Friday, January 29, 2016

Color Play Friday: Crab Pot

We have five people in the line up for #colorplayfriday again this week!!!! I'm so excited to see new people joining in on the fun of this weekly challenge. If you would like to join in next week be sure to check out the Color Play Friday page for rules, tutorials and examples. Also contact Lorinda and/or me so we can get you in the loop with everyone. :)

*Drum roll for the blog roll please*
Lorinda at Laurel, Poppy and Pine
Mindy at Quilting Mayhem
Yvonne at Quilty Dream
Steph at Shimmy and More

For the record:
I actually had this palette done last Friday!!! How crazy is that!!!?


I took this week's photo while on my first date with Nathan. It wasn't your typical dinner date -nope we spent basically the whole day together! We walked around downtown Seattle, searched out baby crabs on the beach, and tossed pebbles into the Sound. We went for gelatto, drove around for a while and watched baby ducks.

Our first selfie on our first date

I ate crab for the first time in my life! (Which is the only reason I took a picture of food on our first date because that's definitely something you wait to do until at least the third date!) It was such a wonderful time I didn't want it to end, but of course, it did.

However, he came back down to where I was staying just a few days later to take me to the doctor because I had the worst allergic reaction in my life. I was covered in hives! To this day we still don't know what it was that made me sick, but I'm so thankful he made the trip down to help me. I realized then that he was rather smitten by me, which I was thankful for because I already adored him at that time!

Our help Trina not die date!

Within eight days of meeting Nathan I texted my Mom and let her know that I knew why I had felt such a huge draw to the Pacific Northwest for most of my life. I had finally met the right person for me. "The One". Obviously, my mom was worried, like any sensible mother would be, but as time would tell it wasn't just some girlish fancy. I'm now a total believer in the "when you know, you know" concept. (Also I believe in fate, and magic, and a sort of destiny!)

Now almost two years together, as we continue to deal with hurdles (more than I sometimes feel is proportionate to the amount of time we've been together), he is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Man for me.

He is courageous, strong, protective, supportive, loving, endearing and all around the best a girl could dream of finding. I'm lucky to have him, just like he is lucky to have me. Together we've helped each other become even better people, and we continue to grow. It is such a beautiful experience, sometimes I like to step back and look in as if it weren't me and just appreciate how special our love is.

I found my King, and he found his Lion-hearted woman. There isn't anything in this world that could defeat us. True love always wins, and now I believe in that sort of magic more than ever!

I'm a little over-whelmed by my own sappiness right now! I love our lives so much that this is no longer just a photo of crabs and food! Its more than that for me. It was the meal that started the best part of my life! That's epic people!

So without further ado...
My Palette this week:



I love how this turned out!
These are my "usual" colors, but they are a tad bit warmer.

All my fabric choices this week came from Quilting Mayhem.

Sprinkles in Goldenrod by Cotton + Steel for RJR
Mixology -Herringbone in Grapefruit by Camelot
Natural History Stars by Lizzy House for Andover
Squared Elements in Lemongrass by Art Gallery Studios
Anna Lise -Tribal Study inPrimrose by Bari J for Art Gallery

I don't really have a "main print", but that's okay. I'm pretty sure that Art Gallery has or will have a floral that would help tie all these colors/fabrics in together into one project. Not that it matters right now since I have other things to work on first, but I do think it would be fun to make something special from this palette given the inspiration used to create it. I'll save that thought for another day!

In the mean time, here is the photo by Lorinda for next week's #colorplayfriday challenge. Remember, "newbies" are always welcome! If you decide to join in just let Lorinda and/or I know so we can fill you in.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pre-Gypsy-Wife-Giveaway Giveaway

Okay!
Things have happened!
I decided to have two giveaways!
One now and one when the quilt top is finished.

Lorinda and I going through the scrap bin at Quilting Mayhem
choosing fabrics for this quilt.


This first giveaway is for one pound worth of small scraps!!!


The bag has miss-cut squares, half-square triangle blocks, and more in it! Based on the average of a yard weighing 5-ounces, this is roughly 3 yards worth of scraps. And they are all scrumptious!

Details:

  • This give-away is open to anyone in the United States.
  • For every entry you need leave a comment on this blog post.
  • Entry is open until I wake-up and get around on Monday morning (February 1, 2016).
  • I will randomly select a winner using a number generator on February 1, 2016.


