Showing posts with label Summer Sampler Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer Sampler Series. Show all posts

Monday, August 15, 2011

A (tiny) Quilt Finish and a Soccer Surprise

I finished a quilting project!  I used the first four Summer Sampler Series blocks to make myself a 24" square table topper and I just love it.  As I have not attempted free motion quilting yet, I quilted it by following the straight and diagonal lines that appear in each block.  Hand sewing the binding on reminded me how much I love doing to get more of my quilt tops finished up so I can work on the bindings.
Summer Sampler Series Table topper
The majority of the weekend was spent on the soccer field watching my older son play in a tournament and this tournament was notable for two reasons:

They won, which is not unusual but comes after a tough last minute loss in a tournament final two weeks ago but more importantly goalkeeper son played on the field!  For most of his soccer playing life I have been used to seeing at at the end of the field wearing this:
Older son playing goalkeeper - the usual
But due to an usual set of circumstances where the team only had 13 players for their first game on Saturday, my son was on the bench suited up as a field player.  (His team has two goalkeepers and they switch off games.)   I am a cool customer when he is in the goal - I don't worry about him getting hurt or making mistakes which cause goals as I played goalkeeper myself in my younger days.  In the second half I looked over at the bench and saw my son jump up and stand next to the coach - and suddenly a sub was called and he went in as a forward.  

OK, now I was freaking out.  I was now pacing the sidelines and many of my fellow parents were cracking up at me.
Older son playing forward...and doing it well! 
He played great and actually almost scored a goal which caused our entire sideline (our boys are fortunate to have a huge cheering section for every game)  to roar with excitement.  He loved his five minutes of fame on the field and the best part is was that he was smiling the entire time:

I'm linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday with Megan so go check out the other lovely modern quilting projects are listed.   

T-shirt quilt update coming up tomorrow...I cut into the shirts yesterday! 


Friday, August 12, 2011

Reading History or Hand Sewing?

I listen to the Stuff You Missed in Class podcast on a regular basis and was riveted recently by two podcasts both with author David McCullough profiled.  If you are not familiar with David McCullough he wrote 1776, John Adams and the most recently published The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris which I just picked up this morning to begin reading and am now hooked.  It tells the story of Americans who traveled to Paris during the nineteenth century (1830 -1900 to be exact) and how what they learned in Paris and brought back to America helped change our country.

He writes the story chronologically and I'm up to where the various Americans profiled are arriving in Paris and viewing their new surroundings with fresh and almost virginal eyes as cathedrals and buildings are so much larger than what they are used to in their home cities.  But now I have a dilemma:  Once dinner is done and people are in their usual places around this house I have to choose between reading more of The Greater Journey or hand sew the binding on this:
Summer Sampler Series Table Topper
I was motivated to sew this afternoon so I picked up the Summer Sampler Series Table Topper and basted, quilted and sewed on the binding...with a little help from Debbie.  Thanks Debbie!  

So do I finish a project or learn more about where the various Americans in my story are going in Paris and what they are learning?  

If you know me at all, I'll do both.   

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Checking In

On the soccer field, checking in is a move that offensive players should make when the ball has the possibility of being thrown in to them.  Those strikers/forwards/midfielders should be moving around the field near when the thrower is, in order to field the ball and ultimately score a goal.  A static player is of no use to a thrower as they are unlikely to receive control of the ball.  So what's my point?

I'm checking in by moving around the internet quilting world: sewing/quilting, tweeting, reading blogs, commenting and now posting a blog post.  I'm ready to field the ball and move it down the field to score.  I have not defined what the equivalent of scoring a goal in soccer is to the quilting world, I just know that I want too.

After almost a week of minimal sewing I was able to get back into the swing of things this morning to work on some projects.  My super cute nephew Nick just turned five and so I made him a pillowcase out of San Francisco Giant colors.  My siblings and I were all born in the Bay area and although we were all raised and live in Southern California, they remain die hard SF Giant and SF 49er fans.

