Friday, March 28, 2008

Inspiration strikes... the oddest places. For instance, this is Sophie's bib, but I really love the modern design... I plan to make a modified version of it for my Spring 4SQS quilt.

Now the fun part... choosing fabrics. Stay tuned.

We must count too often...

Elliott: Ethan, come downstairs.

Elliott (a few minutes later...): One...

Sophie: two!

Thursday, March 27, 2008


---don't tag me. I am really bad about following through on these. All it does is give me a guilty conscience.

To ease my guilty conscience, here is the final tag... 7 things about me. I will try to make them interesting, but I am not that exciting of a person... so here ya go:


I am a messy person, but I can't get anything done when my environment is a mess. I know that is a real problem. That is why I am in the process of reorganizing my sewing room, which leads me to...


I love to quilt. You already knew that of course. What you might not know is that my sewing room is in the basement, and has no windows, therefore no natural light. I bought some of those light bulbs that are supposed to be the same as natural light, and once I am done reorganizing, I would like to paint my sewing room a pretty, soft white. Maybe then it won't feel like such a cave. Still and all, I am grateful I have a room to call my own!


I am totally scared of heights. When I was younger (and my parents only had 5 kids), my dad used to take the 4 oldest on outings to places like the zoo, and to see the Spruce Goose/Queen Mary in Long Beach. I remember my brother John standing on the edge of the wall of rocks with his toes hanging out over the ocean, and I was screaming at him to stand back because I just knew he was going to fall into the water and drown. We were standing probably 6 feet above the surface of the water.I was terrified for him.
After I was married, Elliott and I lived in NYC for a summer while he interned with Morgan Stanley. My SIL Julianne and my BIL Lincoln (who were 13 and 12 at the time?) came to visit us, and I took them to see the sights, including the Statue of Liberty. We started up the stairs, and the higher we got, the more terrified I got. Finally, I had to exit and take the elevator down, and i waited for them at the bottom. Yep, I am a big ol' scaredy cat!


My favorite outfit is jeans with a white t-shirt and flip flops. This has been my favorite outfit since high school. I also enjoy a cute skirt with a white t-shirt, but that does require shaving one's legs... so it is more of a summertime thing... not that I don't shave my legs in the winter... just not as often! (hmmm, was that too much info?)


I love to read. My favorite books are generally historical novels, although I love to read history books that read like novels too. My favorite author is Jane Austen, although in the last year I discovered Anya Seton and Phillipa Gregory, and I thoroughly enjoy their novels too.


I love to play board games and card games. My favorites are Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, and Rook. You notice I didn't say I was good at these games. I just enjoy playing them. I love playing games and doing puzzles with my children too. I prefer that to almost any other kid activity I can think of. The hardest part is letting them win occasionally, because I am kind of competitive, I think it comes from being in a family of 9 kids!


I haven't gotten a decent night's sleep in years. I can't blame it entirely on my children... I have this bad habit of waking up at 4:30 in the morning, and I can't fall back asleep until about 6am, and then we have to get up a half an hour later... Needless to say I am a zombie, quite forgetful, way too grumpy, and lack the energy I need. Occasionally I will get up at 4:30 and get things done for a little while, before crawling back into bed. I figure that if I am going to be awake, I might as be using the time for good, but more often than not, I lay tossing and turning for a couple of hours. Thank goodness I have a cozy bed and warm linens to snuggle in...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I've been tagged...

.... twice, actually, and I have this overwhelming sense of guilt because I haven't responded yet... okay, here goes, at least for one of them!

Jeanne tagged me with the book tag... Pick up the book nearest you that has at least 123 pages, turn to page 123, find the 5th sentence, the write the next three sentences in your post:

The book is The Last English King (by Julian Rathbone). I borrowed it from my wonderful MIL, who has an enormous library full of books she freely shares with me.

Anyway, here's my quote: "Tostig he loved. And Edith he agreed to marry, albiet it was a marriage which, after the first storms, settled on both sides into refined and distant disdain. Hate, respect, love, a bad marriage... whatever -- he was bound to the clan throughout his reign and for most of it he longed to be rid of them but, try as he might, he could not loosen the knots, for the truth was that neither of them could survive without the other,"

PS... I am almost done with this book, and I don't recommend it... JIC you were wondering!

Jen, I will try to get to your tag soon!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Hooray for babies!

My dear friend Melinda had her first baby in December... I finally finished little Rosemary's baby quilt this morning. I absolutely adore these fabrics... All from Moda's Swell line. I ordered more fabric to make matching dresses for my girls, and would love to make another large size quilt for myself!

It was a simple quilt to make... two charm packs (5" squares), backed with soft chenille and tied. I haven't ever made a quilt from unwashed fabrics before, but the charms can't be washed before being sewn together, so I am hoping for the best!

The little charm packs are addictive... I bought two more from Moda's Wee Play line of fabric... and I need opinions... are these fabrics to flowery for a boy quilt? (I think the picture will enlarge if you click on it.)

I took my sewing machine to the doctor today... some tension issues that hopefully will be fixed when the mechanic opens the machine and de-lints it! It has had some serious use lately.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A little sunshine...

Sophie, originally uploaded by parker family.

She fell yesterday while we were walking on the sidewalk... I actually thought her face would look worse, because she face-planted pretty hard, but what you see, plus a little scratching on her hand is all she endured.

As you can see, it doesn't seem to be affecting her usually sunny disposition!

She is growing like a weed. I recently realized all her 12-18 month clothes were way to short on her, so I got out the 18-24 month clothes, only to find that she fits them perfectly, and they will probably be outgrown before the summer is over. I cried a little at all the cute little 12-18 month summer hand-me-downs from Emma that never got worn (okay, I didn't really cry!), and I am really hoping Sophie holds onto some of her baby fat so we get to see more of it in the summer. That is the biggest problem with cold winters... I don't get to see enough skin!

Doll Quilt

Doll Quilt, originally uploaded by parker family.

Finally done...

Monday, March 10, 2008

for Elizabeth...

lemon raspberry cake, originally uploaded by parker family.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Look what followed us home from the carnival yesterday:

Friday, March 07, 2008

Yum, yum!

fIsn't she though?

As for the cakes... What do you think, Elizabeth... perfect for the wedding, right???

No? Alright, I guess I'll go drop them off at the school for tomorrow's carnival.

Note to self... next time you are supposed to bring an item in for the bake sale for each child, split the recipes between two cake pans, and make each into their own one-layer cake... brilliant!

Sunday, March 02, 2008