Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

I coulda/woulda/shoulda taken advantage of BOTH kids napping but decided to sit on the sofa instead. Do you ever do that? So seldom do I ever have “me” time. Instead of sewing (which, yes, that’s me time, too) I’m taking the day off to contemplate the finer things in life, like dinner and how I need to clean and do laundry, while catching up with my girl, Rachael Ray*.

I’ve seen this episode before but who doesn’t love Sofia Vergara?

*photo courtesy of rachaelray.com

Your Safe with Kaffe

July 20, 2011 § 3 Comments

I was browsing quilters blogs and websites one recent evening and kept seeing a pattern that I have loved for ages. It’s kind of  haunted me. I showed it to husband and he actually liked it! Surprising for me since husband openly admits he doesn’t care for a lot of my quilts. He likes very streamline, linear, simple, quilts. Occasionally I make one he likes but not often. Luckily I’m quilting for me! Buuuttttt, if I can make a quilt that we both like and may even (gasp) get used then even better!

I went to my favorite shop to pick up a copy. You are probably familiar with it. Kim McLean’s Lollipop trees. It’s really a fabulous pattern.

Of course, if I buy a new pattern then I was going to have to pick up a few more Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Oh, drat! I picked up a few to supplement my collection but think I need more. Actually, I know I need more but am going to try to get them as needed. My sewing room is small and husband has a third of it, well, he’s supposed to have a third of it. I may have, ahem, taken it back over recently. But that’s temporary.

The squares are much larger than I thought. 18″ square when finished. That’s one large block! It took me something like five hours to get the first one traced on templates, cut and partially basted. Yikes!

I did change a few things. Initially I had a brown stem but didn’t really like it so I decided to go with green. I cut out the center three times before settling on the current iteration – one was too dark and the yellow didn’t make the grade – and I had to buy a few more pink/red fabrics so I could make the bubbles/circles/lollipops at the end of the leaves.  I put a few down and they were too light but I think I’m happy with this version.

Only Child for a Day

July 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Little Mister has been hanging out with his Grandmother for a few days so Q Man has been an only child. Since he often has to share the shot with big brother I took an opportunity to snap some photos of my not so little baby today.

A beautiful day, a little chalk, a little madness and an adorable little guy made for a fun afternoon!

Sweet Pea Quilt

July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

My cousin and his wife had Sweet Pea 22 hours before Q Man was born. 22 hours! How crazy is that?! I mean, really?

Of course I had to make a quilt.

This quilt was so fun and easy to make. I fussy cut the center squares from a variety of fun fabrics then bordered each with a solid reading batik. I love it! I did some great quilting in the center of the squares, too. It was so much fun to do the free motion quilting in the center of each block.

Sadly, I’ve had the quilt pieced and quilted for ages but just hadn’t bound it. Partially because I was being lazy and didn’t want to make the binding and partially because I wasn’t sold on any particular fabric for the binding. Originally I planned to use the black and white flower print that I’d used for the inner border. Then I decided I didn’t like it.

I’m trying to finish up projects now that I’ve found balance in my life and make time to sew. Since this partially finished quilt was in my sewing room for a year (gasp!) I decided I needed to just get it finished.  I was digging through my binding scraps (yes, I keep all the little parts of binding if I have some remaining so I can use it on other projects or piece several bindings together for quilts, or…. you get the idea). Anyhow, I ran across this stripe that, ironically, I used as the binding for a baby quilt for another cousins kid born a few months before Q Man. Perfect! I just love striped bindings.

Sweet Pea’s Mamas favorite color is purple so I put this funky purple-ish Kaffe on the back for her. Okay, I had enough fabric in my stash, too. But it soooo screams of her Mama.

I’m super pleased and hope that Sweet Pea will treasure this for years!

Progress

July 13, 2011 § 4 Comments

I finally got my tree quilt basted. The top has been finished since February 2010. Yep! Over an entire year ago, though I’ll lovingly blame it on having a new baby.

I was thrilled to dig through my stash to find the backing fabric. It couldn’t be any more perfect!

I also received a package of some Japanese taupe fabric from a cute little shop in New Hampshire. I’ve never been to the shop but they have lots of taupes online. woot!

The fabric has been washed and dried and is eagerly waiting for me to cut into it. I have some applique work calling my name.

Just. Can’t. Wait.

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