Throwback Thursday — Two x Ten Years

Yesterday’s Capture Your 365 photo prompt was “TWO” — some people took it literally, looking for the number 2 somewhere throughout their day. Others took it as I did — finding a pair of things to take a picture of.

I informed my boys that the prompt was two and then said “And you know what that means…”

“You are going to take a picture of two of the dogs?”


And lo, they even cooperated with me…only took TWO pictures to get this shot:

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It made me think about trying to compare their faces to a younger picture, and I went digging, this was from Christmas 2003, so just a little more than 10 years ago:

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Honestly, I’m a little teary sitting here looking at their sweet little boy faces AND their handsome big boy faces.

Work In Progress Wednesday {Week 7}

Mostly the progress around here was the Helix quilt, but I did get some sewing done on the project that I abandoned to work on Helix:

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You sew and sew and sew and sew and….you think you must have a million blocks. But then you count and find out that when you put all of these parts together you’ll still only have 32 blocks, which seems like a lot, until you remember that you are aiming for a total of 121 blocks. Which makes you kind of doubt your sanity.

Auditioning designs for the Helix quilt

The first thing I did on Helix was all of the straight line stitching, outlining the green sections. Because I didn’t want to switch colors every 5 seconds, I chose to do all of the “SID (stitch in the ditch)” on the green, which meant that half was truly “in the ditch” and half was on the “high side” of the ditch (because the “ditch” was actually on the brown side) — some people wouldn’t like that, but it’s how I chose to do it. And all of the non-quilters read that sentence and went HUH?

Moving on.

After I got all the way through with that, I had to make a decision about what to actually quilt. I had a ton of little bits of the pieced green leftover, so I used some of them to auditions designs before I started quilting rocks that I ultimately chose:

If I’m being honest, I knew what I wanted to do the rocks, but I was trying to talk myself out of them, knowing that even at the size I planned, they would take awhile. I quilted a section of those, so I could compare some other ideas:

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This next one wasn’t really in the running, but it had been going through my head, so I wanted to try it.

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I thought about doing a basketweave in the green, that would have been about this density, so the wider sections would have had more rows of the weave:

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The original pattern had straight lines in the green. The picture isn’t close enough for me to tell for sure, but I think it was straight lines that went all the way to the edges. I knew I wasn’t willing to do that, but I auditioned straight lines like the following:

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My mother happened to come over as I was examining my options, and I don’t think I prompted her, but she picked the rocks right away as her favorite. So much for talking myself out of them, right?

I was glad that I had taken the time to audition in thread, though, because I would have hated having to take very much of any one of those designs out.

So, that’s how I decided to quilt the rocks. I always kind of knew I wanted to put the leaves in the brown the way I did, and as I mentioned, the basketweave that finished off the brown was a last minute decision, but I’m glad I did, I really like the detail it added.


Helix, Quilted

Hot off the quilting frame, I got this awesome quilt finished this afternoon. (My definition of finished applies only to the quilting. It still needs a binding…)

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I got kind of tired of the rocks by the time I was done, and my hands had a tendency to vibrate a bit after working on them, but they were exactly perfect, I think…

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Love this leaf motif. So easy to do — I did it freehand, but if you wanted to make sure they all slanted the same angle and met in the corners the same way, you could definitely mark out spacing.

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I might have gone a little overboard, adding the basketweave, but in some areas the unquilted “border” I had added when I blocked off the sections for the leaves was poofy, and I didn’t like the way it looked.

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Of course, it meant that the basketweave in the very center was ridiculously tiny.

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The corners gave me some heartburn, not knowing for sure how to finish things off. I decided that the center of my garden was nice and neat, but around the edges the leaves had just piled up, willy-nilly.

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I had to piece the back. Mom rescued me with the neutral print. It doesn’t show the quilting at all. The solid shows everything, though! I had lots of bits of the pieced green sections leftover. Kind of fun to throw some on the back to extend the green….

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You should be able to click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

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The quilt pattern is from Emily Herrick, Crazy Old Ladies Quilts, it’s called Helix. I bought it as part of an ebook called “Geared for Guys” — which has some other interesting patterns in it that I will look at again in the future.

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Size: 67 by 90, Batting: Warm and Natural, Thread: Sew Fine Green, Glide Brown, Bottom Line bobbins to coordinate


Project 365 2014 {Week 7}

Hello, week 7. I’m not going to lie, this week kicked my butt. Working at a high school is really freaking hard some days, and this week was especially trying.

The interesting thing about my daily photography project is that I’m purposely looking for things that make me happy or that I want to remember, so that helps kick out some of the grumpies. Here are the things that I ended up capturing this week:

February 9, 2014

I threw the bedding over the railing, and by the time I got downstairs to gather it up and wash it, the cat had dug himself a nest.

Clearly, I had to leave the pile there until he was done playing.

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February 10, 2014

If I asked him to smile, he’d give me goofy looks, but I kept the camera on him while we told jokes and tried to get him to smile naturally. Most of the time I’d miss the actual smile, but this one turned out pretty nicely! Fresh haircut and angle makes his forehead look really big, though!
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February 11, 2014

After the final home game, I made my good-looking guys pose together.

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February 12, 2014

Late night, last minute photo ops, just me and the dog….who is probably thinking “Stop taking my picture and pet me.”

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February 13, 2014

Getting ready for the final JV game.

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February 14, 2014

Another last minute, late night “what the heck do I take a picture of” kind of shots — that at the time I thought was kind of goofy (why didn’t I take a picture of the cookie before it got eaten?) that turns out to be one my favorite pictures….

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February 15, 2014

Ready for bed in my penguin jammies, with my penguin pillowcases.

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