Busy mom, busy life

Wow, things have been non stop lately! My husband was on vacation for a few weeks, which halted my crafting hard core. I love having him around, its such fun to be together, and a lot of help with the girls. But man, I am glad to finally be back in my normal routine after him being off for 4 weeks.

We had lots of camping trips the past few weeks. Dirt biking at Cisco Grove, coastal camping on the beautiful California coast in Pescedero, and then a few days down in Monterey/Carmel area. It was fun to take the kids camping, but man, so much work! Oh, we had both dogs with us too! Non stop. Fun, but not super relaxing! My husband and I then went on a 4 day trip dirt biking by ourselves. That was amazing, minus rolling over on my quad.

But now I am back in my craft room, my quiet, peaceful, kid free place! I have been putting most of my time and efforts into organizing the Quilts for Dallas project. But I have lots of other things going on in here too.

I have a ton of swaps that I signed up for. Maybe too many, but can you really have too many?! I do all of my sewing and crafting during nap and bed time. Since hubby works swings, it gives me a lot of good time alone to focus on my craft. Only problem is I go to bed way to late! But there is a lot of time to sleep, not a lot of alone kid free crafting time!

My oldest just started preschool, so I have a little more time while she’s away and the baby naps.

Besides working on the Dallas project, here are a few awesome swaps that I joined!

* 90’s Cartoon Swap: how fun does that sound! Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I am so excited to have some flash backs of my younger years.

* Hexie Swap: I love hexies. I have been doing them for years, and it has been nice to see over the past few years how it has gained more momentum in the sewing community. They are so fun, easy, great scrap busters, and you can work on them anywhere, any time.

* Favorite Things Swap: Such a versatile swap! The possibilities are endless really!

* Teal Mini Swap: This is a new one that I just heard of. I love that it is for awareness of Ovarian Cancer, as most of the women in my family have had this cancer. Plus, teal is one of my favorite colors!

* Inchies Swap: Inches are inch based pieces of what ever you want! There are lots of different materials that can be used. I will probably use fabric because I have tons of it, lots of scraps in my world! I can never toss out those little pieces!

* Falling For Fall Swap: I love the fall. The colors are amazing, although where I live it is still super hot. Like 90’s hot. But it is a beautiful time of year, bringing the temps down, ending the summer craziness, and welcoming in the fall and winter chaos!

* Towel Swap: I love cross stitch. I learned this from my granny, it was the first type of crafting that I learned. I always thought that it was so old school. My granny always did ducks and “old lady” stuff. As I got older, I rediscovered cross stitch and embroidery. Wow, there are so many modern, new and exciting patterns out there! I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, Clouds Factory and Satsuma Street right now. Also, Penguin and Fish’s amazing ABC patterns are darling! I have never cross stitched on towels, so it will be fun to see how they turn out.

* Blackwork Project: I am also doing a Blackwork Project of a sewing machine. It is a round robin swap, so it takes a lot of the “I get bored” with a project out of the creation process.

I also signed up to do another craft fair in September. I am hoping to meet some other local crafty ladies and see whats out there. I got a great response from the last show I did, mainly gaining sales after the show.

What are you all working on? I would love to hear!

Wanna sew with us?!

Hello! We are still looking for quilters to help us sew memory quilts! If you can help, please check out the google form below.

https://goo.gl/forms/BGetJalvpLLUjrJc2

I ordered most of the fabric needed for the projects, as well as the batting that was on a great mass drop sale. We are still in need of donations, so if you can share the go fund me on your social media and emails etc that would be great!

gofund.me/quiltsfordallaspd

http://www.facebook.com/theblushingboston
https://www.facebook.com/theblushingbostonsquiltingforcharity/

Instagram: theblushingboston
email: theblushingboston@gmail.com

I posted in a previous post about the lovely fabric we will be using! Thanks to a generous coupon from Fat Quarter Shop and donations from many wonderful people, we will be able to get these made and sent to the families.

If you or you all have anyone that can sew, please forward me their info or have them email me as soon as possible. The fabric should be here by tomorrow, and I will start pre washing and prepping for distribution to you all.

My plan is to send those that can sew a package and a copy of the pattern. There will be a reasonable dead line to get the completed quilt squares back to me.

Local Bay Area sewers will then meet after we have all the blocks to assemble, so if you would be able to join us please let me know.

Please respond back to me and let me know what you can do so we can get these started! Or I would prefer you fill out the google form here if you haven’t already ūüôā

Any questions please let me know! We will be sewing these blocks very soon!

So excited to have you all join this journey with me!!

With love
Amber

Jill came tumbling after…

So, let me start by saying I’m ok. I’m alive. Mentally and physically.  I crashed. Not like a bump or fender bender, but the kind of crash you see a stunt man do. I rolled my quad and went tumbling down a hill. Thankfully my Jack was close by. And his ass didn’t fall. Being in the boonies camping meant buckets and buckets of bourbon my Jack would be bringing…

Being old now and not in my prime pre kids in much better shape and endurance body, I still some how have that inner spirit of “I’m still a bad ass” mentality. Cool. I’m still the same 24 year old that could kick ass up that hill on my quad right? Nope.

Hauled up a steep hill, foot slipped while trying to downshift, falling down the hill still on my bike, the ole girl and I hit a huge bump. She bucked me off like a rodeo clown. Then, she landed on me. Ouch. 

