Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Auctions tomorrow

Many of you are by now aware of the devastating accident Stephanie and Christian Nielsen were in a couple of weeks ago. Stephanie has burns over 80% of her body. In an effort to help with their sure-to-be-many medical bills, many blogs are hosting silent auctions tomorrow to raise money for the family.

I put together this little doll quilt that I am having trouble parting with, but it makes it easier knowing the quilt is being sold for a good cause. My quilt will be auctioned off here.

The quilt measures 18x18", and features Heather Bailey fabric on the front,

and Amy Butler fabric on the back.

It is hand quilted and hand bound

My very talented mother will also be auctioning off her services as a long arm quilter... so if you have some quilt tops sitting around waiting to be quilted, this is your chance to get the top quilted, and contribute to a wonderful cause at the same time.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Wisdom for our time:

To be a righteous woman during the winding-up scenes on this earth, before the Second Coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home—which is society’s basic and most noble institution. Other institutions in society may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storm and strife

Spencer W. Kimball

It went something like this:

EMMA: Remember when Sophie was still in your tummy and you were big and fat?
ME: I wasn't fat was I? I was just big in my tummy where Sophie was.
EMMA: Well your head wasn't fat.

In case you can't remember what I looked like, here's a good laugh for the day:

(the night before Sophie came)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

2 Haikus


The boy turns nine soon.
Fried eggs are his specialty.
Where has the time gone?


Little floral squares.
I hope you find a new home.
All for a good cause.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Some progress, and an "old" quilt

I have managed to piece 160 triangles together, and only have 160 more to go!

Some more layout photos. I'm not sure which layout I like now... Maybe you can help me decide by voting in my poll over on the sidebar!

Do you prefer:

(barn raising)


In other quilting news, I finally decided to dust off this old quilt top and get it quilted. The fabrics are begging for hand quilting, and I don't have the attention span to quilt it myself, so I am sending it off to the Amish to quilt for me. It is so fun to send a quilt top to them, and have it come back as a beautifully finished quilt!

PS... I just wanted everyone to know how seriously Ethan takes his chalk drawings:

(click to enlarge)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Pop Garden Fabric Giveaway

Chelsea over of Pink Fig Patterns is having a giving away 4 yards of Heather Bailey's delicious new fabric. You can check out her many exciting creations at her blog: Vintage Chic.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What are you doing today?

Ever since the Olympics started, I am having trouble getting to bed before 1am. Really not cool since I have to get up at 7am with the boys, and I am one of those gals that needs a good 8 hours of sleep to function properly. Needless to say, I have become a bit of a zombie. This morning while Sophie was eating breakfast I sat down on the couch for a moment and had trouble staying awake, so I brought Sophie back up to my bed and tried to get her to take a nap with me. Only one of us fell asleep... guess who?!? Luckily my sister called at 10:30 and woke me up so I could take over the child rearing duties and let Elliott concentrate on work!

Now that I'm awake, the girls and I have been keeping busy with various activities:

Feeding the dog,

drawing pictures,

cutting paper (and ourselves)

and trying to figure out how to layout the quilt I have been working on.

(probably not!)


(most likely)
(don't you just love the versatility of half-square triangles?)

And later Emma wants to make a lemon cake for her baby, who happens to turn 2 today! :-)

What we haven't been doing is cleaning. Maybe tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Back to School

Today the boys went back to school. (Emma doesn't start until September.) I decided to take advantage of the fact that there were two less people around making messes today by giving the basement a good cleaning. It looked like a tornado had hit, but now is sparkling, except for where all my quilt supplies are spilled out from my studio... yes, I am admitting that I still haven't finished painting it. I started in April... waaaaah! Well, maybe next week. :-)

In the mean time, I did manage to get a little sewing in today, too. The block above is for the August birthday girl for Kate's 2nd Birthday Block swap. She asked for the Pennsylvania Block made up in 1930's fabrics with a white-on-white background. I also started cutting out some fabrics for a quilt for me. Hopefully I will have progress to show you on that soon.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Hello Again, Old Friends!

Anyone still reading this blog? :-) We just returned from a two week "vacation" with the family in Utah and California. Quotation marks because for some reason this was one of our less relaxing vacations. We did have lots of fun with cousins, did our usual standards: Disneyland and BYU, along with some new fun... the Bean Life Science Museum (at BYU). That museum is really amazing... a ton of animals packed into a little tiny space, and FREE (always a good thing when you have 4 kids!)

You can see pictures here and here (I am too lazy to download any myself).

We got home two days ago and have been non-stop busy since then getting ready for school, getting the house re-organized, and trying to figure out which activities will keep us busy this fall.

I tried to save myself a little time by ordering new school shoes on-line, but of course, the boys' shoes didn't fit, so I will have to get to the store after all. Sophie, on the other hand, loves her new shoes, which Elliott and I find incredibly cute!