Pillowcase for Nick
Yesterday I listened to Episode #14 of the Crafty Garden Mom podcast and when I was about 10 minutes into the episode, convinced that I needed to let go of the Summer Sampler Series and be happily content with what I had accomplished.  Tanesha of CGM is an excellent speaker (she belongs on NPR) and her pep talk about how we should not be intimated by quilt bloggers whom are very prolific or have skills above and beyond our own and that we should give ourselves a pat on the back for what we ourselves, accomplish.   Her pep talk was just what I needed to move forward.  This morning I sewed the four blocks of the Summer Sampler Series together to make myself the perfect table topper.
Yet to be named table topper with backing fabric on the side.
After my WIP Wednesday post last week where I had taken a photographic inventory of my quilts in progress, I went fabric shopping to find quilt backs.  I found fabric for the back of Italian Sorbetto and Sliced Coins and I also picked out a darling dot fabric for the Dots Swap hosted by Debbie of A Quilter's Table and Rachel of Snippets of Sweetness.  

I just this minute ran to the front of my house to get the mail and I had another envelope with a dot fat quarter!   So much fun reading the return address (the traveler in me craves far away places), carefully opening up the envelope and gently pulling out the contents inside.  This is my first swap and I'm already hooked.   My envelopes are ready and will be mailed out tomorrow.

~Posts coming soon:  A wonderful gift sent to me by Debbie of A Quilter's Table and my visit to the Long Beach International Quilt Festival.~

Enjoy the remainder of your Monday,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

History Quilter Podcast Episode 11 Dowry Quilts, Trousseaus and Hope Chests

I joined Twitter!  Come by and follow me at HQSuz so I can follow you back.  

A very happy Tuesday to you those of you sweltering in the heat I feel for you.  I apologize in advance for telling you that here in Southern California we are enjoying perfect weather - it's about 65 degrees with bluebird skies at  8am.  I have a movie date with my boys this afternoon to see HP 7.2  but am compelled to admit that I've not seen HP 7.1.  Now that my boys are older I rarely see movies with my boys anymore so HP 7.1 just passed me by.  A movie I won't be missing in the theater is Coyboys and Aliens - I never pass up a chance to see Daniel Craig on the big screen.
Who's with me ladies?  
I finally recorded HQ Episode 11 last night at about 7pm while the house was quiet -well my house was quiet but the dog next door would not stop barking!  Hopefully the barking doesn't come through.   In episode 11 talk about Dowry Quilts, Trousseaus and Hope Chests and I added in what I've been cooking and reading and a whole lot of other quilty goodness.

Here are the details:
My Little Glam Bag - pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs.

My Little Glam Bag
Summer Sampler Series hosted by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Lee of Freshly Pieced and Katie of Swim Bike Quilt.  

My progress so far.  
The winner for my 100th blogpost giveway was Debbie from A Quilter's Table.  Not only is she a very talented quilter but she blogs about food.  Her Tuesdays at the Table feature is a favorite of mine.  Please go check out her blog at

Gloria from Escondido e-mailed me about the "1800's Club" she belongs to.  They meet at The Crazy 9 Patch Quilt Shop in Ramona, CA.  The club gets together to share and sew about the history of quilts with a focus on the Civil War Era.  Wished I lived closer to Ramona as I would love to be a part of this group. 

The San Diego Quilt Show is coming up - September 8-10, 2011.  I will be going to this show and would love to meet with any listeners on Saturday, September 10th in the morning.  Send me an e-mail or comment if you want to meet up.  

Long Beach Quilt Festival
The Long Beach Quilt Festival is just around the corner!  I'll be meeting up with listener Ann from Santa Barbara on Saturday, July 30th at 12:45pm just before the 1:00pm showing of Stitched - the quilting documentary.  Send me an e-mail or comment if you want to join us.  

