It’s Wednesday?

Oops.  I swear, you guys, I actually had planned on posting on Friday, and then work is insane and this weekend was insane and then it was today and I don’t know where the past week has gone.  I’m sorry.

So, three posts in one?  Here we go!

Last week’s running was kind of intense.  I did 3.23 miles on Monday, and then 3.89 on Thursday.  Monday’s run was our basic 3-ish miler, and we did our normal P&Q route.  Thursday was track, which was ROUGH.  You guys, it was hot.  It was awful.  But I pushed through.  I did drop the last 200m sprint off my workout, but I’m blaming it on having not done track in forever and then it being so hot.  No weekend runs yet.  I’m planning on adding in the long-er easy run this weekend, and then by the middle of next month, I’ll be running Saturdays and Sundays.  I missed Tuesday’s run last week due to a work dinner, but don’t worry.  I’ll be back on track.

I don’t really have much to report as far as my normal rambly Monday post, so we’ll just dive right on in to the WiP Wednesday fun!

This week, I shipped out my Alison Glass Mini Swap, and it’s actually out for delivery right now!  I seriously can’t wait for my partner to get it.  I went a little crazy, but I refuse to feel bad about it.  🙂

That’s the big project that’s been eating my life for a while, so I’m getting prepped to move onto other things.  The next big ship date I have is the SPD Fairy Tale Mini on July 6.  I’ve been playing with part of the pattern, and I’m really not loving how it’s working, so I’m going to have to run back to the drawing board with it.  It makes me sad, but I don’t know what else to do.  I had planned on doing a two-sided mini for that one, so I may just make it one-sided with your standard backing, but we’ll see.  If I do that, I probably need to get a better fabric option for it.  Maybe something from Heather Ross’ “Far Far Away.”

Other ship dates that are looming? The DCMQG Bee block for June still needs to be started.  It’s a challenging pattern, so I’ll be super honest and admit that I haven’t had the courage to even decide on fabric yet.  And, I’m also planning on submitting two blocks for #FloodTexasWithLove.  One from me, and one for one of my very good quilty friends.  She’s actually from Houston, and she really wanted to submit one, but she’s so swamped with work that I’m going to make hers.

That’s where we are this week.  I’ve also been sketching/doodling ideas for my Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Quilt entry.  I made the horrible mistake of looking through previous winners, and I’m kind of super freaked out about putting together a good design.  Since the challenge is focused on the “Celebration Glitz” line, I’ve been trying to really focus on the “celebration” aspect.  I’ve thrown around the idea of a memorial quilt for my grandmother, but I’m not completely on board with it yet.  I’ve also played a little bit with the whole “runner with a fabric problem” concept, and I’m kind of loving that direction, but it has the potential to get really busy if I’m not super careful.

I did also finish cutting out 118 hexie paper pieces, which are for a surprise selfish sewing project.  I want to dig in HARD to it, but I’m trying to exercise some restraint.  You know, because I have eight million other things to do.  Points to anyone who can guess why I need exactly 118 hexies.  It’s going to be epic.

And, since I need an actual picture of something that’s a work in progress in order to participate in the official link-up over at Freshly Pieced, here’s a new bag pattern I’m working on.  This had been planned as an extra for my Alison Glass MQS, but it just did not work as it is.  I don’t love the execution, but I do love the concept and I am definitely going to be continuing to play with it as I have time.  Eventually, it’ll work and I’ll write a tutorial or a pattern.  I couldn’t find either when the concept popped into my brain, and I think the world needs this.



I want it to work so badly!

So, as long as we’re all here, just a reminder that you can access my running calendar and my swap calendar by clicking on the coral menu button at the top of the page.  In addition, I’m going to be adding my WiPs either on a new page up there, or in the sidebar. Look for it!


Oops.  This was supposed to go up yesterday.  I’m not going to be super wordy here, and unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of pictures.

This week has been insane.  Today (Thursday) is my first and only day this week without meetings, and I’m still drowning in files at work.  My desk is a disaster.  And, since I’ve had meetings, I worked late yesterday, the day I didn’t have run club or an evening meeting, and got home at 8.  By the time we had had dinner, M was off to bed, and I was basically only able to interface part of a project and then change the thread in my machine from red to the dove I use for normal piecing.  I am exhausted.

So, there hasn’t been a ton of progress.  I did finish up that AG mini, I pulled fabric and cut part of the back for the SPD Fairy Tale mini.  That HAS to get pieced tonight.  I’m thinking that if I drive in to the office today, I can drive home immediately after run club, which will be faster.  I should be able to get home in time for the MQG Webinar, which I’ll watch while piecing, I think.

So, without further ado, here’s my (very small) submission to Freshly Pieced‘s WiP Wednesday!

