frames that kids could try hand sewing with. All three of them jumped on this activity and did pretty well for their age and ability. 

Little A could handle a needle without poking herself!  Her stitches were all over the place and were about an inch apart but she was so proud of herself!

Big K's quilt stitches were pretty even and she was soon threading her own needle when she pulled too hard. 

Big L had it down in just a few tries!  She had even stitches and was able to stay an even distance from the edge of the triangle. 

 I can't believe the amount of prep work that went into all those stations. The girls enjoyed every minute if it!

I entered my heart appliqué quilt into the show this year. It was kind of fun to see it hanging next to other fantastic quilts. 

I need to find a spot in my house to hang it, but also somewhere that is will not be touched by little (sometimes dirty) hands everyday. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Hello everyone again!  Wow, two posts in one day and it isn't even lunch time yet. I can only study for so long before I either fall asleep or zone out and can't remember the last 3 pages I read. To combat this I have been sewing a little.

Recently my mother acquired a Go Baby die cut machine. I didn't think I would use it much but I have loved it!  I recently came up with this cute little block. 

I am trying out raw edge appliqué just so I can finish some projects. I don't like it as much, it is not as pretty but I have too many ideas and can't finish them all.  This is not sewn down yet, but I will be using invisible thread with a small zigzag stitch. I'm not even sure if this is the "correct" way. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. 

I am pairing this block with a log cabin type block to give it some interest. Here is what I have so far. 

I really love this quilt. I'm trying to decide if I should add a couple more rows or leave it square for a wall hanging. 

I hope you stop by Patchwork Times and check out the other projects!  

Morning Dilemma

I really should be working on some college stuff but I don't want to move a sleeping puppy!

Notice the strings on my pants?  I have already been sewing and ran 3 miles this morning. I don't know why I am using the dog as an excuse for not working. I have plenty of other excuses. Here's to a productive college day from now on!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Just a little something

We have a new addition to our family!  This cute little puppy. 

I never thought we would have another dog, let alone an inside dog!  His name is Pancho and we absolutely adore him. He is a chihuahua and we expect him to get about 5-7 pounds. The girls have been really good about taking him outside and keeping their stuff picked up so he doesn't chew it up. 
Welcome Pancho!!