Thursday, June 18, 2009

Piecing Things Together

Time seems to be flying by this summer. The balancing act is really something isn't it? How do you pack it all in and keep track of it all? I have the traveling calendar and the kitchen calendar. It's easy to get everything written down on the traveling calendar, then I get home and it either never gets to the kitchen calendar or there is already something scheduled for that day. When I stand back and look at the calendar with all it's handwritten notes and appointments, I can't help but think how blessed we are to have so many events, opportunities and friends. I can't imagine a blank calendar. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of blank days on the calendar, those days are filled with spontaneous trips to the library, or just hanging out being a family.
During all of the running here and there and pad making, I have been able to finish up the quilt that I have been working on. Remember the blocks that Emily gave me? They went together quickly and I was able to get them on Ol' Betsy and do a little machine quilting.

What do you think? Don't you just love the colors?

I did a little free hand machine quilting here. It was a little tricky - I had to do the flower in two halves. The blocks were really big and my machine doesn't have a huge sewing space. Any pointers here? I'm thinking I could have done the center of the flower, then moved the quilt and done the top half, then moved it again to do the bottom half. The white sections just have some meandering stippling (not sure if that's the real term) which seems to be the easiest for me to do so far.
This fabric was perfect for the borders. The "x" pattern on the lattice goes with the white blocks in the quilt, and the orange is so fun. The rick rack by the binding seems to be showing up in a lot of my quilts lately. Rick Rack is one of those things that comes and goes in style and I feel like I have to use on everything before it's gone again.

This was my first attempt at using linen on the back. It was actually a linen blend, other than making the quilt a little heavy, it was great to work with. The fact that it was in the bargain bin at one of the local quilt shops didn't hurt either. It's a nice and neutral color that isn't too boring but won't compete with the bright colors on the front.
So there it is - don't you love it? I can say that because Emily did all of the work choosing the colors and creating the pattern. It should be available now, or if not soon. I'm taking it down to the quilt show to show her today - how exciting!

Just checked the calendar and I'm off to tie dye some shirts with the girls at church, run Josh to cycling practice, drop the scissors off to be sharpened - take a peek at fabric since I'm there and have a gift card in my purse, then it's off to the quilt show and maybe just maybe I'll squeeze making dinner in there. Is it Taco Tuesday yet?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fund Raiser

After extensive hi-tech testing with a whole bunch of acronyms, it was determined that Josh has the proper physical make-up to become a Professional Cyclist, or "Olympian Level" as it was put. Did you know that some colleges offer scholarships for cycling?

He rides because he loves it and we think he's pretty good at it.
Hearing a professional say that you have professional potential is a good feeling.

Josh has a few races this summer with his biking club here in Utah, two are in Idaho. We've recently sent out an email to family and friends updating all of you on his accomplishments. Thank you to all of those that are willing to sponser him.

Since we can't really have a "team" fundraiser, and no one really want's to buy a $10 roll of wrapping paper anyway, we thought we would just put it out there and ask for support. With everyone contributing just what they would have spent on a roll of wrapping paper or a couple of candy bars, we can reach our goal. Thanks so much to all of you. If you haven't contributed and would like to, you can email me for our address or you can send a few dollars via paypal to my paypal account aprilmazzo@yahoo.com. Thanks again - and thank you for the moral support as well.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Trudging Through the Muck

I've been having buyer's remorse all week. Don't get me wrong, I love my machine and the quilt rack, I'm just scared to death. All of those words of doubt keep popping into my mind. Plus thinking about all of the things that I could have bought for that price. Diego keeps telling me not to worry and that we wouldn't have spent the money on the other things any way. Still doesn't help the knot in my stomach.

A little tonic was reading Crafting a Business by Kathie Fitzgerald. It featured many different artists and how they got started - very inspiring. It even had Amy Butler. There were a couple of quotes from the book that I loved, but I can't find them so I'll paraphrase. Everyone has doubts, trust yourself, put on your boots and trudge through the muck - it will be worth it in the end. So after a good cry, I pulled up my big girl panties and I'm moving forward.

I did put a quilt on the rack and finished it. It came out really cute, but it was definitely a learning experience. That's a good thing. Managing the quilt, which way to turn it, how to stay within your quilting space. Those are all things that you can't really figure out until you just go for it. I'll post some pictures soon, I'm just trying to stay above the laundry pile - how can 90% of my wardrobe be pajama bottoms and t-shirts.