AG Mini Extras – all cut
SPD Fairy Tale Mini – mostly cut
Broadway Mini – fabric pulled, pattern finalized
HP Mini – pattern finalized,
Nola’s Quilt – cut, partly pieced
DB’s Quilt – cut, needs interfacing, sashing fabric finalized
Superhero Quilt – partly pieced, no new work done
Supernova Quilt – partly pieced, no new work done
50 States – HA.

Fabric pull/cuts

Fabric pull/cuts

This is going to be adorable once it's done.  Just wait.

This is going to be adorable once it’s done. Just wait.

Let’s Talk About Fabric

I had planned on using today’s post to give some insight into my weekend of sewing, but the truth is, all I did (sewing-wise) this weekend was finish quilting my AG Mini and bind it off.  And then snip all the threads.  It was a thrilling weekend.

I’m not going to show off pictures because, well, I want my partner to be surprised and maybe she’s reading this.  But, one of the main prints I used was Sun Print Text.  I used one text print for the main part of the mini, and then bound it off in a contrasting text print.  And I want to talk a little bit about it.  Alison Glass, if you’re reading this, your text print sat down in my soul and won’t leave.  Thank you ❤

When Alison Glass released her Sun Print line, she did a blog post about the designs, and she said this about the text:

“There is also a text print, called Text, very original, I know!  Sometimes it’s just good to go with the obvious, right?  It’s a simple design, truly meant more than anything to create texture.  The nine colors are usable with tons of projects!  I wrote the words, and while they mean something to me, the meaning is not the main thing, it’s the feel of the design and how it is used that is the focus.

Well, Alison, I would love to know the meaning to you.  Because every single time I use this print, I find another set of words that hits me directly in the feels and refuses to be ignored. (You can read the rest of that blog post here.)

The first time I ever used the text was in a baby quilt.  I had gotten the colors from the mom, and I was pulling fabrics and trying to come up with a cohesive design that would match the feel of their nursery.  Since I was still fairly new to quilting at the time, I didn’t have much of a fabric stash and was just looking at swatches online.  I stumbled across Text, and the first words I read were “your birth it is redemption” and “pointless rejection of him of beauty for you and a real companion.”  I sent it off to the mom with my feelings about the print, and she said she was a little overwhelmed by the feelings.  That was enough, it was in the quilt.

I didn’t know until much, much later how true those words rang for her.  I didn’t know that she had struggled with so much until she found out that she was pregnant.  I didn’t know that finding out that she was pregnant really was a second chance for her.  She’s embraced motherhood in a way that I don’t think I’ve ever been honored to witness before.  I am so very proud of her drive to be a wonderful mom, to give her little one a better life.

Binding off this mini for my partner, it was like the fabric demanded that I think of this story.  That I remember why I fell in love with this fabric in the first place.  And then, it demanded that I connect with it again.

Don’t worry, I’m not pregnant, and I’m not struggling with too terribly much.  This time, it wasn’t a message of redemption.  It was a message of growth.  Growth in my career, growth in my relationship, growth in my sewing.   And a message of remembrance of my grandmother.

Jump as off a diving board

we serve simplify celebrate

What is there wouldn’t keep from being happy

Holding our breath and moving forward

There was filling the empty with empty

In a pond of tragedy

With you and me we belong

Live in the now, in integrity and freedom, so hard, so good

Then two, who we wouldn’t it seemed so improbable, then there you were

I’m still feeling the feels over this one.  Today, M and I have been together for 3.5 years.  It’s still kind of baffling to me.  Our story is a weird one, and something for another post, but it’s ours.  And I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.  Last year we had this absolutely horrible fight, it went on for weeks.  I’ll never forget sitting on the couch as we neared the end of it, being completely exhausted, every fiber of my being telling me that what I was about to say was going to destroy me if he agreed, and saying “maybe this is the end.”  We looked down that concept together, talked about what it would mean, and decided that neither of us could live with it.  And then we set about working to repair the damage that we had caused through that fight.  It’s still not completely fixed, almost a year later, but we’re getting there.  We DO belong.  Sometimes our relationship feels improbable, even impossible, but there he is and there we are, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

To the other side, to the remembrance.  My grandmother passed away on March 10, 2015.  At the end of March 2014, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Leukemia and given 3-6 months to live.  When we found out, I booked a flight to CA and made a quilt for her, and took it out to her in early June.  The old woman lived for almost a year after that diagnosis.  My aunt and uncle assure me that she didn’t feel too much pain for the last 9 months of her life.  All of this is another post, and we’ll get there eventually.  For now, my mother is in CA to visit her parents, and I’ve asked her to see if she can pick up that quilt from my aunt and uncle and bring it home to me.  Without getting into major specifics, let’s just leave it at the fact that those sadder ones are attached to this story.

I’m sorry that I don’t have pictures for you guys today – like I said, I didn’t do a whole lot this weekend!  I should have a bunch for Wednesday though!