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.

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Supernova Friendship Block Swap Finish!

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

quilt: basket weave fish mini

A lot had been happening here this past week… I have been diligently working on all my wip projects. I told myself I need to finish them up before starting on yet another project. So now with that said I need to catch up on my blog posts. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen the sneak peeks and the final pictures of the projects.

First up is my basket weave fish mini quilt. I wanted to use my new skills courtesy of Christina and make her something as a thank you. At first I kept it a secret but then spilled the beans when I needed a bit of input. I love how it looks and was sad to part with the little gem. I have yet to own my own hand quilted lovey! Here are a few pictures of he process and the end result:

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Here she is!

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quilt: basket weave fish mini

made: apron

I whipped up this apron a couple weeks ago for my friend Christina. She is about to start out a new year of teaching and was given an unflattering apron to wear daily. This is where I came to the rescue and got the idea that I would make one for her. She looked on Pinterest and found a tutorial and pattern for free so I was all in!!

I had picked out the fabric. Printed the pattern from the website. And then decided I would get some sleep and pick it up the next day. This is when I head back over to the website to go through the free tutorial and it is no longer there!! freak out moment and a bunch of searching and I find that the author has moved the free tutorial and turned the whole thing into a pattern that needs to be bought.

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I can’t remember how to do part of it. So I jump back on Pinterest and find more free tutorials and then I get down to business. I love how it turned out and almost kept it for myself.

I handed it over to her this past Friday and she loves it but we found a little oopsie she is fixing so I have yet to get a picture of her with her beauty.

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A couple photos. The ones with legs are with me trying it on with the strings still pinned. I think I stabbed myself a couple times during the process. Then on the chair so I didn’t need to take anymore leg selfies!

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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

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!4/52: Archer finally got to meet her friend Priska in person. We have been “stalking” her since her birth on facebook and instagram. They had a delightful day at the zoo and were great at sharing their treats.

 

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14/52: Lil Man enjoyed some cuddles, tickles, giggles and smiles with his Great Great Aunt Mary Lee.

 

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14/52:  Archer enjoyed some great time in the water.  Here she is pictured with her Uncle Trent. Daddy got his turn too but only got captured on a video.

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The Great Debate

When do you know when something is complete? Whether it is a project you are working on or something in your life (relationship, trip, idea, etc), how do you know when to say “all done.”

This is a topic that the Hubs and I go back and forth on. I think we do it with all things; family, house, projects, dinner, more projects, but in the end it’s ultimately the person in charge of the project decision.

It seems like everywhere I go or if I encounter someone that hasn’t seen my children or heard my story ask me when I plan on having the next baby. As if being only 6 weeks out with a newborn is nothing. But then there are times where I catch myself asking other people when they plan on having another child and how many do they want?

We have been very fortunate in our little family to be able to get pregnant but also to be able to have these two little joys in our lives. If you know me you know that it hasn’t been an easy road. We have had our fair share of ups and downs and twists and turns.

With all that being said I knew very early on even before meeting the Hubs that I only wanted two children and he knew he wanted three. After the birth of the Babe we knew we would want another but it wasn’t until we saw her personality that we agreed upon two.

Now with so many having babies in our families and friends I start to wonder when will they know when their family is “complete”?

The Great Debate