Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Reading Goals

Every year since 2009 I have set a reading goal for myself. My goals in the past have ranged from roughly 100 to 200 books a year. And I'm pretty good at hitting those goals. But as for this year I have decided to give myself some leeway as I will have two little girls to care for come March. For my overall reading goal I want to read at least 50 books. And of those 50 books 26 books will be part of a challenge I'm taking part in on Instagram #26BOOKSwithBringingUpBurns.

There are 26 different categories and I will be picking books throughout the year, since I can never pick a list of books at the beginning of the year and stick to it. I am going to try and read them in order, but reserve the right to go out of order.

  1. A book you own but haven't read
  2. A book that was made into a movie
  3. A book you pick solely because of the cover
  4. A book your friend loves
  5. A book published this year
  6. A book by an author you've never read before
  7. A book by an author you love
  8. A book at the bottom of your "to be read" pile
  9. A book with a color in the title
  10. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
  11. A book you started but never finished
  12. A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe
  13. A book with a female herorine
  14. A book set in summer
  15. A book of poems
  16. A book you learned about because of this challenge
  17. A book that will make you smarter
  18. A book with a blue cover
  19. A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn't
  20. A book "everyone" but you has read
  21. A book with a great first line
  22. A book with pictures
  23. A book from the library
  24. A book you loved...read it again
  25. A book that is more than 10 years old
  26. A book based on a true story
For more information check out Bringing Up Burns. I will try and post regular updates throughout the year of my progress and post about my favorite books of 2015.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Handmade Christmas

So this year, I decided I was going to make a lap sized quilt for each of my nieces and nephews. So that gave me 6 quilts to make right off the bat. Then I found the perfect fabric to make a quilt for my father-in-law and my mom had requested I make a quilt. That's 8 quilts for anyone who's counting. It is a good thing I started in May! Plus sewing during my first trimester was really tough since I usually sew during Nora's naptime and that became my naptime as well. I was so thankful to hit that second trimester and get a burst of energy and start creating this quilts.

Without further ado here are the quilts that I created for Christmas 2014.


Pattern: Jelly Roll Jam by Fat Quarter Shop, with modifications to make it bigger. 
Finished: 60"x 60", May 2014


Pattern: Lazy Daisy by In Color Order (Jeni Baker)
Finished: 58" x 72", August 2014


Pattern: Lazy Daisy
Finished: 58" x 72", September 2014


Pattern: Lazy Daisy
Finished 58"x 72", October 2014


Pattern: Arithmetic by In Color Order, created with 8" squares
Finished: 68"x 75", October 2014


Pattern: Layer Cake Lemonade by Fat Quarter Shop
Finished: 48"x 61", November 2014


Pattern: Lazy Daisy
Finished: 58"x 72", December 2014


Pattern: Arithmetic by In Color Order, created with 8" squares.
Finished: 68" x 75", December 2014

About the time I made half of the quilts for Christmas, I decided I would create handmade gifts for everyone else on my list!


Pot holders from leftover triangles from a previous project. Created October 2014.



Pattern: Grocery Tote by Michelle Patterns, medium size, created November/December 2014.


Pattern: Poolside Tote by Noodlehead, created November 2014.


Sailboat mini, created with a block from Moda. Created December 2014.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inspired mini, created with Spell it with Fabric patterns from Moda. Created December 2014. (Forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt.)


MSU "Block S" mini. Pattern designed by me, created December 2014.

So there you have it, my handmade Christmas. This sure kept me busy this year. 2015 is going to be a little more relaxed in the sewing department, with a new little one joining us in March. So I see a bit more selfish sewing for my household in the new year and using my stash for those projects!

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 One Little Word: Embrace


So last year I started doing a word of the year instead of the traditional New Year's Resolutions and it went pretty well. I few times I stumbled along the way, but I think I did a much better job of living for today and I am learning see each day as a fresh start. This has really helped with me being a stay at home momma.

Some days are just hard. Nora and I can butt heads some days, we can both be just so stubborn. But luckily I have an amazing Hubby who will let me leave, take a break, and come back a refreshed momma. And learning that just because yesterday was bad, doesn't mean today has to be bad as well.

As I've been trying to find a word that I want to be my focus for 2015, life has been a little bumpy. This pregnancy is really starting to wear on me, I'm always achy, I've been sick, and have been trying to figure out what the next step is for our family. Well needless to say I have been feeling like God is telling me to EMBRACE my life RIGHT NOW.

