2016 Word of the Year

It’s been awhile (okay, months) since I blogged, but things were pretty hectic with the holidays and all of the activities and events that come with that time of year.  I also have other BIG news, but that will come later…

I’ve finally had some time to reflect on the last year, and I have decided to choose a single word to focus on during 2016.  I’ve never been successful with resolutions, but I think having a single word (or theme if you will) for the year will help me become a better Christian, wife, friend, daughter, etc.

My word of the year is this:

Simplify
to make something easier to do or understand;
-to reduce to basic essentials
-to diminish in scope or capacity
-to make more intelligible

Simplify

I love this quote.  I need to simply my life “so that the necessary may speak.”  Think about that for a minute.  How often do we let little things in life overtake what’s really important?

My goal this year is to simplify my life, whether that means eliminating excess “stuff” that I don’t need, dropping toxic people in my life, or just taking time for me and saying “no” if something doesn’t make me happy or fit into my schedule.  Eliminating the unnecessaries in life will allow me to focus my time and energy on what is important and makes me happy.

Do you have a word or theme for the year?  How would you simplify your life so that the “necessary may speak?”

Here’s to a simpler and better 2016!!

A Mosaic Contest

Happy Tuesday!  Rachel over at Stitched in Color is having a mosaic contest inspired by the color brown.  The contest is open until October 18th.  If you win, you’ll get a free fat quarter bundle of your fabrics!  Because you can never hoard collect enough fabrics, am I right?

I use brown A LOT.  Seriously, you can almost never go wrong with brown.  It’s a color I always have in my stash.  I use dark brown often as a binding or backing, especially when you need something simple that doesn’t take away from the design of the quilt.

I designed two mosaics inspired by brown.  There are practically no rules for this challenge, except that brown must be a main design element in the collection.

First up is the collection I’m calling “Heading West.”  We watch John Wayne on a daily basis at my house.  Yes, you read that right. Daily.   When I first started dating my husband, I would watch these old (often in black and white) movies not because I enjoyed them, but because I just enjoyed being with him.  Now, fast forward two and half years, and I’ve seen every movie John Wayne ever made at least twice.  That’s a lot of screen time, y’all.  I even have a few favorites, and have come to love some good ol’ John Wayne, even in black and white.

One thing about watching Westerns that I love is the beautiful landscape.  Can you imagine living in the wide open and riding across that gorgeous country on horseback?  I sure can.  Maybe with some modern conveniences, though.  Running water, anyone?

This collection was inspired by that breathtaking landscape.

Mosaic Heading West Bone

The inspirations for this palette are the Cotton + Steel Horseback print, the Alison Glass Geese in Storm print, and the Serape print from the Wanderer collection by April Rhodes. The colors together bring to mind a western sky at sunset—one you might see riding West across an open countryside with a mountain range in the distance.

I’d like to think The Duke (aka John Wayne for those of you not privy to all things cowboy) himself would be pleased with a quilt made from this palette.

In addition to watching John Wayne shoot ’em up movies, our family spends every weekend October through February hunting. Small game, large game, fishing–we pretty much do it all. Thankfully, we don’t have to buy meat from the grocery store most of the year.

If you’ve ever been hunting or fishing, you know that it sometimes requires you get your butt out of bed wayyy before the crack of dawn.  I have to be honest, usually the warm bed wins out on those mornings that my husband wants to take me hunting or fishing.  But on those mornings that I do get up, it’s totally worth it.

There’s nothing quite like the early morning.  The air is crisp and hazy and all is still. My next collection, Morning Fog, is inspired by those quiet moments in the early morning before sun melts away the shadows.

Mosaic Morning Frost

This mosaic is consists of mostly neutral, earthy tones.  I just love that Cheshire Feather print from the new Wonderland collection.  You can see from this mosaic that brown doesn’t have to be a heavy color.  With the right combination, the use of brown can create a light and airy feel.  I just might have to order this collection!

Be sure to check out the other mosaics here!

Spooky Sewing

It’s only the first week of October, and I’m already gorging myself on Halloween candy…so delicious!  I especially love the mellowcreme pumpkins.  They’re made with honey so that makes them good for you, right? Right. Honey = natural = healthy.  That’s how I’m rationalizing it anyways…I’ll let you know how that is working out when it’s January and my pants don’t fit!

I’ve been working on some mini Halloween projects for some friends and their adorable babies.  I plan on sending a Halloween package complete with candy and Halloween books!

I’m making some mini quits that can be used as a wall hanging or even a spooky mat for all of that Halloween candy.  These are made with patterns from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage Book.  If you haven’t picked up a copy, you really should!  It’s an amazing book–so many possibilities. You can grab a copy here.  The Farm Girl Vintage sew along is over, but if you haven’t started or are fashionably late (‘ahem, that would be me) you can still sew along!

The Patchwork Pumpkin block was, of course, a must for Halloween!

IMG_0217[1]This came together really quick!  I just love those neon green bats!!

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Next up is the Welcome Block from the Farm Girl Vintage book.  I really love this block–it’s a straightforward design, and it’s a great block to showcase adorable prints (again, aren’t those little bats adorable?!) I think so 🙂

I made both of these blocks in the 12″ version.  The Farm Girl Vintage book gives instructions for both 6″ and 12″ blocks.

One of these is ready to go, and hopefully I’ll get the other one finished over the weekend so they can be sent off to their new homes, where hopefully they’ll bring a little Halloween spirit!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m off to eat more candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins!!