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Month: July 2013

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A sneak peek of Lucey, all set up!

Friday Favorites 7.26.13

1. Untitled, 2. Popsicles, 3. Promenade by Freckled Whimsy, 4. Cascade finished quilt top, 5. Nurture do. Good Stitches June completed quilt top, 6. DSC07646, 7. My low volume version of V&Co’s Reverse Hopscotch Quilt, 8. Faith Circle of do. Good Stitches, 9. Postmodern DWR

 
Quilted Favorites
 
Friday Quilted Favorites 7.26.13
1. Finished!, 2. Snowflake quilt, 3. Feathers Challenge, 4. Anchors Away quilt, finished and gifted!

 Happy Friday!

Thanks for the inspiration!

It’s true!

Look who just arrived at my doorstep! Yes, it’s true, we have a new family member (well I call her a family member, hubs rolls his eyes!). She’s an APQS, Lucey & has a 27″ throat! Yippee!!

The delivery man asked me what all the boxes were for, I told him a quilting machine…He looked at me funny & said “um, but you’re not 80”! haha very true sir.

I’ve really been missing longarming since we moved to Hawaii a few months ago, since the machine I was quilting on is my Step mom’s. I truly do have the best husband EVER! He is such a sweet guy to buy me my longarm, I seriously can’t thank him enough for helping me continue my quilting passion!

Eeeeekkk!!!! Lucey is here!!! #apqs #apqsquilting #gonequilting
I also have the sweetest dealer/friend & mother to send me a care package to get started with! Thanks Angela, Sherri, & mom!!!
Amazing package from my wonderful dealer & mom + some goodies from #superiorthreads ! Lucey is being unloaded off the ship tomorrow! #apqs #apqsquilting #gonequilting #longarm

Mail from mom! Thread cards! That means the #longarm will be here soon!! #bestmomever #besthusbandever #apqs #superiorthreads

 So don’t you worry, lots more Lucey posting will be going on, as soon as we get her all set up (hopefully tonight)!!

Big Island part 1

The beginning of our trip turned out to be quite the adventure. We flew in Sunday (only a 30min flight, nice right?!), poked around town, ate some yummy food, & got a great nights sleep in the gorgeous condo the in-laws wrangled!

Monday our plan was to head up to the volcano, about two hours away from where we were staying, in Kona. The drive was quite interesting, glad my FIL was doing the driving, up all the windy roads, through the igneous rock, along the ocean side.

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A quarter of the way up, we stopped for lunch at Hana Hou (the southernmost restaurant in the US). It’s a cute little cafe with great eats in a laid back atmosphere.

After our bellies were full, we were ready to hit the road again! No later than about 30 seconds after pulling out of the restaurant & heading down the road were we hit. A lady backed out of a reality company, in her truck, into the right side of the car, where my MIL & I were sitting.

We were all ok, just whip lashed, but decided we better get checked out since we all know how whip lash can be no joke in the coming days. The closest hospital was TINY! They even put my MIL & I in the same room. It was more of a stabilization hospital with only a handful of rooms for ER services, I don’t think it even had any beds. The only doctor that was wonderful and is also the local Tae Kwon Do instructor. Small community.

Unfortunately, by the time we waited & talked to the officers, made it & got seen at the hospital, & knowing we had to drive the car back to the rental company for an exchange, it was too late to go to the Volcano.

We did however, make a pit stop at Black Sands Beach on the way back to Kona, so our 3hour drive wasn’t a complete bust!

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One side of the beach is nice, soft, black, sand & the other side is hard, black, igneous, rock. On the rocky side, there are awesome tide pools that have all sorts of sea life, during low tide!

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We even ran into these beauties! & the coolest part was you could feed them seaweed by hand!

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After making it back to Kona & exchanging the rental car, we wrapped up our evening with a nice dinner at Kona Brewing Co.

Big Island part 1

The beginning of our trip turned out to be quite the adventure. We flew in Sunday (only a 30min flight, nice right?!), poked around town, ate some yummy food, & got a great nights sleep in the gorgeous condo the in-laws wrangled!

Monday our plan was to head up to the volcano, about two hours away from where we were staying, in Kona. The drive was quite interesting, glad my FIL was doing the driving, up all the windy roads, through the igneous rock, along the ocean side.

  photo DSC_0191.jpg

A quarter of the way up, we stopped for lunch at Hana Hou (the southernmost restaurant in the US). It’s a cute little cafe with great eats in a laid back atmosphere.

After our bellies were full, we were ready to hit the road again! No later than about 30 seconds after pulling out of the restaurant & heading down the road were we hit. A lady backed out of a reality company, in her truck, into the right side of the car, where my MIL & I were sitting.

We were all ok, just whip lashed, but decided we better get checked out since we all know how whip lash can be no joke in the coming days. The closest hospital was TINY! They even put my MIL & I in the same room. It was more of a stabilization hospital with only a handful of rooms for ER services, I don’t think it even had any beds. The only doctor that was wonderful and is also the local Tae Kwon Do instructor. Small community.

