Friday, December 11, 2015

Color Play Friday: Kris Kringl

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our friend Steph. (This is are last post until the new year. So much hustle and bustle going on with the holiday!)

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I’m making progress in my studio and I want to keep it up.

The photo is from Lorinda this week.

Color Play Friday Kris Kringl


I started with the Festive Nest Fabric (under the pink), and I wanted to try to go Christmas from there. However, I found the Navy Flock birds and thought that should be the focal for all the colors! So yeah, this week’s bundle is a little wacky because I couldn’t make up my mind to cut one of them!

This week’s selection was found on Bella Fabrics on Etsy.


When we solidify the plans for #colorplayfriday for the new year we will let you know. Until then… Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pincushion Tutorial



I’ve made 10 of these over the last week to give as gifts to a couple of my quilty friends and my co-workers at the fabric shop. In total it only took me a couple hours to finish all of them, so they are by far one of the easiest gifts I’ve “mass produced” for the holiday. Plus they are all made using scraps!!! The only thing I needed to purchase was the measuring tape trim (optional) and the ground walnut shell filling.

My inspiration for these came from a quilty friend, Denise. She and I attend the Snohomish Modern Quilt Guild together, and we became quilty friends after she took my Big Print Basics class. She makes lovely scrappy pocket pillows. They are pillows with a pocket in the front to hold a book or whatever you need while you are snuggling in on a long winter’s eve!

So let’s get started!



You will need:

(2) 4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles main fabric for the cushion
Scraps
Thread

The scraps are whatever you want/have for the pocket. I used two 2″ x 4″ pieces for the top and bottom of each pocket and a 2″ x 4″ piece for the center because it seemed like a nice framing size for my trim placement. The trim is optional, but it is 4″ long if you choose to use it.



Step 1: Assemble your pocket pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance.



Step 2: I normally don’t press my seams open, but I felt like it made sense for this project so that’s what I did!

Your pocket should end up looking like this.



Easy peasy lemon squeezy right?!



At this point, if you cut your scraps to the size I suggested for the pocket you will see the pocket is way to big for the pincushion. I like to call this “wiggle room”, and wiggle room is nice to have in creative endeavors!



Step 3: Trim the pocket down to the size that works for you! This is where you can play with fussy cutting a bit if you are using a fun print. Remember to leave about 1/2″ more at the top of your pocket because you need to hem!



Step 4: Fold and press the top of your pocket under twice at about 1/4″ to create your hem.



Step 5: Stitch along your hem using a fun thread color!



Step 6: Then while you are at it, you might as well top stitch near the pocket seam lines. You totally don’t have to, but I think it adds a nice, yet simple, touch.



Step 7: If you have trim then add it now by simply top stitching it down!



Now you have all your pieces ready to go!



Step 8: Line up the bottom edges of your pieces in this order… One main fabric piece right-side up, followed by your pocket piece right-side up, and then your last main fabric piece right-side down.



Step 9: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch all the way around your pincushion leaving a 1 1/2″ opening at the bottom for turning.



Step 10: Trim your corner edges and turn your pincushion right sides out. I use an unsharpened pencil to help work out the points.



Step 11: Press your cushion, making sure you have your seam allowance turned in at the opening.



Step 12: Fill with ground walnut shells. (You could also get lavender scented shells.)

Step 13: (no picture) Using a blind hem, or whatever hand stitch you can make look good, stitch the opening shut and you are done!!!

I will be hosting a Periscope commentary for this tutorial at about 2:00pm PST today *December 8th, 2015*. It will have extra hints and time for a Q & A session at the end. If you are on Periscope be sure to follow me, @anotterlife.

Here is the Scope Replay thanks to Katch!


Let me know what you think of the tutorial in the comments section here. Also if you make any pincushions I would love to see them. You can tag me on Instagram @inanotterlife.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Color Play Friday: Double Feature

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda.

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

Last week, with Thanksgiving and the start of the Holiday hustle and bustle, I forgot about Color Play Friday!! Shame on me!

So this week is a double feature.

First up is the “Frost” photo, from last week. Lorinda took this photo, and I felt it was perfect because we are starting to get chilly here!!!

I picked all monotone fabrics because I felt like it could make a nice winter quilt that could also be used all year around depending on the backing and binding choices. My favorite fabric in this bunch is the ombre (third fabric down). I’ve seen it in person and it is beautiful for so many projects!

Color Play Friday Frost

I picked all the fabrics, for both Color Play photos, from Stash Fabrics this week. I really enjoy playing with their color section options.


This week’s photo is “Sunset Near Cathcart” I took it last summer while we were attending a friend’s wedding. They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect sunset for their wedding night. It was so beautiful I cried!

Color Play Friday Sunset Near Cathcart

This is apparently my palette of choice lately. Besides the new metallic gold popping up on fabric I’m really obsessed with these purples!


There!!! Finally caught up with #colorplayfriday!!

Next week our photo is on I chose from Lorinda. I picked “Kris Kringle” because I love the colors on her tree, and we are also getting really close to Christmas!!!!

