Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Year Full of Firsts

Do you ever have years that seem to be good years and years that seem to be not so good?? I do. So far this year seems to be shaping up to be a pretty good year so far... I feel like it as been packed full of a bunch of "firsts" for me... I thought I would share some of the fun firsts with y'all today...

Without fail, each and every year, I make a new years resolution to write in my journal everyday.... and wouldn't you know it- I have never succeeded! Until this year (so far). I got the idea from the darling Camille Roskelley to get this lovely one line a day... 5 year memory book- she is almost done with 5 years of memories! Amazing!
(another first for me this year (some of my fellow fabric junkies may have picked up on it in the picture): I splurged and bought some of my favorite Liberty Lifestyle Bloomsbury Garden fabric... Oh. My. YUMMY!! I found mine here. I bought a fat quarters of a handful of my favorite prints and I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet, but for now I am content drooling over them on my sewing table... ;)

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While I was home visiting over Christmas and New Years, I had the chance to meet one of my favorite bloggers in the world: Amy from Diary of a Quilter... To say I have a blog crush would be an understatement... more like official blog stalker! ha ha 
I have learned all of my quilting basics from this lovely lady... She is soo soo talented! And as if that wasn't enough- she is one of the nicest people I have ever met. We had such a fun time browsing a darling fabric shop called Material Girls Quilt Shop that I was visiting for the first time (I told you this post was all about "firsts") and chatting over lunch at one of my all time favorite places to eat: Cafe Rio (definitely not a "first"). It was so much fun! Thanks for taking the time to meet up with me Amy!! xoxo

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On Valentine's Day this year... I had a fun thing happen that I would have never dreamed of... I was featured in a magazine. A very lovely, inspiring, and quilty magazine based in the UK called Love Quilting and Patchwork. For those of you that are a big fan of the CrossStitcher magazine, this is made by the same company.

I have no idea why they picked little old me to be included in such a lovely magazine, but I feel lucky to be along side the talent featured within. I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet since it hasn't made its way to the US yet, but I am told that it should be on sale here shortly (around the end of March) so keep your eyes out for meand be sure to let me know if you happen to spot it here because you know I am going to be buying one (or ten) copies when it hits the stores! ;) For anyone that is itching to get a copy sooner than the end of March, it is available on iTunes. If you download the free CrossStitcher app in your newsstand, you can buy the Love Quilting and Patchwork magazine within that app. 

Until then, I thought I would give you a sneak peek of my page in the magazine... They featured my Sewing Storage.

Of course I had to give a shout out in my article (orange box that says "blog hop") to the lovely Maggie of Smashed Peas and Carrots who inspired my mini fabric bolts. Thanks again for such an awesome trick Maggie!

I have big plans for that beautiful quilt featured on the front of the magazine by Alexia Abegg ! Maybe I will use up some of my Bloomsbury Garden stash to make it! The pattern is included in the magazine. I can't wait to get started on it! It has sparked an impromptu quilt along on Instagram- look up the hashtags #medallionalong and #marcellemedallion for some yummy pictures on Insta. Anyone else in on the Medallion Along train? 
I am quite taken with these impromptu quilt alongs on Instagram... At the beginning of the year I jumped on board with the Scrappy Trip Along and seriously considered the xplus along too! This is the first quilt along that I have personally followed along with and it is so addicting! I have had so much fun watching all of the pictures pop up all over Instagram... It is so inspiring and fun to see the different fabric combinations people are coming up with! I went with mostly Field Study fabric by Anna Maria Horner, but threw in a couple randoms too.
I am all done with all 72 of my blocks... That's right ladies and gents... I went for the long haul and made an over sized queen for my bed. I am piecing all of the blocks this week and then I will be onto quilting it... I will be sure to post pictures when I am all done!


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A couple weeks ago, I decided to try making an Oliver + S pattern for the first time. I decided to make a little Ice Cream Dress for a friend who had just had a baby. I used some darling fabric from Sarah Jane for the first time too. It is from her Children at Play line and I am in love! 


I couldn't stop with just one project in Sarah Jane fabric so I started a quilt for my oldest out of some Out to Sea fabric inspired by a quilt and tutorial by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts... here is a sneak peek from my Instagram.... I am slightly obsessed with these mermaids, girly pirates, whales, and ships- you know I have a flair for anything nautical! I have the quilt top finished and am working on the quilting today... Stay tuned!


I hope you are all having a great week!! xoxo, Ashley

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P.S. For anyone that loves to sew- I am a judge of the awesome SEWVIVIOR sewing competition over at Family Ever After! The auditions started yesterday so head over and audition to be in the competition and win some awesome prizes! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!!

11 comments:

  1. How awesome!!! I am loving your quilts. Do you have any book recommendations for someone who has never made a quilt? (I can sew moderately well, I'm more than a beginner, but I've been too intimidated to sew a quilt). It seems like a whole different world.

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  2. Wow, wow and wow! You have been busy! Way to stick with the journaling. I might have to try that. Writing about each day in detail seems overwhelming, but I think I could manage doing one line a day. And congrats about the magazine feature! It looks gorgeous!

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  3. I started a question-a-day journal last year and answered about 363 questions...not bad :-) This year my husband started one and we found a kiddo version so every night we have a cute conversation with our 5 year old son as he reads and writes his answers. Congrats on your magazine fame!

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  4. I love your feature! They made it look awesome! Huge congrats, that is just so fun! I wonder how many times I've been to your house, I still haven't seen your shelf. You'll have to show it to me next time! :)

    Thanks again for being a judge on Sew-vivor!

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  5. Okay seriously? A MAGAZINE?! Look at you!!! You are amazing. That is SO awesome! As if I wasn't already envious enough, this is just more reason for me to want to be like you when I grow up! ;) Love you!

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  6. Congrats on the magazine!! So awesome! Also love you blocks for the scrapalong

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  7. So cool--love all your little adventures! I met Amy briefly at Snap last year...so nice :)

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  8. Ash, I have been waiting to hear the magazine news! So excited for you! The spread looks amazing! Can't wait to get my copy and have you sign it. Love all your first projects! Cant wait to see the quilts and the dress is darling! You have been busy! Love you!

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  9. You are just too cute! Congratulations on the great start to this year........you should be very proud. Your work is absolutely lovely :)

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  10. Congratulations on your magazine debut! Also, I love your Spools quilt. Very inspiring...

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  11. Lovely magazine post. Definitely buy ten! Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley