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We now return to our regularly scheduled quilt blog . . .
Well! We are now in our first full week of school and I am feeling like I am back to a regular routine. And planning to get back into the regularly scheduled blog posts too.  A few weeks ago I was starting to wonder if I was loosing my marbles trying to keep track of all the various aspects of life, but after a few days of kids back in school I realized, “Oh. That was just summer.”  It was very reassuring to feel like I wasn’t totally going off the deep end.
Anyway, I am trying to get caught up on all the stuff I have sorely neglected. Like many Thank You’s!

First off, a big Thank You to Lady Bug Quilt Shop for sponsoring this blog.  Sara has a wonderful collection of great fabric at great prices including the newest Basic Grey line, Origins, by Moda, adorable Hooty-Hoot by Riley Blake, and my favorite (of course) Punctuation by American Jane for Moda!! Check them out!
A few very generous bloggers have recently featured Diary of a Quilter:

Kim from Today’s Creative Blog did a little feature here. Wow, I was so flattered to be listed in that kind of company. I had the chance to meet Kim in real life this summer and she is a hoot. Her blog is an amazing resource for ideas and links to very creative places.
Amy's Creative Side
Last week Amy (the quilter formerly known as Park City Girl) posted an interview with me. I frequently have people ask me how I have time to work on the quilts that I make. Well, this interview gives you some of the answers. Amy and I live in the same state and we have yet to meet in real life. But I think we are going to finally do something about that!
Sew What Today and TipNut also recently featured some of my tutorials. Thank you so much! And finally, thank you so much to those of you like Be@Home and Cheryl who have nominated me for blogging awards. I sincerely appreciate each time someone thinks this dorky blog is mildly entertaining. I apologize that I don’t always have time to participate in the questionaire portions of awards – I already spend way too much time on the computer – but thank you SO much for thinking of me.  Okay, I’m starting to sound like Sally Fields. 
Next: a Class! For any locals, I am teaching a Table Runner Class Thursday September 9th from 10:00-12:30 in Highland, Utah as part of the Dog Kennel Quilt Guild’s Day of Quilting.  If you are interested in coming (do! it would be so fun to hang out!) contact JoyLyn at herb.thyme{at}
my next project
Finally thank you so much for all of your kind responses and awesome quilt-name suggestions from the last post! I want you to know how much I sincerely appreciate every comment someone takes the time to write.  Somedays I wonder why I invest so much time in taking pictures and writing about my quirky life and hobby.  The kind things you all say really motivate me to keep doing it. 

Also, the really interesting spam I get. I won’t bother sharing the chinese character spam I get because sadly, I have no idea what it says. But I thought you’d all enjoy this one from “Andrew Marks”:

Really trustworthy blog, please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it to a few friends of mine that I know they would enjoy reading it. Incontinence Products

Don’t worry. In case you were tempted to click, I un-linked the hyperlink eliminating the possibility of infecting your computer with a horrific virus. But the thing I want to know is how Andrew knew that after having four babies I can no longer jump on a trampoline or have a really good sneeze.  

Modern Quilt for an Old Friend

An old friend of mine got married this summer. Not that that’s unusually big news, but this friend has had quite the journey.  We’ve been friends a long time – high school, college roommates. Years later we even ended up getting married within weeks of each other, had our first babies within months of each other – and then things changed drastically for her.  Her first husband was diagnosed with severe mental health issues.  She was pregnant with her second baby and no longer in a safe situation. Tragedy of the cruelest kind. 
As I get older and find out about more people I knew in my adolescence who have grown into serious mental health issues, it breaks my heart. Because there’s so much stigma, and so many helpless feelings there. I have another friend who’s husband has cancer.  While equally tragic, it’s socially normal to rally around someone battling something like cancer, but how to help someone who is battling their own brain turning them into a different person is daunting. It’s not like you can just bring them a casserole and hope they get better. Mental health issues are not for sissies, I tell you.
Anyway, after years of being a single mom, putting herself through graduate school, and supporting her girls  all alone, my friend married the greatest guy this summer. If anyone deserved a big dose of happiness, it’s her.  And so, to celebrate a new family, I wanted to give them a quilt. 
The inspiration for this quilt came from a picture of a throw-pillow I saw in a magazine. (Don’t you find that sometimes you find quilt inspiration everywhere?)  Everything came from the stash, including the back and binding. I love that feeling. My only regret is the binding. I don’t love it, but it was too late by the time I finished to change it. These pictures were hastily taken 10 minutes before I had to leave for the wedding. (Such is the life of our crazy summer.)

I’m thinking about publishing a pattern for this quilt.  But I’m still looking for the perfect name.  If you have a great suggestion, let me know. If I pick yours, you can have the pattern for free!

Pattern now available on sidebar! —->

I’m linking with Today’s Creative Blog!

And AmyLouWho!

Simple Stripes Quilt and Kits

Well, the kids are back in school and I’m starting to catch up on blogging and etsy a little. You’ve seen this quilt before – this is the one I designed for a simple quilt tutorial at UCreate earlier this month. 
Here are a few more of the details of the quilt.  It was fun working with these fabrics and colors – kind of out of my normal color-comfort-zone. Most of the fabrics are from Nest by Valori Wells for Free Spirit fabrics, with a few Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler and Anna Griffin prints thrown in the mix.
The back.
I added this bird panel detailing and I love how it livens up the back.

I cut kits when I made the quilt and they are finally available in my Etsy Shop! The kit includes the 16 different fabrics used for the front and pre-cut binding strips in either orange or Amy Butler’s coral solid. Both look so pretty – the choice is yours.

I have some fabric available for backing. These are not included in the kit price, but I will create a custom listing of $11 and add it to your purchase with no additional shipping charge.  I have 1 available green back, 2 1 available oyster-gray back and 1 available large floral.  For the green and grey backs I will add the bird panel if you want so you can make a back like mine.
Finally, the quilt itself is for sale too! Go check it out.
I only have enough fabric to make one round of these kits, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. :(
More etsy items to be listed soon. I’ve had a lot of inquiries about the I-Spy Charm packs.  Those are on the way as soon as I can finish the cutting.  I’ve found some great new i-spy prints this summer – including some that are on the way still – but I hope to have those ready and listed within the next two weeks. Thanks so much for your patience!

Now I’m off to mop the kitchen floor with the prospect of it staying popsicle-drip free for a few hours! Maybe.

Are we there yet?

What my kitchen table looks like right now. (Minus the rotary cutter.) 
Just keeping it real.

I can’t believe this day is here! School starts tomorrow. (A Wednesday. Weird, I know.) 

And I’m feeling mixed emotions. (Such is the life of a mother with kids.) How did the summer go so fast? Did I really make the most of it?  Is it bad that I’m excited to be back in a routine schedule again? Did I give them too much structure or too little? When can I take a nap? How much longer will the kitchen stay clean when it’s just me and the four-year-old at home most of the day? Can I justify watching Phineas and Ferb on my own?

Yesterday I was sorely tempted to give a rest to my ‘Turn off the TV’ chant and just let the kids go ahead and OD one last time before school starts. But the guilt got to me so we pulled out some of the projects I still had on the list.   While they were busy I even finished the quilt top for my sister.  What’s not finished (or yet started) are a couple of tops for my 11-year-old.  (Good old Simplicty 3835). They’ve been on my list all summer. Maybe today.  Probably not. But the weather is warm for a while yet.

So summer, we bid thee farewell. It’s been real. And it’s been fun.