Sunday, August 2, 2009

not trying to ignore my responsibilities as a blogger...

Just to let ya'll know that we are fine, it's just been a steady stream of busy these last couple of months. I will update soon. I promise!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

finished projects...

Don't you just LOVE when you get a long running project finished? Oh, I do. Last week I finished my BFF's daughter's baby quilt. She's 2. And today I finished hand sewing (insert loud groan here) the binding on a quilt that I started almost a year ago.

Here's the baby quilt. I used the Wild Child pattern from Pixiegirl Quilts. It went together very easily, even with the triangles. :) And then I meander quilted it. A little tricky with the flange border, but it came out pretty well. It has burgandy minky on the back. SO soft and cuddly.


Here's the other quilt that I finished. It's Amy Butler Belle fabric and I think the pattern was Take 5 Goes to Charm School.

This one was a little bugger. Only because I had to cut a mess of charm squares in half and then in half again. Not a big deal, just tedious. Not sure if I'll make this one again. And at first I wasn't sure how I liked it, but once I got the borders on I love it.

It has minky on the back too. See a trend here. It's wonderful stuff. I had the longarm lady down the street quilt it for me. She used a really cute pattern with flowers and hummingbirds. This was done before I had my quilt frame. I'm not sure I'll be able to do anything like this for quite a while!

I also cut the binding on the bias because I wanted the barber pole effect. I like how it turned out, but it was a bit of a pain both to cut and to sew on. But I'm not an expert so I'm sure it's just me. :)Lots of other quilt projects in various stages of assembly.
In other unrelated news, the kids are doing well. The last day of school is Thursday and Sara is excited to be going into the 1st grade. We also have her dance recital coming up. Not like when I was in dancing school. She takes tap and ballet and the dancing school has 3 different performances, not to mention the dry run and the dress rehearsal. Can you say busy??
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 1, 2009

the day of reckoning has arrived...

This is the day that I have dreaded for a long time. Today Austin climbed not only in...

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...but more importantly OUT of his crib.

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And it's already on the lowest setting. So tonight begins the saga of putting him to sleep in a real bed and not a confinement unit. Wish me luck...

P.S. Ignore Logan's tantrum in the background...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Logan's Birthday

Well, yesterday we celebrated Logan's 4th Birthday. We went to Disneyland and had a pretty good time. I'm not feeling very wordy today so I'll just post some photos. Maybe I'm not feeling very coherent is a better description...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

happy mother's day to ya!

I hope your Mother's Day goes well for all you mother's out there! As a mother, I have to say that this last week has been a rather rough one. I've been saying that alot lately haven't I? I think I need to change my perspective. I'll have to work on that one a bit. Speaking of working on things. I want to show you my first official foray into machine quilting. Ta-daa!



The picture is a little crappy, but I think the awful lighting and shadows accentuates the quilting. Don't you? I have a practice quilt that I had worked on for a few days before I tried an actual project. And I use the term project loosely here folks. It was 2 pieces of fabric with batting in the middle. But it's a quilt and I'm going to donate it to the My Stuff Bag Foundation. They're some nice folks. After I donated all those stuffed animals that I made, they sent me a nice thank you letter. I kept it. I'm a pack rat like that.

Not too much to report on any other front. We're pretty boring. Jason came home today! Yeah! Sara is still doing marvelous in school, growing up a little too fast for my liking. Logan is a challenge every day of the week and twice on most days. And baby is Austin is just cute as a bug. He's talking more little by little. My favorite phrase of his right not is "miron (my urn) man" meaning Iron Man. The older two love the new Iron Man cartoon and well, he's just along for the ride.

Well, I'm signing off for now. Have a most glorious Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

cute dresses...

...at least I thought they were cute. Sara...not so much... She liked the blue one, but while she liked the green fabric, she didn't like the dress so I'm sending it to Kathy for her daughter Kaitlyn. She thinks it's cute. I was a little hurt, although I shouldn't have been. She was just being honest. Here's a rare shot of all three together. An even more elusive shot is one where they are all looking at the camera and NOT being goofy. I still haven't gotten that one yet.


Things around here have been a little rough lately, but when they are looking so cute, it's hard to stay mad for too long. I love these little critters more than anything. Have a beautiful day!

Read-A-Thon

Sara had a read-a-thon at school during the month of March. The goal was for each student to read 100 books. Every student that read at least 100 books got a medal and a coupon for free ice cream. Sara ended up reading 165. She was so excited to get her medal, as you can tell from the picture. I think it's awesome that the push reading at her school. As I've said before I think reading is the foundation for every other thing that we learn. I love to read too. However, I get a little obsessive about it and will finish a book in a night, by staying up WAY too late. I think it's a project completion thing with me. Here are some pictures from the awards assembly...
Sara's teacher, Mrs. Randall, is the blond lady and her principal Mrs. Kinney is the dark haired lady.

Checking out the free ice cream...



Have a great day!

Friday, April 24, 2009

finally!!!

This quilt has been in the works for quite a while. And now it is offically done. HAND SEWN binding and all. I haven't washed it yet for that scrunched up look. Sara wouldn't let me. It's hers and She wanted to use it right away. It's backed with pale yellow minky and all I want to do is pet it. Seriously. It's that lovely.


LeAnn did an awesome job quilting it! She is very talented. I have another quilt that she did that I still have to HAND SEW the binding on. Actually, I still have to get the fabric for the binding.

I have a few more projects to post, but I'll keep you in suspense! I've been sewing like a maniac. I have 3 quilt tops waiting to be quilted and a dress or two for Sara. Any suggestions on what to sew for little boys. Besides quilts?