Friday, January 30, 2015

Around the World {Part 2}

Well it was about a year ago, I think, that I participated in the Around the World Blog Hop. Sarah of Blue Susan Makes asked if I'd like to participate and I thought it might be fun again to see how much I've changed or not changed.

Sarah is the co-author of Just for You: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers.  And she is a mom to 5 kiddos, one of whom is a tiny wittle baby boy! So sweet. :)

What I'm working on...

Well that's easy. I just finished quilting the quilt pictured here as a WIP. It's the first quilt I've finished in 2015.

I'm also working behind the scenes on marketing for my book. Stay tuned for Monday!!

Why do you write/create what you do?

I vaguely remember my response from last year as being fairly vague as to why I feel driven to create. I feel a bit more clear on why. Maybe. At least for today.

Though, I'd love to be a novelist, I've always felt it a challenge to express in adequately specific words my deep thoughts. I think creating affords me the ability to discover what is intangible and flesh it out. It's peaceful there.

How does your writing/ creating process work?

I think I said something similar last year, but usually I'll have an idea. I'll sketch it in my graph journal or in Illustrator. Then I'll work out the math in my graph journal.  I use a soft cover, squared Moleskine notebook. It's perfect. I love it. Here's a shot of ideas I was messing around with awhile ago. There actually aren't too many pictures in my notebook, just lots of math and notes. There's some of my favorite Bible verses and scribbles of various God-related thoughts (see bottom right hand corner). Note to self: more quilty pictures!

So that's my around the world blog hop post. I completely forgot to email anyone to ask if they wanted to play. So is there anyone out there who wants to play? Let me know in the comments and I will officially tag you in this post.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Playful Boxy Pouches

For more than a few years, I've been meaning to make a pouch to keep my colored pencils. My collection has outgrown their pencil box. Before the new year, I finally made some pouches.

Playful Boxy Pouches

I was so pleased to be able to get 4 boxy pouches out of a 1/2 yard cut of this Playful canvas print, by Melody Miller. Each pouch has such a different personality due to the versatility of the print. So, they were pretty fun to make.

I was going to make boxy pouches, but I don't think I can cut this fabric up! ��✂️#cottonandsteel

I used a hybrid of this tutorial and this tutorial. And my zippers were 9 inch zippers from Zipit. (Must restock!) I used the Matryoshka (I spelled that right on the try!) doll tape for zippy pulls on only two. I wished I had done it for all of them. Sigh.

Playful Boxy Pouches

The bingo bag might be my favorite. :)

Playful Boxy Pouches

I really recommend zippy tabs. The ones without tabs are kind of annoying to open and close. No big deal, but I wish I would have taken that extra small step.

Playful Boxy Pouches

I was even able to get the handles from the same Playful print. I love fabric economy!

Playful Boxy Pouches

And now I have a home for my colored pencils. Though I doubt I'd be able to get brand new pencils in the pouch. It's a bit tight.

Playful Boxy Pouches

I'm linking up to Finish It Up Friday. Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Special Delivery

Recently, I received a special delivery.

Can you see it?

I added a special book to my bookshelf yesterday. ������ Can you see it? #peekaboo #modernrainbow

Yes! You guessed it! My advanced copy of my book came on a sunny day in early January. I anxiously stalked my front door ever time I heard a noise that even remotely sounded like a FedEx truck!

Then I snuck it in between some of my favorite quilting books, authored by some of my quilting heros. Those ladies are such inspirations; it's humbling and oh so cool to see my book in their midst. What an honor!

I got my book! Yah!

C&T/Stash even sent me a wonderfully bright little Azalea plant. Hot pink! I think they know me. It's been such a pleasure working with the people at Stash.

Thank you to all for happy words! And thank you to @ctpublishing for the pretty flowers and card! #modernrainbow

Then to celebrate, the kids and I went through the Starbucks drive thru, as the temperature was literally 10 degrees. Brrr!

It won't be long now! Until then... how about another tease?

Pretty folds.

Order a signed copy here; or a plain one from Amazon; or straight from Stash.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Don't name your quilts "Wanderlust" {Friday Finish}

This quilt has been finished for quite awhile, almost 9 months! I made it for Patty Sloniger's spring market booth. My quilt, Wanderlust, is the gray one with triangles in the back. Wasn't Patty's booth fantastic?

Patty Sloniger's Spring Quilt Market booth

The colors in the line, Emma's Garden, are so so luscious and vibrant. They are right up my alley so I had a bunch of fun working with the fabric.

Emma's Garden by Patty Sloniger

And of course it was fun to come up with a quilt design. How could I not make a rainbow quilt with those colors?


Right after the quilt came back from market, I shipped it off to Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine so that it could be published in Issue 12.

Don't name your quilts "Wanderlust"

After which, the quilt's whereabouts are unknown. (SOB!!) That's the main reason I have not shared Wanderlust here yet. I know these things happen and that's what shipping insurance is for. But I would have liked to see her again. (Double sob!)

Don't name your quilts "Wanderlust"

So the lesson for me and for you is... Don't name your quilts "Wanderlust" or they might just live up to the name (thank you to Jenny Fox- Proverbs for that clever play on words! Hi Jenny!)

I'm linking up to Finish it Up Friday!

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