QuiltCon re-cap, Day 1


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Let me start off with what a freaking, AMAZING time I had at QuiltCon!! Everyone should attend if they get the opportunity. And what's even better? QuiltCon will be yearly now! Woo!

So back to my adventure.

 This was the first year I attended, in person. Two years ago, I was there in spirit, I had a QuiltCon logo block in the original QuiltCon quilt. Unfortunately time slipped away from me this year, with a new baby, & I didn't submit a quilt to the show, but I'll be starting early this year for a submission!

It was very exciting to be able to have three generations of us attend this year, mom, me, & Rowan! We had such a blast! After an exhausting plane ride from Hawaii to North Carolina, we picked up my mom & made the flight to Austin. I never realized how nice it was to have a second set of hands on a plane with a baby, since Rowan & I have been traveling solo previous trips. I also forgot how COLD snow & Ice is! Rowan saw her first snow & I had to buy my first (in two years) pair of closed toe shoes… Us Hawaii gals don't know anything other than flip flops/slippers. Rowan also got her first pair of shoes, Freshly Picked Moccasins.

As you can see, Rowan was exhausted after the first flight, but the rest of us were ready to get to Austin already!!

We arrived a day early to give us enough time to get checked in & settled in the hotel as well as checked into QuiltCon! Classes & Lectures started early for us on Thursday!

The three of us could hardly contain our excitement after check in & receiving our overflowing, swag bags! We were however missing my stepmom, who was also supposed to come with us, but at the last minute was unable to attend.

Who would we be not checking her in & grabbing her swag bag for her?? Rowan helped us with that part!

Thanks to all the sponsors for the great goodies!!

We wrapped up the evening at a delicious sushi restaurant, right across from our hotel, Piranha. Yummy sushi & drinks, can't beat that!

Not to mention, extremely excited for the next day & start to QuiltCon!



Monday, November 3, 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying the season changing! We don't have much of a physical change, here in Hawaii, so we roll with the visible change...Halloween!

Now you know being Rowan's first Halloween she needed an adorable costume! Not being much of a seamstress, my mom swooped in to help & I couldn't believe the cuteness she came up with!

Rowan had the most adorable, fatest, pumpkin suit! I seriously can't stop looking back at the pictures!

Although she didn't seem to mind her new attire, I was certainly much more amused that she was ;-)

Vicariously at Quilt Market


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Via Quilt Dad
You guys may recognize the AUH-mazing quilt pictured above, that John made. It just so happened that while I was visiting NC that the card alined & I was able to quilt it! John made this for the Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration challenge hosted by FreeSpirit Fabrics and Denyse Schmidt & ended up winning the challenge.

Words cannot explain how unique & beautiful this piece is. It's definitely one of the most fun quilts I've quilted & was a fresh reminder of why I love quilting modern quilts. The prints he threw in to set off all of the solids was the perfect touch.

John thought baptist fans would compliment the top well & I couldn't have agreed better. With all of his bias work, set on point, I love how the fans look.

This was a hard quilt to part with, but I am so excited for John for not only winning the challenge, but also seeing it in Free Spirit  & Denyse Schmidt's booth at Quilt Market.

I wish I could have made it to market this year, all of the IG posts made me jealous of how much fun everyone was having! Hopefully next year!

Six Months Old


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Seriously, where has half a year gone?? It seems like just yesterday the boy & I were picking out baby names. Now this incredibly fun, bundle of love, has been our world for a whole six months!

Does this mean I need to start planning her 1st Birthday, already?! Ahh, time sure does fly!

Rowan now weighs 16lbs & is 26" long, double her birth weight & grown 6". She can roll both ways, although she gets stuck on her tummy a lot and forgets she knows how to get back to her back…this makes for a very cranky baby. Because she hates tummy time so much she isn't quite crawling yet; more like spinning. She can almost sit up by herself, I'm sure she will have this completely down by next week. 

Over the past month we have been introducing solids. So far she loves everything, but peas (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, bananas, pears). Two new teeth have also taken up residence over the past few weeks & I am so glad she loves teeth brushing time!

