Friday, September 30, 2011

A day of details

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We tore the attic studio (upstairs, white room, what do I call it again?) apart this morning to set up a bed for a photo shoot. I just finished sewing a new flannel quilt, which I'll share next week to introduce the LouLou Flannels. The process of propping called for making some new pillow cases as well. I've been wanting to make some new pillow cases anyway just to play around with the borders in the Crossing Paths prints..... so fun. And layer on top of that detail the very enjoyable detail of already-made bias binding! Yes, you heard me, its finally here! When you consider the embarrassing amount of money I would be willing to spend to not make my own, I think these rolls come in quite reasonably. You don't even have to tip me.

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Anyway, the shoot went really well, and fussing with the details to get everything just so from each angle, really takes a very, very long time, and still you could always tweak more...you know, just enough crumbles in the quilts to look comfortable, but just enough neatness to translate the quilt pattern....its all very finicky. Four hours of setting it all up and shooting. But highly pleasing for someone like me ... who's OCD tendencies and the desire to be in a good mood are at constant odds with one another. What was talking about? Details. We layered up two different quilts with the pillows for the photo shoot, and I really, really did not quite know or plan to have all the pieces bound with the exact same bias binding, its just happened that way. But I love how it looks.

And more details. My man left town today and is running a 50k tomorrow. I did not just accidentally type a zero behind that five. 5 0 k i l o m e t e r s. That's bout 30 miles. I am eating pretzels and hummus right , which I imagine is very different from running 30 miles. We are different like that. I run. But like 3 miles. And do you know what I love so very much about my running man? He is so genuinely proud of me and encouraging when I do little things like run 3 ten-minute miles. High five-ing me and everything. He is amazing. As much as we all like to tease him about his passion for running, we all are in awe of what he is able to do. Even if we discuss his glycogen levels more than I thought any two people could.

When I started this post, I didn't know what pillow cases and running 30 miles had to do with one another.... but I think Mr. 50k will make that clear to me sometime after the race tomorrow.

Run. Jeff. Run. I'll be preparing the finish line with lots of love.
xoxo, Anna

47 comments:

  1. Premade Bias Binding= best creation EVER! LOVE THIS!
    Thank you for knowing how much I hate the chore of making bias binding and allowing me the freedom of more projects to create without having to make my own binding. Because I really do choose projects based on bias binding, ugh!

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  2. 50 K. I cannot tell you how in awe I am right now. I can barely make it from one mailbox to another. I started running earlier in the year and was slowly improving, but Southwest Florida heat and humidity really has a way of putting a damper on any outside activities other than occasional beach trips. I love that bed. Even just the little I can see. I've been dying to get my hands on the flannel, but living here where we get two whole days of 30 degree weather in a rough winter, I've had to really be thinking of how to justify buying the line to my husband. I'm excited to see the quilt. It may just be the excuse I've been waiting for! Good luck to Jeff! And enjoy your hummus. :D

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  3. Anonymous3:10 PM

    wow ... for your husband running a 50k and for all your creativity and running three miles at a time while being busy parents! very, very impressive to someone working on her first quilt and getting ready for a been-too-long-so-i-will-have-a-very-slow-time-on-it-and-be-sore-for-days-afterward 5k in november. (that would be me).

    thank you both for the inspiration.

    best wishes to all!

    kathy

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  4. Ha! I had to giggle at your last paragraph on pillowcases and running 30 miles. Anyhow... waiting with anticipation to get my hands on some of the "cross-stitch" like fabric of yours... I actually put it in the budget this month. Usually fabric purchases fall under "extras" but this new stuff of yours calls for its own line in the budget =)

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  5. Love it! the patterns are nice x

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  6. Annie C4:09 PM

    Thirty miles . . . I'm with you at three. I'm in awe of anyone in that great shape! I'd rather drink coffee and sew and paint (and my knees agree). I saw somewhere where you colored in a Loulouthi rose with French knots -- hmmmm, on a pillow with some of that stripey bias tape over piping . . . nice!

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  7. ah yes, the details of the run. that's what will tie it all together. your hubby maybe will break it all down for you in details, just like my cross-country running son does.... that would be high school cross country. he doesn't run across the country;) he just got home from practice and gave me the blow by blow of the brutal workout they had today. i mean, the streets and the hills and the number of loops and what the coach said and how the best kid on the team was wiped out after, yada yada yada. but i love that he shares it all with me.

    love the bed and the binding!!

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  8. i just finished my own blog post about running a 5k this weekend! i run about a 10.5 minute mile, so i'll high five you as well :) i didn't even know they made 50k runs. geesh. still unfathomable to me to run such a distance.

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  9. I love reading your blog because you are comfortable with blogging about bias binding, pillowcases, running and your relationship with your husband in the same blog and when you do it - it all works.

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  10. Anna, you live a life in love; in love with your husband and kids, in love with your creative abilities. And it is so infectious- in a good way. You remind me to be in love and thankful for the blessings in my life.

