Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Scrappily ever after?

scrap·pyAdjective/ˈskrapē/

1. Consisting of disorganized, untidy, or incomplete parts.
2. Determined, argumentative, or pugnacious.

Yeah, that about covers it.  That's me.  At least for today, anyway.  My house is disorganized, untidy and filled with things that I can't seem to get completed.  To top that off, this morning I was determined to have an argument with my husband, who finally slammed out of the house in frustration due to my pugnaciousness.
Yep, it been a pretty darn scrappy morning.  I have no one to blame but myself.  Sigh...

Scrappiness had a much nicer connotation last week when some quilting bee buddies and I got together for another one of our "scrapfests".


This is a fun afternoon get-together we hold on a fairly regular basis, to which we all bring our scraps and assembly line wonky blocks for everyone.

 Someone trims...

Someone presses...(yes, we do have a gentleman quilter in the group.  We love Rob!)

and someone sews.  During which, there is  a lot of gabbing, copious amounts of laughing, plenty of encouragement and just general camaraderie.  I love it! For me, it is what quilting is all about.

My anal-ness finally paid off when I won the coveted prize of "most organized scraps."  I have them in this nice little rolling container, sorted by color. But, I have to admit it wasn't much of a contest.

This was my competition. :)
 
Here are the blocks I came away with. (Sorry for the terrible photography.  I was taking these pictures at 6:00 a.m. this morning without much lighting)

These two are my favorites

Look at the 'lil puppy!

My goal for putting this quilt together is to do it without buying anything.  It all has to come from what I have on hand.  So, this is the direction I am going.

I LOVE how the blocks go with the denim.  It reminds me of the fabric patches we used to put on our jeans back in the 70's when I was a teen.  However, when I checked my stash, this is all I had, so there just isn't going to be enough.  But I will definitely be keeping this in mind for future scrappy quilts.

I did find these gray pieces leftover from a previous quilt.  I also found a matching 3/4 yard piece so this is what I will use for the sashing. 

Now I just have to decide which one of these will be the border and which one will be the backing.

I like this one.  It kind of stays in line with the feel of the other scraps.  It would make a very cute border.

But I'm leaning toward this one, because it picks up the colors of all the scraps and it has a nice, vintage feel to it.  Which to do like?  I would love it if you would leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

I've also been busy finishing up the quilting on this.

I'm working on the small filler quilting. It's quite time consuming

I love the way the swirls turned out.  They really pop the inside of the pinwheels.
I was hoping to have this quilt finished and ready for binding by the time we headed out to Mason's blessing in Utah this weekend, but I don't know if I'll have enough time to finish before we leave.
Then again, if Matt still isn't speaking to me tonight (and I wouldn't really blame him), I may have plenty of alone time to get 'er dun. 
So I guess the moral of this post is this.
Scrappiness in quilting...good.
Scrappiness in the marital relationship...bad.  Very. Very. Bad



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bliss

I have heard it said that a good blogger never blogs about the same thing twice.  Well then, I guess I'm just not a very good blogger because I'm about to break that rule in a big way.

I mean, how can I not blog about this little guy!  Just seeing these pictures, taken while I was in Utah visiting, makes my heart fill up.  I feel so much love I just cannot contain it, so I'm sharing with you, my  friends and family, because I know you will understand.

I had a wonderful time in Utah with my mom and Kade (son #2).  We had so much fun redecorating Kade's apartment, talking, eating out, talking, shopping, more talking, going to the movies (btw, if you haven't yet seen The Help, go.  Go NOW.  RUN!  It is the best movie I have seen in years...sorry Harry), even more talking, and just hanging out in general.

I've said it before and it will always be true, I never laugh more than when mom and I are together. Everything from breaking down in Kade's car, getting stuck in Sardine Canyon and having to wait two hours for the tow truck, to trying to kill the giant spider racing across the living room floor was absolutely, hysterically funny.  I'm giggling just thinking about it.  Man, good times.

The trip was made even better when Damen and Christy came and spent a couple of days.  I could NOT get enough Mason time.  In fact, I think about the only time I relinquished hold of him was during feeding time.

  Look at that little face!  He seems to have discovered his tongue.

He has officially started smiling and cooing.  You can't hear it, but in this picture he was just cooing up a storm. I don't know what, but he was trying hard to tell me something.  I like to believe it was, "I love you, Gramma."

Kade is quite excited about being an uncle.  Here he is helping Mason learn to dance.  I mean, even a little guy has got to be able to dazzle the ladies with some smooth moves and good Uncles are always ready to show 'em the ropes!

Being with my family is always a little piece of heaven.
I've also heard it said that we all have to find our bliss.  Well, you're looking at mine.  Thanks for letting me share it with you.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Iconic

I once told my mother that as I aged I wanted to become a woman of style and substance.  It's still true, I do.  Truthfully, I strive to be a woman who shows younger woman that aging is nothing to be feared and show an example of aging well.
As I make that statement, I have several role models in mind. Women whom I have admired.  Some of them friends, some of them as icons from afar.
One of whom I want to highlight today.  Why today?  Because I've got nothing else to post.  I've been busy getting ready for a vacation and haven't been had time to quilt.
So here's to Audrey Hepburn.  A woman whose authenticity, style and wisdom are an inspiration to me.


Quote by Audrey Hepburn

Interesting  and if you think about it, surprisingly true.
 
 I once made a belief box with the theme of beauty through virtue.  That was one of the quotes I used.

 


Audrey Hepburn
Me, too!

I especially like them if they are pop-up books.  I still love pop-up books!




Style and substance... and that my dear ladies, is how it's done.


Finally, I leave you with one last image. 
I'll be gone for a while.  I'm off to try to live those words.

Photo credit: Lauren Fair Photography
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