Friday, December 26, 2014

2015, I got you in my sights.

I can't believe that I have let this whole year pass with minimal posting.  I love blogging.  I love having an outlet for writing and posting about Scarlett Key and such.  I have really gotten into Instagram this year and that has helped in neglecting this poor blog of mine. 
So much has changed this year too!  I got married!  I will post about that at some point.  I became a step-mom when that happened, and I will post about that later too.  I moved on to an almost 70 acre bean farm!  It has been a crazy year!  And, I promise to write about all of it....someday.  Right now?  Right now I want to talk about what's coming.  2015 is going to rock.  Plain and simple.  I did the whole, pick one word thing on Instagram and this is what I picked. 


I want to rebuild Scarlett Key.  I want to rebuild this blog and my online presence.  I want to finish building the house with my Lloyd.  I want to build myself into the best me I can be!  I mean, seriously, I'm going to be turning 30 in May, now is the best time as any to create my world the way I want it to be!  Right?! 
I will be back later with my quilty goal list, my crafty list, my Scarlett Key list, my life list, my me lists for 2015.  I work better when I have goals.  And, I'm going to set a whole flipping lot of them this year!
 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Bee - May Block



Girls, please don't hate me when I ask for this block.  I just love Flying Geese.  I think they are a pretty versatile tool to keep in your back pocket when it comes to quilting.  They can be done with half square triangles because they are generally half as tall as they are wide (i.e. 2x4 or 3x6 or 4x8) but traditional flying geese are not done that way.  There are many websites, books, magazines, etc that will show you how to make geese and you can pick how you want to make them.  The best website - and the one that I've found that includes all cutting measurements for all the ways to make geese is at ShopMartingale.com (click on link).  You can also check out House On Hill Road or QuiltersCache.

My personal method is flippy corner version.  I will sew on the marked seam and then sew a half inch to the right of that seam so that I get ready made hst squares from the corners - just cut in the middle so that there is a quarter inch seam for both the flying geese and the square that is left over. I've also tried various methods to reduce the seam bulk.  Pressing seams on the geese open seems to work pretty well, but there are still going to be some bulky seams where you are connecting the geese together.  I choose to nest those as best I can in the direction that reduces bulk. 

To make this block, you will need eight 6x3 geese and fourteen 2x4 geese.  Just lay them out in this layout:



Now for some guidelines on colors and such....
~ Please do the block in one of two colorways.  There is a "cool" version using blues, greens, (not bright) purples or a "warm" version using reds, pinks, oranges, yellows.  You don't have to follow these layouts exactly, they were just to give you and idea of the colorways.



~ As for the geese part, or the middle triangle, please use something dark.  A tone on tone black print is what I'm using for my block that way there is some dimension to it.
~ I love geometric prints (i.e. circles, squares, stripes, arrows, Greek key), so if you can stay away from overly floral patterns and prints, I would appreciate it but I'm not too picky as I want this to be pretty scrappy looking.
~ You're totally allowed to use the "Make 4 At a Time" method of geese, just try to not put two of the same print next together. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!  My email is prajaline@gmail.com and I'm on Instagram on a regular basis under @pommesdeterres

Thank you so much!! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pay It Forward 2014

It is that time of year again!  Let's make it great together!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2.0.1.4

It is almost here.  I need something to focus on for this upcoming year.  I need to channel my energies.  So, with that said, my word for 2014 is:  create. 

I want to create for me, for my family, for Scarlett Key. 
I want to create a loving environment. 
I want to create a positive place to work. 
I want to create a better me. 

What's your 2014 word? 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Kansas City!

Who knew that I would be traveling more working for a small town grocery store than I did working at the biggest Credit Union in the state?  Well, in July I went to Nashville and in August I got to go to Kansas City.  The Nashville trip was fun but we only were there for like 30 hours or so, that was a crazzzy week!!  Kansas City was a three day trip - with me boss.  Luckily for me he is hilarious and we had a blast.  I did not know, nor was I prepared for, the amount of work and networking that goes into the evening trips to some bars.  Most of those stories will stay secret haha  The other great thing about my boss?  He travels a lot normally so he got us upgraded to the top of the hotel!  Like rooms on the 38th floor and the top floor restaurant was open to us for free.  Seriously though, this hotel was so pretty that I could've lived there forever.  I can't wait to go back!!  I think I get to go twice a year so the next trip will be in February or March. Here are some AMAZING shots from the view of our hotel!  Enjoy!




Hello, delicious room service food that I ate in a king size bed with white sheets.  I do miss you so much.




It was so amazing to have this view every morning. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

International Sunflower Festival, Year TWO!

It was so amazing to be back at the Sunflower Festival.  It rained again, but I still had a blast!!  The great thing about doing a show so close to home is that when I need to pee I can text dad or mom to come watch my booth for a minute haha  I also get homemade meals delivered so I don't have to live on fair food all weekend.  This was the only show I did but the fact that it was the second year was special to me.  I had people that said they remembered me!  I had repeat customers!  It might have been a little much to take in but it was so awesome!