Supernova Friendship Block Swap Finish!

I’m beyond excited to have this one finished and off the sewing table. This was a real struggle to finish with sickness, holidays, other commitments and just feeling the funk of no interest of sewing. I chose to hand quilt the top and didn’t even have it marked out until the beginning of January. After some brainstorming with Gma Schnell I marked for a whole weekend in between other commitments and came away with a lot of work.

I’m pretty NEW to quilting if you have been following along. My first attempt was a lovey that my LO didn’t take to and now has become a doll quilt. My second was a jelly roll quilt and the third I pieced the top but had Gma Schnell finish the rest… Wait for it (dragging my feet) few or several months later I caught the bug after ahem* stalking a new friend on instagram and she sent me in a direction to make my first quilt piecing hst.  Let me just say it came together quickly but my seams weren’t consistent and I bought broadcloth on accident… sigh smh and even this one wasn’t finished by me.

Since then I have made 1 twin, 4 pillows, a very badly pieced mini for myself, a precut packaged vintage quilt (queen), a doll quilt, my first paper pieced mini, 3 mug rugs, 4 slightly smaller than lap quilts, 1 lap quilt, 2 minis for swaps, more bags and pouches than I’d like to count this morning, and in the midst of all that I joined this and made my first sort queen size (62″ square). Why am I listing all this well because mostly I need a reminder of the journey but also maybe to give other people the encouragement I needed to start this adventure. Its ok to start small, make mistakes, become a stalker… it all starts with the first step (well minus the stalker thing because that’s just creepy).

This was also my first quilt-a-long so it was nice to have a friend to work with to make it more fun and definitely someone to complain to about all the nitpicking things that drove me nuts. Christina and I have been thick as thieves back from college with a little lapse in between when I moved away for a bit. We are our own mini (itty bitty only 2) bee. And we try to get together about once a week, if not every other week to craft, eat, and just hang out. So each month if you remember we made each other a block plus an identical one to and then swapped. Then there was this big gap of nothing where we were supposed to be finishing the quilt to do our final post (being what you are reading) for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Hence when I also stopped blogging.

Ok enough already (I hear you) here is the final quilt:

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It took me about a month to quilt on and off during naps and the wee hours of the night. Its been lovingly used since. Makes me feel like spring is around the corner.

Linking up one final time with Stephanie, Sandra and our judge Lee.

Supernova Friendship Block Swap Finish!

Supernova Block Swap #5

This month happened to be our last block swap and yet again it was happening a bit later than the 15th. I headed over to Christina’ s on Friday for dinner and some crafting. I packed my bag full to the brim of different projects that I have in progress but didn’t seem to accomplish much of any of them. I blame it on the lull that I have been feeling lately and if you follow along with my instagram you will have seen some scrap projects I have been working during my free time.

While I was there I reworked what I had planned for my IGMINI partner and I’m loving how it is following along with the other projects I’ve been working on. I was devastated this past week and that might be part of why I’m in a funk; but as I was cuddling under my Halloween donut quilt I noticed that a couple of my quilted circles have broken. I checked the thread and well it’s 6 years old and not holding its strength. So she had the idea of me working on it bit by bit so it doesn’t depress me so much. I also put together a small Halloween quilt that needs to be quilted. I made a new plan for a quilt I have planned for my niece. So in all I was able to get some decisions made and little progress on a couple different things.

We also made our last swap and Christina laid out all the blocks so we could see how they would all fit together. We are both looking forward to the final product and discussed how we planned on quilting. Here are the blocks and mine is on the top:

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These questions each month have broached a lot of deep conversation and had been great in helping us know more about each other. As I have said before we have known each other since our college days. The this month: What unexpected blessings do you have in your life?

Christina talked about her health and I’m sure she will discuss this in more detail. I talked about my different pregnancies and the blessings I have had with each.

The summer before I found out I was pregnant with Archer was an end to a rough year. My first pregnancies was ectopic and had to be aborted within my eighth week. The year was the hardest for me as a mother, woman and wife and ended with a two week trip to Haiti to teach English with my husband soon after his return from China. During the trip was body was out of whack and when I was home it was over two months before I realized I had not had my cycle. After a whole jar of pickles I decided it was time for a test. It was the day to the year that we lost our first child that we found out we were pregnant again. So unexpected to feel loss and gain at the same time and what a wonderful blessing.

Linking up with Sandra and Stephanie.

