Summer Break Week 1

I have been sooooooooo lazy this week.

I mean, I have managed to get up and dressed every morning (notice I said morning not afternoon), but my sitting on the couch time has vastly increased compared to last week.

I have mostly spent this week preparing for a trip I am taking next week with my mom. You’d think the preparation for a 24 year old going to Disney World would be basically nothing, however; that is not the case. If anyone needs me next week, I will be in the kitchen cooking freezer meals for David.

I did manage to get Geometric Ripples a quarter of the way done.

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I still don’t know how I am going to quilt it, but I want it done before winter comes this year.

Other than that I basically did nothing all week until 12pm Friday afternoon. I had been cleaning out some supplies in my sewing area and found some paper rhombus cutouts. While I sat on the couch eating my lunch, I was hit with inspiration. I spent the next 9 hours making rhombus appliques. THEN I spent the first 4 hours of the next day making this:

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Now I know I want to do this Quilt as You Go, but I can’t decide if I want to keep it the size it is and make a mini, or use this as the center of a medallion quilt.

What do you think I should do?

Summer Goals

It rained for like a bajillion days here in Texas.

I thought I was NEVER going to see the sun again. I also might have gotten a little dramatic in the end. But for reference here are some pictures from the news:

The Trinity River in 2014

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The Trinity River On Thursday

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It flooded a little around where I live, and by flooded I mean the manmade pond next my apartment overflowed. We had to find a new running path. It was rough, man.

I finally finished packing my room, and my lovely assistant agreed to help me move. Did I also mention I get to keep my said lovely assistant because she is moving schools with me? Well I do.

Did I also mention there are exactly 3 hours left in this school year? Oh yeah! Summer is knocking at my door. I know I am going to spend a considerable amount of time up at work either putting my room together or going to trainings, but I am going to have a lot of time to myself. Since David works through the summer, I spend a lot of time by myself. So this summer, I put together a list of goals for my summer:

1. Nap at least every day.

2. Finish Geometric Ripples.

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3. Finally decide how Geometric Ripples will be quilted. I like to hand quilt, but this 105” by105” monster may just kill me. I could do it on my machine, but my mouth is pretty small. I have also thought about taking a long arm class at my LQS, and then renting a long arm and quilting it. THEN I thought about taking the easy route and sending it to a Long Armer to quilt, but I don’t know if I want to burden anyone with this. I feel like I got myself into it. I should get myself out. I hope you all don’t think I hate this quilt. I actually really love it, but as with most things you love, you find yourself disliking it occasionally. What do you think I should do?

4. Start making anything and everything from this book:

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5. Finish quilting Sunset Sampler. You won’t believe what I did today. I took the Sunset Sampler to work with me today, and when I got home tonight I realized I left it in my classroom. Whomp Whomp.

6. Follow along with the Quilt Design a Day Facebook page, and actually design more. I have done the past three days, and I can already see the improvements in my designs. I haven’t shared any yet. Mostly because… well I don’t want to. Yet.

7. Write posts on this blog at least 3 times a week.

8. Finally figure out how to make a Lone Star quilt with out wanting to throw my sewing machine through a window. This may need to be an end of the summer project.

What are your goals this summer?

Quick Learners

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A few days ago I talked about teaching a coworker to quilt.


We started with a nine patch.

Then we moved on to a log cabin

  Then half square triangles.


Then, because she is a perfectionist, we moved on to paper piecing flying geese.

On the last day, she brought her daughter along. Much to my surprise, her daughter was just as quick to learn as my coworker. I asked her if she wanted to quilt too, so she learned to make a nine patch.

Three more days of school, and then o get to be a quilting machine for two months.

I can’t get no motivation…

  
I am supposed to be packing to move across district. Nope.

After three days of packing and just finding more and more crap, I just can’t today.

You will notice, in the picture, the sewing machine at the back of my classroom. I offered quilting classes in our school auction, so I have been teaching after school. I would much rather be working on that. 

 
This is the block my student made yesterday. By student I mean coworker. She is a TCU fan, and could naturally sew a straight line. Unlike some people (who write this blog) who had to practice sewing a straight line for hours. Call me jealous.

End of the Year Thankfullness

I have been AWOL lately.

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Mostly because state testing took over my life for the past two months. Thankfully it is over now.

