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Paint on the sidewalk

Carrie from Such Designs is at it again with her second fabric collection for Windham Fabrics. Her newest beauties are reminiscent of the first collection with some beautiful new additions that encompass her Paint Collection.

Gracie is collecting quilts to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for her Mitzvah Project and I promised I’d make her the first quilt if she picked out a pattern. I made a simple quilt modeled after Pippa Quilts Sidewalk Quilt that she found on Pinterest. I have made one of these out of the Paint Collection for a benefit for Eric’s son that’s next weekend and the squares are all cut for Gracie’s quilts.

I call it Painting the Sidewalk and really love this quilt design and the fabrics I got to play with. I had a lot of fun working with the new fabrics and have to say that my favorites were the Schmutz pinwheels, Spackle paint chips and Periwinkle weave. I didn’t take a picture of the back, but I used the Periwinkle weave which is unbelievable in person and attached some periwinkle solid to the bottom. Made for a lovely effect.

To be entered to win a charm pack of each fabric from paint Collection, go to my Gracie’s Stitch-vah Mitzvah blog and leave her a comment of encouragement, then come back here and leave me a comment. (I know, I know! Lots of work, but it’s for a good cause!) I’ll pick a random winner on Monday night (Finney’s birthday!) at 10pm PST. Gracie’s blog a very young blog with few posts, but her Bat Mitzvah isn’t until next February, so she has time to pull it together! If you want to make a quilt for her, let her know!

The Eulogy I never wanted to write.

*Last week, I lost one of the most beautiful people I have ever known in a horrific and senseless tragedy. We’re still in shock, we’re still sick, and we have no answers, but I made it home and had some words to share about our Eric. I want everyone I know to know him, so I’m shining his light in your direction.*

People say that one of the worst things about growing up in a small town is that everybody knows everybody. I think it’s one of the best things, but I tend to look on the bright side and I don’t live here anymore. My theory, though, about it being one of the best things is completely proven by the love we see here tonight for Eric, and this is all because of him: his light, his smile, his love for life and his family, born and chosen. When we graduated high school 20 years ago, my address was Eric’s address, my house was Eric’s house and my parents were Eric’s parents. He was my brother.

Eric

If you ever hear someone say you don’t get to choose your family, be clear that we know that’s a damn lie. I honestly don’t know very many people who are lucky enough to be a part of a family like ours. It just doesn’t exist, not a family this big, that is rooted, strong and deep, in a love created many moons ago, before we truly knew just how big and beautiful and strong it would be and what it would all mean to us. No matter where we put our heads at night, we will always know that we have each other, even without Eric: our brother, our lover, our court jester, our king. We still have each other.

Eric

I’m not sure if it’s helpful or hurtful to know that one of Eric’s epic bear hugs would make me feel so much better right now. He gave the best hugs. He meant them with every fiber of his being. He wanted every cell in your body and your very soul to feel each ounce of his embrace. The knowledge of that will carry me forward. The memories I have will have to do.

Eric

One of my favorite memories that I share with a few of you is a night when we got stuck in a cave at Devil’s Prop, in what we thought was a thunderstorm. By the time it cleared up and we headed to Biggie’s where the power was out, we realized it wasn’t a mere storm, but that we’d been stuck in a tornado. We didn’t have time to be worried while it was happening, because Eric made it fun. He lit a fire and danced, we laughed, we loved. Eric was like that: a light in a storm, the sun in the sky. The world may be dimmer without Eric, but I’ll carry his supernova until we meet again in the stars.

Good night, my darling king.

Eric

winner winner!

The winner of the Cascade Quilt pattern is Tamie!

I hope you have fun with the pattern! It was so fun to whip up!

Happy November all!

Cascade Quilt top and a giveaway!

Long time, no see!

Last month, Susannah Kate asked her Instagram followers if they’d like to test her new quilt pattern for the Cascade Quilt. Although I consider myself an intermediate to advanced quilter, I’ve never made one from a pattern so I jumped on the idea. I have a ton of fabric in my stash and went to my DS Quilts collection from Joann’s. I settled on red and green with the intention of it being a Christmas quilt. I ended up loving the twist on a plus quilt and found the pattern really easy to follow.

Cascade quilt top

Cutting the plusses before sewing and tossing them in labeled bags and having the background fabric cut and labeled was a huge help in getting the top put together very quickly. I think a beginning quitter could easily get this done and more advanced quilters could have a lot of fun with it. The only thing I suggest is thinking about where you want your colors to rest. I didn’t lay it out before I sewed and ended up with a big chunk of red on the right and a big chunk of green on the bottom. I don’t mind it, but just be on the lookout if that’s not something you’d like if you make it a two color quilt. I alternated green and red as odd/even numbers, so don’t go that route if you want more randomness.

If I didn’t have 5 Halloween costumes to make, I would have finished it, but at least I have time to get it done before Christmas this year, right?!?

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of the Cascade Quilt pattern from Susannah Kate’s etsy shop leave a comment with what fabric/color palette/etc. you might use for the quilt. I’ll pick a random number tomorrow at noon, Arizona time. Be sure your email is either linked to your comment or you leave it in the comment. Visit the other blogs to win a copy there, as well!

If you end up making the quilt, you can add the hashtag #cascadequilt to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to get yourself in the pools there.

Oct 26 – Trina @ www.trinapeterson.com
Oct 27 – Alex @ www.sewcutebyalex.blogspot.com
Oct 28 – Diane @ www.randomthoughtsdoordi.com
Oct 29 – Jenny Mae @ www.ohjennymae.com
Oct 30 – Courtney @ www.monpetitlyons.blogspot.com
Oct 31 – Heather @ www.quiltsinthequeue.com
Nov 1 – Mary @ www.fairlymerry.blogspot.com
Nov 2 – Summer @ www.artfulife.blogspot.com
Nov 3 – Susannah Kate @ www.susannahkate.com

Also, please visit Amber @ www.olivegypsy.wordpress.com where you can see another post about the quilt with great photos.

I can’t leave out the cute picture of Finney and Molly holding it up this morning before school. It was too overcast to see all the colors, so I took a better one when I came home from music class.

Cascade Quilt top!