Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Back in the Saddle

Hello again!

I'll apologize in advance that this post has no photos.

I've had a pretty long hiatus from blogging. About 3 weeks before my last post, I took a job with a temp agency and it quickly turned into a permanent position. From that point on, I got a little swallowed. I was still crafting, but on a much smaller scale and much more slowly. And between my work schedule and my husband's work, I was not getting to see him nearly as much as we were both used to and any extra time I had outside of work was spent hanging out with him.

We've done a lot in the last year and a half though. We've moved twice. The first move was from our nice little 2 bedroom apt into a much smaller 1 bedroom apt (at what turned out to be a intensely crappy complex) a couple of towns over. That downsize lasted about 8 months until we bought our very first house!!

We're really excited about our little house. We were lucky in that we bought the house from a guy who was flipping it so everything was updated and put into good condition (we were also lucky in that the guy did good work, not just a slap dash affair). It's a sweet little 1 story home built in 1960. It got a lot of charm and we love it. Plus as first time home owners, it's nice that we're not having to fix lots of stuff right off the bat. We wouldn't be able to afford all of that.

I have a dedicated sewing room for the first time ever. Bryan took over the garage for his workshop and I took the littlest of the 3 bedrooms for my sewing/crafting space. Eventually when we have kids, I'll lose the room, but for now, it's all mine.

To continue with the time line, after being with my company for more than a year, my department lost a handful of large contracts. Which meant in my line of work that someone was going to be let go. I was not expecting to be that person. But I was. Being let go right before Christmas is a shitty situation. But I found part time work fairly quickly and we're scraping by until I can find another full time position. No danger of losing our house and still feeding both ourselves and the animals - which is the important part.

I do want to address some long lingering projects that will be (must be) finished this year. But I also want to take pictures of them as they stand, so perhaps, more tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sawtooth Star Quilt: Blocks 11-12

12/72 - Blue Floral Block 

Are you sick of these yet?? Hopefully not, because according to the math I just did, (be impressed! No calculator was used!) I am only 17% done with the blocks for this quilt. I have to make 72! Eep!

11-12/72 - Blue Floral Blocks

While these blocks aren't my absolute favorites (I like bright colors!), they have a nice, unfaded crispness to the pattern which is delightful. It's very common for vintage linens to be faded from use so getting my hands on some that are so crisp is a treat!

Last one! Haha! I have finished up another batch of blocks to show y'all, but I still need to photograph them after I get home tomorrow evening. This indoor, nighttime light is just the pits!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Dessert of the Month: April

Finished this cutie at noon on April 1, no joke! ;) I seriously think he's my favorite so far. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sawtooth Star Quilt: Blocks 9-10

10/72 - Floral Explosion Block 

I have for your perusal today, blocks 9 and 10 of the needed 72. It really feels like every time I finish a pair of blocks, the fabrics I used instantly become my FAVORITEST BLOCK EVAR! 

9-10/72 - Floral Explosion Blocks 
But seriously, Can you blame me???   Look at these colors!! They are intense! They are harmonious! They might even rock my world a little bit. I really think that this is going to be the prettiest quilt ever. I'm so very excited about it and I'm not even halfway finished!

Detail of Floral Explosion Block

A little detail shot! I'm really proud of my joins lately! Points have been increasingly not disappearing into seams and I've been getting everything lined up well. I'm feeling like a *real* quilter! Haha!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sawtooth Star Quilt: Blocks 7-8

7/72 - Hollyhock Block 
I finally got back on the horse and worked on my Sawtooth Star Quilt yesterday. It had been a while and when I woke up, all I wanted to do with ever fiber of my being was sit down at my sewing machine because it had been *coughthreecough* weeks since I'd sewn anything. Blocks 7 and 8 are made of a really pretty pink and gold floral bed linen that I bought from Jeni a while back.

I love the delicate lines of the flowers and the pink and gold? They totally pop and look amazing together. I'm really thinking I may need to start pairing colors based on some of these linens because the combinations still look great decades later. Yay!!