Embrace my faith.
Embrace my hubby.
Embrace my role as a momma.
Embrace chances to go outside my comfort zone (And is is a BIG one for me!)
Embrace a simple life.
Embrace the mess that comes from life.
In short embrace life and all that goes with it.

2015 is a year I need to work on embracing life and start taking some chances. Joining new groups, meeting new people, and remember that even though some day it feels like I'm just a momma, to remember that I am also a wife, daughter, sister, quilter, runner, friend, and so much more!

#SewMyStash2015 and other Sewing Related Goals for 2015

After a year of sewing mostly for gifts to give to others. I have resolved that 2015 will be devoted to mostly selfish sewing. Of course I will still be making a few quilty gifts here and there, but not to the magnitude I did this year for Christmas. I mean I have to give myself my slack, I will be a momma of 2 little girls come March. And my sewing time is going to greatly be reduced, but it will be well worth it in the end.

While scrolling through Instagram a few days ago I came upon the #SewMyStash2015 hashtag and was immediately intrigued. After looking at Leasa's idea, I decided to join along. The basic idea is to pull fabrics from our stash when starting a new project and have our stash fabric cover over 50% of the project. Now I don't have to biggest stash, since I did use a good bit this year for my handmade Christmas gifts. I still have quite a few projects that I've been planning out and know I can pull from my current stash!




In addition to my participation in #SewMyStash2015, I also have my 2015 Finish It Sewing page posted. These are mostly selfish sewing projects since they were the projects that were placed on the back burner during the last few months. But this is the absolute bare minimum number of projects I want to complete during 2015.

  • Queen size quilt for Derek and I
  • Twin quilt for Nora
  • Crib quilt for Baby #2
  • Throw quilt for myself
  • Poolside tote for myself
  • Lizzy House quilt
  • Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt
  • Mini quilt for my sewing space

As for skills, I would like to learn a few applique techniques in the coming year. Plus try my hand at free motion quilting.

This should be another great year of sewing!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Someone is Turning 2!


It is hard and well not so hard to believe that Nora is turning 2 today! The last two years have been a blessing and a challenge. But even those challenging days, I still can't imagine life without Nora. She is full of spunk, personality, fearlessness, stubbornness, giggles, hugs, and kisses. And I just know that in a few short months she will be a wonderful big sister.

Happy Birthday to our awesome little girl!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tula Pink Moonshine Poolside Tote


I love Noodlehead bag patterns! So far I've made a few Super Totes and Divided Baskets. So I knew I wanted to make the Poolside tote. It just took me awhile to get around to making it. I already have plans to make another one, once I have finished all of my Christmas sewing. I think this would be a great sized bag for my hospital bag when baby #2 arrives.

I think the cutting and interfacing took more time than the actual sewing. So once the cutting and interfacing is done this bag comes together so quickly. I managed to cut out and interface during Nora's naptime and sewed the bag up once she was down for the night.

This is such a nice sized bag for a weekend getaway. Plenty of room for all of the necessities, with room to spare. The exterior I used some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim and all of the accent and lining fabric is from Tula Pink's Moonshine collection. (Which I must say is one of my favorites!). This time I made the pocket a slip pocket, since I didn't have a zipper big enough on hand, but I think the next time I make this bag I want to add a zipper pocket in addition to the slip pocket. I mean you can never haven too many pockets!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Trying to Check Off My Handmade Christmas List

So this year I made myself an unofficial goal of a handmade Christmas. I mean I love this sewing and quilting and it has been very therapeutic this year, so why not try and create my gifts.

I initially thought I would just make quilts for my 6 nieces and nephews. Then I decided to make my father-in-law a quilt, then last week I cut and pieced a quilt for my mom. So that has brought my total up to 8 quilts. Luckily I'm done with 5 of them, have 2 more that are pieced and ready to be quilted and 1 left to cut out! Oh and I'm trying to have the quilts done by the end of the month, so I can spend December finishing the rest of my list! I'm gonna be a busy gal.

So here are some of my latest works in progress.


One of the quilts that I'm making for Christmas, but I don't want to show the whole quilt and spoil the surprise.


A quilt for one of my nephews. This top came together in an afternoon! I do love a fast quilt pattern.