Disclaimer: If you have read my last post and wondering why there hasn’t been any changes is that I’m having trouble deciding where I want to blog from. But soon I promise 🙂

Supernova Block Swap #5

Supernova Block Swap #4

I think this is the first time that we have been behind the 15th of the month due date and the excuse is life is full of nasty tart lemons! We are working on selling our house and the Hubs had a drill weekend and she was out of town for a family vacation in which she came back ENGAGED!!

For this swap Christina came over to my house and I made her chili, rhubarb cobbler and some homemade whipped cream. She supplied the corn bread. I’ve been trying to use up whatever fruit I have in my freezer because I loathe having to pack up freezer items during a move. And well she had never had rhubarb.

Needless to say she was late getting here so it didn’t leave us much time to work on any projects. I worked on making a backing for my Halloween donut quilt (more on that later) and she ironed and trimmed some old hsts that she has had in progress for a while. We also swapped our blocks but forgot to talk about question of the month so did that via text later last week.

Here are our blocks together. And again I would have never thought to put together the fabric choices that she used and that is why I’m loving this swap so much.

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And here is another picture of just my block. Don’t judge about how wrinkly it is. I’ve had it stored for about a month in a ziploc bag waiting patiently to swap.

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The question this month was a pretty intense one and I don’t really feel like delving too deeply into the subject. But here it is.

Forgiveness is an integral part of any healthy relationship. What does forgiveness mean to you? Share with your partner an example of a time you had to forgive someone — or someone had to forgive you — and how it strengthened the relationship.

When discussing this Christina and I both realized that the time we thought of was the same. We both needed to forgive our fathers, yet another thing that we have in common. Mine is a very drawn out story that maybe I will share the entirety of but needless to say 20 years of being estranged from my father and for him to come back into my life shortly before the birth of my first child. To read about Christina’s head on over to her blog.

Yet again linking up to Stephanie and Sandra.

Supernova Block Swap #4

Supernova Block Swap #3

This is the first time I have been behind in sharing my new block on here. (I did however get it up in time on Flickr!) I am of course going to blame it on something and what better than my children. This has been a crazy week and thankfully my wonderful Hubs has made it possible for me to go out two nights without the kids. Most of the time I can’t even remember the lady time I was out so this week has been a treat.

Back on subject: oh yes! My excuse. We have a sicky in the house that is not taking too kindly to meds. Not sleeping great at night. Wanting to nurse like a newborn… Etc etc. but that’s not the only reason we are also cleaning, decluttering and packing up some of our things to make our house more presentable to sell. And finally I’ve been wanting to work on my project more than dealing with the computer. Whew A LOT of complaining!

Well one of the two nights I was able to get together with Christina. This us the third time I got to see her in two weeks! It’s not always like this but boy was it a treat! We went to the State Fair for Veteran’s Day and shared our hard earned (summer reading program) tickets with Christina and her man and also we got to visit her classroom.

I drove up to her house Tuesday. I know it’s great to be so close to her and to know her for this swap but let me say this was only the second time I have been to her house. She made me an awesome dinner and then we got to work on some projects.

I was so surprised when we swapped our blocks because each time I’m so surprised by our color combos and how we haven’t made a like one yet. Here are our two blocks:

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Mine is on the bottom. I love how bright and cheery her block turned out and how it contrasted well with mine. I need to head back to the store because I don’t have quite enough of the background fabric. Also looking ahead I need to figure what I want to use for the contrasting color.

We spent the night with me working on cross stitch that will be part of a bigger project and she cut out pieces for a quilt she is putting together. And of course sitting in the middle of her craft floor chatting. We had a good time reminiscing on our childhood and finding a lot of similarities on what we used to like. We were both fond of the same candies and pies and getting to roam free as children.

Her favorite memory was staying out late Christmas shopping with just her mom. Her mom even surprised her with dinner at benihana’s. And mine was just the freedom to play and go with my siblings. We could walk for miles and discover nature on our own. So much has changed since we were little.

Linking up with Stephanie and Sandra.

Supernova Block Swap #3

Supernova Swap #2

I keep delaying the writing of this post to work on other projects that I have going on. I never thought that I would jump back into sewing the way I have now. I have always been a sewer since I became an adult but mostly bags and baby items. BUT I am extremely in love and on a fabulous quilting high right now! Ok so on with my post 🙂

During our second swap Christina came to visit for the day and we headed out to visit the Indianapolis Zoo after a thunderstorm blew through. We usually go on a weekly basis but it is a treat when we have a friend come along for the day.