How to gain entries:
(each of these count as one entry, so when you complete it leave a comment.)
(If you already follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Periscope it counts!!!)

  1. Follow In an Otter Life on Instagram (@inanotterlife)
  2. Post a picture of your how you organize your scraps on Instagram -use hashtag #otterlifescraps
  3. Like In an Otter Life on Facebook
  4. Follow In an Otter Life on Periscope (@anotterlife)
I can't wait to see how this goes! 
Now I seriously need to get back to cleaning my sewing area!
Good luck everyone!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sister Sampler: Moon and Star Block 1

I was looking for a block of the month to do this year, and Mindy at Quilting Mayhem pointed me in the direction of the Sister Sampler Quilt Along on Gen X Quilters.  (#bonfiresampler) (#sistersamplerquilts) This led to me asking Lorinda of Laurel, Poppy and Pine if she wanted to be my swap sister, and she agreed! I let Mindy know what we were doing and she wanted to join in too! So now the three of us are all Swap Sisters for this fun and challenging BOM!

We decided we wanted our blocks to be uniquely our own, but that we still wanted them to all fit together and play nicely. So we each picked a color, then hit the paint chip aisle of the hardware store to make our palette! (Let the record show that I did purchase a shelf for the kitchen during this trip, so we weren't just taking from the business without supporting them.)

Lorinda brought in the teal, Mindy the orange, and I brought the plum because I wanted to use a particular Cotton + Steel fabric -of course!



If you want to jump into the quilt-along you will need the "Sister Sampler Quilts" book.  You should try to find a swap sister too, but its not required.

This first month kicked off with a bang! Not only did we have a week deadline set for ourselves, but we had to learn curved piecing (at least I had to learn it from scratch)!!!

It was quite an obstacle to conquer, but after a few small curse words during the pinning process it was definitely conquered!



Three blocks down, only 18 more to go!

I'm anxious to see how this turns out, and I'm glad that I'll eventually have a quilt pieced together with blocks from a couple close friends. How special and sweet is that?!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tula Tuesday: Week 3

Week 3!!!
@qm100blockchallenge

So far so good! I only had three blocks left for January, and I finished them this weekend!



As I stated before, its difficult to keep from continuing on in this book! The first 10 blocks are done, and I'm ready to keep going!!



I was worried that I'd end up making my blocks dark, using a to much navy, but that didn't turn out to be the case at all. Instead, now I feel like I'm leaning really purple so in February I'm breaking out the Navy! I'll also probably add more grays to the mix to even out the natural/putty color.

In the meantime, I need to direct my attention to my Sister Samplers Quilt.



Last week, Lorinda and I went to the hardware store to play with paint chips, and then to coffee to solidify our plans for this quilt. I'll actually post more about this tomorrow, but that means I need to focus on getting my first blocks done...Today!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Color Play Friday: Jetty Sunset

With this #colorplayfriday week I'm both excited and mildly disappointed.
Let me lead with the good news...

We have more people joining us!

In addition to Lorinda -from Laurel, Poppy and Pine, we also have Mindy -from Quilting Mayhem, Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts, and Yvonne from Quilty Dream -both are friends from #honestcraftroomies.

How exciting is that!!??!! It is so much fun to see more people joining us in this weekly challenge.
(If you are interested in joining, check out the #colorplayfriday page to see the rules, tutorials, and past palettes.)
Speaking of "Weekly challenge": I really feel like this was a hard week for me, which is where my mild disappointment comes in.

I'm not really in love with this palette/bundle.

I'm also worried that in real life (off the computer screen) these fabrics might not play well together. When I go into Quilting Mayhem later today I'm definitely going to check them out in real light just out of pure curiosity.

On the flip side, I do love the idea of working with a palette similar to this. I think it could make a really nice gender neutral, maybe even romantic style, quilt for a master bedroom.

It would be easy to make these colors lean more towards the masculine side, but with the right fabric choices it could be dressed up enough to satisfy both genders in a mutually shared space.



The Fabrics:


Later I will try to either edit this post or create a new post with the picture of all the fabrics, live -in person, to see how they actually worked out. In the mean time I don't want to spend more time struggling with it or over thinking it, so I'm going to leave it be.

