Monday, November 10, 2014

Garth Brooks singing 'Mom'

I have the greatest mom and I was blessed with the greatest mother in law.  Being a mom has been the greatest gift I've ever been given - I had to share this sweet song.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Client Quilts

I can't believe 2 months have past!  Its been such a busy busy time - quilting, working, kids, birthdays etc etc.  I have so much to show you.

So today we will start with a few quilts I've worked on over the last few months.  

First up is Kristin's Christmas Scrappy quilt - LOVE how the blue makes it look like an Irish Chain quilt.  

She chose Sprigs of Holly for her quilting.  This is a newer pattern and I love it!

Judy made this cute table topper and now I need one!

We used posies for the quilting - and it turned out so cute.  I'm wondering how this would work out of mini charms!

Marsha made this beautiful floral quilt - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the black prints in this quilt!

She picked 30s Flower for the quilting. 

 Doesn't it look pretty on the minky!

This is Becca's sampler quilt - I loved looking at all the blocks as I quilted.  
 She chose flirtatious.  I have to say this is one of my favorite patterns to add texture.  It always looks great without over taking the quilt pattern or fabrics.  

You can't see very well - as it was a BRIGHT day when I was taking this pictures, but she had a big block on her backing with all of the names of the blocks stitched on it.  Such a cute idea for a sampler quilt!

Becca's other quilt was this fun hourglass/hst quilt.  
 Love the white background.
 She chose popcorn for the quilting which looked fun on the solid backing too!
 Red Letter Day - oh I've missed you.  This is a sample quilt for Quiltique in Las Vegas.
 They have it kitted up and ready to make just like the original.  We used the cable pattern - I mean how could you not?  
 Love this blue backing!

Liz brought me this fun zig zag quilt - I don't know the name of the pattern - but a sample was hanging up at Pine Needles here locally so I've had a few cross my path.  I've loved every one!

I chose bubble meander for this one - I love the texture it adds in the white. 

  And the number backing - LOVE IT!

Liz's other quilt was this cute simple square quilt for her granddaughter.  I loved the fun bright colors and the geometric border - I need some of this fabric!
  I chose Excited for the quilt pattern - its a new fun floral I've been using a little bit lately.  I love that it has a flower and swirls all into one!  Its one of my favs right now.  

She had a green minky backing - I always love how the design shows up on minky

Just a quick post today to show you what I've been working on!  I've got more coming later this week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Mondays

Happy Labor Day!  I've done some shopping this week and have some fun meals planned - here it goes!

Monday - Steamed Crab and shrimp cocktail w/ corn on the cob
Tuesday - Steaks w/ summer vegetable tian and homemade applesauce
Wednesday - Taco Soup w/rolls
Thursday - Honey Glazed Salmon w/butter lime sauce
Friday - Crab/Peach wontons
Saturday - Hotdogs and Brauts

The weather is changing and I'm so excited to put up some fall decor and get some soup going!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Client Quilts

A look at a few quilts from the last few months - 

Bubbles was the quilt pattern used. 
I love a good jelly roll stripe quilt!  I want fall to be here!

 Quilted Harvest Time - which looked so cute, even though its hard to tell in these pictures.  

Looked great on the minky

This is a quilt/table runner combo.  By adding a runner to the bottom of her quilt Kathy didn't have to pay the minimum quilting rate - GREAT IDEA!

She picked Rapture - I hadn't used it before and really like how it turned out!

Love how it looks on minky!

I love grey and yellow - this quilt was so fun to quilt.  

Loops and Daisies fit it perfectly. 

Love how this pattern looks on minky!

 Pictures this day were too bright - and the pictures do not do this quilt justice!  It was such a cool design to see.  

 We tried a newer design called Modern Leaves and I love how it turned out!
Again, sun was bright  so hard to see, but this pattern is really cute!

 I believe this is a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern made by Jodi from Pleasant Home for a gift.  

We did Bubbles on this one - which is perfect with the geometric fabrics and baby quilt.  

I love this next block.  I know its simple, but every time I see it - I love it!

We used Aspen Canopy on this quilt and it fit it great!

I LOVED this backing fabric with all the fall words
This cute little baby quilt I fell in love with.  Love all the different designs and random block sizes.  

We used Feathered Wave, which looked awesome (again even though it was hard to see)

 This fun quilt by Allison is made from a Basic Grey line I believe.  

She chose Target for her design and I love this pattern.  Simple, adds texture.  Looks great on everything!

Here is a view from the back.

That's all for today - I'm getting into Christmas quilts - so stay tuned to start drooling over them!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Random Ramblings

Its late Sunday night (Monday morning) and I have to leave on a business trip in the morning.  I've done this before - many times, but the whole week being gone doesn't happen often.  I never thought having kids would change me so much.  I never thought being away from them for a few days would fill me with so much anxiety.  I never thought I'd be such a homebody!  

The red bull I drank tonight to get everything done - wasn't a good idea as now I can't sleep, up wondering what I'm forgetting for my trip, what I'm forgetting to have ready for my kids and Mike.  The joys of motherhood.  

This time of year - with school starting, getting back into a routine and a schedule - I think of all the things I want for my kids.  How can I help them grow?  How do I teach them what is important in life.  How do I teach Sam the sounds of the letters!  How do I find more time to read to Jake.  I find myself picking between reading to him, having him read to me, taking a shower - why can't I find the time to fit it all in?  How do I find a way to balance work, quilting, house work, homework, being a decent wife, and mother?  I know this is the universal question we all ask and hope to achieve.  

My goal or word this year was balance.  A few months ago I changed jobs.  I had been at my old place of business for 18 years - half my life.  It was a hard decision to leave - even when I wasn't happy - it was life changing.  But I've moved to another company that gives me the opportunity to work from home daily - and gives me a better work/home balance and I haven't looked back or regretted the decision once.  This summer I have tried to spend more time outside with the kids.  The sun does us all good!  But as a mother - you always worry about what you're not doing.  I haven't worked with them enough over the summer.  What are they forgetting?  Are they in enough activities?  Are they getting enough attention?  

My red bull ramblings for the friend takes ambien and then sews and texts me and doesn't remember much in the morning - I have a feeling I'll feel the same about this in the morning!  By the time this posts - I'll be on my way home.  My kids will have had a wonderful week with Disneyland Dad, and grandma's that spoil them with attention.  And all my worrying and anxiety will have been for nothing.  But boy do I hate not seeing these cute little faces EVERY day.