Before we headed out Christina imparted gifts on Archer and me. Archer received something she has been longings for during this season of rain.

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And Christina gave me the most wonderful birthday gift. If you know me you know I love handmade gifts 🙂 here is the beauty that she gifted me plus it’s full of flat headed pins from her as well.

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I have always adored the pineapple block from afar and was hoping one day I would be able to make one. Which comes to the greatest part of the day. Christina taught me how to paper piece.

I have been wanting to learn for awhile and was hoping to jump into a class at a local shop but missed the deadline. We searched for what she thought was a simple pattern, scrounged around in my scraps and got down to business. This is my final product:

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Since then I whipped her up a mini quilt and also made a block for myself that is a work in progress. You can check out pictures on my Instagram.

Ok back to the reason of this post 🙂 we had our second swap and let me say I was super excited. I did this block almost right after I finished the first one and I have to say that I am in love. I sort of wish I would have grabbed a few more yards of a few of these fabrics to bust out a lap quilt. But just wait and see because I have a wip that is using all my little triangle scraps!

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My block is on the right and hers is on the left. I can’t wait to get this quilt out together and then on my bed. I love the bright fabrics so much!

They also asked for us to answer a question delivered by them for each swap; here is the question for this month:
Without any physical or mental limitations, or personal obligations such as children or money, if you could hold any occupation or talent what would you choose and why? Would you be a great artist, an Olympic athlete, a neurosurgeon – the possibilities are limitless – share with your partner what it is about that talent or profession that inspires you.

Christina said that she would like be a modern day Martha Stewart (post jail) with hosting her own show and basically living the life of crafting. I finally settled after much debate (in my own head) that I would be an opera singer. I have always dreamed of becoming a singer and opera seems so magical to me with the theatrics and different languages.

Ok so finally linking up to Stephanie and Sandra. 🙂

Supernova Swap #2

Supernova Swap #1

If you remember earlier this week when I put up this post about a quilt-a-long I was joining hosted by Stephanie @Late Night Quilter. And if not head there first to check out the details.

Well since Christina and I live in the same state (almost the same city) and are friends we were able to meet up for our block swap. We headed to our favorite pottery place, had some Asian comfort food, visited her work place for an errand and did our block swap. I can’t express how anxious I was to show her my block.

Not going to lie the darn thing gave me all sorts of trouble when I was trying to line everything up. I kept having to seam rip and adjust and I wanted every part to be perfect. I don’t have much experience with quilting and knowing Christina is a perfectionist like myself I knew I would really have to bring it!

We also had fun telling each other things we didn’t know about each other. I was pleasantly surprised since we have known each other for so long. One new thing I learned about Christina (we also happen to have in common) was that she was in show choir! Shoot I didn’t even know she could sing!

Here is my block that I put together 🙂

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Here is the block I received from Christina:

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Looks like we are drawn to the same patterns. It should be interesting to see what the next months will bring. And I know I can’t wait to find out.

Until then 🙂

Supernova Swap #1

Supernova Friendship Block Swap

well friends I picked up another project about a month ago due to the begging request of my friend Christina.  We go way back to college and even dabbled in a blog together for a little while but had a hard time keeping it together.  You can find her over here and here. And here is the original post for the Supernova Friendship Block Swap.

Ok so here are the details:

1. Find a Partner. Easy Christina asked me to join up with her.

2. Choose a color pallette. Not so bad since she is extremely good at picking and finding color schemes. Check her post to see the color choices we made together.

3. Each month has a deadline in which 2 blocks need to be made. One for myself and one for Christina. This month is June 15th and we are meeting up this Thursday for a “date” swap, dinner, and pottery.

4. Hop on over to Freshly Pieced for all the details on fabric, cutting, placements, etc.

5. Blogger post!! This is it friends. I’m a little behind but am trying to catch up!

6. Monthly questions to get to know each other. Since we are already friends but don’t get a lot of time together with her working and me being a SAHM we figured what the heck we will learn about each other this way. Still need to make my list of questions. This month we decided to go “old school” with our questions since we don’t seem to know most of the basic stuff.

7.  Post answered questions each month.

8. Post completed blocks on the Supernova Friendship Block Swap group on Flickr. Here I am but be warned I just got the account today so there will be nothing to look at.

9.  Make a life-long friend or in our case keep one!

 

Stay tuned because this is going to be awesome!

 

Late Night Quilter

Supernova Friendship Block Swap