 I had some scraps from a few Christmas ornaments that I made for a swap I did, so what better way to use up those scraps than to make a mini quilt for myself!


Another quick pattern from Moda Fabrics. These little sailboats take about 15 minutes to piece once the fabric is cut out. I have 4 blocks done, now I just have to decide on layout and sashing.

I have been pretty busy, but I have more to-do and finish up before Christmas. Only 5 weekends left before Christmas, I think I can, I think, I can!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Two More Finished Quilts for Christmas

Okay so the whole blogging for 31 days kinda fell through, guess that happens when you are pregnant and get sick. But I still managed to sew everyday, I just didn't blog about it.

I did complete everything on my monthly to-do list

  • Finish two more quilts for Christmas
  • Halloween Mini quilt
  • Christmas Mini quilt
So that is at least a highlight, every sewing item on my October to-do list did mange to get finished between being pregnant, chasing after a toddler, and getting sick!

Without further ado here are my completed quilts!


Another quilt for one of my nephews. I used In Color Order's Lazy Daisy pattern. I really do love how fast the quilt top comes together once you have all of the squares cut. Plus I love that every quilt is a little different even though I have used this pattern for 3 out of the 4 quilts for my nieces and nephews. I love the serpentine quilting stitch. I has become one of my go to stitches. It's fun and I love the look.


My father-in-law is a car guy, specifically a Ford car/truck guy. He has restored a few of them and takes them to car shows around the country. So one day I happen to be at Joann and I found some Ford fabric, I knew what I was going to make him for Christmas. Now he can have a nice quilt for when they travel around to shows. I used In Color Order's Arithmetic pattern with 8 inch squares for the large scale prints and mixed those with some solid colors to help break up the busyness of the quilt.  I did some straight line quilting outlining the squares, a nice basic quilting that works well with the quilt.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 17: Finished Mini Quilt Top


I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts

I finally had some time and lets face energy to sew today! I managed to finish my Thimble Blossoms Round & Round Mini. Lots of tiny seams and tiny blocks, but I like how it came out. Though not perfect by a long shot, I embrace the imperfections, because life is not perfect and my quilts aren't either. I strive for my best and ever now and then a seam doesn't want to match up and you know what that's okay. Not everything in the life is perfect and pretty, life can be chaotic and messy, so I embrace the imperfections and just move on!




And hopefully tomorrow, I can sit down and quilt this mini.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 15: I Interrupt This 31 Days for a Special Post

October 15 is a day that really had no meaning before 2011. October 15 is Infant & Pregnancy Awareness Day. In March 2011 I miscarried my first baby at 12 weeks. I was so devastated, at the time I just wanted to give up having my own children. But I soon discovered a world that seems to hide in the shadows of pregnancy. This day is also special because my due date for the baby for just a few days before the 15th.

It is only after you have a miscarriage that you hear of others have been through the same thing. It also makes any pregnancy after scarier. When I was pregnant with Nora, I guarded the fact that I was pregnant from most everyone until I was 14 weeks and I had heard the heartbeat a few times. I spent most of the first and even second trimesters worried that something awful was going to happen to her. I found it very difficult to find joy during the early days of my pregnancy. I was so happy to deliver a happy healthy girl just a few days before Christmas.

Even today with baby #2, I was still very worried early on. I'm starting to think worry a little less. (It helps that I have an almost 2 year old to chase after) But the worry is still there. And especially today. We had our 20 week ultrasound and while it appears to look good, I still worry. I'm just thankful I have an amazing husband who has seen me through and very supportive. But at the end of the day, it was fun to discover that we will have another girl joining our family in March 2015!

No sewing to update on, as I spend the day out of the house and even had a date night with my hubby. It will be back to sewing tomorrow though!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 14: Another Mini



I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts

Another day for cutting out projects. I started working on a Christmas mini quilt for myself.


Working entirely from fabric I found in my stash, I started cutting out this little baby this afternoon. I'm using Thimble Blossoms Mini Round & Round pattern. I LOVE Camille's patterns they are just so cute and perfect (a Swoon quilt is on my list for next year!). Still working on the finally layout, but I think this will be so cute once it is complete. 

Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 13: Small Projects


I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts

As I figure out backing fabric for the two quilt tops that I have finished so far. I started on a few smaller projects that have just been hanging around. And today I finished a few of them.