There are only about 12 days left in this school year, and I am going into next year with both excitement and nervousness. You see, I am going to a new job next year. I was asked to help start the new Autism unit in our district. When I say new, I mean new. Like new school, new classroom, new curriculum, new students, new EVERYTHING.

All of this thinking has made my head pretty fuzzy, and there have been plenty of nights where I have had to ask my husband to not talk to me because my brain can’t make my mouth form words anymore.

To clear my head, I decided I would start saying what is just on my mind at the time to the person I was talking to, because when you have so many thoughts going on, sometimes out is better than in.

To my surprise, most of the words pouring out of my mouth were thank you’s.

I was thanking people for sharing candy, sharing thoughts, being a friend, supporting me. Whatever came to mind I thanked them for it, and it made my head a lot less fuzzy.

I wanted to share some of my most recent “thank you’s”

My awesome dad. He is just as, if not more, creative as I am. He doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Even when I send him pictures of things I find on Pinterest, and a week later he has them made. Like this:

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I am thankful Sunset is finally on my hoop

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I am thankful for my able hands. These things are great.

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Finally, I am thankful for my husband. A few weeks ago I was cleaning up my desktop and found a random picture of Richard Nixon saved, and only he knows why it was there and why it is so funny. So to end this post here is a picture of Richard Nixon. I hope it makes you laugh as much as it make me. But it won’t…images

Weekend WIPS

Oh my.

My WIP pile feels out of control.

I am pretty sure I have CADD. Creative Attention Deficit Disorder.

I made that up. I just need an excuse every time my husband asks me why I haven’t finished any projects lately. Once he stops believing in the CADD excuse, I will just go back to yelling, “LET ME LIVE MY LIFE” at him.

Does anyone else feel like they need to lie about how many WIPs they truly have? What about when you watch Hoarders, and the hoarder explains why they have lied to family and friends about how bad it is. You totally relate RIGHT?!

No… just me?

Liars.

I felt bad until I read Freshly Pieced’s April Fools post.

Suddenly I got it.

I was normal.

So with out further ado, I present to you two of my WIPs that I will be working on this weekend:

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I have been working on this Vintage Quilt Revival sampler for about 3 months now. I thought I would hate doing a sampler, but I really love it. At first I was calling it “The Vintage Quilt Revival Quilt”, but that was just ridiculously too long. So now I just call it The Sunset Sampler. I am planning on finishing the top this weekend.

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This monster right here is one of those ideas that work out great in the conception process, but is a pain in the butt to make. For months, my husband has been asking for something to put on our king sized bed. Right now we have a white down comforter, and it is just not working for either of us. So I thought and thought about what I would want on my bed, and some how 3 inch half square triangles came to mind. I knew it was ambitious, but I just knew it was what I needed to do. I made up some ideas and my husband immediately fell in love with the concept above.

Do you know how hard it is to keep 50 bajillion HSTs in the correct order and facing the correct direction while trying to move them around in a little apartment? This quilt is going to drive me crazy, but it will be so worth it in the end. I have been calling this one Geometric Ripples. But I am not in love with the name.

What WIPs are you working on this weekend?

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Just Read Your Damn Book

EDIT: I have now fixed the link. It is public now 🙂

I couldn’t think of a title for this, so I decided to name my first post the last thing I yelled at my husband. I wish you could live through what I went through to write this post. It involved this face and a lot of hissing from across the couch. He is 25 and has the word “engineering” written somewhere on his diploma.

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This is my standard of living. Keep that in mind as you read from now on.

Anyway…

This year, I decided to put myself out there.

I decided I would swallow my anxiety and throw myself into the 21st Century.

I was going to make internet friends this year.

So I created a new Instagram.

Actively sought out users who were just like me.

Crafty, nerdy, a little social awkward, likes long walks on the beach and just aren’t understood all the time.

Then I joined a few … wonderful … swaps.

I started actually using my comments section to talk to people I really like.

Who share the same interests and are unashamed to let their love of anything roam freely around in the Instagramiverse.

I like these people.

A few weeks ago I posted this picture for my #lpsdisneycraftswap partner to be inspired by.

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It’s by Jeff Granito.

It is like modern Mary Blair.

And even though it is of Disneyland… I still wanted it framed and hung on every wall.

I wasn’t the only one.

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After many a Google search for conversion websites that didn’t suck. No names.

I found Pic2Pat.

Made a pattern.

I want to share it for the low low price of free.

All you have to do is click right here.

Enjoy 🙂