Monday, July 28, 2014

Inconceivable!



I have been anticipating today since I entered the Sewvivor competition a couple weeks ago.  Today is the day that Rachel H. announces to the world who has made the top 16 contestants in the 3rd installment of this sewing contest.  I woke up this morning at 6am and have been trying not to facebook, instagram, and blog stalk Rachel ALL MORNING!  I think I checked my phone about a hundred times before I decided to "get to work" and fold my customary 4 loads of laundry sitting on my couch. (It doesn't sound like fun, but it took my mind off the announcement, that's for sure!).  By some miracle my kids were playing nicely in their rooms with no fighting or tantrums, which happens just about never.  What was up with today? 

After lunchtime, I suddenly remembered I hadn't checked my phone in a few hours and decided to check the status of the posting.  I unlocked my phone and saw this notification along with a dozen other follows on Instagram . . . "sewvivor mentioned you in a comment: Congrats @sewinlovequilting!"  What!?  Nuh uh!?  Seriously!?  Seriously!?  And then came the running around the apartment jumping up and down yelling, "Woo hoo!" and "I did it!"  I went into my daughters' room and Lily, my oldest, started jumping with me and giggling.  It must have been REALLY funny to see me, her 31 year OLD mom, jumping for joy!  Reuben, my two year old, started running around the house growling in a gesture that could only mean, "Yes!"  Zoey, my sensitive and mellow daughter, started crying - I think I scared her just a wee bit.  But after some kisses and wrestling, she was giggling like the rest of us.

My post is titled, "Inconceivable," because that is the feeling I have right now.  I can not believe that I made it!  I have already been setting myself up for the disappointment of seeing 16 other contestants make the cut pretty much since I auditioned my quilt.  I saw all the beautiful quilts and pillows and bags and thought I didn't have a chance.  I am so grateful that by some chance I have the opportunity to be in this competition.  It means so much to me to be able to share my ideas and passion with people.  I am really looking forward to the creativity of the other contestants too!

If you are not already following Rachel's blog, please do!  Support me and the other contestants by voting for our projects and spreading the word to every man, woman, child, and dog that has ears and can safely use a computer without breaking it.  Our first challenge is NAUTICAL, and the voting will begin August 11th, so stay tuned for more reminders.

Thank you all for your support and kind words!  You're awesome! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sewvivor - Sew In Love Quilting

Hey, all!  If you can remember back in May, I was featured on Stephanie Kendron's Modern Sewciety Podcast.  If you haven't listened to it yet, click here.  We talk about sewing, projects I have going on, my patterns, some of my favorites, my Etsy shop, and more! 


The talented and amazing Rachel H. from Family Ever After was also featured on this podcast episode.  She has a wonderful blog filled with lots of tutorials and sewing eye candy.  While listening to her podcast, I learned about an incredible competition that she hosts called Sewvivor and this year's competition is a quilter's special edition. 


When I first heard the word competition, I was like, "Umm ... heck yeah!" (I grew up in a competative family, can you tell?)  And to top it off, it is all about one of my biggest passions, QUILTING!  Double heck yeah!  Sorry for those of you that don't live in Utah, we say "heck" a lot :)  So, I've been patiently waiting for the auditions to open up and then realized my audition piece wasn't quite what I wanted to enter. So, I got going and finished up my Blustery Day quilt and I am so excited to share it with everyone!  Here it is:

 
 
I had this quilt top finished for a month and was really stuck on how to quilt it.  After a few suggestions from some lovely ladies on Instagram, I resolved on a swirl pattern to simulate wind.  I love doing loops, but I had never done this kind of continuous all over swirl before.  I am sooooo happy with how it turned out.  I really want to do this kind of quilting again and it was a lot easier than I expected.  I used Natalia Bonner's book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting to give me a little boost, and it really gave me a great starting point to how to quilt these flowy swirls.  Love the book and love the results!
 
 
I used a beautiful aqua thread color because the backing fabric is navy and I thought white might be too harsh against the dark color.  I love how it made the quilting pop just enough and wasn't too distracting.
 
 
Some of my favorite things about this quilt, were the little animals peeking out at me . . .
 
 
 . . . and how the quilting seemed to give the pinwheels motion.
 

 
I hope you have enjoyed my little "show and tell"!  If you are new to my blog, you can follow me on Bloglovin or by email to be updated when I have a new post, or on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram (@sewinlovequilting), where I love to share more of my day to day projects.  If you follow on Instagram and have your Blustery Day pattern, tag pictures of your quilt progress with #blusterydayquiltalong.  You can also visit my Etsy shop SewInLoveQuilting for my origianl patterns (Blustery Day and Starry-Eyed), custom quilts, handbags, accessories, and baby products.  I love designing custom goods for clients and am adding new items all the time.
 
Thank you everyone for all your support for me and my sewing endeavours!  It means so much to me to be able to do what I love while I play at home with my kiddos.  And please keep your fingers crossed that you will be seeing me in the top 16 for this season's Sewvivor!