Everything hurts. Which totes sucks, because this is our getaway weekend. We could have chosen wine tasting in Napa or a nice cozy bed and breakfast. But our 24 year old selves packed up our bikes and headed to the Mendencino Forrest. We love this place. It’s so freagggin hot here this time of year that we’ve only seen a few other people so far. Awesome. Now I’m hobbling around, road rashed, bruised and can’t ride. My bike is pretty messed up, but I don’t think I could get on it right now anyways. Spirit animal says go for it. Mom body says nope. I feel so lame. Like I should just buy a minivan and some mom jeans and throw up the white flags. Boo.

Well, we’re still having a great time. It’s beautiful here. And quiet. I love my girls, but damn this is nice. 4 days of bliss…and a bruised ass. 


Oh, and our water pump in the trailer isn’t working. Lovely. But we’re easy going, and love each other, and we’re both hilarious, so that helps. Oh, and the bourbon. Can’t forget that!
You fix that baby. My little McGruber, always handy.

So, here’s what I’m doing now. Bliss. Coffee in a hand me downs mug from my granny, which probably has lead in it.

 Working on one of my travel go to projects, hexies. Love them. Perfect for the car, or anywhere really. Before I had to lug around a diaper bag, my cute little purses always had a pouch with some snips, thread, fabric scraps and some paper pieces. So easy, fun, and relaxing. Love them. 


I’m working on a hexie swap right now, which makes this crafting even more purposeful. Usually I make hexies just to make them and use those fabric scraps that I just couldn’t throw out. 

Update on Dallas PD Memory Quilts

Hi everyone! ¬†Wow, the support just keeps coming! ¬†I have been really busy coordinating and emailing and just trying to get the word out about this great thing we are going to do. ¬†For y’all that aren’t familiar, we are making 5 memory quilts for each of the families of the fallen Dallas PD officers.

So, here is a little update!  We have had some amazing donations so far!  $400!  We still need a little more for supplies and shipping, so if you can donate please check out our go fund me here.

The amazing Fat Quarter Shop was so gracious, and donated a wonderful coupon for us!  That really helps us so much, as we all know how expensive yards and yards of fabric can add up for such a huge project.  Plus, they have the best fabric selection, their customer service ROCKS and they always have great projects posting up all the time!

On to the fun details. ¬†I chose Riley Blake’s Parade On Main for the main block pieces, which will make up the state of Texas. ¬†The Forever Texas Pattern is a super fun looking pattern. ¬†It looks kind of complicated, but it’s just really half square triangles! ¬†Super easy! ¬†Corinne Sovey was ever so gracious to donate the pattern to us as well!

For the “neutral” part of the quilt, I chose a soft creamy Essex Linen in Light Blue. ¬†It will look so beautiful with the patriotic Parade on Main bundles. ¬†For the backing, I decided to spice it up a little, using some star printed fabric. ¬†For the large quilt for the department itself, I chose a large print star.¬† For the smaller quilts, I went with the super cute Print Shop Black Starry Print. ¬†Sorry but that link will take you to the just as beautiful Sea Glass, but seeing as I bought the FQS’s last bits of yardage, the photo is MIA ūüėČ

 

So, we still are looking for binding and backing, but I just wanted to share with you all that we are moving along, and these are going to look amazing!  Thanks for reading and thanks for the support!

 

 

Road Trip!!

We’ve been trying to take more trips in our awesome trailer we bought right after miss C was born. 

So we’re off for a week on the beautiful California coast. Took a week to pack for two littles, 2 Bostons and 2 big humans. Ugh. All in 100 degree weather. So I’ve had little time for crafting this past week, which aches my heart.

So this is what I have packed for my trip. A bag full of stuff. I really wish I could have brought my Bernie, but she’s a big ole bitch, kinda heavy to bring camping hah! 


I have all my floss, embroidery hoop, quick snap frame with a current round robin I’m working on with blackwork cross stitch. I also brought my Scooby Doo Clouds Factory Cross stitch pattern and pink crystal Aida to work on. 

Also in the bag is some of the animal alphabet patterns from Penguin & Fish. I’ve completed one set already, which was made into a awesome quilt for my little nephew.  Here’s some pics of the first one I completed. Such a fun project, a lot of work but so fun, and great for the road! 


I did manage to get a pattern test finished for the lovely Quiet Play. It was a new set she has being released soon of Dr. Who. I had the delightful Doctor #7, and he turned out pretty snazzy I do say! He kinda reminds me of caddyshack. Super fly. 


Check out all of Quiet Play’s patterns here on her craftsy page! They’re amazing, and I’m a lucky girl to be testing her amazing patterns. 

They come together so easy and so precise. 

So, I’m glad that I was able to finish that yesterday after packing. 

I finally found a few new swaps on Instagram that I’m way pumped about! The first is a 90’s cartoon swap. How epic is that!? Growing up in the 90’s there was so many funky cartoons. Beavis and Butthead, Power Puff Girls, Rainbow Brite, Doug, and many more. Here’s my mosaic inspiration for the swap 

What do you like to bring on road trips? What works for you in the car? Do you craft while on vacation? 

Have a great week everyone!

Heart Blocks

Just wanted to share some more info on sewing for Dallas.  Austin Modern Quilt guild is accepting heart blocks as well, in blue and white.  What a great way to bust through your stash as well as send some love and hugs.  Here is the tut that they posted on their Facebook from Cluck Cluck Sew.  I have also seen that the Orlando Quilt Guild was collecting them for the Orlando tragedy that occurred a few weeks ago.  These are super simple and fast blocks!  Even if you can only send one, dig through that stash girl and get sewing!

 

xoxo
Amber