Airport musings

By Saturday, I am going to get really good at airports.

Currently, I am at an airport for over 12 hours waiting to check into my first flight to east Asia. I will have another almost 20 hr layover before my trip is done.

I have been surrounded by people for the past two weeks. For an introvert as myself this is a nice break, to sit in a coffee shop and just chill. It was beginning to be quite the effort for me to respond nicely to people on my team. Can’t people just stop talking??????

Yet at the same time now that I am alone (as alone as anyone can be in an airport) I find myself narrating in my head.

“Here I am dragging my large awkward duffle bag and rollerboard into the bathroom…I think I shall slide
them underneath the sink. There is no way I can get them into the stall. This is not the America of large handicap stalls.

“I am hungry.

“This coffee shop looks nice.

“no, Jess you can’t cry…..

“I think I shall get some coffee and a muffin…

“Man my duffel bag is heavy….

“My arm hurts…

“Yikes….those squeaking wheels on my duffle bag are obnoxious…..I hope I don’t stand out too much.

“I really hope those wheels decide to squeak if someone tries to steal it while I am on the toliet”

Turns out I do miss people…I think I am just trying to forget it so I don’t cry.

Saying goodbye to your sisters for six months can be quite the ordeal especially when you are trying to hold back tears.

It makes it harder that my sister started to bawl. Hannah….just because I didn’t start to cry doesn’t mean that didn’t I wanted to. I just have to hold myself together ya know? 🙂

You see, I am going to be gone for six months. I left the states to spend some time in Europe to work at a conference. I had a blast assisting at a business conference providing childcare for the attendees. Two of my sisters came and it was very enjoyable to work with them and then tour with them and the rest of the childcare team visiting the local tourist places.

Now I am at the airport (my flight was 12 hours difference from the rest of the team) on the verge of a big adventure.

“What am I gonna be doing?” you ask?

I am going to be  a nanny. Yeah….not maybe what you would think when you think “adventure”

To me though, adventure is different to each individual.

For me flying halfway around the world, by myself and living in Asia is an adventure.

I am excited. I am excited to see what God is going to do in my life as I take care of this little girl. I can already see fruit as I work hard to trust God. There are so many things one can find to worry about while traveling by oneself.

“What if my ticket doesn’t work?”

“What if I lose my passport?”

“….Lord please please help me remember my pin”

“Will I be a target because I am traveling alone?”

“AAAAAh!!!!!”

Yet the Lord is reminding me in many ways to trust him. I am so thankful that I memorized verses like,

“Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you”

“I will NEVER leave you or forsake you” (emphasis mine)

“Fear not…for I am with you”

“Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself”

It has been amazing to me to see the growth in my peace level as I meditate and dwell on these verses. His promises never fail people!!!!!!

I probably won’t be able to post this for awhile, so when you read this post, hopefully I won’t be sitting in an airport anymore counting down the….um yeah….how many hours till I get to check my ridiculously clumsy duffle….hey…don’t judge….do you know how much suitcases weigh empty???? This thing allows me to pack more stuff! 🙂

Peace be with you! I will check in later! 🙂

Run the Race

I am due to run a marathon on Sunday.

Will I make it?

I don’t know.

But I am going to try, I am going to try my hardest.

Putting one foot in front of the other letting God do the rest.

You see, my feet have been bothering me for the last month, so I don’t know if I will get to cross that finish line.

I am not prepared for “do not finish”.

I won’t let myself be prepared for a “do not finish”. If I try, I know I will cry.

So I will take it one day at a time, as each day takes me closer, closer to that start line.

There isn’t much anything else that I can do.

I know that God has a race for me to run on Sunday.

Whether it be half, full or “DNF” I don’t know.

All I know is that he will give me the grace to run the race he chooses for me.

I don’t need to know anything more.

School House Tunic

These past couple weeks, I have been working a lot and been sewing up a storm! I am so thankful for my sewing machine can put up with me.

A couple years ago I replaced my Pfaff with a Bernina and my Bernina puts up with my “abuse” a lot better.

One thing it does for me is it continues to keep working when I forget to change the quarter inch foot to an open foot when I am doing a zig zag. I haven’t forgotten very often but when I do….bam there goes a needle.

