Ten on Tuesday

1. Summer is over and the kids are back at school so I have no more excuses why not to post. We have had a great summer. Yesterday I posted all the quilts I made this summer. Have more that I’m working on. Will try to be more regular with my postings.


2.  Will catch up on a few activities we did during the summer.  Surry Bikes on Alki Beach – this time we brought Brock along with us.  Love the Seattle Skyline.

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3.  Visits from our favorite people.  Robin and Jana Bell!  We miss you guys!


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4.  I tried a new diet.  It is an app called DietBet.  You bet money that you can lose 4% in 28 days.  I discovered that money is a huge motivator.  I didn’t change what I ate, but had the self control to stop snacking from 3-8pm.  Liked it so much just signed up for my second.

5.  Hood to Coast was amazing!

View from the start of my first leg..

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6.  View from the start of my second leg.

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7.  View looking towards the start of my third leg at 2:30am

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8.  Finish Line with my team.  This is our 9th year running together.  3rd Hood to Coast.

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9.  New Day Northwest with the kids.

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10.  First day of school and first Seahawks game day photos.

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Twin Boy Nautical Quilts

My good friends daughter is having twin boys.  I knew that her nursery was going to be nautical themed.  I saw a quilt which used the alphabet flags for boats as the theme so knew I wanted to do that.

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Had fun with the chevron print for the quilt back.

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Wanted to make a second quilt, but that would be the same but different.  Came up with the alphabet (same) in Morse code.  So each letter is a different material.  Lots of fun but turned out a bit longer and skinnier than I had expected.  Should be a great race track someday!






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I kept the back the same but with a slightly different color for the chevron.

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Now to sit back and wait for those cute babies to come!

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Diagonal Modern Quilt



This was a fun quilt to make.  Found a quilt like this on pinterest.  Had some amazing fabric that I knew would be perfect.  I just love empty space that this quilt has to offer.  I love the pops of color.    I am learning the I love Modern Quilts over traditional styles.quilts b-1  quilts b-3

I wanted something fun for the back so I came up with this (from another quilt online of course).

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Love how you can really see the quilting on the back – I did not quilt the solid color strips o the front and you can really see it on the back.

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Log Cabin Quilt

We have an incredible friend who has been so nice to us this summer.  This was a thank you gift for all the kindness she has shown.  She asked for a log cabin quilt with red and khaki.   Loved how it turned out and it was fun to check off another quilt pattern that was on my list of quilts to make.

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This quilt I sewed with a diagonal straight line (okay mostly straight line – don’t look too close) with red thread (suggestion from a good friend).  Love the contract with the red thread.  Will have to do that more often.

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Boise State Quilt



I was trying to figure out what to give my Boise State Fan for her birthday.  I saw this pattern from Thimble Blossom and knew it would be perfect college quilt.  I emailed my favorite quilt shop (SisterQuilters) and asked them to pick out blues and oranges that would match Boise State colors.  I think they did a great job!  Love their customer service!!quilts a-7 quilts a-6 quilts a-5

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Nine Square Patch Quilt

The past few August’s have had lots of baby being born.  I love baby quilts.  It is a fun way to try out a pattern on a small scale.  My friend didn’t know what sex she was having so she wanted a neutral gender quilt with bright colors.

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This is another stitch that I learned in my walking foot quilt class.  Loved how it gives so much more character to the quilt.

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Love the kites on the back of the quilt.

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Granny Square Quilt – Baby Girl

My good friend was having her 10th Baby.  She has the most incredible kids so I wanted to make her a baby quilt.  It was so fun to see this one come together.  Have always wanted to make a granny square quilt so this seemed like the perfect solution.

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I have recently took a class on straight line quilting.  Was excited to try off some of my  new skills.  I love how the pattern helped make it great!

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Ten on Tuesday

1.   Loved spending time with my family in NC.  Post about that to come later.

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2.  Look at what are actually blooming this year after many years of just being a nice green schrub.  Someone told me that watering them would be good – who knew!!!

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3.   Our newest addition to the family.  Brett couldn’t be happier.  It was amazing to see that there are VERY few non self propelled lawn mowers anymore.  We purchased a soon to be extinct bred.  Our last lawn mower lasted 18+ years.  If that is the case with one we’ll be very very happy.photo 4


4.  Playing softball has been lots of fun every other week.  This past week Brett was catcher and loved it!photo 2


5.   Sometimes I don’t even know my own strength.  That bat has hit well for our family for 20+ years.

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6.  Played tennis with Owen for the first time in a long long time.  Had lots of fun.  Owen won 6-2.  Looking forward to the rematch.photo 2 (1)


7.  Not to miss out on all the fun – Brett and I headed out the next day to play tennis. I love his determination!photo 3 (1)


8.  Lots of fun projects being planned and finished in my sewing room.

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9.  View from the top of my training run for Hood to Coast.



10.  Brett had his Special Olympic Softball Tournament on Sat.  He loves the game and I love his ready position.

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Ten on Tuesday

1.  It has been a great summer!  With weather like this who can complain.


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2.  It is a miracle.  The jobs are still happening and we are on week 2.   Love this sight of Brett each and every morning.

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3.  My children have decided that just asking me to make something for dinner doesn’t work so they have taken to Facebook to ask me to make them certain things for dinner.  Here is the first – rolled lasagna rolls.  They were quite tasty.

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4.  Becky has started a 6 week summer learning course,Brain Chase.  Our friends told us about it.  They have to do math, reading, writing and other activities each week.    It stated out with Becky getting a decoder ring in the mail.  It is really cool and she uses it to help her solve the clues.  There is a box buried under a rose bush somewhere in the world.  The first to pinpoint it within 2 miles on a map, gets to fly there with a parent and dig it up.  It has a $10,000.00 scholarship, plus a cool trip.  Becky is having lots of fun and we are hoping that we win!!!

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5.  Saturday morning I tried out a downhill run to get me prepared for Hood to Coast (I’m running leg 1).  This is the view from the top of the Issq Highlands.


I loved running downhill.  Effort wasn’t much at all to go much faster than I have done in the last few years.  Only downside we my calves which were so tight Sat-today.  I walked yesterday and went out for a very slow jog this morning.  Good thing I have 2 months to get myself ready for the race (and the two other legs that I get to run after the downhill).

6.  Love this view of Brett – his vocal cords are getting lots of practice.

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7.  Owen started his new job this week for a company based in Boston.  So excited for him and it has been amazing to see how blessed we have been in this whole process.

8.  I have found my happy place.  I know when I need to go just to smile.  My friend’s fabric stash.  Oh the joy of just looking at all the fun fabric!

9.  My new job,  4 hours a week is perfect.  I like having so much time to be with the kids this summer.

10.  Can’t wait for next week.   Family reunion time in Top Sail Island, NC with my family.  Oh to sit on a beach and boogie board for a week.  HEAVEN!!!!

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Grey and Yellow Quilt

I love this quilt.  A good friend was trying to help her daughter who had bought fabric  a few years ago.  She had sew the triangles into strips and purchased extra material.  She wasn’t sure what to do with it.  I put the triangles together and pieced the backside and sewed it together.  She still had an extra row of triangles so it screamed make me into a pillow to me.  So that is what I did.

Love the color combination and the way it turned out.  I might just have to make a lap size one for Becky in the near future.

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