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What’s up Wednesday

What’s up Wednesday?  It’s just an excuse for me to check in with you guys.  Life can get busy, especially around the holidays.  I was thinking there might be a little ‘lull’ in my sewing room.  It’s funny how that word can be very subjective.  For most people, a lull would suggest that there’s nothing on the agenda or the “to do” list.  For me, it means that there’s no big, sponsored deadlines or jobs that need to be done.  Maybe a little sigh of relief? Umm, no.

I looked at the calendar and saw that I have a Christmas mug rug pattern that needs to be ready by this weekend for a Santa’s Workshop class at The Granary.  I also need to have our Granary block of the month quilt top partially assembled and ready for teaching on Friday.  Then there’s the baby shower on Sunday that I wanted to make a little changing pad for as a gift.  And what about the Christmas ornament gift exchange at our guild next week?  Have I started that?  Of course not.  And then I have my own holiday list of things to do and make.  Plus, I should be cleaning the house right now.  Life can be overwhelming and that’s when I tell myself, “One day at a time”.  If something doesn’t get done, it’s not the end of the world.  I hope.



Other things I’ve been up to: We had a wedding reception for my daughter, Nicole and her husband John.  I blogged about it here. They got married with a small ceremony in September and then we had a big reception the weekend before last.  It was a cocktail, appetizer buffet sort of thing with a professional DJ and a balloon artist to keep the kids entertained (best idea ever).  It was really fun and somehow I don’t have one picture to show you.  We did have a photographer taking pictures, but they won’t be ready for another week.  However, I DO have the professional pictures from the wedding day.  Here’s a few:

Nicoles wedding collage 2


I went to the Pacific International Quilt Festival a few weeks ago.  It takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California which is 15 minutes from my house.  How could I not go?  My only regret is that I didn’t get a chance to see all of the quilts on display.  However, I did get around to every vendor that was there.  I always love visiting the Fig Tree booth and I bought a few patterns from Joanna Figueroa, herself.  How could I resist these cute little patterns?

figtree patterns


I also found a few half-yard cuts from Farmhouse by Fig Tree, one of their newest collections for Moda.  I love anything with a cherry on it (or in it)!

farmhouse fabric 2
Farmhouse Fabric by Fig Tree for Moda


I have been hearing about the new Appliquick tools for applique and I was able to see them demonstrated at one of the booths.  I had to try them for myself, so I bought the rods, Appliquick interfacing and glue sticks, AND I actually used them when I got home.  I really like the tools for preparing applique shapes with a turned edge.  It’s going to work well for my current hand applique project (which has been current for 4 years now), A Tisket A Tasket from Bunny Hill Designs.



Have you guys seen all of the adult coloring books on the market?  I have two of them now, and my inner child is having fun coloring again.  My favorite is Creative Coloring Inspirations by Design Originals. Many of the designs in this book can be translated into free motion quilting designs.  It’s a great way to practice!

coloring books


We went to a Halloween party last weekend and I made Halloween Jalapeno Popper Mummies.  They tasted great, but they were missing the cute eyeballs that make them really look like a mummy. No one complained though.  Pinterest is my favorite place to look for recipes and practically anything else you can think of.

jalapeno poppers


I think we’re all caught up now.  How’s your Wednesday going?  Just remember, one day at a time!


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  1. Thanks for sharing all the photos: so happy for you and your daughter. It looks like it was a wonderful day!! And I was at PIQF too: so fun!! I live in Healdsburg and try not to miss it! I got some of the same patterns from Joanna: I love seeing her there every year! And the poppers look yummy: I’ll have to show my daughter! Hugs, Helen in Healdsburg

  2. Sounds like you will be busy in the upcoming days. I miss going to PIQF, I haven’t been in so long. I really wanted to go this year, but I just wasn’t able. I hope you enjoy your new applique tools.

  3. Thanks for sharing your news with us Julie! Lovely photos of the wedding. You are such a busy girl – I feel quite exhausted for you! You’re truly an inspiration. I love the idea of colouring books for adults and plan to treat myself to one! Have a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas x

  4. Speaking of coloring books – have you seen the books by Johanna Basford? These are my absolute favorites. Seriously, you should check them out.

  5. Good Morning Julie, Yesterday was a busy day for me. Trying to get projects together for a quilt retreat this weekend. I am planning on sewing 3 Christmas tree skirts as gifts. And trying to get all the other “stuff” together that I will need for these projects and some others. I have a quilt laid out on the basement floor that I need to sew together for a great grandson for Christmas. I too look forward to your posts.Thanks for sharing.

  6. Morning Julie, I love the farmhouse fabric too, I like the vintage look I see.
    The dimensional look of the little block is really great, I’m assuming it will loose that when ironed? Be nice if it didn’t. While I don’t applique yet The tool looks very interesting. Very busy post for someone in a lull. 😎

  7. What a great post! Love the newsiness of it. Julie, it doesn’t sound like much of a lull to me! If this is a lull, then you must be a whirling dervish when things are normal! Thanks for the link for the poppers! Yum!

  8. HI Julie, Thanks so much for taking the time to connect with us all. Your updates always make me smile. I’d love to share with you the pictures of the two items you allowed me to make for Our Leonberger Rescue centre fundraiser. How can I do this please? Thanks so much for your continued generosity of time and creativity in your blogs. Nik 🙂

  9. so many plans for you in the next few days happy stitching. Beautiful photos of the wedding. Still to try appique maybe will look at the tools as I want to do needle turning not bonding them down and this tool looks interesting.

  10. great stuff, I love receiving your email, gives me inspiration.
    I also love to hear what your other followers have to say
    Keep up the great work
    Hugs to you

  11. Just took a break while here at work and checked my phone- your email just came up. A nice change for this afternoon and to see the pics and hear of things to do and the wonderful quilt show and goodies which sounded like it was practically around the corner! All sounded good reading .. And makes me look forward to the weekend and my sewing.. And my guild exchange gift, holiday ornaments for co workers and some more extensive sewing /embroidery to be done for extra special people this holiday. Thank you for the update as always I enjoy and look forward to your emails … Ok now back to work, now where was I ….

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