I met Eileen Wintermute, a local Southern California quilter during the Southern California Quilt Run a few weeks ago.  She will have a quilt on display in the Bridges exhibit at the Long Beach Quilt Festival.  Please visit her blog at and view her gorgeous mixed media and art quilts.  

Last up for the podcast was food - Tuscan Lemon Chicken and Garlic Ciabatta Bread both recipes from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics cookbook by Ina Garten.  

Cooking a whole chicken on the grill intrigued me as we had never tried it before.  I bought a 4 pound chicken, cut down the backbone and flattened it.  After cutting out the breastbone, I placed it in the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, rosemary and S&P marinade for about four hours.  The chicken was very good and I will make it again although it took quite a bit longer on the grill than is explained in the recipe.  Recipe said 12-15 minutes per side but it really took about 45 minutes total.  Lemons on the grill - very tasty!  
It's a well used grill.  
Garlic Ciabatta Bread - to die for. 

Dinner is served.
Saturday night's dinner was a hit with two new recipes that I'll make again.  Tuscan Lemon Chicken, Garlic Ciabatta Bread, grilled lemon halves, assorted grilled veggies and orzo and paired with a glass of Sangiovese, made for a great meal.  

What are you cooking for dinner tonight?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Giveaway Winner & Summer Sampler Series Blocks

First up the giveaway winner:

Debbie who said:

A kindergarten memory I have is of me with a nose in my book on the way to the bus to go home. I ran into a post & pretty much knocked myself out & they had to call my mom! hahaha. Silly but true!
By Debbie on 100th Post and a Giveaway on 7/14/11

Debbie, I'll have that in the mail to you tomorrow.  Thank you all for stopping by and leaving a comment.  

Last night I cut out the fabric for Blocks 2 & 3 for the Summer Sampler Series and sewed them up this morning before heading off to watch the USA-Japan game with some fellow soccer friends.  It was a very exciting game which had all of us groaning at every missed shot on goal.  Wish the USA women could have come home with the Cup this year, but not at all sad to lose it to Japan - a team that plays a very classy game of soccer.  
Greek Cross
All three together:

I'm off to record HQ Episode #11 ~

Thursday, July 14, 2011

100th Post and a Giveaway

Before I get to a discussion about my 100th post, I need to make a confession...

I caved and joined the Summer Sampler Series hosted by Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts, Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt and Lee from Freshly Pieced.   I'm so glad I did!
Summer Sampler Series Block 1
When I think of the number 100, the first thing that pops into my head is memories of my children in Kindergarten: learning 100 site words, counting to 100 and the 100th day of school.  On that 100th day of school the students were required to bring to school a bag full of 100 items.  My older son brought in 100 tiny balls of aluminum foil that he (mostly I) had rolled up.  My younger son went a easier road and chose 100 beads that I had in a craft box - phew!

When I realized that my 100th post was rapidly approaching I remembered back to when my boys were in Kindergarten and how much I enjoyed volunteering in the classrooms, helping out the teachers and being part of a community of other Mother's (and one token Dad!) who had a shared interest in their childrens' schooling.

Blogging in the quilting community feels the same way as those Kindergarten days: a shared interest in something we care about, helping and teaching others.  For my 100th post I am giving away to you, my fellow bloggers and readers in the quilting community plus any new readers/bloggers that stop by:

Eight Fat Quarters of Riley Blake Designs Colorful Christmas Flannels


A 36" x 21" Panel of Petal Pushers by Pearl Louse Designs

and a few other goodies I will add at my discretion ~ because I can.

Four chances to win:

  • Leave me a comment on any Kindergarten memory.
  • Follow!  Leave a comment telling me that you are already a follower or a new one.  
  • Tell the world!  Blog, Twitter or FB about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me that you did with the details.  Only one entry for this chance.  
  • Listen to my podcast, The History Quilter on iTunes or Podbean and leave a relevant comment about a an episode.  
The giveaway will be open until Sunday, July 17th at 2pm Pacific Time.  

Good luck and thanks for stopping by,