I have so many things I want to share. My baby turned one. I’m getting in shape for ski season (because, Utah). I’ve made so many cute little baby gifts. I’m finishing a few quilts and starting a few more. I went to Sewtopia last weekend in Portland and it was wonderful.
Time is limited these days–the days are full and crazy and harried and lovely and exhausting and new.
We had our first snow–the perfect kind. Enough to sled on but not enough to mess up the roads.
I bought a new camera after taking a beautiful photography workshop from Jill Thomas [Photos for Life Workshop]. If you are in Utah, Southern California, or Arizona, you should check out her 2016 workshops. I love my camera. I love taking photos. I take entirely too many. I’m okay with that.
I wanted to leave you with a shot of the Liberty I purchased from Modern Domestic on the Sewtopia shop hop. I finally figured out what pattern I want to use with my little Liberty pieces.
Until next time!
Three years ago, when I was working on Vintage Quilt Revival, I put together two quick baby quilts to practice my free motion quilting. One was a plus quilt (love those!), and this crazy quilt was the second one. I did everything but bind this quilt in California, then stuck it on a shelf when I got home.
I think this quilt would have benefited from less busy fabric, more solids, and/or a different color for the little corner snowballs. But, its soft and snuggly and happy, and that is important too.
I do love the back of the quilt with the single X and pretty blue fabric.
Heather has organized another great year of 100 Quilts for Kids, and I wanted to participate. I have had very little free time this summer, with house renovations, moving in, unpacking, chasing after kids, etc. I pulled this out a few weeks ago and am happy to finish it and donate it to a local NICU.
The quilt drive ends on Sunday (October 4)! If you have something you can donate, there is still time to be part of this year’s quilt drive.
Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks
The mountains are calling and I must go. ~John Muir
I love this shot of my son by my husband–more than anyone, my 8 year old loves being in and exploring nature. I can certainly sympathize with John Muir–the grandeur, wildness, and beauty of the Wasatch Range are something to behold.
We have spent most of the last three months finding and then fixing up our “new” house (more on that another day) and spending time with family. In a lot of ways, the last three months have felt like a very long vacation, and a work until you drop every night experience, rolled into one.
We have taken a few opportunities (although not as many as we would have liked) to explore a few nearby canyons and trails–my kids more than any of us, thanks to grandparents and my husband.
I thought I would share a few photos of some of the beautiful places nearby–Big Cottonwood Canyon. Snowbird. Little Cottonwood Canyon. Millcreek Canyon. Guardsman Pass. Emigration Canyon. Grandeur Peak Trail (not all pictured, but all explored).
And if you are surprised how green everything is, and doing a double take, yes this is Salt Lake City and not Portland! I think we had more rain last month here than we did in Portland–totally unheard of.
It has been nice to explore.
Something new: a few months ago, a group of my sewing friends started a virtual quilting bee with a twist–involving our kids! When Faith and Lee told me about it, I thought it would be a lot of fun. I always have intentions of sewing with my kids, but it can require a lot of patience. I’m so lucky that with our new move, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (who also live in Salt Lake City) have involved my kids in so many sewing projects! Doll clothes! Hand sewn doll backpacks! It is really quite impressive.
The bee, cleverly named Not Your Mama’s Bee by Jen, works similar to other bees. Each month, one of the kids gets to pick a block, and the other 11 (or a few more, in this case) make her or him a block! They rotate months, and both of my kids are participating, although we only finished one block. The kids in the bee range from about 5 to 9 years old, so some of them have a little more help with the cutting and ironing than others.
June is the first month, and Lee’s daughter requested rainbow + kitty blocks. I let my kids pick through my small stash (small only because the rest is still in storage… and it consists of pretty new Laura Gunn Painters Canvas colors and Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner) and I think my 5 year old did a great job with the rainbow requirement.
I have to say, it was a lot of fun to sew with the kids with an achievable goal in mind! And hey. It’s about the only time the sewing machine has been used in the last 3 months, so that was exciting too.
We move into our new house next week, and I couldn’t be happier! Hurray for progress.