Happy Biopsy-Versary!

Our third biopsy-versary has come!  🙂  February 14 will always be an interesting day…but it is much more than Valentine’s Day in our household.  We talked in depth about our first biopsy-versary last year.  You can find that post here.  The phrase biopsy-versary was taken from an xkcd comic that we have shared before.  🙂

This year for Valentine’s Day Brett and I went to a Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors concert in Evanston, IL.  We saw them almost exactly 3 years ago in the same venue.  That evening three years ago was hard…we had just found out my diagnosis but hadn’t done any of the staging yet.  (This means that we knew that I had cancer but we didn’t know how far along it was or what my treatments/prospects were).  There is a song of theirs called Live Forever.  These lyrics made me feel so scared and uncertain about what would come next for us…

This year the concert was great 🙂  Instead of the entire band, the evening was spent with just Drew and Ellie Holcomb…unplugged and totally awesome 🙂  Drew and Ellie even played our song 🙂  Do you remember it from our wedding?

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quilting progress!

I’m making progress on the quilt 🙂  It is kind of nice to be at a stage in the project where I don’t have to check my instructions over and over…sewing the rectangles together into columns and then sewing the columns together is fairly straight forward 🙂  I love how this project is coming together though.  The different patterns are so fun and the way the colors from each color blend together is pretty neat.  I’m really looking forward to sharing my updates as the project progresses!  For my post on the first update see here 🙂

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Girly Wednesday ~ xxxxii ~ imagining the perfect room

Have you ever seen those design blogs/articles/magazines with pictures of these wonderfully imagined rooms?  Sometimes it is the perfect kitchen, or the most luxurious bathroom, or a cozy bedroom.  My favorites are always the reading/library rooms that people add to their extravagant houses.  I totally want a room with floor to ceiling bookshelves one day, a sliding ladder, and a really cozy space to read 🙂

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the quilting has begun

Quilting has begun!  I learned the hard way (after washing all of the fabrics and ironing them for 3 hours…) that this process cannot be forced.  Brett and I spent hours picking out all of the fabrics and then I washed and ironed them all…..and then 3 weeks went by.  I was starting to worry that I was going to have trouble returning to this lovely new hobby of mine when all of a sudden I found myself back downstairs and cutting fabric 🙂  I guess after spending 7 hours in 2 days doing the parts of this process that I don’t enjoy as much, I just needed a little break 🙂

The quilt that I am working on comes from Elise’s Get Quilty eCourse.  I have done a few of the projects now that she goes through in depth in the course.  You can find posts on them here and here along with my own adaptation of one here.  In the course, Elise makes an ombre quilt where the colors fade from peach to pink to red to orange to yellow.  I decided to adapt that idea for slightly different colors.  Ours will start with gray and fade into purple, blue, teal, and light green.  Each of the columns of color will be comprised of 5 different fabrics in that color…a cool mixture of solid and prints.  🙂  I am also altering the size of the quilt made in the ecourse from a 42″x60″ quilt to a 84″x60″ quilt.  🙂

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Since there are literally 25 fabrics (and that isn’t counting the fabric I have picked out for the back and for the binding), it took a little while to cut everything out.  After cutting out the gray, purple, and blue fabrics it was definitely time for a change of pace.  I started laying the purple and gray fabrics out and deciding what the columns should look like 🙂

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So far I have one column sewed together and 3 others waiting in neat stacks.  I am so loving this project 🙂