I finished a couple of quilted potholders for Christmas gifts, started cutting out another another quilt top, and cut out a handmade birthday gift. Plus I started reorganizing my sewing area. So all in all a great day for sewing.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Witch Hazel Halloween Mini Quilt


I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts

So the last 2 days in the Pugh household have been real fun, with a sick, mom, dad, and kiddo. So the whole blogging thing didn't happen, but I did do a little bit of sewing and quilting. 

I finished my Witch Hazel Halloween Mini Quilt! One item that I can now cross off my to-do list!

I used the Starburst pattern from Canoe Ridge Creations and to increase the size just a bit I added a small border around the mini. I love how it turned out. I just did organic straight line quilting and I think it really works for this mini. And for this mini I actually finished the binding by hand, most of the time I machine bind because I'm just not that patient enough to do a larger quilt.



I just love the Witch Hazel collection from October Afternoon. Cute and vintage, this will make a great wall hanging for years to come.

Here's to hoping everyone is on the mend and I can get back to sewing and blogging.

Happy Sewing!






Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 9: Quilting!


I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts

Not much sewing happened today, but I did manage to do a little quilting this afternoon.


I'm about halfway done, so here is to hoping that tomorrow is one a better day for Nora and I and two that I can finish this lovely little quilt.

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 8: A Finished Quilt Top

I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts.

YAY! I managed to finish another quilt top. This quilt will be for one of my nephews. I love how the random pattern came out.


Now to figure out backing for the two tops that I have finished so far.

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 7: A Little Bit of Sewing

I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts.

Well today, life happened. Normally I sew during Nora's naptime. Well today she decided that it would be a great day to take just and hour nap. So that cut into my mama time. I was able to redeem it a little bit, when we were going to head out for a walk when it started to pour. So we headed to the family room for Nora to play and me to do a little sewing.


I did managed to get a bit of sewing done. And I will hopefully sew once Nora heads to bed.


Even if I don't get a lot of sewing done, I can't pass up the chance to snuggle with this cutie pie! I love this girl!

Happy Sewing!



Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 6: A New Week a New Quilt Top


I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts.


Oh Monday, we are such frienemies sometimes. Poor Nora has her 2 year molars coming in and as such isn't the happiest toddler ever and the weather has been well blah!

By the time naptime rolled around I was ready for some mama time. My sewing goal for this week is to finish another quilt top for Christmas and to finish up my Halloween mini. Maybe a lofty goal but I gotta dream big or I'm never going to finish all of my Christmas sewing on time!


As of this evening, I have finished piecing the squares into rows. Next up is pressing and sewing the rows together. The best part of this pattern is the complete random piecing, makes for quick sewing. Then I can play with how the rows come together, but that will be for tomorrow, hopefully!

Happy Sewing!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Day 5: Halloween Mini Quilt


I am participating in the 31 Days writing challenge. I'm using this for accountability to help myself complete projects from my sewing to-do list and finish up Christmas gifts.


Ahh, Sunday, a day to relax and do a little sewing just for myself. In fact every Sunday this month I am dedicating to selfish sewing. Since I have two projects that are time sensitive (holiday mini quilts) Sunday seems like a nice day to take a break from the rest of my sewing to-do list.

Awhile back I picked up some Halloween fabric to make a mini and now I'm finally making the time to sew it up.


This morning I woke up about an hour earlier then the rest of the house. So I snuck downstairs for a little quiet time before church. I managed to get most of my Halloween mini cut out before Derek and Nora woke up. Yay, for some alone time!


After making lunch/dinner, I spent a little more time working on my mini. Now that my sewing area is in the family room, we can still spend time together and I can get some sewing accomplished. Actually this afternoon Derek even worked on our unfinished bathroom! Nora was happy playing, coloring, and generally being a toddler. Yay all around!


Derek so kindly put Nora to bed so I could finish sewing up this mini! I just love the way it turned out. Now I'm just deciding if I want to add a scrappy border, which I'm kinda leaning to since it would help with the binding that I plan on using. Hopefully after completing another quilt top this week I will have time to finish working on this mini later this week!

I have accomplished more sewing this week, than I have in a few weeks. So very thankful I decided to participate in 31 Days, this was just the kick in the pants I needed to stay on top of my every growing to-do list and with the added accountability of blogging is really helping me as well.

Happy Sewing!