Kris Kringl

We will be taking a break from Color Play Friday on December 18th and 25th. We will be back though at the first of the year!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Color Play Friday: Gummy Bears

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph!

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

Oh my! I struggled with assembling this bundle. I was so excited because there are some chartreuse like greens in this photo, and I can work with that! I hadn’t counted on it being so difficult to find fabric with a pretty chartreuse color in it.

I was also struggling because I didn’t want to use all Art Gallery fabric, but I couldn’t help myself! Everything I was click on through Etsy was Art Gallery! I did get a couple Michael Miller, but they didn’t make the final cut for this bundle.

So here it is… a bundle of Art Gallery!

Color Play Friday Gummy Bears


I did sneak the Navy Cotton + Steel in at the bottom, I figured that would make a pretty backing. :)

These fabrics don’t play as nicely together as I had hoped, but in the correct pattern I think they could have a fun ice cream parlor type of feel. If I were to pick a pattern it would have the solids at pinwheel blocks with a soft cream or ivory and then the yellows floral set in squares between the pinwheels, sort of like an Irish Chain effect or checker board. Who knows if that would actually work, but that’s part of the fun of quilting and making blocks!!!

Fabric List: (All the Fabrics can be found at Bobbie Lou Fabric – more specifically through their Etsy Shop.)


Backing:


Next week I selected Lorinda’s photo of Frost. It seems appropriate because we are getting our first winter storms!

frost

Friday, November 13, 2015

Color Play Friday: Kla Ha Ya

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph!

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

This week our photo is from Lorinda. I’m not sure where it was taken, but I love how much fun it captures! I can’t wait to read Lorinda’s post to know more about this place.

Earlier this week a friend asked me if the shop I work for carries a piece of Michael Miller’s Sea Buddies fabric. They don’t, but I totally loved the fabric so I based the entire fabric bundle around the little seahorses and octopi (it counts as my pink).

Everything else comes from searching Etsy for Nautical fabrics.

Color Play Friday Kla Ha Ya


There you go you have green two weeks in a row. Honestly would I buy the green in the store? Probably not, but I’m trying to incorporate it and enjoy it. I’m really trying.

Gummy Bears

Friday, November 6, 2015

Color Play Friday: Pike Place Market

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph!

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

This week photo was taken by me in April/May 2014 right after I moved to Washington. When I moved I had several interviews set up, mostly in Bellevue -a more affluent area of Seattle, where Microsoft and such companies are located. None of those interviews worked out, but I did start working at a quilt shop in Bellevue which is where I met Lorinda!

My commute via public transit each day ranged from an hour to two hours at first because of where I was staying, and only working part-time I decided those first few weeks to make the most of the time in the city by wandering around and doing nothing! Being broke is frustrating at times, but its also kind of liberating if you approach it correctly. I moved to Seattle with about $500, half of which was gone the first two weeks in transportation costs! So wandering around broke made it more of a priority to see and observe things, and talk to people rather than to go to this or that particular destination.

This photo was taken in Pikes Place Market one nice sunny summer afternoon. I played with the filters of it because the contrasts were fun.

Color Play Friday Pike Place Market


My goal this week was to try to branch out of my typical palette. That didn’t work. I’m pretty sure the pink/purples I’ve used before maybe a couple times. I did however add a green! (GASP!!!!) I don’t do green very well. Green and Brown are my quilt work enemies!

I started with the hot pink fabric because its called Urban Sprawl and that seemed to fit perfectly with the theme of the picture. Everything from there is branched out from that theme except the green which I decided would simply be my stripe for this palette since I was having such a hard time picking one.

All the fabrics this week are from StashFabrics which I’m pretty sure I’ve used for a #colorplayfriday before because I love that I can shop via color. Some websites have this option and it just doesn’t work out very well, but Stash Fabrics has apparently mastered the algorithms involved!

The fabrics (left to right):

Speckled in Dark Plum -Cotton + Steel (This is a lawn, but it also comes in quilting cotton)

Next week’s photo is from Lorinda and I chose it because I love and gravitate towards bright colors!

Kla Ha Ya

Friday, October 30, 2015

Color Play Friday: Christmas Ornaments

Hey everyone!

It’s Friday finally! I’m looking forward to a quick break this weekend. Maybe I will dust off my sewing machine which I have turned on all week! (Gasp! followed by a sigh!)

I’m going to keep this Color Play Friday post short and sweet. Be sure to check out what Lorinda and Steph came up with. I’m anxious to get my blog published so I can finally see their palettes!

Remember if you would like to join us on Color Play Fridays we would love to have you. Refer to an older post for all the rules, and see the end of this post for the next photo! Then be sure to email us to let us know you are participating.

This week’s photo is from Lorinda. It is of her Christmas ornaments while she was packing them away one year. I love all the gold, and the new sort of gold metallic fabric coming out is quickly grabbing my attention so that is where I went with this fabric bundle.

I didn’t choose a particular shop this week. Instead I just browsed Etsy looking at all the fun gold prints.

Color Play Friday Christmas Ornaments


The browns in this palette actually represent the gold metallic.

