Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer recap...

This summer was full of fun. I drove up to Salt Lake (4 hours north) five times since May.  It has been so incredible sharing time with family.  I have been feeling a little sentimental this morning and I just wanted to share a little of how our summer went. Lately I have been trying to decide what to share on this blog and what not to share.  I know a lot of you follow me for my quilting pictures, but the truth is - I am much more than just a quilter.  I am a daughter of God, a wife, mother to four beautiful kids and I am a sister and friend.  I feel so blessed in my life and I feel like it's time I got over the fear of not letting you see the best parts of my life.

You can see my monkey of a daughter in the above photo with her cousin Mitch. She has such a zest for life and is full of adventure - even though half the time I am yelling,"be careful!" because I am such a worry wart.
Thanks to our wonderful neighbor letting us use his pool, Micah can finally jump in the deep end of the pool and swim to the other side.  I can't believe he's so big!  This was a huge accomplishment for him since he has been a little afraid of the water.

The 4th of July was amazing.  The temperature down here in the desert was incredible.  We were able to enjoy a barbeque and family fireworks.  You can ask Clint how I handled having the kids right next to him as he lit off the fireworks.  I was a total champ ;-) or at least this picture makes it seem like I am totally chill about it.

At the beginning of the summer I took the kids up for a week to spend with my family and we made it to Temple Square in Salt Lake.  It is such a beautiful place and I love walking around there and sharing it with our kids.

Clint and I took the older kids to hike Mount Timpanogos and had a fabulous time.  Even when I fainted in the cave and had to lie down for a minute and get totally dirty.  It was worth it.  A couple of doctor visits later and I was treated for vertigo and I am doing better.  Crazy times.

We also took a ski lift up to the mountains and had the chance to be in the most beautiful setting.

Back at home I braved my own fears and took Jonah, Lili, and Micah to Dixie Rock.  It's a rock that has no fence and is a total drop off.  I have a hard time going there because I worry so much, but I faced my fears this year and we had a wonderful time.  The view is spectacular and it makes me feel so blessed to live where I do.

As many of you know, I love clouds and sunsets.  This particular picture is one that I had to capture.  It's never as good in the picture as it is in real life, but the picture helps me keep the memory of these moments.  Lili looked at the sky and said, "Mom, it looks like heaven."  She was right.  I know that God wants us to have heaven here on earth and that is why He blesses us with His beautiful creations.

We also put in half the yard this year.  The kids have a place to play and we have plants that bloom.  I love the color of this beautiful Crepe Myrtle.  We have lots of them in our yard and I think they are gorgeous.

The hardest part of this summer was saying goodbye to Jessie.  She decided to move back to Salt Lake, she got a job really fast and before we knew it - she was gone.  She has been with us for two years, so it has been a tough change for us.
So, I discovered that I can watch the sunset from my roof.  I have an easy access out of one of my studio windows and I spent a lot of nights out on the roof pondering about a lot of things.  The view is always amazing and you never see the same show twice. 

Our last trip to Salt Lake included a Trax trip to the city and the kids enjoyed it.  I spent my time keeping the kids in line and they spent the time discovering.  Micah is catching rain drops in the above picture.  Oh, to be a kid again and have no care in the world!
We also made it to the Zoo.  These three...I am in for it, nothing but trouble ;-) but they have a way of keeping me smile.

We had a camp out in my parents back yard. It was the first time the boys can remember sleeping in a tent, so we had a wonderful time.

To finish off the summer we had a surprise party for my sister Amy who turned 40.  Best part of the party was when the Hippity Hops were pulled out and we played soccer, duck duck goose and chase.  It was hilarious.  All the adults got in on the action and it will be a party I won't forget.

On Monday the kids went to school.  It was a sad day for me.  They make me crazy in so many ways, but I love when they are home.  I know I will be able to get a little more work done now that they are in school, but I have a 3 year old who's pretty lonely without these three.

