Catching Up

Today I spent some time at my sewing machine for the first time in weeks. Wow, it felt so good. I made a dent in catching up on my Virtual Quilting Bee blocks.
I also spent some time catching up on blocks for my group Bee. I’ve been months behind. These cheerful four-patch blocks are for Jodi.

And this Swoon-y block is for Trish. I bought the pattern for this one ages ago and it’s been on my “some-day” list forever. It’s a huge block – finishes 20″ square. Now that I’ve got one under my belt, I’m feeling motivated to make some more for myself. Add it back on the list.

It’s hard to believe October is here! We had a cold front blow through last week that was a bit of a wake-up call that summer is really over. (Insert sad faces here.) I’ll be so sad when my tomato plants go. I planted mine so late that they’re finally yielding a lot of tomatoes! For some reason by big tomatoes aren’t doing well, but these “sweet hundreds” are still going gang-busters. I’m going to keep enjoying them as long as possible!

After such a crazy busy September, I’m trying to just slow down and catch-up on life. I feel infinitely behind on anything computer or email related. I almost wonder if I’ll ever catch-up. I’m also trying to slow down and just be mom and hang out a little more.
This week we took our annual trip to one of our favorite spots, Cascade Springs. Never gets old. There’s something I really love about the sound of water. Makes my brain relax. I probably needed to stay a lot longer. 

Going to Cascade Springs reminded me of our trip last year and that made me realize that I need to finish my Modern Maples quilt. One more thing to catch-up on!


And now a couple of Public Service Announcements, just a little reminder that tickets for the Quilt Bliss retreat here in Utah this January are almost sold out. Check out availability here. If you are local and just want to buy a day pass you can use the code AMY15 for $15 off the day pass price! It would be so fun to hang out!

Finally, my friend Amber at Crazy Little Projects just released her second Ebook: Learn to Sew. She has some great ideas for beginning sewing projects. Click here to visit Crazy Little Projects.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Afton Warrick
    October 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I follow your blog and am excited to see that you will be attending Quilt Bliss. I'm from Albuquerque, but will be headed to Salt Lake for the retreat.

    • Reply
      amy smart
      October 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      That's so great Afton! I'm excited to meet you!

  • Reply
    October 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I love all the fun colors – both in nature and in your blocks!

    • Reply
      amy smart
      October 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks Christa. Me too! I love the colors this time of year.

  • Reply
    October 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    can see why you love to visit Cascade Springs it looks idyllic. Some great blocks, love the fabric you have used in the first blocks very retro looking

  • Reply
    Esther F.
    October 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Your blocks looks so joyfull!<br />The pictures of cascade springs make me want to jump on a plane and get there as soon as possible to catch the wonderful colours in the leaves.<br />Esther<br />esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com<br />ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com<br /><br />

  • Reply
    Melissa Corry
    October 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

    So where is Cascade Springs, I totally need to go there!! Beautiful!!

  • Reply
    October 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful blocks, I love Swoon too. Your photos of Cascade Springs are beautiful.

  • Reply
    October 4, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I love the swoon block you made, and those tomatoes look delicious!

  • Reply
    October 4, 2013 at 5:51 am

    The blocks are so pretty. And I totally understand what your life has been like lately because mine has been the same. I&#39;m hoping to spend some time on Sunday in my studio getting to know my Lucy again.

  • Reply
    Leanne Parsons
    October 4, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I love the sound of water too…something about it just feels like home.

  • Reply
    Live a Colorful Life
    October 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Cascade Springs looks beautirful, and rejuvenating. Every time I make the Swoon block, I&#39;m always surprised at how large it is…

  • Reply
    Katy Cameron
    October 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Such pretty autumn colours there! It&#39;s funny, last weekend I was in the Alps, the year before I was in Salt Lake, obviously there&#39;s something about travelling in October for me these days…

  • Reply
    October 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I am so far behind in the Virtual Quilting Bee. I sort of fell out of love with my fabric choices, but not one to leave things unfinished, I will get back to it pretty soon.<br />Thanks for hosting this bee.xoxo

    • Reply
      amy smart
      October 14, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Haha – I know that feeling of falling out of love with a project. I have one too many of those. If it makes you feel any better, I still love your fabric choices. 😉

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.