Wednesday, July 9, 2014

V and Co: lets celebrate summer sale

Color Block Zipper Pouch
Summer has been going by so fast over here, that I fear that the end is almost around the corner…as it actually is starting to look like for us over here with school starting in about a month or so! YIKES! Lets hold on to it a little longer and celebrate summer shall we? I've been meaning to do this for a while so lets just celebrate summer with a store wide sale of 25% off all PDF patterns.  enter CODE: SUMMER at checkout

As I'm getting ready to head out to speak to the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and as I am planning my talk and class to teach there I am reminded how much I love the sewing community. A couple of weeks ago I got to teach and speak in the Shipshewana, Indiana quilt festival there. And with 30+ buses of quilters coming and going from all over the united states, I was in AWE of this wonderful art we call quilting and sewing. 
confetti quilt pdf pattern
What a wonderful community to be a part of and to get to learn from and teach in.
lucky star quilt pattern

lucky star block
I really love to do what I do, and I would be doing it even if I didn't do it as a job.


kaleidoscope quilt pattern

string block zipper pouch
 This has been a wonderful ride. Of self teaching, then learning from experienced quilters, and going to seminars, and guilds and uniting and rejoicing in this beautiful art of cutting up fabric, just to sew it back up again.
to the point quilt and texture pillow (faux pleat) pattern

baby barn dance quilt

Chelsea Bag pattern
So I hope you are having a wonderful summer with some sewing involved. And if you haven't sewn, I hope its because you have been too busy with family and friends outside enjoying the summer life.
All pdf's are 25% off  Code: SUMMER 
sale ends July 19, 2014 midnight 
Thanks and keep on keeping on. :) 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Guest Post: Jodi of Pleasant Home

Hey everybody!  


I have the honor of sorta kinda hi-jacking V's blog today!  If you don't know who I am, my name is Jodi and I live in Sandy, Oregon.... I blog, design, sew, quilt, and all kinds of stuff, over at Pleasant Home  [www.pleasant-home.com]   





I've "known" Vanessa since she started blogging. {My heck V it's been 7 years already}  We both started blogging around the same time.


"In the beginning" V's kiddo's were little {amazing what can happen in 7 years}. she blogged mostly about her family and life with her handsome hubby Jake deployed... 






 She blogged about decorating her home... {i think her style has evolved a little over the years - don't you? }





 She was selling handmade's in her Etsy Shop....




And was famous for her stitchery... 


 Over the years I've watched her fun and adorable family grow... 



I've met the in-laws...



And her mom... 





Got to see her handsome hubby come home... 



Learned a few things about cows.... 


Watched her make a name for herself and grow V and Co.....


Hi-Fived her for the leap into Fabric Designing... 


Constantly in awe at her fabulous tutorials and patterns.... 




And all thru this fabulous thing we call blogging!

I finally got to meet her in person at Spring 2013 Quilt Market, here in Oregon! and... it was like.... we'd met before... It was so great! 



It has been so fun getting to know V and her family.... It is friendships like this that make all the years of blogging  {and at times stressing over getting a blog post done}  totally worth it! 


I am blessed to be able to call her a friend..  

AND to top it all off....I got a fun package in the mail several weeks back...full of some of her latest fabric!  COLOR ME HAPPY !!! 



After a series of "unfortunate events" in my life... {how many emergency room trips can a gal make in a few short months?} I finally got to make something with it..
Tah Dah !


I am in love with this quilt!  One of my favorite patterns is a baby quilt pattern I designed called, "This Way and That Way"...  


I did a little math and added some blocks to go from baby size to lap/twin size and I love how it turned out.  




I am in love with V's latest fabric collection.. It's a little modern, a little vintagey and totally fun!  And I think .... if I do say so myself... that it looks really good sewn up in my "This Way and That Way" Pattern... 

You can find the pattern in my Craftsy Store HERE ... 
For extra yardage requirements visit PLEASANT HOME... 

Thanks V for letting me play with your fabric, for letting me hi-jack your blog and for a fun 7 years!  I look forward to the next 7!  
ooxx`jod

Monday, June 23, 2014

V and Co: That one time Zumba almost killed me

current state of my sewing room= very messy (you can't see the real mess, I'm just showing you the sort of messy part


Im still in the middle of crazy over here. 
With the kids out of school for the summer, and me still in the middle of a large deadline…I find that I wanted to distract myself for a minute and talk about that one time that Zumba just about killed me. 
This is a story about the last time I EVER SET FOOT IN A GYM TO DO ZUMBA. Oh I'm sorry I didn't mean to hit all CAPS...but I was yelling, so I guess CAPS were in order. As I've mentioned before on the blog I go walking most mornings (except the mornings that feel -20 or colder) I feel like it's been a good way to moderately work out.
So when a friend asked me to go to Zumba, I was like "Nah, that's okay." But then a couple of my friends were going to the same Zumba class and they were having a blast.  All talking how awesome it was and when a song would come on the radio they would all squeal and start doing some of the moves. I must admit I felt like I wanted to be part of the I'm a mom who goes to the cool Zumba class club for a second. And well, the next time they were going I asked to join in on the fun…just to prove that I don't need anything other than my walking in the mornings to keep this body in pristine…well, not in complete and utter crash and burn mode.
I went in skeptical of the hype.
The music started.
And the feet started a moving.
I.
FREAKING.
LOVED.
IT.