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  11. Corinne8:18 PM

    Anna Maria...is there a particular construction technique that you use for your pillowcases? If so, is there any chance that you could share it with us...I would seriously go to sleep with a smile on my face if I had pillowcases like that on my bed...LOVELY...!!!!! And thank you for considering my request...!

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  12. Hi Corrine, I make mine the exact same way as Ashley over at Film in the Fridge, she did a tutorial linked here:

    http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/01/27/pretty-quick-pillowcase-tutorial/

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  13. 50k - that is amazing! 10k is my absolute limit and I'd much rather go for a tidy 6 or 7. So am completely in awe, hope the run goes well.

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  14. I love the contrast of the binding, it really pops! I am happy to run one mile! My husband is training for a Tough Mudder race and my son runs cross country so I have to do something so I can join in the conversation!!

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  15. Gorgeous! I officially am thinking of making pillow cases now.
    Hmmmm... running, and pillow cases...
    #1 50k is serious running
    #2 3 miles would wear me out almost as much as 50k
    #3 I am officially thinking I should be less concerned with making pillow cases, and more intent on running, or walking three miles, and getting into shape!
    #4 If I ran today I would need a beautiful bed and fresh pillow cases to collapse on after wards!
    #5 I think you both are amazing, in so many ways!

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  16. That bias binding reminds me of the borders of international mail envelopes, which seems to fit perfectly with prints called "crossing paths." It's all very travel-y. Beautiful!

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  17. Well gosh, I think even I could tackle pillow cases! Do I let the three half-finished quilts languish while I make them? Hmmm. . . One thing I know -- I will not be running 50K before they're done. Holy smokes!

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  19. I am married to such a man, too. God I love him, but who runs 18 miles at night - for fun??? I run, too. I'm slow, and only up to 6 miles or so, but I love it when he slows down to run with me. Makes me so happy. :) Here's to the creative type + runner maniac! We've been married almost 13 years, and hitched up at 18. So in all, I'm thinking our combination must be a winner! Can't wait to enjoy a slow jog on our 50th, just to finish with a cuddle in some comfy quilts. :)

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  20. 50K????? Gasp! That is so worthy. Holy cow. Well done, sir.

    Love the pillowcases, too! The bias binding is delish. :)

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  21. Love the bias binding! The yellow fabric with the little blue bell shaped flowers and red berry sprays is wonderful!!

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  22. Oooh, I can't wait for pre-made binding!

    Congrats again to Jeff. Has he considered running an Ultra Marathon? There is a 100 mile run through the Pine Creek Forrest in Pa happening this Summer and my husband is actually planning on running it! We certainly have some pretty amazing men, don't we!

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  23. Congratultions to Jeff for such a amazing effort! I did a 10k run for life this year and on the finish line as said: never again, but I already cannot wait for the next short race:) Who knows, maybe a half marathon one day? running is fun, but the weather in Scotland hasn't been very encouraging for the outdoors activities lately :( anyhow, good luck to Jeff and you in your running and hope you're having a relaxing weekend!

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  24. Ha ha funny post. My husband did a 100 miler a few years ago. Insane. But I new that when I married him. I don't run but I sew:-) Nice to see someone else has a similar mix.

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  25. I love love the pillowcases the colors and print combinations are perfect!
    50K I can't even imagine that's pretty amazing!

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  26. The bedding is absolutely gorgeous! I love the pillow cases. As for the 50K, wow. I also run, but like you, keep it between 3-5 miles each day vs. 50K. I don't think I could make that happen. I love that you are each other's cheerleaders! That's wonderful!

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  27. I hate making bias binding so much that I've never even tried it (along with zippers...). I have always had to settle for the ugly polyester stuff in the store. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for doing this. I've looked for cute bias tape before but have never found anything I could use. But WOW on your husband's running. WOW. I am a hiker that tried to add running to my schedule early in the summer and promptly snapped my Achilles tendon. Ugh. You guys are amazing!

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  28. Just grinning...about the flannel, the bias binding, the pillowcases and the finish line!

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  29. Corinne6:41 PM

    Thank you, Anna Maria, for directing me to the pillowcase tutorial...I appreciate it very much!!!

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  30. nice looking, readymade bias binding - fantastic!!!!

    I want to love making my own but alas it is only the desire to finish a project that keeps me going - actually the process may feel similar to running 50k - I will never know this for sure though :)

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  31. Congrats to Jeff Horner on finishing the Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k! 7:19:17 is definitely a respectable finishing time, especially on such a difficult course.

    Here's a video of Jeff crossing the finish line!

    http://checkpointphotos.com/stumpjump/view.php?id=76

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  32. Love the fabrics you chose! And wonderful trim choices. They really pop!

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  34. so this is my first time on your blog (saw it advertised in "artful blogging") - wow...so much beautiful eye candy! would you be able to tell me where you found the cross-stitch fabric thats pictured above (pillowcases and fitted sheet)? thanks SO much!

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