Post Cards From Santa Gold Stripe -Riley Blake (Because there are never enough stripes!)
New World Map Black/Gold – Benartex (Because Christmas is around the world!)
Gold Arrows
(Now I’m thinking it might be weird to have arrows with deer, but the arrows are cute)
Twisted Sister Apple Red/Gold -Windham (A nice calm print for once!)
Elk Family -Birch (I guess they aren’t deer after all, but I love how it has the whole family)

I actually don’t do many Christmas themed projects except for pajamas and ornaments, so I don’t have a project in mind for these fabrics. Mostly I just wanted to look at and show some gold fabric! Bling!

Here is next week’s photo. I took it while at Pike Place Market last spring, when I first moved to Washington.

Pike Place Market

Friday, October 23, 2015

Color Play Friday: Dinner at the Vault

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph!

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com) Next week’s festive photo is going to be at the end of this blog.

Edit: This is the only edit I’m doing to this post. I’m wrote it without rereading it because I was afraid of editing out the “knee-jerk emotions” I’m having towards this photo. I’m warning you now, it is long, and its personal -probably more than you wanted to know about me. It is also candid and written like I’m talking out loud which doesn’t always come with the best grammar. I just wanted to give you warning. I needed this as much as I spiritually needed to create this fabric palette and bundle this week, so I hope you approach this with an understanding heart and enthusiasm for the fabrics because I think they totally rock socks!

This week’s photo was taken by me! It was one of the great life changing moments that effectively brought me to where I am. I had recently separated from my husband (of almost a year) in the spring, and this photo was taken sometime around May and June when I was still trying to figure out what to do with my insane, crazy self.

I had just left a perfectly stable relationship and environment with a good guy to go out and do what? I had some ideas, but I didn’t have solid plan. At the time I was floating between friend’s houses, with my stuff scattered between my ex-husband’s place, my parent’s, my sisters’ places, and everywhere in between. I was a hot mess, but I was happy -or at least getting there because I was my own hot mess.

You see, even though my ex-husband was a good guy, he wasn’t the guy for me. We had dated for two years and decided to get married on our 2-year dating anniversary. It wasn’t a grand proposal or anything. It was a “hey we’ve been together two years, we’ve been living together most of that time, why not get married” type of thing. I’m not saying we didn’t have fun or that I didn’t enjoy his company, but there was no passion. Our relationship didn’t excite my soul and help me dream of the future -again I knew we would eventually have babies, those babies would go to a good preschool, they would grow up in a nice home etc. etc. but I wasn’t excited about it. I was doing it because I was 25, I lived in the South, and to hear my grandmother tell it, I was quickly approaching old maid or crazy cat lady age. So before things progressed any future I stopped it all.

I never wanted to be the girl who got a divorce, especially before even being married a year! But more than that, I didn’t want to be the old lady that grew up, had kids and a beautiful family, but didn’t know who she was because she let that person die a long time ago. I didn’t see myself being a cog in the wheel of society in the relationship so I got out before things got anymore messy than breaking life-time vow.

So once, out of the relationship what was I suppose to do? I wanted to live my life to the fullest and pursue my dreams. Come on Trina you shattered a sacred vow, you better make your life worth it…no pressure though. That first year after the separation was by far the messiest, weirdest, and greatest year of my life up to that point. I made so many good decisions for myself, and so many bad ones -like really bad ones -like a lot of them. None of them did permanent damage though so I was lucky.

This picture of my dinner at the Vault in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, was one of the good choices made close to the beginning of my adventure of deciding who I was, who I wanted to be, and what I was going to do about it. First thing first, I’m a girl, and a girl’s got to eat. So I took myself out to dinner.

I dressed myself up, and took myself on a date. I left my phone in my purse the entire time, except to take this picture to capture the moment, and I had a lovely dinner with myself. I ordered exactly what I wanted off the menu without worrying about the price or if it was share-able. Okay maybe I worried about the price for a moment, I mean come on I was newly single and I had quit my day job to run my own business about 6-months earlier, but I decided to live on the edge for the evening. I even ordered two glasses of pink wine even if they didn’t “go with” the meal.

It was a good night for me. I was by myself for the first time in my life, and I was coming to terms with being okay with being the only person who could take care of me -financially of course, but more importantly spiritually and mentally. After spending about $50 on that dinner and taking the time to do what I wanted for myself I felt so much better about my choice and my future. I mean, I’m pretty fond of myself. I have bouts of dark or grey times, but for the most part I’m pretty awesome happy and a pleasure to hang out with, if I may so so myself, so I felt good about being by myself and about starting this new phase of my life where I said yes to what I wanted rather than listening to other’s opinions. (Seriously as good of intentions my Grandma may have, I’m so glad she learned to cool it with the warnings of my ladies parts getting old and failing -hearing it since I was twenty-two has really done a number on me.)