Unfortunately, by the time we waited & talked to the officers, made it & got seen at the hospital, & knowing we had to drive the car back to the rental company for an exchange, it was too late to go to the Volcano.

We did however, make a pit stop at Black Sands Beach on the way back to Kona, so our 3hour drive wasn’t a complete bust!

 photo DSC_0189.jpg

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One side of the beach is nice, soft, black, sand & the other side is hard, black, igneous, rock. On the rocky side, there are awesome tide pools that have all sorts of sea life, during low tide!

 photo DSC_0181.jpg
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We even ran into these beauties! & the coolest part was you could feed them seaweed by hand!

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After making it back to Kona & exchanging the rental car, we wrapped up our evening with a nice dinner at Kona Brewing Co.

Friday Favorites 7.19.13

1. chalet sewing., 2. Round II, 3. And a citron lining. I’m very predictable but can’t help but stick with what I love! I hope she likes it :), 4. Dresden thimbles :), 5. Indian Summer Baby Quilt, 6. P7137529, 7. “Outside The Paint Box’, 8. Scrappy Trip Along Finished, 9. Little wonky house for Amy
 
Happy Friday!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Vaca

This week I’ve taken a side step from the sewing machine, while my in-laws are here visiting. Although, with my MIL here (who is also a quilter/sewer), we have made it a priority to quilt shop hop! As soon as they arrived, I whisked her off to my LQS for some shopping & we sent the boys off golfing.

The power board has been going out in my poor machine, so I took this vacation opportunity to take her in for some TLC.

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Mean while, I am so fortunate that my MIL sent me with her 1008 as a back up machine, when we moved, so we haven’t been completely machineless. & I have to say this baby is a workhorse! Even better, my extended table fits on it pretty well!
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Having the fam here has also given us the opportunity to check out some touristy spots that we haven’t had a chance to explore. We’ve been eating at some yummy places up towards the North Shore and checked out the Dole Plantation.

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My husband had also informed us of this ‘great’ beach he found with one his friends a few weeks back, he said it was very secluded & that there was only a few other people there when they went. Since I’ve only been to a few beaches here, I figured why not check out a new one, especially if it’s a great secret spot!

So we get there and start walking down the dirt trail to the water, once we hit the sand it’s pretty gorgeous, I have to give him that. There was a horse swimming in the ocean with it’s owner, which was pretty incredible to see & a few families. We proceeded to walk down the beach a bit farther (please note: my husband & FIL were quite a bit ahead of myself & MIL), when all of a sudden my MIL & I notice something isn’t right & stop. We quickly bust out laughing as the guys start setting up the beach chairs, not paying a bit of attention to their surroundings. After a minute, they realize we haven’t caught up and start looking around…at all the NAKIE butts surrounding! HAHA

A quick U-turn & the were back with us on the clothed side of the beach. I have to say that was definitely something we won’t ever let them live down! Poor hubby had no idea the farther down the beach you went, the less clothes that were worn!

As much fun as we were having showing them our new home & stumbling upon sometimes crazy new places, by Sunday we were jet setting off to the Big Island for more adventures (& of course quilt shops)!

Friday Favorites 7.5.13

1. Pillow Talk Swap 10 received !, 2. summer chevron, 3. Additions, 4. Stars, 5. Fabric Bucket from Amy’s (chick chick sewing) new book, Zakka Handmades. Giveaway for the book on my blog!!, 6. Finished x plus along quilt, 7. Spool Quilt, 8. 1001 Peeps Quilt, 9. Summer Log Cabin – my way
 
Happy Friday! 
Thanks for the inspiration!

Growing up

Nearing 25 has proved to a scary yet fun time in life. A time when your life should somehow begin to fall into place. The college thing has finished as you’re breaking into new career and the serious relationship commitments have begun. For me life has taken me almost halfway across the world.

I think the best part about nearing this time in my life is that some of my friends are just one step ahead of me…& you know what that means…Babies!! One of my good friends, Lindsey, that I’ve known since Elementary school & have spent hours upon hours in the gym, perfecting our gymnastics skills together, is having a baby!! I’m so excited that she is the first of my friends from back home to be welcoming a little girl, in the next two weeks!

I’ve always remembered one of Lindsey’s favorite colors to be purple, so it was no surprise when she announced Arianna’s nursery colors would be purple & green! As you know, I love a good baby quilt & even better when it’s going to a friend!

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I did my preliminary grab of fabrics & kept some while ditching others. I probably would have kept them all if I was making a bigger quilt, but I didn’t want it to eat the poor babe up! I’d been itching to make the Modern Crosses quilt from Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal, so of course I took this opportunity to try it out!
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I followed the basic concept of the pattern, but substituted 2.5″ strips so I ended up with 12.5″ blocks. I’m a fan of 12.5″ blocks!
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Arianna's Quilt
Arianna's Quilt
Now if only that longarm would get here so I can get it quilted up 😉

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