Oh yes I did. At the beginning I was nervous, and would shyly laugh off the fact that I didn't know all the moves that clearly the rest of the class knew due to past class experience... but I quickly caught on and then the next song came on and I learned the steps, the teacher combined all the steps, added the moves, and then we were able to add the extra turns and "hippage"and I was in HEAVEN.




Yes, the Latin in me was in full swing and I just could not be stopped. I was smoking' and I had a blast.
Quickly I was accepted into the Mother's going to Zumba Tribe and  I was part of the club of friends that would hear a song on the car radio and envision the moves that go with that said song, maybe throw in a one handed swing in the air and shoulder and upper body action, not too much that would be considered dangerous while driving, but just enough to look like you are a 38 year old mother thumping to some shakira song.  Yep, I felt super cool for like a millisecond. (not really but shut up)

I believe it was the 3rd time going to class that I walked  with a "I've got this" look in my eye…and pretty sure I owned the place.

cause lets face it...I was good, and the 65 year olds in the class just could not add the extra hippage and latin sass I had flowing through me.

I bet it was my cockiness that did me in. Whatever the case, my glory days of Zumba was about to be cut short.

That day started off just like the rest (or rather the last two times):
Wind in my hair, music pumping in the background, and the hips, shoulders, arms and feet ready to go. I warmed up  doing a little moving of the body


And away we went.
Oh Yes...
I was on fire.
I was doing extra turns and it was around the last song that it happened…at the height of my dancing at the 10 am Zumba class career, that I had to kiss my beloved class goodbye.

It wasn't apparent at first, but every time I turned there was a slight slowing down that my brain would do and it would throw me off for a second. I shook it off and I didn't let it deter me…I didn't think too much about it.  We ended the class all glistening of perspiration…that's classier and sweat in case you didn't know, and we set off to our separate ways till next time. eh, well not for me.

As I drove home I felt a little like it was too hot in the car, and I felt like I was getting car sick. Shook that off and kept thinking of the fun class…but I got home, got a hot shower, and as the day went on, I started to feel like I was on a docked boat. AND I felt like I was still car sick.
By the next morning I tried to get out of bed aaaaaaand...
On the floor I went.
WHAT IN THE? WHY IS THE ROOM SPINNING? AND WHY IS EVERYTHING MOVING IN SLOOOOOOOOWMOOOOOOOOOTION?

I tried to walk but I was pretty much dizzy and felt sick to my stomach and every time I tried to move my head. The "spinny-dizzy-foggy" feeling wasn't going away. And it wasn't getting better as the day went on.
Pretty much, I had to hold on to things as I tried to move from one place to another…otherwise:
In the next few days I had to cancel going to Zumba, and any other things I was planning on doing.  Walking and moving my head was annoying. I just wanted to sleep the sick feeling away. And driving? Forget it! I wouldn't be able to look over my shoulder or look from side to side without feeling like I was stirring my brain around. I just kept telling my friends and husband: "It's like when I turn my head everything stays put then slowly moves back into place." and the nausea…no fun. My friends snickered, but I assured them "I have a Condition." The husband just smiled and nodded, and kept trying to give helpful hints like "Vanessa, seriously, just go to the doctor if it's that bad." 

I contemplated calling the doctor, but I'm pretty sure I knew what was happening. 
I had had an ear infection a few months prior (like 5 months!) and I am not the betting type, but I bet my equilibrium off-ness was due to said fluid in ear, and all the awesomeness I did in the twirling sass department in the Zumba class had just set the already sensitive fluid in my ears on spin cycle like in the washing machine. 
So Instead of having someone who has a medical degree and who could probably give me antibiotics for what was probably still the effect of extra fluid in my ears...
I decided to suck it up, and not go to the doctor.
because most likely he'd probably look in there and be like "Nah, it ain't THAT bad." and be all "Well that sucks for you, don't do Zumba again, here's a bill for visiting me. Just see the receptionist to pay it. Thank you come again."

No, instead I looked like I was constantly trying to walk the tight rope and not fall off for about a month. As the month went on I would have more and more time between feeling sick and dizzy…randomly yelling out as I was falling "I'M GOING DOWN!" 