Anyway, to the #colorplayfriday...

color play friday dinner at the vault


I love the soft, yet strong colors in this photo. The mood of the photo will forever remind me of the resolve I gained in deciding my goals and dreams were worth putting every ounce of myself into accomplishing. Its okay to be sad and full of despair while at the same time being hopeful and cheerful, that’s what this pictures means to me. To me the colors I selected feel peaceful and the fabrics have a light-weight playfulness to them. This palette was all about capturing the feeling of being strong (not fierce), be okay with myself and my nature, and being good with going forward to be who I am meant to be. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a photo and color palette, but I think it came through well. Don’t you?

The fabrics this week all came from Moona Fabrics on Etsy. I came across Sue’s business several times in the past week, so I spent the time going through all 58 pages of wonderful fabrics!

I had sent Sue a copy of the Vault photo when I let her know I would be featuring her shop, and she pointed out Joel Dewberry’s new Atrium line for my consideration. It is beautiful! I really love the Fuchsia color-way, and actually thought, on first look that it would work with my palette. (I actually had a couple of the pieces in the palette at first, but then the palette morphed when I found the Arctic Tree print so unfortunately, I had to bump the pieces)

Atrium in Fuchsia by Joel Dewberry
Atrium in Fuchsia by Joel Dewberry


Atrium in Mint by Joel Dewberry
Atrium in Mint by Joel Dewberry


Here are the fabrics I selected:



Last but not least! (One more Art Gallery Fabric because really one more never hurts!)

Millefiori in Light by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery
Millefiori in Light by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery

This fabric would be my backing or another companion piece in a heart beat. It captures the essence of how my soul felt the day of my dinner. It has the dark shadows, but also the opening and growing flowers. The pathway is open, and it is sprinkled with beautiful chances to bud and grow.

I’m so cheesy right now! Good grief! Seriously though, after a rough few weeks its good to look back and see how far I’ve come, and remember the strength I carry within myself. Its even better to remember that even when life kicks me down a couple notches I am exactly where I put myself and I put myself exactly where I want to be. No one twisted my arm, and I didn’t settle.

This “Otter Life” is where I’m suppose to be -when it rains, when its sun shiny, this is where my soul belongs and this is what I fought to win. So bless my own soul I’m going to get a bit emotional about it, probably going to throw a couple fits, but I love it and I’m at peace with who I am and where I’m going.

Okay, My Color Play Friday for this week is officially done! Better a little late than never!

Here is next week’s festive photo by Lorinda, to help get us in the Christmas mood.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Garland Tutorial

Last Monday I did my first Periscope tutorial. I was super nervous. I said “um” a lot and there was a bit of trouble with preforming tasks one-handed, but all in all I love it.

I love how real Periscope is, and how it forces you to just keep going because you are broadcasting live. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent in my studio trying to record parts of tutorials with the intent of editing them into perfection only to keep deleting after the first couple minutes because I was dissatisfied it wasn’t “perfect”. It is more important to enjoy your craft, and to share the knowledge with like-minded people than to have the lighting or hair style just right.

There my be those who will judge the “professionalism” of this tutorial, but I don’t care. I’m doing it for my friends, those who may learn from it, and for myself. If some people don’t like it I will just take some advice from Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book “Big Magic“….



So without further ado! The tutorial!

I found a leaf template on Pinterest, and made several copies of it for future projects.

You can find a direct link to the template on A Beautiful Mess’ blog.

I made the garland with fabric, instead of paper, using a raw-edge-applique technique, and decided to use Heat-n-Bond as my fusible since that is what I had on hand. (I also recommend Steam-a-Seam, I actually prefer it, but apparently I need to add that to my shopping list!) If I was making the garland for a mantle, rather and a window, I wouldn’t worry about it being reversible, and I would have just used a featherweight or lightweight interfacing to stabilize the the fabric.


What isn’t shown in the video tutorial is how to finish it. I was contemplating using a small hole-punch with ribbon, but it turned out easier to do a quick stitch through each leaf with embroidery floss. (I only used three of the six threads in the floss because trying to use all size proved to difficult…I couldn’t get the needle and thread through the fabric and fusible without creating a bigger whole than I intended.)

Here is the finished product! I love how it turned out, and it was so easy.



If you are in the Snohomish, Washington area and you would like to attend this month’s Pinterest Pin-Up Party to make this garland you can sign-up on the website. The class is $12 and it includes all the supplies you need! —Basically its the funnest, craftiest, and easiest two hours of your weekend!

Later this week (potentially even tonight!) I want to do another Scope Tutorial, either about paper piece or quilt basting. (Feel free to leave a comment for your vote!)

If you aren’t on Periscope yet, again, I urge you to download the app and sign-up. It’s easy, and the quilter/artist community is so much fun to interact with. You can find me there @anotterlife and on instagram (for announcements) @inanotterlife.

Now, since I woke up ridiculously early for a Sunday morning, I should probably get dressed and go do something creative!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Color Play Friday: Jellyfish

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our new friend Steph.

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

This week we are using Lorinda’s photo of a Jellyfish. I picked it because I loved the array of dark colors with the white and translucent jellyfish as a focus.

My color range isn’t very wide this week, because I knew exactly what I would do with the bundle of fabrics if I had them. I would want to make some sort of 4-pointed star out of the white with the darker colors in a scrappy background, so it would look like a night sky with all the stars.