I think next week's photo will be so much easier. The colors are super fun, and the photo was taken while on my first date with Nathan so it's special to me. :)



If you decide to participate remember to let Lorinda or I know so we can link back up with you.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sources of Inspiration

Yesterday, on Periscope, the #honestcraftroomies studio hopped talking about our sources of inspiration outside of quilts/quilting.

It is always great to see how others are inspired, and to learn that we, "creative types", aren't really all that different in our creative processes.

Be sure to check out Periscope tomorrow at 9pm EST for the second round of studio hops on the same topic. (Our group is so big we have to do it on two nights!!!)

Here is my scope.
(Also, the song I mention in the beginning of the broadcast: "Exile" by Kari Rueslatten)


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tula Tuesday: Week 2

Week 2!!!
#qm100blockchallenge

I only made two blocks this week which means I have 3 to do by Tuesday of next week to stay on track. Staying on track with this challenge isn't difficult though so far. I'm loving it so much.

Between picking out fabrics, and the little - medium piecing, it really is easy to enjoy.

Here are the two blocks this week.
(Still going in order with the book.)



For the top block I used a new Riley Blake fabric from the Offshore line. Seriously, have you ever seen cuter lobsters before in your life? I coupled them with an Art Gallery fabric and a solid red.

The second block is all Cotton + Steel! Surprise! Surprise!

In other news I did start setting my Gypsy Wife quilt today! I still have quite a bit left, but I'm still hoping to finish it by the end of the month. More news on that later!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Color Play Friday: Lunchbox Laboratory

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’s post as well!

This week’s photo is of my first meal after moving to Seattle! I spent entirely to much money at this meet-up gathering considering it would take me a couple weeks to get a job and transportation passes proved much more expensive than I realized. However, it was still worth it!

I’m glad I didn’t know at the time how hard it was about to get financially over the course of the next 2 months following my arrival to Seattle. Had I known I would have worried, and skipped the great meal and all the fun. (It was at a cute and hip diner type place near REI, called Lunchbox Laboratory. If you are ever in Seattle, its a fun little place to check out.)

I haven’t kept in contact with a single person I met at that meet-up group -it was a random thing I found out about the day I arrived. That’s okay though because I didn’t go for them, I didn’t pick the meal or have a cocktail, coffee and water for them. I did it all for me.

It was my victory dinner! After day dreaming through my teenage years and half of my 20’s I had finally made it to Seattle. I was proud of myself for taking the chance and betting on myself -even with the odds stacked against me and the plethora of naysayers behind me. So I bought the meal and spent the time not worrying about a single thing -except how to get back to where I was staying using public transit!!!

For this bundle, I wanted to include as many bright, happy and sassy colors as possible. The Navy and cream had to be included for some balance.

And of course, I found another deer fabric. I swear it was a complete accident!

color play friday lunchbox laboratory seattle washington


The fabrics are all from Stash Fabrics this week.



I picked out several more fabrics that I could incorporate with this, but frankly I’m just to tired to do it right now. I’m seriously considering starting an archive of all the fabric I find on #colorplayfriday that I love, but don’t work into the posts. Wouldn’t that be fun? I digital gallery of goodness! (I will make mental note to work on that later.)

Next week’s photo, Jetty Sunset, is from Lorinda. I feel like this one may prove itself to be quite challenging. That’s okay though, it just means more time searching out the perfect fabrics!

If you decide to participate in #colorplayfriday be sure to email laurelpoppyandpine @outlook.com or inanotterlife @gmail.com so we can share links!

color play friday jetty island sunset

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tula Tuesday: Week 1

I’ve decided to participate in Quilting Mayhem’s 100 Block Challenge using Tula Pink’s City Sampler book!

The idea is that we will make 100 blocks over the next 10 months, and then spend November and December assembling them into a quilt! I’m really excited about this challenge because I’ve been wanting this book for quite some time, and now I have the perfect motivation to have it and use it!

To help keep up the motivation I’m declaring Tuesdays on my blog “Tula Tuesdays” -at least for the next year!

Each week I will make a few of the block and do a little show-and-tell. By the end of the month I will have my 10 blocks complete to keep up with the sewing wizards at Quilting Mayhem. It is seriously going to be so much fun.

This week, I got a little carried away. I had originally planned to only do 3 blocks, but then, before I knew, it I had five!

