Saturday, February 19, 2011

I had good intentions for the FNSI

I really did.  I was going to make a cover for my ugly, ancient heating pad and work on a snowball quilt.  All I managed was to choose fabrics from my scraps and make the heating pad cover.

I could not bring myself to show you the heating pad with it's original cover.  I actually took the wrong one when I left Seattle.  I took the old one and left him the nice one with the extra pad that you can dampen for moist heat.  (I am nice like that.)

This is a close up of the quilting which is pretty ordinary but I do like the thread choice.  I also like big, loopy meandering when I am in a hurry to quilt something...especially something utilitarian.

Today I am going to finish one baby quilt and start a second.  The second will have Minkee on the back and I am totally freaked about working with that fabric.  I will not have the opportunity to get it on the long arm until next Thursday and then I am taking it to Virginia on Friday.  Hopefully I will have some quiet time to finish the binding before Drew's birthday party on Saturday afternoon.

When Andrew's brother, Alex, was born I made the christening outfit.  Alex was baptized at 6 months and looked adorable in his outfit.  They tried it on Drew and he will also be able to wear it for his baptism next Sunday...minus the hat.  He apparently hates the hat.  I am ok with that mostly because at a year he would probably look goofy with the hat.  I am just thrilled that he will be able to wear the romper and jacket.  I will have photos of that next weekend because the outfit is just too cute!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Friday night

You know tomorrow night is the FNSI (Friday Night Sew In)?  Once again I have way too many things to work on but I am narrowing it down to a snowball quilt/shower curtain/whatever that I started when I moved in the house and I just saw the CUTEST heating pad cover over on Jodi's blog so I must make that.  I have a DVD ready to watch and my favorite wine is on sale.  If you want to join in the fun, click on this and it will take you right to the sign up page.

Seriously - is life good or what?!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Guess who was up at 4:30 this morning channeling her "inner Martha"?

I made these for my co-workers.  I am nice like that.

Hope you have a wonderful day and that someone does something nice for you!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

One of my very favorite blogs

Y'all know I make bags and stuff.  Lori makes GORGEOUS bags - out of recycled leather and fabric and wool.

She also makes jewelry.  And her blog is beautiful.  And I want to be her.  Seriously.

Go check out her blog, Studio Waterstone.  You won't be disappointed.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Guess who learned how to curve piece?

Or is it "piece curves"?  Either way, I did it!

I just saw the snippet of fabric on the left side of the quilt.  Please ignore!

Again with the snippet!

These are all cut free form (pretty obvious, huh?)  I based the quilt top on one that I saw on Moda Bake Shop called "I Dance in Circles".  I knew I would love it in batiks so I pulled these out on Friday.  I have to pick up more batiks to make the quilt about 60" square.  I am really liking it so far.  No, not my style or anything that could go in my house but it will be perfect as a gift for some dear friends.

As for the piecing, I watched the YouTube video suggested in the tutorial for "I Dance..." and it was really easy and fun.  I concentrated on only watching the edges of the fabric and the edge of my quarter inch foot.  If you position your hands as demonstrated in the video, it works perfectly.

Snow or wintery mix or something heading this way for the weekend.  I have a couple of baby quilts I am going to quilt and I have to start cutting the fabrics for my grandson's birthday quilt.  I have several movies lined up to watch on Netflix so I am ready for some serious sewing time in the studio.

Speaking of my grandson...those of you who have been following me for a while know about our very premature baby boy who arrived last February.  I thought you might like to see a recent photo of him.  This is a photo taken at Christmas.

Chronologically he was 10 months old (gestational age is 7 months).  In just two weeks he will be a year old.  He is the happiest baby imaginable with absolutely no problems related to his early birth.  I absolutely adore that smile and those chubby cheeks!

Off to fill up the coffee pot.  I am writing this at 5:30am and I am going to NEED some coffee!  Hope you have a great weekend.

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