Its been a rough couple of weeks for me. I’m trying my best to “see the light”, but everything just feels really stressful. So I feel like having a wishing star quilt would be a great future project for me so if I’m feeling like this again, I can curl up with my quilt, think of my passions and dreams, and remember I carry them with me. (See I’m looking at the bright side. *smiles*)

Here is my palette:

color play friday jellyfish


The fabrics can all be purchased at Pink Door Fabrics.

Chromatics
(background)
Prisma Elements
(I would make the stars out of this because of the white with metallic gold twinkle)
Tokyo Train Ride
(background) (Probably my most favorite Cotton + Steel fabric)
Story -Newsprint
(background)
Fantasia
(Binding) (Stripe of course)

Last but not least…though its not in the palette I thought the Morning Walk fabric would be a fun background. The quilt would be a starry night on one side, and a blissful walk in a garden on the other. How could you possibly feel bad wrapped up in that sort of magic.

Next week we are going to use my photo of a dinner at the Vault in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was actually a really good evening for me as far as personal growth, but right now its 2am in the morning and I’m exhausted with a full plate tomorrow so the story will have to wait for later. Be sure to check back next week to read all about it, and see what sort of palettes and bundles we come up with. :)

(Remember to send Lorinda or I a link if you decide to participate, we love that we have people joining in on the fun!)

dinner at the vault tulsa

Friday, October 9, 2015

Color Play Friday: NYC Tour Bus

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

(Next week’s photo is at the bottom of this post so you have time to prepare!)

Remember, if you are joining Lorinda and I for Color Play Friday, be sure to send us a link to your post, and tag your photos in social media using #colorplayfriday. We’ve also decided to open this up to all of our artistic friends, so your bundle doesn’t need to be fabric! You can choose yarns, scrapbook paper, embroidery floss, or whatever you want! We can’t wait to see it!

color play friday nyc tour bus


This week’s photo was taken while I was on a trip in NYC a couple years ago. I was on one of the city tour buses which I have a love-hate relationship with -mostly hate them,but I did like that I was able to see different neighborhoods and just hop off when I wanted.

I took this picture, and most of the pictures on this trip, because I loved the bright colors! The contrast of the Raspberry Pink against the School Bus Yellow! Love it!

This week’s fabrics come from Quilting Mayhem -my mothership! Quilting Mayhem is a new shop that opened in May in Snohomish Washington, just a quick jaunt from my home. I was so excited when Quilting Mayhem opened because they are an adorable modern shop, which are far and few between in my “neck of the woods”. (We have a few good quilt shops obviously, but none with a selection like this!) I was even more excited when the owner of Quilting Mayhem offered me a job, and one I can do from home on top of that! Say What?!! Back in the quilt shop internet game!? Yes ma’am I’ll take it!

I’ve been a little Quilting Mayhem Elf for about two months now, and this week I hit a small milestone with the website! I finished adding the fabric pictures…well mostly. (There are still some I need to go take pictures of and sort out, but most of the photos are now up today, and easy to find!) My next project is to fill in all the category photos and sort out some navigation issues. So while you are checking out my fabric bundle, wander around and take a look at the rest of the site. I would love to know what you think, what you would like to see, what you love, what you would change etc.

Anyway, to the fabrics already!!!


I just realized that I picked three Andover fabrics this week! Last week I was having a hard time staying away from Cotton + Steel, and apparently this is an Andover week for me.

I have all geometric prints here. I did try to include a small floral, but it just wasn’t working for me so I didn’t force it. If I were using these fabrics all together I would probably make myself a pinwheel quilt because I do love some half-square triangles! I would use the two grays and the light pink as my lights to go with randomly with the other three fabrics. I would probably add a border of the Ex Libris because it would really tie everything in, and then bind it with the Four Corners -on a bias, of course, so the stripe would wrap up the quilt. If I was really lucky I would find an Alexander Henry big bold, slightly off color print to go on the back! Yep, that’s what I see in these fabrics and photo…something simple but wild! (Simply Wild!!!)

What do you see in the photo? I love #colorplayfriday most because it shows how differently people’s perceptions can be, and they can still be beautiful in their difference. (There is a life lesson in that I’m sure.)

For next week were are color playing Lorinda’s Jellyfish photo!

jellyfish

Friday, October 2, 2015

Color Play Friday: Garden Tea Party

It’s Friday again!!! That means its time for another round of #colorplayfriday. I’m so so so anxious to see Lorinda’s. We don’t see each other’s until the day of, but we were talking last night about how much fun we were having with this one. It was really difficult to narrow down color and fabric choices!

If you would like to join us in our #colorplayfriday be sure to hashtag your posts so we can find them. We’ve also decided we want to welcome all of our creative friends, so if fabric isn’t your medium feel free to make a bundle of scrapbook paper, yarn, embroidery threads, or anything like that. We would love to see what you come up with.

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.
(Next week’s photo is at the bottom of this post so you have time to prepare!)