Tula Pink 100 Block Challenge

My sewing room looks like an explosion happened because I’ve been working on #gyspywife and now the #QM100BlockChallenge all weekend, so I’m sorry the picture isn’t the greatest.

Still!

Look at these blocks! I enjoyed the fussy cutting that a few of them required. I’m making it a point to watch my directional prints on these blocks to make sure they stay the same orientation. When I’m done, I plan on this quilt have a definite top and bottom!


Tula Pink Plume Moda


Also worth noting about this project: it has made me actually cut into stash fabric!

I have two fat quarters from Tula Pink’s Plume line. They are the secret OOP (out of print) treasures in my current stash! These are from when Tula Pink was with Moda, and that was quite a while ago! I said I wouldn’t use them unless I absolutely had to or found this perfect project, and this weekend I finally did it. Now there is a 4 1/4″ square missing from one of the fat quarters -it still makes my heart flutter a bit to think I actually used it!

If you would like to join in on the #QM100BlockChallenge check out their blog for more details. Be sure to tag your posts with the hashtag so we can see them too, and you can even add the badge to your blog.



#qm100blockchallenge



I have so much more to show you, but I’m holding off until my turn in the #honestcraftroomies Periscope hop on Thursday because the topic this week is “Current projects” which is quite fitting given the progress I made this week. If you aren’t on Periscope yet, definitely check out adding the app to your phone/device and following me @anotterlife. It is such a great way to connect with other Makers around the country and world!

Let me know if you decide to join this challenge with me. I would love to see your progress.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Color Play Friday: Grand Prismatic Pool

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’s post as well!

I’m so excited about this bundle. The way the fabrics came together was kind of serendipity!

I was looking for a particular fabric on Quilting Mayhem‘s site. I thought I would use a wood grain in this bundle because I’m kind of on a “natural print” kick lately. That didn’t work out, but I found a different fabric in the shop that worked out perfectly, and then I accidentally found a fabric on Etsy carried by a quilt shop (Owl and Drum) in Tulsa that I used to teach in! And to top off that coincidence I found a shop in Poland! I love to find unique fabric from Europe, and I never know how to search it out so its always a happy accident. (Yay!!!)

So, to say the least, putting this bundle together was a lot of fun!

Ready?

Drum Roll!

Color Play Friday Grand Prismatic Pool

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Its really simplistic looking at it now, but its fun for me on multiple levels!

Here is the line up:


I just found another cool fun fact! I also picked out a fabric from Bari J. and she was the first person I watched on Periscope after Lorinda introduced me to it. How fun is that? Seriously?!

Okay there it is, its fun, and I will take a chill pill over the fabric excitement! Just kidding, I’m already bookmarking things to the wishlist!

Next week we are playing with one of my photos.

This was my very first meal once I moved to Seattle as a “couch surfer” the Spring of 2014! Had I known at the time how quickly my money was going to disappear due to transportation costs I definitely wouldn’t have ordered such a nice meal or extra drink! Oh well, I’m glad I did it at the time. :) It was part of the experience of moving across the country without knowing anyone with only about $500 in my pocket!

Lunchbox Laboratory Seattle Washington
Lunchbox Laboratory Seattle, Washington

Remember, if you plan to participate in next weeks Color Play post email Lorinda (laurelpoppyandpine @outlook.com) or me (inanotterlife @gmail.com). We would love to link back and share in the fun!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Color Play Friday: First Snow

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’s post as well!

The photo this week is one I took last year. It was the first (only) snow of the season and it was my first snow living in Washington. We went on a little hike as a family, played, and then stayed inside warm and cozy the rest of the day -a perfect little piece of winter wonderland.

Color Play Friday First Snow

I’m kind of obsessed with deer fabric right now, so that is where I went with this. In fact after I finish this blog I’m very tempted to order the Dear Stella Deer Antler fabric just to see if it goes with a panel I received for Christmas!

The Fabrics:

If I was using these all in one project I would definitely try to add more colors based on the Dear Stella antler fabric so it wasn’t so monotone.

For next week’s photo we are going to work from Lorinda’s Grand Prismatic Pool photo. Its so warm after have a freezy photo this week.

Color Play Friday Grand Prismatic Pool

Remember, if you plan to participate in next weeks Color Play post email Lorinda (laurelpoppyandpine @outlook.com) or me (inanotterlife @gmail.com). We would love to link back and share in the fun!