I spend a lot of my time worrying about things that I can not control, but I am so happy to have my family around me who love me despite my craziness.  My sister reminded me last week that I need to live in the present and not worry about what "could" happen in the future.  I pray I can heed that advice and remember to cherish each moment.

This was a summer to remember! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

San Diego anyone??

  If any of you live near San Diego, or are looking for a great excuse to get away for a couple days, I'll be teaching two classes at the San Diego Convention Center located right off the San Diego Bay.  The first class will be Thursday September 4th from 9:00am - 12:00pm, called Fabulously Detailed Feather & Motifs.
 The second class is Friday September 5th also from 9:00am - 12:00pm called Background Quilting For Borders & Sampler Blocks.

 The 2014 San Diego Quilt Show’s theme is “It’s a Zoo Out There.” Come September 4th-6th to gorgeous, San Diego, CA for a weekend of classes, beautiful quilts, and fun shopping at the vendor mall.  Click on the above links if you'd like to sign up for one of my classes, or to find out more information.  I'd love to see you there! 

And if any of you are in need of any Jelly Rolls, we have them all on sale right now for $29.88 with FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Flower Patch QAL Tutorial

As promised here is my tutorial for my Flower Patch quilt.  I had a lot of fun with this and I hope you enjoy the tutorial.  It's just me in my studio in a non-professional set up, so please take that into consideration as you are watching.  I did the video editing by myself, but I have to thank my niece Kaija for holding the camera for me.  So, watch this and then make your own quilt ;-)  I would love to see your finished project on my Flickr group.  Happy Quilting! 

Don't forget to check out the newest fabric collections on our website here.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Flower Patch QAL Quilt Finished.

Remember when I started this quilt forever ago? I started a quilt along for my Flower Patch quilt pattern - one of my favorite quilts that I have designed.  I also promised to show you how I quilted this top, so a video tutorial is going to be posted in a couple of days - watch for that.

The fabric used in the quilt is Flats by Angela Yosten for Moda Fabrics - I love this fabric, and used a jelly roll and layer cake for the piecing.  Sadly this fabric is out of stock now, but you can use any fabric line that you like to make this quilt. I used Moda Bella Solid 9900-97 for the background white fabric- this is my go-to white fabric and I use it for all of my projects.

I used two layers of batting.  Hobbs 80/20 blend and 100% cotton together.  I love using two layers of batting to give my quilts a lot of texture within the quilting.  Plus the density of my quilting makes it so two layers are just better.
For thread I used Fil-Tec Glide Pearl for the top and magna-glide pre-wound bobbins for the bottom thread.  The combination was perfect, I love how it looks.
The quilting took me a little over 15 hours to complete.  So, not too long, but long enough ;-)
The quilting was done on my A-1 longarm and was free motion quilted along with a little ruler work. 

I wanted to have the flower blocks pop by quilting a dense background and also by quilting simple straight lines within the flower block.


You can see the difference the quilting makes between these two pictures.  I love the fabric so much and the pieced design is so fun, but the quilting finishes it off so nice. 

I love how the simple swirls in the strips and diamond connecting curves within the square shapes look, so fabulous!
The bottom of the quilt is one of my favorite parts of the quilting. I love using straight lines within rectangle sections of quilts.  The squiggle swirl is also a favorite.

So the background quilting is a swirl, circle and flower combination.  I had a lot of fun bringing in the flower shape to the background of the quilt.  I will share how I do this on my tutorial coming soon.

The back looks just as amazing as the front.  This is why I love to use solid fabrics for the backs of my quilts.  The color I used for the back is called Golden Wheat and it is the perfect color for this quilt and looks amazing with the brick red fabric I used for the binding.

Don't you just love this texture?

Well, I hope you like it.  I sure do.  I am glad to have this finished and I encourage those of you who started this quilt-along with me to pick it back up and finish.  I can't wait to see what you come up with on my Flickr group.

Also, those of you who want to make this quilt, you can find the paper pattern here and the PDF pattern here