Monday, June 30, 2008

Grosgrain giveaway

Do you like my clothes? Do you want them!

Seriously, you must see these darling clothes! Here's hoping we win some for my girls!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Yummm, cupcakes!

Sharon is hostessing a cupcake swap, and since I have been majorly craving them lately, but trying not to give in and make some, I thought this would be a good stand-in for me! You can join the fun here.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

For Rebecca

In my previous post, Rebecca left a comment wondering if I could help her find the perfect fabric for her son's nursery. Since I am sincerely grateful for all my dear readers, I instantly set out to find her dream fabric... she wanted a giraffe print, preferably one that matched her very chic diaper bag.

I found two fabrics that may fit the bill. The first is a minkee fabric. I have never personally worked with minkee, but I know many quilters who have. It is a slippery fabric, but if you use enough pins, it will stay in place while being sewn. It is extremely soft, and would make a great backing fabric for a little crib blanket. It is available from Over The Rainbow Quilt Shop, which I have ordered from many times, and they have great customer service, along with quick shipping!

My favorite giraffe print is this great print from Alexander Henry. It is available from The Fabric Shack, which I have never ordered from, but I hear they have great service. This is a woven cotton fabric, and combined with the size of the giraffes, the fabric would be perfect for a bumper, dust ruffle, curtains, or any other number of larger items you would find in a child's bedroom.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

July's Birthday Block

This year I am in Kate's Birthday Block Swap on the quilting forum. This is a swap where 12 women choose a theme for blocks they would like made for them, and then when it is their "birthday" month, the other 11 women in the swap send them a block.

Deb was first up this year (starting in July), and chose pastel stars floating on a background. She let the maker choose whichever block we wanted to make. This is the block I made her.

This star is called Golden Samovar, and the pattern is found in Judy Hopkins' book, "Once More Around the Block". This is her third book where she gives the cutting sizes for many, many blocks, and I have all 3 books. They are great reference books for those of us that don't like to follow pre-made quilt patterns.

Double Yum!
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Photography Models Needed

If you live in Southern California, you may want to check this out. My sister, who is an amazing photographer, is looking for models for a photography proposal.

Friday, June 13, 2008

4 Seasons Swap Quilt - Summer

The top is done... now it needs to be quilted.

(excuse the coloring, it is a little off... but I am not a camera -or photoshop- wiz!)

The person I am making the quilt for asked for a style that was traditional country. I immediately thought of applique. The quilt design is my own, but the patterns for the fruits and flower came from Nancy Odom's Wildberry Vines pattern, and the butterfly is from my EQ5 program.

I started out hand appliqueing the blocks, but found that my applique was getting worse, not better, and I knew those cherries would be impossible with my skill level... So I did a raw edge applique instead, and machine stitched right next to the edge. It was really fun, actually, and I plan to do more of it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sunny Summer Days

On Sunday the boys had their first piano recital. They did a great job! They each memorized their pieces, and were 2 of only a few to do so. They have been practicing up a storm, so it was nice they were able to see their hard work pay off. I really like our piano teacher. i think she is great with the boys. Patient, but still expecting them to get their practicing done and do well. i think the boys, especially Ethan, actually ENJOY piano. Unheard of, I know!

The days we don't go to the pool, I let the kids play in the sprinklers... It lets me have a little "me" time!
They are really cute with each other.

Sophie especially likes painting the deck!

Emma really wanted a pet butterfly for Christmas, so I got her the next best thing...
A butterfly habitat where she can grow her own from caterpillars.

They are currently in the chrysalid stage, and should be hatching to butterflies in the next week.
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Saturday, June 07, 2008

A Very Good Day

Today was a great day. I met several quilters from the quilting forum for lunch, and then we went to a fairly new quilt shop in Noblesville, Always In Stitches. They have the best selection of fabrics... I love that shop! It is a good thing it isn't closer to me!

When I got home, Elliott was whipping up a yummy dessert:

Raspberry Peach Kuchen
from Epicurious

It was really good, although we didn't have almond extract, so he changed the recipe a little. Also, I think he may have used boysenberries. Anyway, it was divine... Thanks Babe!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Field Trip

(photo from April 2007)

I couldn't find the camera this morning, so this picture from last year will have to suffice to go with our synopsis... It was 95 degrees, very humid, and we ate ice cream. That is pretty much the only reason my kids wanted to go to the zoo anyway, so I would say overall it was a successful trip! :-)

While we were eating lunch at the zoo, Andrew asked me who had won the general election (for president of the USA). I said that the main election hasn't happened yet, but that Senator Obama is the candidate for the Democrats, and Senator McCain is the candidate for the Republicans. Ethan said he hoped McCain would win, at which point Emma said, "I hope the Colts win!"

If you have girls-

You need to check out this! I am so excited for Sandi's patterns to come out I am like a giddy school girl!

When is she going to wake up?

I had big plans to get to the zoo as soon as it opened today, maybe a wee bit late if Andrew and Emma decided to sleep in. But it is now 9:54 (the zoo opened at 9), and Emma is still asleep. Andrew just woke up 15 minutes ago. So maybe it will be an afternoon trip to the zoo... I am not sure what to do at this point.

My doll quilt for the swap on the forum is coming along... I have the top mostly pieced, just needs its border. I struggled with an appropriate border for the quilt. Originally I was going to put plain borders on it, but it needed something more. On Wednesday I spent pretty much the whole day working on the quilt, piecing and designing, but I didn't like any of the border ideas I had. They were overpowering for the quilt. I decided yesterday to put it aside, and this morning, while lying in bed, I had an idea come to me. I tweaked it a little in EQ, and am now happy with the final design. Hopefully that will get finished today.

Since I took a break from quilting yesterday, I decided to work on the matching dresses I am making for the girls. They aren't fancy, but I think they will be cute... remember the fabrics? I decided to make the dresses from the blue and green shown in that post. The only teeny tiny problem I have is that when I went to cut the fabric, I realized I don't have enough of the blue. I ordered more yesterday, and since it was early morning in California when I ordered it, it is on its way! Emma's dress is cut out and about a third sewed.

Yesterday the kids and I discovered the neighborhood pool is being heated (the first year it was, last year it wasn't!) That makes me want to spend bunches more time at the pool this summer. When we put Sophie in the pool yesterday, she was quite timid, but by the end was really enjoying the big "tubby".

I really hate it when I have to read a long post with no pictures, but Emma just woke up... so I am off to help her get breakfast so we can get going. Have a great day!