Bella & Rowan have become the best of friends & are ever so much interested in each other. Her favorite activities are jumping (especially in her jumper), reading, putting things in her mouth, beating the buttons on her activity center, looking at herself in the mirror, & anything outside, to name a few. 

She is such a happy baby & I seriously enjoy spending every minute with her. I'm so thankful I am able to be a stay at home mommy.

We've also done quite a bit of traveling recently & I think the travel bug has already bit her. I couldn't ask for a better travel buddy. 30,000 miles under her belt & counting!

And best of all…She says mama!!

City Gym Shorts


Friday, August 15, 2014

A few days ago, myself, RonyaMai, & Amber had a City Gym Shorts sew date for Amber's birthday. Amber taught us the ins & outs of the shorts since she had already whipped up a few pairs.

 City Gym Shorts are a free & best of all easy pattern!

In the past, I haven't been too into making garments, but it's quite possible I had so much fun making these that I bought a serger!! I blame Amber & Mai. They had their sergers out while we were making the shorts & let me just tell you how much easier & quicker it went with serging. 

Don't you just love how my shorts turned out?? I'm pretty impressed with them, but there is a story…

After getting these babies all cut out, nicely serged, and bias tape sewn on, I headed over to the cutting table so Amber could show me the next step. When all of a sudden, we realized I had two butts! Seriously! I was so mad at myself. I even looked to make sure I wasn't cutting two of the same pieces, but I surely did anyway!

At that point I needed to head to an appointment, take a breather, & re-group before I was going to rip them out. Good thing I had that extra time because turns out the size I cut probably would have been a little snug fitting had I cut what I was supposed to.

I ended up finishing what I had & they fit perfectly! Thank goodness! I really wasn't looking forward to ripping them out. So sometimes two wrongs do make a right!

I do however feel like our supervisor should have better informed me of my mistake, in the beginning. If only she could talk. She was looking rather cute on the job though!

I'll be making her a pair next!

Here's a peek at the rest of the crew's. Didn't they turn out cute!

Little Lady


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The perks of having a girl means there will be bloomers, & lots of them! I know there will be many more to come. My mom, step mom, & I (Rowan too of course) spent the weekend playing with different styles of bloomers. I think we have a favorite hashed out now.

Rowan wasn't too sure about this modeling thing, but I think you'll agree that she wears them nicely!

Granny Squares


Thursday, April 17, 2014

I'm excited to have finished my first quilt since Rowan has been home! It feels AMAZING to be back to playing with fabrics & quilting. Turns out Rowan is quite a good helper!

granny squares

granny squares

I started this beauty while I was pregnant, for the oh so talented lady that made our gorgeous baby shower cake & cupcakes! I was thrilled when we were able to work out a trade, cake for quilt! I love being able to spread the quilt love & see other's awesome talents, that I wouldn't dare attempt.

granny squares

granny squares

granny squares

For the quilting I used one of my new pantographs, Diamonds are Forever, and I think it turned out to be a perfect fit!

Now that I'm feeling completely rejuvenated…on to the next project!

What are you guys working on these days?

2 Months Old


Saturday, April 12, 2014

It's hard to believe this nugget is 2 months old already! I seriously don't know where the time has gone. Well, half of it went to a month of hospital stays. Our baby girl is just growing up WAY too fast!

Rowan is 10lbs 5oz and 22.05" long. She is the happiest baby I know. She is quite the smiley pants and has started to have conversations with us. I adore every time she wakes up to eat, that when I come over to her bassinet to pick her up she gives me the biggest smile, like she's happy to see me. She has the biggest blue eyes, just like her daddy, & a cowlick to match too. Her daddy & I just can't get enough of this cute face on a daily basis!

She loves reading, her Bella dog, stroller strides with mom, watching car videos with dad, helping mom quilt & sew while hanging out in her mamaroo, her wubba nub, getting dressed up (not really, but I like to think so), & eating…of course.

We've been home a month now, from the hospital, and her breathing has been doing great! She has been holding her O2 saturation fantastically & we are hoping to be able to take her completely off of her SpO2 monitor, by next month. As we all hoped, it seems that she truly did just need some extra time to recover from her initial meconium aspiration. It's really been a weight off of our shoulders knowing that she has improved so much!