Worst feeling in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But after changing the needle and taking a break to stop and clean out the bobbin case and of course add a couple drops of oil, it keeps running like new.

One of my finishes that I got done was this School House tunic by Sew Liberated.

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*Photo credit goes to my lovely sister Hannah…to see more of her work head over here.

I had bought the pattern at a quilt shop in Nebraska last fall and I finally found the perfect fabric for it.

I decided to go with a Hoffman batik. I haven’t made clothes in a long time and I had never tried making a dress out of a batik before. But I love the look! You definitely won’t see other people wearing batiks.

One thing I was worried about when making this dress/tunic was the fact that I have rather broad shoulders for my frame. The thing I liked about this pattern is that the pattern writer combined the sizes, because I had one of those problems where you are in one size in the bust but in a different size in the hips and the waist. What a dilemma! This pattern takes that problem out for you and just combines the sizes.

The first day of wearing the garment I did find that the shoulders were a little tight but after the second day the shoulders weren’t that bad at all. Go figure. (it probably has to do with the fact that batiks have a tad bit of stretch to them.)

Also I had a birthday! The day was busy filled with church, a quiz meet and then finally crashing at home to watch the Amazing race.

IMG_20140302_171737My littlest bro decided it was his job to guard my presents. He did a good job too!

IMG_20140302_214104Here are a sampling of some of my favorites!!!!!

I haven’t had too much time to look at them but they make me so happy to look at all the pictures! Thanks Mom!

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My Lovely Vintage Quilt

When I was 14 I was given a quilt.

My great aunt gave it to me while my family was on vacation in Kentucky. Kinda surprising that Aunt Jane Ann would give an heirloom quilt to a 14 year old.

But our family kinda lacks quilters, and I was one of the few.

I had it tucked away in a box with several other quilts and found it when I was rotating a couple. (I like to make the best use of them and change them periodically)

Turns out my family had unknowingly folded it wrong.

When I received this quilt, I read that you need to refold the quilt every couple months and that it is best to fold it on the bias to avoid getting that awful center crease down the middle. This helps save the textiles from more wear and tear than they need.

I refolded it, the right way (well the way that I like this quilt to be folded) and I thought I would take some pictures to show you how I fold my quilts on the bias.

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First here is the quilt. Isn’t it lovely?

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and the label on the front. As best as I can make out there are two embroidered signatures. The first one says “Angela Reinhart September 29, 1884” and the second signature is “quilted Jan, 1958 Inez Cruse”.

What a treasure!

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I just had to take a picture of this block! Can you tell that she had to “make do”???? I have honestly just noticed this since I pulled it out recently and it kinda makes me happy to see living proof that sometimes  you just run out of fabric…

or have to “make do”

Ok now on to the folding.

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The first fold I take one of the corners and pulled it diagonally so that it makes a triangle. Because the quilt isn’t square there is going to be a little tail on the end. That’s ok.

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The next fold I grab the top right corner. Ya know, the one that is part of the tail, and pull it diagonally so it is even with the bottom edge like so. Now you have a triangle with out a tail.

20140205_121435Next I grabbed the left bottom corner of the triangle and folded the quilt in half so that the left bottom point met the right bottom point.

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Next I grabbed the right corner and folded it down so that I could start creating a square which is easier to store than a triangle.

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Finally I folded the left corner up to meet the top right corner forming a square.

Voila! You are done!

I try to pull out my quilt every couple months to refold it.

To make sure you aren’t folding on the same creases just start on a different corner. The goal is to make sure that the quilt is folded on the diagonal which is stronger than if it is just folded in the traditional quarters.

I decided to fold my quilt so that the piecing was in the inside to help save the color of the quilt, but if you want to display your quilt lets say in a china hutch folded like this you could just fold the quilt with the pretty side facing out.

You are still helping to save your quilt because its is folded on the bias while you get to enjoy the loveliness of the piecing.

What are some of your favorite vintage quilts?

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Snuggle Quilt

The past week Minnesota has been dumped on. I got a snow day on Monday, Thursday and now today!

On days like this I like to pull out a quilt and curl up with some hand sewing or a new book.

