The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild is filled with talented quilters. The range of work is impressive and stunning. On Sunday, August 20th, IMQG hosted their 2nd Annual Quilt Show. We rent the giant pavilion at Broad Ripple Park and hang our quilts. It’s a free show that is open to the public.
Sunday’s weather was gorgeous. I was going to post pictures of all the quilts, but one side of the show didn’t photograph as well. The sun was shining bright and provided an interesting reflection in my pictures. The goal is promote modern quilting and introduce people to the idea.
One mom on the playground nearby noted, “I didn’t know what modern quilting was. The quilts are amazing. Wait, you made one? Awesome!”
Attendees were asked to pick their favorite for a People’s Choice Award. As of today, the winner has not been announced. This quilt won my vote. So much detail and who doesn’t love a giraffe?
The kid free weekend was a success. Time with hubby, some sewing, and mostly resting. Good thing, it’s been a hectic week at work. My training schedule is a little lighter, giving me more time to sew in the evenings. Look for fresh projects coming your way. There are a couple of items lingering on my continuous to-do list that I hope to check off this weekend.
Sewing & Quilting
Indy Modern Quilt Guild is hosting their second annual quilt show this weekend. If you’re around Indy, you should stop by and see the work of my talented friends. Can’t wait to see what the People’s Choice quilt is this year. I submitted two quilts to hang in the show.
The Cancer Sucks Quilt was featured on my segment with the wonderful Mary Fons. I admire what she is doing for the quilting community. The Chicago Tribune wrote a piece on her last week. One of her quotes resonated with me.
When life as you know it is torn into a million pieces, it makes perfect sense to tear up perfectly good fabric into a million pieces and sew it back together again. – Mary Fons
That’s what quilters ultimately do. We take gorgeous fabrics and cut them into pieces and sew them back together. Maybe it sounds crazy to some, but for me it’s therapeutic. I’m using someone’s stunning design and putting my own twist on it. I can mix it with other artists or try to create my own. There are so many options to create with. Read the article here.
Great initiative happening at a local hospital, it’s actually where I delivered P. Can’t imagine being on bed rest and not having a creative outlet at least. Such a positive program.
Ikea is opening October 11th. That means I will venture up there in April? Just kidding.
This story made me smile. The bride wore a dress of her late grandmother for her wedding day. The beading and detail is stunning, see the details here.
Um, jelly pens are still my favorite. This cracked me up as I read through the list.
Game of Thrones
I thought this post was fun. Sansa does like the pretty things. Isn’t that was Arya said to her? Let’s be honest, Tyrion’s bar area would be much larger.
We were able to sneak away for the weekend and enjoy some family time. We had lots of fun, maybe too much fun. P is in his second week of school and is asking for homework. The older kids in after school care are required to spend some time on homework. It’s been an adjustment for our family, but overall it’s been a positive experience.
This week my favorites are based on our family.
I teased a couple of these photos on Instagram earlier this week. IU has a special place in my heart. Rob and I met here 12 years ago in grad school. The campus is stunning and one of my favorite places to visit. I think we need a weekend away there soon. Hmm, I will get on that. These are some pictures from stopping by on Sunday afternoon.
P wasn’t really into the idea of going to college. He cries every time we bring it up. Maybe in 14 years we can drop him off here and he can experience the wonderful campus himself.
Sewing and Quilting
I am all for actually using your quilts. We take quilts to the park, vacations, and use them daily on our couch and beds. I hate thinking about a quilt not being loved and just laying around all folded up. USE THE QUILTS. This gem went to soccer practice this week. It now has grass and snot on it. Yes snot because sometimes your kid needs to blow his nose.
It’s now in the laundry basket awaiting a good wash. Earlier this week I opened up Bloglovin and saw this post from Suzy Quilts. She’s offering tips and suggestions to wash your quilts. For stains like grass on this quilt I will dab a bit of Dawn on the stain. Just the blue kind.
Last week I commented that about the Improv Stripe QAL happening. I felt like crap one night and didn’t really want to do anything. I decided to sort through my solid scraps and strings. There should be enough for a baby girl quilt. My scraps have been divided by warms, cools, and neutrals.
Pincushions have become a fad over on Instagram. Search the hashtag #pinnieparade to find your favorite. Do you make pincushions? I have not before, but considering giving it a go.
We will be kid free this weekend. Part of me just wants to stay home and sew all weekend. What are you weekend plans?
It is time to start planning my Halloween decorations. Halloween may trump Christmas in my house as a favorite holiday. Seriously, the kid is wearing a Halloween shirt and pirate pants in July.