This week I chose Lorinda’s photograph of a Garden Tea Party. At first I thought I would create a soft, baby-girl, type palette, and then things happened!!!

color play friday garden tea party


I was having way to much fun picking out the colors and one thing lead to another and I decided this was going to be a grown-up-girl bundle of awesomeness!!!

Apparently I’m going into a phase where I’m loving the deep, wine, purple because it has made its way into my palette two weeks in a row. I also have a thing for Cotton + Steel!!! I keeping picking out their fabrics without meaning too, but I was able to get some variety between designers and I totally love it. (I’ll be adding this bundle to my Christmas wish-list!!!!)

All the fabrics this week can be found on Southern Fabrics. I was already spending time on their website yesterday because they announced a sale on Instagram, and a girl can window shop without guilt! Then today the announced a fat quarter bundle give-away on their Facebook, which lead me back into the rabbit-hole of beautiful modern fabrics.

From Left to Right:


Note to self:I think I’m going to try to do a quick tutorial later in October about making a universal wishlist just for the purpose of keeping all of your wants and have-to-haves in one place, easily accessible to the people wanting to spoil you.

Next week’s photo was taken while I was on one of those super touristy tour buses in NYC in 2013. It was an easy way to get around to see lots of areas, but I rather walk miles than be stuck on a bus like that again. Anyway, I took this photo because I loved the contrast between the raspberry pink and school bus yellow! I felt so super trendy!

new york city tour bus


Thank you for checking out my #colorplayfriday. If you decided to participate please drop a link to your post down in the comments so I can link to you next week!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Color Play Friday: Metropolitan Market Seattle

Good Morning!

It is time for Color Play Friday!! However, first I have something I have to tell you!!!!!!!!

Periscope! Its a new social networking app. You can sign-in via Twitter or your phone number and then you live broadcast to the world (or just your friends if you change the settings). I’ve had it on my phone for three days now, and I love it!

So far I’ve seen clips of a Foo Fighter concert, watched an Italian guy make coffee, talked to Finnish kids about their school system, talked to a Norwegian couple about their life in the Arctic Circle, and so many other random little things. The important part of the app though is that it lets me connect with other creative people!

Lorinda at Laurel Poppy and Pine started me with the app, and then the first day I had it she let me know that Bari J was broadcasting a painting class.

What to the what?!

I found it as quickly as possible, then the Little One and I sat back and watched for a bit before bedtime.

The person broadcasting is the only person that can be seen or heard. Viewers communicate with the “Scoper” and other people by text chat within the app. Its a good thing too because the Little One said “I can make a flower better than that.” While we were watching Bari J! Its a little embarrassing to admit that now, but could you just imagine if Bari J. had heard that during her class broadcast!!!!

(I did talk to the Little One about learning from other people, and how it is always possible to learn new techniques, practice to be better, and add to our existing skills. I don’t think she meant the comment to be rude, I just don’t think she realized that Bari J. wasn’t finished!!! That and she just turned seven, which means she hasn’t fully developed her filter yet, and I don’t particularly want to rush that.)

Anyway, the point is Periscope is awesome so download it, sign-up, and follow me @anotterlife…by the way, my name is the same on Instagram so you should follow me there too. *winky face*

Okay, that turned out longer than I thought it would, like usual, so without further ado….

Metropolitan Market in Seattle
I took this photo while visiting Seattle in November(ish) of 2013, before I moved here. This particular even was cold and rainy so I decided to go to the Metropolitan Market around the corner from where I was staying in Queen Anne. I picked out 3 different soups, grabbed some crackers, Theo Chocolates, and something to drink, and went back to my hotel room for a soup picnic! It was such a great experience and a great way to use an ironing board in a hotel room! (Seriously who packs, or even wears clothes that can wrinkle!)

These flowers, were outside the Market’s entryway. It was dark, rainy, and the flowers felt like they were bright and shiny for me at the time. They were telling me to “Do your thing, you free-spirited, crazy lady!” So I took a picture, and then totally did my free-spirited crazy lady thing about 5 months later when I moved to Seattle on a plane by myself! Good times! (Thanks flowers for the pep-talk!)

color play friday metropolitan market


So apparently I’m in a talkative mood tonight because this blog post is turning into a novel! I’m going to try to hurry it along!

Here are my fabrics for the week:
The selection started with the sloth fabric which is so cute because the little sloth is so ugly. Its the weirdest contradiction, but I totally love it. From there, I decided I wanted all the fabrics to have animals because I do love them so so much…all of them. …I want to eat them!


This week all my fabric choices came from @stashfabrics because I noticed they posted on Instagram saying they were having a 20% off clearance sale this weekend!!! (use coupon code “CLEAR20” at checkout). The fabrics I picked aren’t clearance, but they are so adorable. Either way check out them out, and even more important check out what Lorinda came up for her Color Play Friday!

(Check out hashtag #colorplayfriday instagram and see what happens! I’m curious about it too. *smiles*)

I’ll check in later this week I hope. I’m really dying to get some actual sewing done, not just piddly stuff. Hopefully I’ll have something to report soon!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Seven-Year-Old Responsibility

The Little One is Seven now! With age comes more responsibility which is a hard reality sometimes, but we are finding methods that work for us so I thought I’d share.

