Summer Bucket List for Porter

School is out and P is excited for summer break.  We have camps planned most weeks and an epic vacation.  Woohoo!

P will start Kindergarten this fall.  I want this summer to be magical and full of fun.  I asked him for a Bucket List of what he wants to do.  It’s amazing what he thinks of.  See his list below.

five year old summer bucket lis

Seriously?  Try skateboarding kid?  This momma is worried but with the right gear I would feel more comfortable.  Most of this bucket list is on the agenda for the summer already.

I got the idea from a podcast I listen to, Shailey & Katie.  Katie did this with her daughter to save sanity and make sure they have time to do everything.  Rob and I also made a list of things we want to do.  It’s a summer of adventure, family, and fun.

Can’t wait to share our adventures with you as we travel across the country.  We are hitting Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, and New York City.  Scheduling everything was like playing planes, trains, and automobiles.

My Friend Has Cancer: Here’s How You Can Help

Our friend Scott has been battling a rare cancer over the last couple of years.  He’s pretty awesome and his next treatment is expensive.  Traveling to Switzerland to receive treatment is cheaper than staying in the U.S.  Currently the treatment is approved for every type of this specific cancer, except his.

So, they have started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for his treatment.  He needs three in total.  By the time he has to undergo number two and three, they are hoping the FDA has approved it for his specific cancer.  Until then they have to travel internationally for his best care.

With stock leftover from my Growler Girls days I want to help raise some money for Scott and Anne. You can support Scott & Anne by purchasing any of my bags listed here:

Quiltytherapy’s Facebook page

  • Insulated growler bags are $15 or $20.  These insulated bags will keep cold items cold for up to six hours.  They are not waterproof.  Some bags used reclaimed seat belts.  The printed bags were made in partnership with a local printing company.  They hold one growler or two bottles of wine.
  • Doublers, $5, hold two growlers and are not insulated.  These are made from repurposed grain bags from local breweries.  I use one for all my boxing gear and wet stuff in the summer.  Super easy to rinse out.
  • I will ship anywhere in the US for cost.  That’s additional so all the proceeds can go to Scott and Anne.

Seriously, Anne is a saint.

Help my friends Scott and Anne so we can have more shenanigans with them.  Okay they weren’t here with us, but we were celebrating Scott’s birthday while he was stuck at home.

Help fund Scott’s treatment and have a beverage too.

 

**All sales are final.  Payment via PayPal or Chase QuickPay preferred.**

Dear JoAnn Fabric:

customer feedback, joann fabric cutting counter, cutting ticket, take a number

Dear JoAnn Fabric:

Thank you for being a crafty resource.  Your hours, coupons, and stock make it easy to create anything you want at almost any time.

However, there is a challenge with shopping in your store.  The cutting counter can be the worst experience of the store.  It’s not your staff, it’s the set up.  Sometimes I just need a yard of a Kona Solid for a project I need to complete this weekend.  The larger store I visit has long lines at the cutting counter, so they implemented the ticket/number system.

Great!  Efficiency, until it’s not.  Standing in line to get one yard cut should not take more than 10 minutes.  It’s absolutely not worth my time.  One a weekend there should be 3-4 staff members at the cutting counter to help customers.  It’s centrally located and gets many questions not related to cutting foam, ribbon, or fabrics.

Here are some suggestions to help improve the customer’s experience:

  • An express cutting counter for those that only need under three yards.  They can cut it themselves and scan the barcodes for the cutting ticket.  Cashiers can help QC that they cut one yard and didn’t actually cut three.
  • On weekends or during coupon promotions have a staff member available at the cutting counter for those that have extra questions.  Speeds up the line for those that know exactly what they need and offers those with questions a person to talk it over with.
  • One line for the upholstery fabric.  This could go with the suggestion above.  In my observations, these customers may have more questions on the math, how many yards they need, and even what/how to make something.

The negative experience at the cutting counter has caused me to avoid the store at times.  I know I’m not the only one that feels that way.  After posting on Instagram about my experience a few people commented similar things.  Those couple of extra people does cost the store in overhead, but can truly be beneficial to the bottom line with increased sales from jaded customers like myself.


Yes, I submitted this to corporate.

When Your Quilt Design Takes A Turn

v christenson string quilt with binding

Do you keep a basket of treasured fabrics?  A basket of Lotta Jansdotter and V Christenson fabrics live in my sewing room.  They are my special fabrics since I adore both designers.  My pink basket of V Christenson fabrics have gone with me every year to my quilt guild’s retreat.  Last year this quilt was created at the retreat.

