Road Trip to Santa Fe

Before we moved to Colorado, I had never been to the state before. My west coast traveling was very limited, and I've been wanting to do something about that. Last summer we got the National Parks pass and splurged for the one that gets you into any park. Rocky Mountain National Park is our "local park" but I figured if we went to one other in the year it was worth it. I am obsessed with the Junior Ranger program, thankfully the girls love it too. We drove down to Florissant National Monument last fall and did the program there. Then in October when Josh and I ... Read More

I Wish I Could Go Too Traveling Bee 2017 – Forest Quilt

In 2017 I participated in a quilt bee with a group on Instagram. I was asked by a friend in Illinois who put together the group from people she'd met at sewing retreats. Everyone picked a theme and set rules and parameters for their quilts. I decided to pick something I was excited about but wouldn't make myself, which was a forest quilt. It's not my normal color palette and I feel like I'd never finish a quilt with a lot of foundation paper piecing. I started my quilt with a snail from Pen and Paper Patterns and a Fancy Fox from Elizabeth Hartman. I ... Read More

Modern Sewcialites – February and March

I've added a couple more blocks to my Modern Sewcialites quilt and added some stars. I wanted to add a few stars to my January block to add some extra shine. I used the Confetti Star Block from During Quiet Time and just printed it at different sizes. I'm not entirely sure about the March house block, right now it feels a little too intense because of the lack of white. As of right now I'm going to leave it and see if it's less out of place once more blocks have been added. Otherwise, I'll go back in and add some windows to it to lighten it up a ... Read More

Geogram Blog Hop

Right as we were getting ready for our big move to Colorado I got an email asking me to be a part of the blog hop for Samarra Khaja's new fabric line Geogram with Lecien Fabrics. Despite having so much to do with the move, I could not say no the the chance to make something with this gorgeous fabric line. As soon as I saw the fabric line I fell in love with it, and it's even more amazing in person. It has 30 SKUs and a variety of precuts and will be in stores this month. The colors are so incredibly vibrant, I immediately knew I would be making something ... Read More

2017 Temperature Quilt 

At the beginning of the year we moved to Colorado. Josh got a job at Google in Boulder so we've all embarked on a big adventure. Before this move I have never lived more than an hour and a half from where I grew up. I had never visited Colorado until we came out in December to look for a place to live.  I'm still adjusting and doing a lot of exploring. I've found a lot of great quilt shops and gone to some craft groups. I did get my sewing machine set up and one of the things I've worked on is a temperature quilt.  There will be 12 rows and I'm using ... Read More

#2017temperaturescarf

In just a few weeks I'll be moving to Colorado. My husband got a job at Google in Boulder and we are getting ready to relocate.  My friend Kristy mentioned wanting to start a yearlong project in 2017 and is going to do a temperature scarf. I've seen the idea before and have always thought it would be fun, but never made the commitment.  With our upcoming move I thought it would be neat to see how my Colorado temperature scarf differs from her Illinois one. And we thought we would take it a step further and invite everyone to participate.  Kristy ... Read More

Rainbow Sampler Quilt

I have been on a quilt top making kick. I have a stack of 14 of them and I'm about to add another to it this week. Apparently my declaration that I am a real quilter went to my head. I've had this idea to make a sampler quilt for a really long time. I love the idea of a quilt with varied block sizes and I knew that I wanted to do a rainbow one. My original plan was that I would make each color span a 12" strip of the quilt and make all the blocks sizes that would nicely fit together. However, I am very bad at math and ended up with really varied sizes ... Read More

Free Pattern Friday – Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

I've gotten multiple requests to sell the patterns I used for the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan cross stitches I made. I don't feel comfortable making money off them like that, so here are the patterns for free. When cross stitched on 14ct Aida they fit in a 6" hoop. Download the PDFs here - Nancy Kerrigan Pattern Tonya Harding Pattern There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy. If you stitch up one of my patterns, I'd love to see it! Tag it on Instagram with the hashtag #hugsarefunstitches ... Read More