And well, that was it. I was never to go back to my hip swinging awesome twirling 10 am Zumba class ever again. Because even though my hips could handle it…my equilibrium couldn't. 
Sigh. Oh well, walking is still better for me, and I probably would've gotten too good and everyone else would've felt bad.  So really its a good thing I can't go anymore. 
You're welcome Zumba class.


If you are going to be in Shipshewana Quilt festival please say hello! I'll try to be somewhat normal and  act not scared out of my brains. But I can't promise anything.
We'll talk soon. :) 

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

V and Co: Modern Miss In Fons and Porters Love of Quilting Magazine Summer 2014

 Remember a few months back I showed off a baby quilt I was working on?

 And then shortly after that I showed pictures of Mary and I on her Love of Quilting set?

 YAY! I can finally direct you where to find the instructions for this lovely "Modern Miss" baby quilt.
Please find it in Fon's and Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine Summer 2014 edition. It was a wonderful experience to work with Fons and Porter and F&W Media on set and with the individuals. I'm very grateful for the experience, and am excited to get to hang out with Mary next week again. :)
have a fantastic weekend.
We'll talk soon…I'm working on writing about my Zumba "accident" so watch for that in the next few days. :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Well Hello June- I'll be in Indiana soon!

 HELLOOOOOOOO! So I unintentionally took May off of blogging. A lot of things have come due and I had to use every single moment to get things done in-between soccer, baseball, volunteering at the kids' schools, and running around like a mad woman AKA: being a MOM. Whoever said I was going to miss my kids being little, WAS RIGHT! Holy hannah, if anything having little kids made it that we stayed home and did more things around the house. Now it seems like we have about 2 milliseconds from the time the kids start walking in through the door from school and all the great programs they are in. No, please don't tell me I over schedule my child if I'm running around nuts…REMEMBER I HAVE FOUR OF THEM. So each one being involved in 1 maybe 2 things…is what I'm talking about. It makes me happy though, I actually enjoy looking at our schedule and trying to figure out how to get who where and then listen to what they did and learned. The school system we are a part of includes music into their program so each of my kids when they reach 5th grade get to pick an instrument they will learn (if they so choose to) so far we have a trumpet player (who is playing for the High School Marching Band next year!!!), a cello player, and we have just picked up a viola player with our 3rd son. Our daughter is the only one that hasn't picked an instrument…but she's already eyeing a few…So yes, I miss my days of little kids running around my ankles giving me an excuse to complain of no time to myself…but I'm loving the teen, preteen ages we have going on and watching them turn into little adults. Each one with their own personality and own talents. Very great and fun…but busy. :)
 This last month while I have been working a lot my peonies I planted three years ago finally bloomed.
The blooms got so large they drooped down to the ground, so I cut them and placed them in a mason jar and put them in the daughter's room. She got off the bus and screamed as she walked into the house that someone had taken our pink flowers, to which I told her to go to her room and check out where the pretty flowers went. She was very impressed with how pretty they made her room, and how pretty they smelled. It was a picture perfect kind of moment…and it needed to be documented because normally we are a hot mess of a story. :) 

NOW lets talk about some of the stuff coming up! This last month I got to help teach 8th graders in Family Consumer Science at my kid's schools, and then I got to teach 4th and 5th graders how to do "Quilt Math" and create a small quilt at my other kids' schools, I also got to speak to my local quilt guild, here in Cedar Rapids, about building a bridge between modern and traditional quilters…WHAT A FANTASTIC CRAZY MONTH OF TEACHING and TALKING. So lets keep the momentum going and lets announce that yours truly will be hanging out with some big guns in the quilting world first at the Shipshewana Quilt festival:



I will be doing a Workshop on how to make this lovely lucky stars table runner. Based off my quilt pattern.
Aside from teaching the table runner class, I'll also be demo-ing twisted flowers and this double edge dresden plate.
 I'll will also be on a panel with some other fantabulous women. Ami Simms, Mary Fons, Karen Eckmeier, Penny Haren, and Kathy Brown. All these women will be teaching and doing lectures as well. I'm Very excited! Please check out how to pre-register and all the other wonderful classes.

And then second I'm also teaching at:
 And I can't even list off all the talent that will be there! Too many!
 I have two workshops at QuiltCon One of them focusing on triangles. HST, Flying Geese, 60 Degree Ruler Triangles, Paper Pieced Triangles, and Wonky Triangles.
The second work shop will be all focused on Ombre fabrics, how to work with them and how to make them work in your quilts and projects. Fun will be had by all. 

Now if you don't mind me…I have to get back to a few lose ends and then we'll be able to talk some more. :) 

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