Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sea Glass and Star Fish

 That is the name I finally decided on for this mini quilt I made a while ago.  I decided on the name as I was setting up my decor in our new house.  I noticed a couple of patterns in my decorating.
First of all, I love sea glass.  I have it everywhere.  I love all of its colors but am especially drawn to glass colored in blues, aquas and greens.

Second, I love to collect all types of seashells but I truly love starfish.  Again, I have them in several different places in my home.
As I was hanging the quilt in my entry, I noticed it had echos of all those things.  Somehow, without my realizing it, I worked them into my original design.  That is what I love about art of any kind.  Intentional or not, what you love will find it's way into your work.
I spent Saturday at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival and made quite a haul.  I went by myself because I didn't want to have to worry about someone else's schedule if I wanted to hang around one both for a long time or stay late.  It was a wonderful day spent wandering the convention floor and checking out every single vendor booth for as long as I wanted.  Want to see my favorite purchases?
These two beauties are from Alexander Henry from a line called The Nasties.  Is it not to die for???  Anyone who knows me well knows that I love Halloween and these will make a wonderful quilt to add to my collection of holiday quilts.
These are from a line I fell in love with as soon as I saw it.  It is called Wordplay by Michele D'Amore for Benartex.  I cannot wait to work with these.
I seemed to have a thing for red and black that day, as I couldn't stop buying them.  These will be put to good use with some Metro Market fabric I have in my stash.
These voile fabrics have the most wonderful feel to them.  I could not stop touching them while I was in the Honey Run Quilters Booth. I wanted to buy some of every color and pattern but at $7.50 for a quarter yard, it was a bit steep for my budget that day.  I will have to buy some bit by bit.  I don't think I am going to make a quilt from them, although they had a beautiful display they had made.  I think I will make a couple of beautiful blouses instead. 
And just a word about Honey Run Quilters.  This is the second year I have had the pleasure of shopping from them at the convention.  Their staff is so friendly and helpful.  I just wish I lived closer to them so I could shop there every day. If you find yourself in Chico and you love fabric, do yourself a favor and shop there.  I know I will.
And last but not least, is this great button pendant.  I just had to have it.
 Yesterday I finished my mini quilt for QSBC.  Here it is ready to be mailed to my secret partner.  I wish I could show it to you, but I don't want to spoil her surprise.  I will give the big reveal on August 15th.
I also finished the July block for my quilting bee.  I love the fabrics she sent.  I think her quilt is going to be beautiful.
And last but not least, I'll show you one last bit of decor from my house...

This is my heart rock collection.  I show it simply because everyone who comes into my home comments on how much they love it.  The smallest one will fit on the head of a tack.
I collected the rocks while we lived in Maui.  Every week or so, my friend Aimee and I would hunt for shells on the local beaches.  One day I found a single rock that was shaped like a heart and it sparked a desire to find more.  Every time I was at a beach, I would search.  Weeks would go by without me finding one, but when I did, I treasured it.  Pretty soon I had enough for my collection. 
Collecting my rocks and shells taught me a couple of things about life.
Some times as I was searching, I would find myself walking behind someone else who was searching for shells as well.  They would be scanning the beach for the "big find" and would usually go home empty handed.  However, many times as I was coming along behind them, I would find a tiny, perfectly shaped shell or heart rock right in the footprint they left in the sand.  They were so busy looking for something big they missed the small beauties right under their feet.
I think that is how it can be in our lives.  So this week, don't let yourself miss the small, beautiful blessings right under your feet by constantly scanning the horizon for more. Spend your weeks "collecting" the small blessings and you will soon find that you have more than you ever hoped for.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sneak Peeks

These are sneak peeks of the design for the Doll Quilt Boot Camp, swap group I have joined on flickr.  It has been so fun.  I came up with another design earlier, but scrapped it when I was struck with a new idea at about 4:00 a.m. one morning.
Here are some sneak peeks of what I have finished so far.  I have the top sewn and it is ready to be quilted.  I won't be able to give the final reveal until after Aug. 15th since this is a blind swap and that is the date I have to have her quilt to her.  I hope she likes it!

All this talk about sneak peeks has gotten me thinking.  If you could have a glimpse; just a little sneak peek into your future, would you do it? 
On one hand it does tempt me, but on the other hand, no.  If the peek showed something good, it would spoil the joy when it happened.  If it revealed something bad, I would spend my present life dreading it and it would ruin my happiness now.  Besides, I have to wonder if seeing the future would in some way alter it.  Uh-oh, that kinds of thinking causes my mind to bend just a bit too much.
Speaking of mind bending, if you haven't seen Inception yet, go!  I will admit it is hard to keep track of the plot and I don't think I got everything, but wow, what a ride!
So, send me a comment about whether you would take a peek into your future and your reasoning for the choice.  I would love to hear what you have to say.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm Alive

Even as I sit down to write this, I can't believe what a crazy time I have just been through.  I am so glad to be on the other side.
I have to admit, it wasn't all bad.  Right in the middle of all the craziness, all my kids came for a weeks visit.
Which means lots of this...
And tons of that...
and then of course there is this...

Can I just tell you how much I love that the house is full of life and we are much to busy to clean.
All too soon, it was time for them to leave.
What is that line from my favorite James Taylor song?  "They hunger for home, but they never stay."

We are all moved into the new house.
 The new sewing room is still in disarray but I couldn't wait any longer.
I signed up for a blind mini quilt swap. My partner said she was inspired by a trip to the farmers market.  Here is what I worked on yesterday.  Shhhh, don't tell.  It is a secret!
I want it to end up looking like rows of boxed produce.  Not sure I have it yet.  It is still a work in progress.
I have finally gotten all my blocks from the Fresh Comfort Quilting Bee I am part of.
Didn't the ladies do a great job!  I love every single block.  I can't wait to put it together.  I have so many blocks I can probably get two quilts out of them if I sash around them.  I can probably get a mini quilt out of them as well.
Here is a scrappy little art quilt I have been working on.
The fabric is sewn wrong sides together so the raw edges are exposed.
I even managed to work in a bit of selvage.  I sewed the seams with a neon orange thread to make the stitching really stand out.  I am loving the way this little beauty is turning out.
On a different note, look what my friend Liz brought me back from her month long trip to Paris!  I have never owned real french perfume.  It smells divine!  I am so honored that she thought of me.
And last but not least, I just had to include this. Thanks to my awesome, trainer Kyle,  I am now thirty pounds lighter than I was 9 months ago.  It is definitely worth all the sweat and effort. 

It's good to be back among the land of the sane.  Please God, let me stay here for a while.