I tried to start a chore chart with her last winter, but she wasn’t ready for it then and neither was I. However, over the last week we have managed to make, and maintain a responsibility chart that she is excited about.

It has become part of our nightly routine. She crawls into bed, waiting for me to read to her, and before we start reading we mark the smiley or sad faces on the chart.

She gets a smiley face if the responsibility was completed in a timely manner, when she is asked the first time, and with a good attitude. If she doesn’t do it in a timely manner, whines about doing it, or throws a fit she gets a sad face. There have been a couple days where she has gotten half smiley faces because maybe the responsibility was completed and it wasn’t to par, or some other random reason I thought it was okay -not good or bad.

So what are her responsibilities?
  • Feed Sky (our dog) Breakfast 
  • Feed Sky Dinner 
  • Clearing Dirty Dishes (includes dishes in her lunchbox after school) 
  • Putting Dirty Clothes in the Hamper 
  • Putting Clean Clothes Away 
  • Clean Room (before bedtime) 
  • Homework and Reading (Homework sent from school -if applicable, and practice spelling words during the school week and 20 minutes of reading every day.) 
  • Get Ready for School In a Timely Manner 
  • Get Ready for Bed in a Timely Manner

Each smiley face equals 10 cents, each half-smiley face is 5 cents, and a sad face is nothing. If she gets all nine possible smiley face for a day then she gets a bonus dime to make it an even $1. Her chore week starts on Friday and ends on Thursday so that her payday falls with Daddy’s payday.

Since she doesn’t watch television or have screen-time during the school week except for rare occasions she asked if she could earn bonus screen-time instead of money, so Nathan and I worked out a system for that as well. In exchange for 15 smiley faces she can have 30-minutes of screen-time during the school week!! (She was so excited to hear this!)

There are still rules with the screen-time though. She can only trade in for up to 1.5 hours -because there are some days where having screen time would take away from family time before or after extracurricular activities and obviously people are more important than screens. Also, her screen-time can only be used in 30-minute increments per day, it can’t happen before her responsibilities like feeding sky or finishing homework are complete, she gets one screen at a time whether its the handheld video game or the television is her choice, and all screens still get turned off by 8:30pm so we can do our nightly reading.

This week she earned 48.5 smiley faces. We did the break down tonight and she has three options for her payday.

$4.85
1 hour screen-time + $1.85
1.5 hours screen-time + $0.35

She was excited she had earned so much. (I know it doesn’t seem like a lot to an adult, but she is still learning the concept of money so for now we can get away with working with dimes!) She is also motivated to do better next week because she knows she only earned 48.5 smileys out of a possible 63 smileys.

Who knows how long this method will work. This is definitely the type of skill that takes flexibility to teach and learn. I would be interested to hear what other parents do with their 6-8 year-olds. If you have any ideas please feel free to leave a comment.

P.S. I’ve been busy with back-to-school things and work so I haven’t had much time to blog. Since I’m behind I figured it would be easier to sneak a few photos in at the end of my post to show how Little One’s Surprise Birthday party went!

At the last minute we had to move the party to a Burger King because the weather made an outdoor party impossible.  I feel like I was putting lipstick on a pig!

The girls didn't mind that it was in a fast food place though.  We still did our horse painting project, played bingo for fun prizes, and ate way to much sugar!

The mission was accomplished because she was surprised, so happy to see your friends after being gone a month, and she thought the cake and cookies were perfect!


Color Play Friday: Jetty Island Drift Wood

Week Two of our Color Play!

This week our inspiration photo was one Lorinda took while visiting Jetty Island.

I haven’t been to Jetty Island yet, but it is on the list for a family outing.

Again, finding it easier to pick out fabrics based on a hypothetical project I decided I would work on a picnic quilt palette. Yes we already have a picnic quilt made out of lovely Tula Pink fabric, but who couldn’t use another?!

color play friday jetty island drift wood


The fabrics come from the same shop on Etsy, HandmadeIsHeartmade. The palette is rather monochromatic again, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it eventually.

(Why is it so hard for me to work with browns and greens!!!! **Facepalm**)

I picked out the 5 main fabrics:


I figured if I was really making this quilt the Orange would be in every square, as the focal print, and the browns would be background fabrics, except for the darkest which I would use to frame the quilt.

Then I accidentally found, Persimmon Sweet Potato Marionberry Pie, a small floral print that works, but didn’t have room in my palette so I decided it could be the binding or backing.

I’m curious to see how Lorinda’s turns out. Remember to visit Laurel Poppy and Pine to see her Color Play Palette.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Color Play Friday: Stillaguamish River at the Big Four Mountain

My friend Lorinda at Laurel and Pine and I have decided to challenge each other with some color play based on pictures we have taken. Each week, she and I will take turns picking a photo the other person has taken. We will both take the photo, make a color palette from it, and then pick random fabrics for that palette.

You can see our pool of photos on Pinterest. Feel free to vote on photos you’d liked to see worked up!

