Thursday, August 27, 2015

Life not so lately: birthdays and showers

This post, like most personal posts that eventually make it onto this space, is way overdue. Back at the start of July, we road tripped home to Texas to celebrate two big events: my grandmother's 80th birthday and my little sister's wedding shower. In between, we spent some wonderful time with family and took a mini break (sans toddler) to Austin (more on that in another post). It was a great trip.
My grandmother's party was a surprise, and she clearly hadn't suspected a thing, which was awesome. It was held at the little country church I attended as a child (which my grandmother still attends), and it was lovely to be back in that space.
We're a bunch of goofballs.
We spent the 4th in Louisiana with my dad, step-mom, and step-siblings and had such a fun time. This gang is the best. It was B's first time to really experience fireworks, and he was all about it. He tried out some sparklers on his own and loved watching the firework duel put on by the neighbors. He kept pumping his fist in celebration after every one. Next year, I'm vowing we'll take him to a real show.
Then, we headed on to Dallas for a few more relaxing days with my mom's side. In the middle of the week, we left B behind with my mom and headed south for a few adults-only days in Austin with my sister and brother-in-law. B got to enjoy a few days of grandparent treats and trips to the zoo without us, so I don't think he missed us too much. :)
The trip was capped off by the wedding shower we threw for my little sister. She's getting married on Labor Day weekend, so it was so nice to be able to squeeze the shower in while I was home. I haven't gotten to do much in terms of helping with the wedding planning, so I was glad to be a part of this.
And, of course, we topped off our last night with a big 'ol plate of barbecue. It's good to come home.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

September do.Good Stitches blocks

September is my first month as a quilter for the Emerge Circle of do.Good Stitches, and I'm so excited to take the lead, but man, was it hard to narrow down my choices. I have so many ideas and color schemes I want to use, but I finally just had to pull the trigger and decided to use this lovely quilt by Quirky Granola Girl as my inspiration.
Photo courtesy of Quirky Granola Girl

I've asked my circle mates to create monochromatic scrappy log cabin blocks that measure 6-8" finished. The log cabins should use prints and solids in the teal and green colors from the color schemes below. The log cabins are then surrounded in larger pieces of scrappy low volume, gray, cream, and white solids and prints to create a final block that measures 12-16" (finished) on each side (it can be square or rectangular).

We'll be using this color scheme:
Photo courtesy of BenzieDesign on IG
And here are my finished sample blocks.
The blocks will be improv pieced but should not be wonky. If you need help with the log cabins, Ellison Lane has a good tutorial. I can't wait to see what the other ladies do!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

August do.Good Stitches blocks

Last night, I finished my August blocks for the EMERGE circle of the do.Good Stitches charity bee. Allison was in charge this month, and she chose Cheryl Brickey's Use Your Illusion Quilt, the March 2015 Quilt of the Month for the MQG. She asked us to make six of the 14 blocks in the pattern using white for the background and solids or monochromatic prints in this fun color scheme for the lines:
Image courtesy of Design Seeds

Here are my six blocks!
I'm really curious to see this one come together. I'm the quilter for September, so I'll be posting my sample blocks in the next few days.