V&Co HST offset quilt by quiltytherapy, #modernquilt, #V&co, #HSTquilt #halfsquaretriangles, #babyquilt

This year I was determined to use a jelly roll stashed deep down in this basket to create Cluck Cluck Sew’s Diagonal Strip Quilt.  It’s been on my to make list for a couple of years.  Since I am aiming for 40 baby quilts this year, it seemed easy enough.

At the retreat I had a chance to get started on it.  Some of my strips were not full length so I adjusted and just went with it.   A stack of blocks was created and I was so excited to lay them out.

v christenson string quilt

However, I had a few left over halves and unsure what to do.  These blocks were not enough to make a baby quilt.  Rather than get frustrated I changed the design.  I cut all of the blocks above into half.

v christenson string quilt

To utilize all of the halves I had, I just pieced them together randomly.  The new design was perfect and big enough to be a baby sized quilt.

v christenson string quilt

I posted this picture during the retreat after a brief snow storm.  After I wrapped it on a bolt and left it to sit.  Once my machine was back from it’s spa treatment I was ready to quilt this.

v christenson string quilt

A number of quilting options were tested on this.  Ultimately, I went for straight lines.  I backed the quilt in the purple zig zag print.

v christenson string quilt

The binding on this quilt is my favorite part.  With the leftover 2.5″ strips I pieced together this scrappy binding and machine pieced it in place.

v christenson scrappy binding

Here is the finished product in it’s quilted goodness.  It came out of the dryer all crinkly.  A freshly washed quilt straight from the dryer is my favorite part of the creative process.

v christenson string quilt


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The 100 Day Project Wrap Up

The 100 Day project

This experiment is becoming harder to remember daily.  While the overall experience is more important to me and it’s given me a better perspective on things, life gets in the way.  Sitting down every night to write about the good in the day didn’t feel honest.  Some days were a stretch.  This is the 100 Day Project wrap up.

Since I have been looking at grace and positivity and feel like there is something missing in this.  You guys, I launched an application while the project was happening.  Things were stressful and chaotic.

This post came resonated with me earlier this week.  “You Can Do It!”  Damn right I can, so can you.  Stop now and read that post, you will thank me.  There are highs and lows that offer the opportunity for growth.  While the article focuses on small businesses, it’s important to remember your friends and support network have your back too.  This post has been weighing on my heart over the last few days.  Weighing on me in a good way and it gave me pause.

What I learned

While I continue to look for great things everyday, not everyday has great things.  Some days are a stretch for even the most optimistic person.  Shaking the pom poms daily can be tiring because the truth isn’t there.  There are lows and challenges we face each day.  Positivity helps push us forward into a better balance.  However, ignoring the lows seems fake.

boxing class, gym, #the100dayproject

Being fake is not the intention of this blog.  Sharing the truth behind projects and life is more important that some 100 day challenge.

In yoga class recently the instructor said something that just stuck with me.

Celebrating positivity is wonderful and the world needs more of it.  Without discomfort there is no growth.

  • Growth is more important.
  • Growth provides a lasting impact.
  • Growth makes the world better.

My life has seen growth and change over the last couple of months in positive ways.  I want to get back to sharing balance instead of just the great things.  Grow with me.

What have you do recently that makes you uncomfortable?  What growth do you want to see?

The 100 Day Project Days 21-25

The 100 Day project

Le’ts get mooshy for days 21-25.  Well maybe a little.

Day 21 – April 23rd, 2018

A prince was born today.  I’m not really into celebrities, but love the monarchy.  While it’s archaic, I find the system and traditions beyond interesting.

I want to applaud Kate Middleton for standing in front of the public hours after giving birth.

Day 22 – April 24th, 2018

Today is an easy one.  It’s my wedding anniversary.  We said I DO! eight years ago.  Thanks hubby for your love and support.  You make me better.

Day 23 – April 25th, 2018

I hope to have 34 years with my husband.  The love and compassion it must take to be a caregiver is astounding.

 

Day 24 – April 26th, 2018

Today I attended an event where Emily Ward was the Keynote Speaker.  The biggest takeaway was being your authentic self.  It’s hard to do.  Read a little about her here.

Being your authentic self is hard on social media.  You guys I’m a weirdo, I’m all over the place with my interests, but those things make me ME.  I love the things that make me, well me.

P also rode his bike to a pizza place and back.

Day 25 – April 27th, 2018

This week has been chaos with a product launch at work.  Once it’s available to everyone I will share more details.  Let’s just say it’s been a week of messy buns and coffee.