Category — Life
Although this is mainly a quilting blog, it is also my personal space where I try to chronicle events in my life. This is the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and I would be remiss if I didn’t spend a bit of time remembering and reflecting. Emotionally I am having a hard time watching and reading the news this week. I am happy I have this blog.
Ten years ago, I was a year into my first job out of college and living in Indianapolis. I was due to fly out to LA with some girlfriends a couple days later for a long weekend. Life was pretty carefree.
I will never forget that morning at work when my mom called me to say a plane had hit the World Trade Center in NYC. I thought it was simply an accident. I was still on the phone with her when she screamed and then said a second plane hit. At that moment our whole world changed.
I remember the entire office crowded around a tv with crappy reception. I remember seeing coworkers crying. I remember going home and watching the news with my roommate, in shock that something like this had happened during “my generation”. That all those innocent people, who had done nothing but go to work that day, had died. It was like the end of our innocence.
Ten years later I am in my 30′s. I am married. I am a mother. Knowing that I am raising my kids in a world where terrorism has been added to the list of worries for them is a tough pill to swallow. But I do have hope for them, that their generation will be honorable, strong and brave. I hope these fears won’t be a shadow over them forever. And I know we will never forget.
September 11, 2011 21 Comments
Thank you all for your kind words about my Summer Sampler Series quilt top. If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I live in the Chicago suburbs so that photo with the cows was most likely not from around my home. I am on vacation (brought the sewing machine!) up in Crystal Lake which is in northwestern Michigan. My in-laws have a home here so we visit often. Although it is a long drive with kids (at least 7 hours usually), it is a welcome change from the crowds and hustle of the Chicago area.
We try to visit different areas of northern Michigan when we come, and that usually includes the Traverse City area. This trip we decided to see all the quilt barns on Mission Peninsula.
Mission Peninsula is an area just north of Traverse City that is full of hills, barns, vineyards, wineries and beautiful views.
I’ve numbered my photos to correspond with this map that we followed.
It was like a fun treasure hunt and I discovered my husband is really good at spotting a quilt block on a barn in the rear view mirror.
It was totally adorable, surprisingly modern, and I was able to pick up a few fat quarters.
Next door was an amazing looking yarn shop called Wool and Honey. I didn’t go in as my husband and the kids were waiting for me in the car, and now I’m kicking myself – even though I can’t knit. Their website and blog look so cool! I will definitely be back.
We are now heading up for a couple nights at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the upper peninsula of Michigan. I have never been and am really looking forward to seeing it’s natural beauty. In the meantime, I will leave you with a photo of one of our little friends here that likes to hang of of the hole in the tree and stare at us on the deck.
August 18, 2011 39 Comments
About a month ago my two year blogiversary came and went with little fanfare. It happens to be around the 4th of July, and that happens to be my husband’s birthday, so not a lot of blogging usually occurs that week.
Part of me can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I started this blog. I suppose time flies when you’re having fun! In the last year, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot of personal goals, from developing quilt patterns to appearing in publications, from adding many tutorials to the blog to cohosting this latest quilt along.
When I started quilting, I learned so much from the free tips and tutorials online on other blogs. It’s always been a goal of mine to also give back to the online community and help those who are getting started themselves. And hopefully inspire a few people along the way.
So! In celebration, I have a giveaway! I mentioned earlier this week that I spent last weekend in Cincinnati. My mom, sister and I (oh, and the kids) did a mini shop hop.
Our first stop was The Quilter’s Studio in Loveland. This store is almost entirely batiks and includes many bolts by designer Marcia Derse – very pretty. They also have an entirely separate building with lots of classroom space and two long arm quilting machines where you can rent time.
I picked up The Quilts of Gee’s Bend postcard set there and plan on framing 9 of them for my sewing room. Part of the giveaway is 9 other prints from this postcard set so you can frame them for your room! Or mail them. Or whatever you want to do with them.
Our next stop (after lunch at Dewey’s Pizza) was Sewn Studio. This shop has been on my list to visit ever since my sister stopped in a few months back and told me how cool it was. Boy am I jealous that this shop isn’t in the Chicago suburbs!
It is so fresh and modern and welcoming.
I don’t think I saw one bolt of fabric that I wasn’t interested in – they even had embroidery patterns and perle cotton embroidery thread!
I was lucky enough to meet owner Stephanie and employee Jessica. Both were SO nice! Stephanie was kind enough to even donate a beautiful Summer House by Lily Ashbury charm pack to giveaway on my blog!
I picked up several great small prints for my stash and I am sharing them with you as well. The last portion of the giveaway is a FQ of each of the fabrics you see below.
It was a great visit, only slightly marred by my daughter announcing “I NEED TO POOP!” as we were just about the leave the store. A bit embarrassing but there is just no predicting what a 4 year old will find appropriate conversation in public.
Phew! So if you made it this far, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment! I will select a winner Monday evening. Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting me over the last two years – here’s to many more!
Update: For those in the comments that are interested in that great bike bag, Sewn Studio has commented “Our blog (www.sewnstudio.com/blog) is currently featuring an interview with Kathy McGee of Hemma Designs, the designer of the Ilsa Bike Basket. We’re giving away one of her patterns, too, so come on over and take a look.”
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I will select a winner shortly. The winner is #315, Alisa, who said “I’ve been enjoying your blog for almost the two years. Looks like you had a fun blog hop.” Congratulations Alisa, I will email you for your address!
I want to thank each and every one of you for your comments. I read every one and they all made me smile.
August 4, 2011 413 Comments
So yesterday afternoon I was looking around on Flickr, minding my own business, when I see an amazing photo upload from Malka Dubrawsky. If you know anything about Malka, you will know that everything she uploads is pretty much amazing!
As I’m reading the caption on the photo, I see something about creating samples for an Improvisational Piecing class. Then I see the word Chicago. My heart starts beating a bit faster. I click on the link. Then I see the word Lisle. Now my heart is beating out of my chest. Lisle probably doesn’t mean much to most people – but it is where I live! My suburb of Chicago!
Yes, it’s true. Malka is going to be teaching 2 classes at the Create Mixed Media Retreat in late August. I was so excited that I could barely focus my eyes to read the website on how to get myself into her class! But I did. And I am. I signed up and will be there with bells on in the front row.
Of course, almost immediately after I paid I had thoughts of What if I make a complete fool of myself there? and What if I make the ugliest thing she has ever seen? I haven’t taken a class in a long time. Maybe 10 years ago I took a ceramics class. I am self taught and I’m sure I don’t do most things by the book. I’ve never taken a sewing class (well, does high school Home Ec count?) But I’m going to put on my brave – and extremely excited – face on an enjoy every minute.
So who is with me? Chicago sewers! Wisconsin, Indiana people! I signed up for the Thursday class from 9am – 4pm. Does anyone want to come, I’d love to meet some new friends!
April 28, 2011 7 Comments