My favorite quilt that I like to curl up with is this quilt that I designed a couple years ago. I haven’t done much designing but that year for my birthday I got a Hoffman Bali pop and it was like inspiration hit.

Ya know how in the cartoons when the lightbulb appears over someone’s head…yup that was me.

I knew that I wanted to put applique flowers in the quilt, so I started doodling and came up with a flowered block.

The quilt sat in my Unfinished pile for several years, but this winter I decided to finish it!

To pamper myself I decided to put cuddle on the back.

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(don’t you just love the cute dog in the back???? yup..that’s our lovely farm version of the Bichon Frise)

I was a little worried about quilting such a large quilt with Cuddle but it didn’t end up being that bad.

I just pinned the life out of it, and used a Supreme Slider for the bed of my machine when I quilted. The Supreme Slider made such a huge difference!

I have quilted two other quilts before with cuddle, a baby blanket and a lap quilt and I remember just having trouble with it gliding on the machine.The Supreme Slider helped a ton!

After the quilting was done, I found that I had made the best decision ever!

The cuddle was so soft I couldn’t wait to put the binding one before I used it!

Now I use it all the time, it is my t.v. movie quilt, my snuggle quilt, and in the mornings my Jesus quilt when I pull out my Inductive Study Bible and dive into God’s word.

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(here is my quilt along with my Bible Study bag. It is Amy Butler’s Sunday sling. Love it!)

One thing I learned while making this quilt is that Cuddle is kinda like carpet.

It has nap. If you run your hand along it one way it will be a lighter color and if you run your hand the opposite direction it gets darker.

And when you are piecing a back you want to make sure the nap is running the same way!

Which I didn’t do.

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You can kinda tell from this picture. The left side of the back is lighter than the right side. I didn’t notice this until the whole quilt was quilted and almost bound.

It isn’t that noticeable though so I am gonna just shrug my shoulders and say “No one will notice”.

Have you used Snuggle before?

What are your tricks?

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Marathon Training Week 2 and 3

We interrupt these quilting blog posts to give you an update on my marathon training.

The past couple weeks I have been able to run more and more outside.

Yay!!!!!!!!! (mini celebration here! Pardon me while I take a celebratory lap)

People here are still complaining about the weather….we are supposed to get some more snow today, but for me am just thankful that its above zero!

Early in week 2 of training, I did have to run 10 miles on the treadmill. It actually wasn’t half bad. I think running on a treadmill is like anything else in life.

You can get used to it.

Mind you, I am not giving up my stand that running outside is the best, but running on a treadmills has its perks.

Watching a never seen before movie helps too.

As I am finishing up Week 3 of marathon training, I am learning to figure out how schedule my training runs around my busy life. I generally work weekends, and that’s normally when I run my long runs. So whats a girl to do?

For now I am learning to get up super early and just get it done. I know…..not too fun right? In the past I usually would run my long runs in the afternoon after church, but I am finding it is really nice to just get that huge run out of the way so I can enjoy my weekend.

I am going to have to figure out some strategy to fuel up for those early morning runs. I am finding that I get extremely hungry on those morning long runs…….might call for some evening snacking to make up for it. Hm….

On a happier note I ran outside this morning. It was so warm that I had to take off my hat and gloves!

So invigorating!

WIP Giraffe Quilt

On Monday I rolled over in bed and checked my phone. Ooh! A text!

It was my boss telling me that I could have a snow day.

Yippee!!!

I decided to spend the day catching up on projects.

On a crazy whim I decided to work both on getting Hannah’s t-shirt quilt ready to send to the quilter and the giraffe quilt that I posted about here.

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(This is me being ocd about making sure all the fabrics are from light to dark…..lets just forget about that this is how they were in the kit)

I actually ended up getting the center done! Working most of the afternoon and into the evening, sewing madly while my family watched the Olympics and trying to keep my little brother Carson off the quilt on the floor, the joys of living in a big family. So much for this being a couple hours baby quilt. It was kinda like following a cross stitch pattern. I am thankful that I was working with fabric not thread……ya know getting off a row is the worst….didn’t happen here!

This baby quilt is so worth it!!!!

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Look at how cute this thing is!

Can’t wait to put the borders on!

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*I used Bean Counters Pattern “Grow up Tall Giraffe” to make this pattern.