Since P is still little, we prefer spooky over scary. As we acquire new decorations, I let him set the boundaries on what he’s comfortable with. He has created an idea of a Spooky Ghost Pumpkin. We have no idea what that is, but try to run with that. If you have any ideas, please share.
With decor in mind, I turn to Pinterest. Maybe I should add more ideas to my Halloween board? Do you have any family fun activities you like for Halloween?
This year I will be adding a quilt to the decorations. My wonderful bee mates of the Blossom Heart Bees made blocks for this quilt last year, using the Tic Tac Toe block. My theme was Halloween in orange, lime green, purple, and teal for the X’s. Also black with white prints for the corners. The blocks turned out great and better than I would have imagined. My bee mates had some good prints in their stashes. P loved getting them in the mail.
A few more are needed to finish the top. From my stash I pulled more green, purple, and teal to balance out the top. Even a fun zombie print.
There are a couple more blocks in the works then I can layout the top as I want. It’s going to need some balance from all the orange.
P was excited each time a new block arrived. He realized they were for him and gasped with excitement. Hopefully he’s still as excited about the quilt as I finish it. Maybe we can watch scary movies and snuggle on the couch under it?
The rocket above is from Amazon, best money we have spent on a toy. He loves it and exploring how to make the rocket go faster, higher and aiming at things. Great gift for a four year old.
Check out #tictactoeblock on Instagram for other versions.
Welcome back for my favorite things this week. It’s been an eventful week at our house. P started Pre-K, you know the actual school kind that is FREE. Hubby and I celebrated being together for 12 years. Finally, we are researching options for a new garage door. There goes all the savings of no daycare payment. How is your week going?
Let’s jump into my list for the week.
No quite Pumpkin Spice Latte fall, but lots of prep work for Halloween and our decor. Time to dig into my Pinterest board for ideas. Plus working on a Halloween quilt for P. When do you bust out your fall decor? Lots of stores already have theirs out.
If you want a jumpstart on fall projects, here is an easy tutorial for a Fall Fabric Wreath.
I have been working on some big projects at work this week. While doing so I’ve been listening to music and the occasional video. Prepare to laugh and feel all kinds of gushiness.
Speaking of fall, this had me cracking up. So many giggles.
Sewing & Quilting
A variation on a string block is a go to for me. Cluck Cluck Sew has the Diagonal Strip Quilt tutorial on her blog. She finally finished her quilt. She touches on being paralyzed by the fear of finishing it. Do you ever feel that way?
I am digging these improv stripes from Debbie at A Quilter’s Table. Wish I had some more time to play along right now. Are you participating?
I love planning. We use a family calendar, but maybe it’s time for me to bring back a paper planner. There are some good benefits discussed here. Do you have any suggestions or favorites?
We are going to sneak away for a couple of days this weekend.
As my weeks have become more hectic, there are a few things that have helped through the chaos. These are my favorite things this week.
Who doesn’t love Target already? There is one close to house I like to sneak off to and enjoy browsing items for inspiration. They have a School List Assist feature on their Web site that I used this week. P is starting Pre-K MONDAY! His school has a generic supply list and Target had it on their site. I was able to just grab the list and load into my cart, presto! There are a couple of little items left to pick up, but I’m done.
Did you also see that Target is now offering Lisa Frank pajamas for grown ups? Just take my money. I could totally wear this set and snuggle under my Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles quilt. Rad!
Health & Fitness
As my mileage has gone up with training, I’m reading a bit more health and fitness related articles. The topics mostly include making time and motivation. Talking about making time for exercise is not an easy conversation to have personally. I am giving up time away from other things I enjoy to help reach this goal. I’m investing in myself to make this happen. Transformation Fitness & Wellness had an article on making time this week that hit home. Read it and tell me your thoughts.
The health coach in me has to agree there is no on or off track, you are just living. Many people feel one bad thing in the day ruins the whole day and that’s not the case, especially when it comes to diet and exercise. This quote from the article because I have heard this from many people in coaching.
I was putting so much pressure on myself to be perfectly “healthy” that any slip-up, no matter how small, was seen as failure and I’d consider the whole day a loss, binging on junk food and telling myself I’d just start again fresh the next day. I was either 110% on track or 110% off the rails. ~ Pumps & Iron
We have to treat ourselves better than that. If that is your mentality, let’s chat about some ways to build your skills in that area. Check out the post here. What was your take away?
Sewing & Quilting
Quarter square log cabins are quite trendy right now. They look like great scrap busters. Have you made one? Below are links to a couple of finished quilts posted this week.
For myself I plan to start on P’s Halloween quilt. My beemates made gorgeous Halloween themed blocks and I just need to make a few more to complete the top. If time allows over the weekend, maybe even a tutorial on my improv scrappy blocks from the quilt above.