Monday, April 29, 2013

Moving To California

We're moving to California.

Those are words that I never thought would come out of my mouth. 

Col. Sew Fab applied for his dream job which just happened to be in Fresno, California and he got the job.  He's going to be the guy in charge of an F-15 squadron AND he'll get to start flying again!

Sooooo.....that means we'll be packing up 2 houses (our house on the military base and our "real" house in Destin) quilt shop.....and heading off for a 4 day cross country road trip sometime at the end of June or beginning of July with 5 pets.  We're leaving the beach and heading to the desert.  Sounds like quite an adventure, doesn't it?!

Now that I've had a few days to adjust to this news and the shock is starting to wear off and the room is no longer spinning I'm starting to have all sorts of random thoughts and questions popping up in my head......

-There aren't Waffle Houses in California, are there?  

-We'll be living in the Pacific Time Zone.

-There won't be hurricanes in Fresno.

-What the heck is Trader Joes?  I hear about this magical, wonderful place from people on Twitter and Facebook but I have no idea what it is.  But everyone seems to love it.

-Will people look at me funny if I say "y'all" in California?

-There's a marathon in Fresno in November.  I think I'll sign up.

-I just bought a large jar of mayonnaise last week.  Will we be able to finish it before we move?

-Oooohhhhh......we'll be near wine country!

-Uh oh......we have about 6 months worth of work to do in 2 months. 

And the rest of the time my mind is like one of those fuzzy screens you see on your t.v. when the cable goes out.

But wait!  I forgot to tell you the BEST part!  I'm going to get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy!  So who cares that we have to pick up our lives on short notice and move to the other side of the country because I'm going to get a puppy!!!  That was the deal - if he gets the job, I get a mini-Emma to love and hug and kiss and squeeze and hopefully Emma will teach it everything she knows about how to be EMMA!
Emma the best Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the world
Soooooo......if you know anything about central California please tell me!  We'll be heading off to Fresno this weekend to look for a place to live and it will be my first time there.  It's kind of crazy that I'm about to move to a city that I've NEVER even been to!  So tell me all about it if you know something!


P.S.  As you can imagine the shop will be closed for a couple of weeks this summer as we move.  And it will also be closed at the end of this week and for most of next week as we travel to Cali to look for a place to live.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Bottlecap Borders

Going Coastal by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller
Progress has been made!

The borders are now on the Going Coastal Granny Square Quilt.

And as soon as I get this quilt sandwiched and pinned and ready for hand ties I think I'm going to start work on my Swoon quilt.  Because once one quilt has moved out of the "piecing" stage and into the "quilting" stage you're allowed to start piecing another quilt, right?  It makes perfect sense to me! 

Happy Sewing,


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Baby Steps

Quilt made from Little Lady fabric by Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Dry Goods
Little by little progress is being made....

More than half of the ties on the pink and black Little Lady quilt are done....

The borders for the Going Coastal Granny Square Quilt have been cut and pieced together.....

My foot has healed to the point where I'm able to run again....

The laundry pile continues to grow at an astronomical rate but you can't win 'em all, right?!

Baby steps.  They may be small steps forward but at least I'm heading in the right direction!

Happy Sewing,

P.S.  Check the upper right section of the blog for our new feature, the "Sale Of The Week."  We'll announce a new sale every Monday.  This week Lush Running Stitch Fat Quarter Bundles are 25% off. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Not Good!

I've been a very bad quilter lately.  Yet again, I have absolutely no progress to show you on any of my Works In Progress.  But I have found the time to plan ANOTHER possible quilt.  Remember the other day when I said I thought that the Old New 30s Collection would look perfect in a Swoon quilt.  Well....I ran with that idea and I picked my 9 favorite fabrics from Old New 30s and paired them with 9 dots, ginghams and solids from my stash and this is what I came up with.

Just picture these.....
Old New 30s fabric for Swoon Quilt
Turned into something like this.....
Swoon pattern for Old New 30s quilt
Hmmmm.....that would be pretty darn cute, right?  I think the number of projects on my "Must Make" list just went up.  What do you think?  I HAVE to make it, don't I?

Happy Sewing,

Monday, April 8, 2013

Slow Going.....

It's been slow going around here during the last week.

I went from being the half marathon running Hare to being the slow poke Tortoise with tendonitis in my foot pretty fast.

It's taking twice as long to get anything done and I'm trying to keep my foot elevated and iced as often as possible so that hasn't left me with much time or energy for fun projects.  My only big accomplishments over the weekend were planning a new quilt and finally making perfect homemade focaccia bread and doing some online shopping for running clothes.  Because's oddly comforting to buy new running clothes when you're unable to run.  I know I'll be back out there on the track soon!

And oh yeah....the new quilt idea.  I've been in love with the Swoon Quilt pattern since it first came out and I was starting to feel like the only person in the world who hadn't made one. 
Swoon pattern at Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop
I think I was just waiting for the perfect fabric collection to come along.  And I think Old New 30s just might be that collection along with a few dots and ginghams from my stash.
Old New 30s at Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop 
What do you think?  Can you picture it?  Is it a match made in heaven?  Wouldn't it be the perfect picnic blanket?  Have you made a Swoon yet?  Or what's your idea of the perfect Swoon?

I'm gonna try and hobble back on over to the cutting table now and cut the binding for my Going Coastal Granny Square Quilt.  The sooner I get it done the sooner I can start on my next quilt!!!

Happy Sewing,

P.S.  The recipe for the perfect and VERY easy focaccia bread is in the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day.  I can't recommend this book enough!  The bread is super easy to make.  Incredibly delicious.  And no matter how many times I mess up or forget a step I still end up with fabulous bread!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Run Bunny Run

I did it!  I finally did it!!!  I ran a half marathon for the first time ever!!!
Run Bunny Run Half Marathon
It was my very own race which I named the 1st Annual Run Bunny Run Half Marathon.  And since I was the only contestant in my half marathon I guess that means I came in first place, right?!  Well.....Col. Sew Fab ran for half of the time with me.  So he was the winner of the Half of The Run Bunny Run Half Marathon.

It was tough.  And exhilarating.  And exhausting.  And I was kind of sorry when it was all over.  Seriously!  And it made me realize how far I've come since I took up running a year and a half ago. 

The most interesting thing I realized was that what used to be a LONG run to me is now considered a short run.  And what used to be an impossible length run to me is now quite doable.  When I was at the 7.1 mile point and I thought to myself....."only 5 more miles to go, no biggie.....wait a minute.....since when did it become appropriate to put the word ONLY behind the words 5 miles?".....well.....that's when I realized that things have really changed and I have really made some progress.

When I got home Col. Sew Fab was waiting at the front door for me with a towel soaked in a bowl of ice water.  And this was on the front door.....
And then I found this taped to my computer......
After I settled in (and cleaned up!) he made blueberry pancakes and bacon and mimosas.  And then I spent the rest of the day in bed or on the sofa.  I had all sorts of big plans of how I was going to spend my Sunday afternoon.  Sewing.  Dollhousing.  Printing fabric for the dollhouse since we finally figured out how to print fabric using my new printer!!!  But noooooo!  None of that happened.  I knew I was going to be tired after the half marathon.  But I didn't realize I was going to be THAT tired.  Too tired to sew.  Too tired to read.  Too tired to think.

I'm feeling great today and I'm gearing up for my next big challenge.  After I take about 2 weeks of semi-rest I'm going to start training for the 1st Annual Run Bunny Run FULL Marathon.  I've already taped my full marathon training plan to the side of the refrigerator where the half marathon training plan used to be.  It should be fun to do marathon training during summer in Florida, right?!  I can't wait to get started!