Monday, November 29, 2010

{ yield }

I have to start off by saying that I am so excited about this quilt. From it's inception, which started off as a burst of inspiration after seeing a grid in a Walmart parking lot, to the work in progress, to the photo shoot yesterday, I've been thinking about this project almost daily for a couple of months now.

Measuring roughly 62 inches by 67 inches, it's the largest quilt I've made, the first quit I've made entirely out of solid fabrics, and I'm planning on it being the first actual pattern that I produce. It's also my entry for Project Modern: Challenge 1.

The {yield} quilt is made of Moda Bella solids, in Weathered Teak, Robin's Egg Blue, Orange, and Pistachio. The back is pieced with those fabrics as well as Kona Cotton in Ash by Robert Kaufman.

Thank you, Cherri for opening my eyes to quilting with solids. After this, it's going to be hard to go back to prints.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

{ Happy Thanksgiving }

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US! I hope your day was filled with yummy food and lots of love. I made an entire Thanksgiving dinner for our family, which was a first! So, the past 24-36 hours have been spent like this:

Preparing brine for the turkey.

Cooking countless pounds of sweet potatoes. Sooo good!

Rolling out pie dough.

Here's another look at my golden turkey. I swear the secret is in the brine!

Aidan sitting, for a brief moment, at the table for some pie.

But that didn't last long. Soon it was showtime! Which, by the way, happens to be a regular occurrence at our house, especially during dinner time. I guess that makes it dinner theater..

Dinner theater often involves Aidan acting like a cowboy. Check out his awesome lasso skills.

Even Olivia is impressed.

And no meal wouldn't be complete without Rosemary looking her share of goodies.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

{ work in progress }

I've been wanting to make a quilt out of solid fabrics for quite some time now. But I have to say that my desire increased ten-fold after admiring all of the beauties in Cherri House's new book City Quilts. And again after attending Cherri's school house at Quilt Market in Houston {more on that in another post}. So, I finally have started one and here are a few sneak peeks.

I drew up this pattern after seeing a grid in a parking lot. But not just any parking lot. Wal-mart's parking lot, no less. I'm not a big fan of that place, but I'm sure glad I happened to have my sketch book handy that day a couple of months ago.

I'm hoping to have the quilt finished soon, so I'll share pictures as soon as it's done!

{ Guess who was featured on Pat Sloan's Blog? }

Me! Can you believe it?! I'm so excited to share with you that I was recently featured on Quilter Pat Sloan's blog. What an honor! I was so thrilled when Pat asked to interview me for her blog, and honestly, I had to give myself a little pinch when she did. Pat is so incredibly talented, and her enthusiasm for the art of quilting is so exciting. In addition to her awesome blog and website, Pat also has a weekly internet talk show where she discusses all things creative. Plus she's a phenomenal quilter, teacher, author, and designer. See, I told you she is amazing!

Pat did a great job with the interview, which you can read here. I also had the opportunity to meet Pat at Quilt Market in Houston last month, and I'm so honored to call her my friend. She's such an inspiration. Thanks again, Pat!

Forgive me for playing catch up, but I'm really behind on my blogging. You might see a few posts a day from me over the next few weeks while I try to cover all that I want to share!

{ Happy Thanksgiving week }

Wow, I cannot believe that this is Thanksgiving week, for those of us in America. Where has time gone? This year has seriously flown by, at least for me. I just realized that I hadn't shown you my Thanksgiving shirt designs yet, so here they are! This is the second year that I've offered them in my shop for sale, and they were a big hit.

This is the girl version, with lots of pink feathers!

And the boy version, with more green and blue feathers.

I used narrow wale corduroy for the body of both designs, in a butterscotch color, which I think works well as a neutral with all of the different prints I used for the feathers. The eyes are a mottled black fabric and the beak is a solid orange cotton. I think they're pretty fun!

And speaking of fun, guess what I'm doing this week? Cooking Thanksgiving dinner on my own, for the first time. I'm sure Aidan and Olivia will help, as will Jeff and my mom, but it's the first time we're having a full Thanksgiving dinner at our house since the kids have been born. It's so hard to run around during the holidays, and Jeff and I thought it was time to start making some traditions of our own since our little family has grown. I'm planning on making turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, Parker House rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie,and pecan pie. All from scratch. Yummy! I'll keep you posted on the progress and how everything turns out.

What are your plans for the holiday? I'd love to hear so please leave me a comment. Whatever they are, I hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

{ a perfect fall day on the farm }

My father, whom Aidan and Olivia fondly refer to as Papa, owns a horse and boards it at a farm that's about 15 minutes from our house. We don't get out there enough as we should, but last Thursday was a gorgeous warm, sunny day here, so I took the kids out for the day.

They had a great time riding Alex, and he's so gentle with them. We started in the arena.

Alex checked Aidan out before letting him hop on.

And then they were off.

Olivia was up next!

In the meantime, Aidan found an old chariot-type thing {I obviously am not well versed in neither farm nor horse lingo} and climbed up.

It was such a beautiful day that we decided to lead Alex outside to the outdoor area for a bit. Olivia rode him from the indoor arena out into the sunshine.

Of course, Aidan couldn't go without a chance to ride Alex in the sunshine too, so he took another turn.

And Olivia was happy to sit on the ground...

and pick grass, which she was convinced was hay.

See how much these kids love Alex? It's so sweet to see them together, and he's really so gentle with them. I think he's actually pretty fond of the kids too.

Olivia and I took a stroll over to the goats and fed one a carrot. He gobbled that thing up in no time!

And then she tried feeding him the "hay" that she had picked earlier. The goat wasn't near as keen on eating that.

Which, I think confused her a little bit.

As it did the goat too. I guess grass isn't nearly as yummy as carrots are.

From there it was onto the barn where Alex's stable is. Olivia was very interested in these two horses.

Who in turn, were just as interested in her.

Then it was time for Alex's treat. Carrots!

And a day on the farm wouldn't be complete without farm chores. Aidan and Olivia helped put down fresh straw on the floor of Alex's stall.

And they raked it smooth together...

...while another horse came over to see what was going on.

Eddie, the farmer, recently purchased this antique tractor. It's from the 1940s and runs. It's a beautiful machine.

We took a stroll over to the new hen house, which was guarded by a pretty noisy little rooster.

We get our eggs from these chickens!

Then it was over to another barn on the farm to see a few more horses.

The future farm boy himself!

Aidan has been telling us for quite some time that he wants to be a farmer when he grows up, and now Olivia is saying that too, so it will be interesting to see how long this continues. But I have to tell you, if I had my way, I think it would be great to live on a mini farm like that. Maybe I'm just a farm girl at heart after all, too.
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