Okay, so now you know what is going on here is our first challenge!

You can see Lorinda’s results on her blog. (We don’t see each other’s results until they are posted publicly!)

This week it was Lorinda’s turn to pick the photo. She chose a photo I had taken while we were hiking to the Ice Caves last summer. This is the Stillaguamish River under one of the coolest walking bridges I’ve been on. (I have a small thing for cool bridges.)

color play friday stillaguamish river at the Big Four Mountain


This challenge turned out to be harder than I imagined! Going into it I figured it would be so easy. I mean every photo has a million colors, and there are so many fabrics -really, how hard could it be? Oh boy!

First of all, I don’t normally work with greens (or browns), and obviously this photo is predominately green!! EEEK EEEEK EEEK (Horror movie sounds!)

I kind of feel like I cheated a little bit because my palette turned out rather monotone. It was still a challenge to find the correct blues and grays, but I didn’t really push myself to work with colors outside of my range. I figured this may be something I have to work up to.

Second, the fabric sucks you in!!! I decided to start browsing Etsy for my fabric. It was kind of hard to get started because I normally shop for fabric with at least one piece already in hand to build from, but this was a completely blank slate. Where to start? Where to go? What to create?

I calmed myself after finding some of the cutest, totally unrelated fabrics, and focused on the matter at hand. I decided it would be easier to decide on fabric if I decided on a project.

If I were buying these fabrics at this time, what would I do with them? Since the palette is very subdued I decided, hypothetically, this would be a great palette to use for Nathan’s quilt. The only challenge with picking out fabrics for Nathan is that they need to be plain. No big prints, not crazy colors, just calm and solid-like.

So here we go…


Okay maybe the floral wouldn’t be perfect for a quilt for Nathan, but it was the last fabric I found, and I felt like it tied all of them in nicely so it had to be added.

Consequently, I was able to find all these fabrics from one shop! I doubt this will workout every week, but it was a nice challenge, because if I were to order the fabrics I would only pay one shipping price -which is always nice.

I contacted ChitterScraps on Etsy to let them know of our challenge and found out some awesome news. If you like them on Facebook you get 10% off your first order, and also (domestic) orders over $50 always ship free!

So there you go. My first week of our Color Play Friday challenge. I would love to hear what you think, and if you have any suggestions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Natty Top

I have about a dozen things I really should be working on before taking time to make new clothes, but I couldn’t resist!

I found a simple and flattering pattern on Pinterest, and the perfect knit fabric to make it in at Quilting Mayhem.

Natty Top PDF Pattern
Natty Top Free PDF Pattern

(Click the photo to be taken to the original site for the free pattern download.)

art gallery petal and plume knit
Art Gallery Fabric: Petal and Plume Knit

(Click the fabric photo to purchase online through Quilting Mayhem.)

The pattern calls for using a serger and/or a double needle. When I started making the shirt on Thursday evening I had neither. I quick trip to the craft store and I was able to pick up the needle Friday, and finish the shirt on Saturday morning. I love how it turned out!

natty top petal and plume art gallery


Nathan and I went out for a Saturday morning date to the Lake Stevens Aquafest craft show, and then met up with Grandma and Grandpa for lunch… so it was a perfect time to wear it and feel all fancy!

natty top petal and plume art gallery


Plus, I went to a bachelorette party Saturday night! It was my first time going to such a party, and I had a blast. I’m thankful to be meeting new friends here, and that I made my first shirt that fit and lasted through the night (and beyond!) so that is a bonus!

This evening I was going to make more progress on a quilt I’m working on for the shop, but my fashion fabric was freshly washed in the dryer, so it had to be dealt with instead. I decided to use the same pattern, but try to make it out of a non-stretch cotton fabric.

natty top non-stretch cotton fabric


It worked out perfectly fine. I’m thinking about letting out the seam a little bit on the hip, just enough for a little wiggle room, but still it isn’t to shabby if I may say so myself. In all reality, the shirt is finished. I can put it on and take it off without dislocating my shoulders so I will probably just leave it. I just won’t eat any Mexican or Chinese food when I wear it because there is no extra room.

Now I’m anxious to do more fashion sewing because Pinterest has provided me with another tutorial for a vintage inspired top that I really want to try next.

retro inspired wrap shirt tutorial
Retro Inspired Wrap Shirt Tutorial

(Click the photo for a direct link to the tutorial.)

I would have started this shirt tonight, but I’m about 5″ short on fabric! Thankfully, Quilting Mayhem carries the fabric I have planned for this shirt.

cotton and steel fabric tokyo train lawn
Cotton + Steel Fabrics: Tokyo Train Lawn

(Click the photo to buy the fabric online.)

I know octopus fabric isn’t everyone’s style, but I think it is going to be so cute when it’s done. I’m seriously developing a thing for steam-punky octopi – yeah they are a thing!

***Note to Self: Maybe I should do a round-up of octopi fabric on Spoonflower, because I’m already spending so much time browsing through it to begin with!***

Anyway, I have to pick up a little bit more of this fabric before I can start the shirt so in the meantime I guess I will have to focus on the things that need to be done.