Thursday, August 25, 2011

Big News

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been blogging very much lately; we just found out we will be moving to Seattle in about 3 weeks from now! My husband had several job interviews (for one job) and we were hoping he would be offered the job but weren't sure until earlier this week. So now we are hurrying to get our house ready to sell and get our stuff ready to move. I started on the organizing/decluttering a few weeks ago and it has felt good to donate and trash a lot of the extra clutter around here. I did find out that neither Savers nor Goodwill will accept a fake Christmas tree in August, though. I still have a lot to do but I am trying to do some of the deep cleaning each day now along with continuing to go through all our stuff. It is going to be really hard for our family to leave our friends and neighbors here, and I know being in a new place will be challenging too, but we are excited to start a new adventure!

I don't have a lot of sewing of my own to show off but I did get my quilt from DQS11 in yesterday's mail.

DSQ11 received!
The quilt was made by Karen, who goes by Fun & Comfort Quilts on flickr. She was so generous and included workbooks for each of my kids and a quilting book for me, along with vintage zippers, trims, thread, and chocolate. Amazing. I really like the gorgeous color gradation in the quilt and the triangle blocks are so cute.

Also, I mailed my quilt for this swap on the last day which was Tuesday, and Marilyn got it yesterday. I had a lot of fun making a quilt for someone that I actually know this time. She sent a really sweet thank-you email yesterday... as much as I love getting my quilt in these swaps, I have really enjoyed making quilts for someone else, especially when they really love it. :)

I also have a little toddler dress to show you:

peasant dress 
This was made with the peasant top pattern from Little Girls, Big Style, with a few changes. I folded out some of the ease in the bodice front and back pieces, and the skirt tiers aren't as full as the pattern suggests in the book. I had to cut the whole thing out of this remnant of shirting fabric I had that was just under a yard. I shortened the sleeves, too. I like it, and I think my girl will be able to wear it into the fall and winter with long sleeves underneath and leggings or tights.

So... I will probably not be posting here very much for the next little while. I am still not sure if I will be able to have my sewing machine while we're in temporary housing so I am thinking I need to put myself together a little hexagon hand sewing kit to keep myself busy.

21 comments:

Melissa said...

That is BIG news! Hope the move goes well. We will miss you at KCMQG!!

Kristin said...

Aw, man! Why do the good ones always have to leave? I'm really going to miss you at Guild! Good luck on your new adventures!

Shea said...

Oh, my! That's big news! I will definitely miss you at guild (like crazy!), but wish you nothing but the very best. Here's to a new adventure!

Having lived through the craziness that is a cross country move, I will send you any and all good vibes I can. If you need to ship a container (or two) of stuff, we used ABF U-Pack and were very happy with the price and the service. Much easier than driving a U-Haul!

Hope you'll get to come to the September meeting so we can see you before you leave!

Dielle said...

How are your boys taking the moving news?

Darling dress! I made very similar dresses for my girlies like 2 1/2 years ago that they still wear. They were long then and are knee length now. But the raglan sleeves let them wear for so much longer than a regular set-in sleeve.

Julie said...

Good luck but I'm sorry to see you go. You and I met at the first Modern Quilt Guild meeting and I always enjoy seeing what you're working on. I wish you the best! Julie (and I'm so very lucky you were my kitchen swap partner!)

Erin Kathleen said...

Lots of reasons for quilts up here in the northwest! As someone who lives just south of seattle. I send an early welcome to our area!

angela said...

Congratulations! A big move is so exciting. A packet of some handwork will probably be just what you'll need in all the craziness of selling and buying!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Oooh how exciting!!! I wish you guys all the best with the move... it'll be crazy but it can be done! I definitely second making a hex quilt! :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Best wishes on your move Vicki!

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Good luck with the move!

Jane said...

Congratulations on the new job & move. Hope you like your new locale. It's an exciting time, isn't it?

Nancy said...

Best to you with the move. You're understandably knee-deep in cleaning... hope you can still find time for sewing and won't be away from your machine for long.

L Johnson said...

I wish you all the best! The Northwest is beautiful and I am sure you and your family will find lots of new favorite things to do. I can't wait to hear about all of your new favorite quilting adventures there. Best of luck these next few weeks;)

Jessica said...

Oh man... why is everybody moving? And to some of my favorite places on the planet, too! Jacquie is moving to Chicago, my all time favorite city and you're moving to Seattle, another of my favorites. We're so going to miss you. Hope the move goes well!

Shayla Sharp said...

Well, the Northwest welcomes you! Seattle's not bad--great library system, parks, museums, lots to see and do. Sure it rains--a lot--but its also green. I'm just north of Portland, a mere 3.5 hrs away, and love going there.

SewCalGal said...

Congratulations to your husband for his new job. I hope your move goes well. I'm sure you'll fall in love with Seattle. Fun area.

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Sharon said...

Dang! I hate to see you go, but wish you all the best. I'm big stitch quilting the ruffle crunch quilt and I'll send pix when finished.

Tammy Vasser said...

Oh, bummer! We were just getting to know each other after living so close for so long. I am glad your husband found a job and I wish you guys the best!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I have got to make this dress.

Sandra said...

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!! For a good list of quilt stores, go to WashingtonQuiltShopHop.com and, if possible, plan a trip to LaConnor for the Quilt Walk. (always buy a coat that has a hood. LOL. it rains alot here.)

Tracy said...

Congratulations on your new adventure! I grew up in Seattle, and it is a wonderful area for a family. So many parks, libraries, beaches, your kids will love it. There are many creative quilters in the Pacific Northwest too. Good luck with your move and getting settled into your new surroundings!