Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Adventure

I'd been hoping for an opportunity to head south a bit to take some quilt pictures in the red rocks of Utah. After a quick chat with the hubs he told me about a place only 30 minutes away- much better than the 2 hour drive I was thinking of.

After church yesterday we loaded up the kids for our afternoon adventure. Oh you'd have thought we were taking them to dump them off in the middle of nowhere (although the thought crossed my mind a time or two) with all the whining and complaining. We stood firm and told them this was not an optional outing- we were going to have some F.F.F (Forced Family Fun!)

One look at our surroundings and they jumped right in. Climbing around and exploring the lower area was really fun and easy but to get a good picture of my quilt we needed to venture up a bit. 

The sun was out but it wasn't too hot. We were all in T's and perfectly comfortable. It was a gorgeous spring day. 

Here the two boys climbed up to explore a crevasse. Don't you love the halo around boy #2. ;o) 

One thing I forgot to mention was the choice of footwear on this trip. I'd asked the hubs if I could wear flip flops and he said "You can if you want" so I did. I didn't imagine a day of hiking. I just thought he would climb on a rock, hold the quilt while I snapped a couple pics and that would be it. The girl also chose shoes more fitting for a little stroll down a path- not rock climbing.
It was quite an adventure!

We had a hefty climb up the rocks before coming to a landing towards the top. This was the view off to the East (? if my internal compass is on cue)

And the view off to the West (?) 

At one point on our way down we had to go through a little tunnel/cave

It was a bit of a squeeze

But we made it just fine.

Probably my favorite part of the trip was seeing these three work together. After all the complaining about having to go on this "forced-family-fun" outing, they sure had a good time. The boys were so caring and helpful to their sister as she maneuvered across the rocks. Not only is she smaller but like I mentioned before, her inappropriate footwear made different stages of the hike very difficult. The kids stepped up and relied on each other. It was a nice thing for this Mom to see since most of their interactions on a daily basis involve teasing and arguing. It was a good reminder that "Herrick's can do hard things!"

You can get an idea of the are we hiked from this picture. We started on the path to the right. Once it started going up the ledges we kept climbing. We climbed up the area to the right of the tree branches and around the tall rock (just left of the tree) and came out on the far left on the other side of the rocks. 

We all had such a great time and can't wait to go back when the girl and I have good shoes on and I don't have to carry a quilt with me. 

I did manage to get a few great shots of "Promise Ring" on the red rocks though. :o)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Last fall in Houston I had the pleasure of visiting with some of the amazing people from Fons & Porter. Our chit-chat turned into a couple publication opportunities and I am so excited to finally be able to share them with you!

The Summer 2014 issue of Easy Quilts will feature my pattern "Blue and White" using the gorgeous prints from Michael Miller Fabrics

I can't even tell you how much I love these prints. They are so out-of-my-box but I fell in love with them and loved sewing up this quilt. The pattern is so simple but the results are sophisticated and stylish.

The other pattern is found in the summer issue of Quilting Quickly. "Scrappy Duo" features the beautiful prints from Helen's Garden by my friend Tamara Kate. LOVE this collection! 

As soon as I saw these prints at market I just knew I had to play with them! These two charming quilts sew up so quickly and the best part is- you get two for the price of one!

Some day I'm going to get pictures of the actual quilts before I send them off so I don't have to resort to taking pictures of the magazine pages. :o)

One of the best parts about having a pattern published in a magazine is getting to see all the other amazing designs in the issue. Both of these mags have some seriously fun ideas and a couple I'm already mentally pulling fabric for. Any leisure sewing is going to have to wait for me since I'm up to my ears in market prep. But you can get started on "Blue and White" or the "Scrappy Duo" right away!


Monday, March 31, 2014

This is NO JOKE!

Hello? Hello? Is anyone there?

My gosh, can you believe I haven't blogged in a month! I didn't mean for such a dry spell to happen but one day turned to two and two turned to three and the next thing I knew 31 days had passed since my last post!

It's not like I've been sitting around watching old episodes of Grey's Anatomy all day (ok, some days I did) I've been pretty busy. Before I get into regularly scheduled blogging I thought I'd re-cap the last month and show you what I've been up to.

I was able to watch my girl, Paris Lillian perform as part of her school's 3rd grade program. What a cute bunch of kids!

I took an impromptu road trip with two of my brothers (Evan on the far left and Zach and the far right) from Utah to Oklahoma to surprise my other brother Trevor and his wife, along with my parents who were visiting them from California. We drove 17 hours straight and surprised the heck out of them! We stayed one day then turned around and drove home. It was unforgettable and an awesome experience but I am not as young as I once was so it took me a couple days to recover. :o)

The reason for our road trip was my SIL, Jesse's baptism. It was such an amazing day and I'm so glad I was able to be there to support her and share in her special day.  

Another special event in March was Logan's 12th birthday. Gilbert's parents were able to come visit and share the special day with us when Logan received the Priesthood and was ordained a Deacon. I can't believe my little guy is 12!

Along with Logan's birthday we became the proud owners of 3 hermit crabs! Look close, they're in there. :

But don't think I haven't been quilting here and there. In fact, I've been sewing up a storm. It is market season, after all. This beauty uses V and Co's new Color me Happy collection. I just got this one back from the quilter today and it definitely makes me HAPPY. :o)

I worked on another market project using Zen Chic's new collection (showing at spring market) I love the blues. And the individual prints are so fun- including texty prints with numbers on them. :o)

I also played around drafting and sewing up quite a few pups for Michael Miller using their Houndstooth and Friends in the Midnite Gems color story. Oh, these are fun and addicting!

So you see, I've been busy. 

Today a very large, very heavy box showed up at my door. Inside were yards and yards of fabric. Fabric that just happens to be my NEW COLLECTION!!! Seriously I am so excited I can hardly stand it. At this point I'm supposed to keep it a secret but you know I can't keep secrets very well so I may just have to sneak you a little peek here are there.

I hope you've been sewing all kinds of fun things!

See you soon!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Aurifil Design Team- March 2014

I'm super excited to be March's designer for Aurifil's designer BOM.

Head over to Aurifil to see my block and hear all about my creative journey!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Promise Ring (coming soon!)

I just finished a quilt top that will be one of my new patterns this spring. Usually I wait until the patterns are released before I show anything on the blog but I am so in love with this quilt I just can't wait.

Before you say anything else let me answer a few questions for you.

Yes, the arcs are foundation paper pieced. If you've never tried FPP- you should. It sounds a little intimidating but once you get it you'll be hooked!

There are also curved seams. Can i just tell you that I have never pieced a curved seam like this? I was a little scared but my first block turned out perfect. It takes a little time and a lot of pins (I'm going to discuss this in further detail in a later post) but was well worth the effort.

When my first couple of blocks were finished I thought "Really? Curved piecing is nothing! People were scared of this!?"

And of course I was hooked. I wanted to make enough blocks to sew a row together to see how it would look. With each step I fell deeper and deeper in love with this quilt.

Once the top was pieced together I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this quilt. :o)

I used Dowry by Anna Maria Horner for the rings and a Moda Grunge by Basic Grey in "Picnic" for the background. A quick trip to the LQS yesterday and I grabbed this perfect Amy Butler print for the back.
Off to the quilter tomorrow. I just can't wait to see it finished!

The pattern is called PROMISE RING and will be available in the next month or so.

*On a side note: It's very hard for me to post pictures of a project before the pattern is released. Unfortunately there are a few bad apples out there that like to look for this kind of information and use it dishonestly for their own personal gain. I have chosen to not let the few bad apples ruin the whole bunch. It's important for me to share with you who I am creatively. When I'm excited about a project I want to be able to share it with you so you can join in my excitement. That being said, I hope you will have integrity if you decide to 'pin' any of my pictures and make sure that proper credit and links are given. Thank You.