Friday, September 28, 2012

Insta.Friday ~ September is Gone

I know it's just a season, but these are the days where I feel like all I do is change diapers and wipe noses and wash jammies and referee squabbles. That's why this Instagram Friday link-up is handy. It helps me remember some of the other things we did this past week.

I sewed some colorful strips together for a happy-making quilt top.

I unearthed some long-stashed Valori Wells Delhi print, and while deciding whether or not to use it for a quilt, I decided to try to press out the creases and wrinkles while it was in my design wall. Worked like a CHARM!!

Then I decided to attempt a simple quilting pattern (traced CDs).

It was a colossal failure.

And I haven't touched it since. :-/

My blog-friend, Kerstin, sent Buzz a quilt (and me some fabric and Swiss chocolate! Both are yummmmmmmmy!) The package was bigger than he is, but he sure enjoyed the wrapping paper! :-)

Little Miss Cranky Pants giving Mama the ol' stink eye. About a millisecond later, she was all smiles. :-)

Buzz, of course, thinks holding him is my only job. But since my personal chef seems to have gotten lost, I have to make dinner. Enter the Ergo. Buzz and I both love it.

All in all, life is good. :-)

Have a great weekend!

(linking up with Life Rearranged for Insta.Friday)
life rearranged

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 38/52

HOW did it get to be Wednesday already?

And I missed last week, so HOW did it get to be 2 weeks later already?


I think I need to start writing {WiP} Monday posts...maybe then I can get it written by Wednesday! :)

I've been busy, but nothing really to post about. Unfortunately.

My dad was in town last week because we had a death in the family. There were a few good snuggle opportunities for Grandpa and his babies. I HATE that I live so far away from my dad. Not only because I want to be closer to him and see him more often, but also because he's a great grandpa and it makes me sad that my kids don't get to spend much time with him. But we take what we can get, as I know many people do.

Buzz loves Grandpa

Grandpa and Sprout

Puppet Show

Grandpa Feeds Buzz

Grandpa and Sprout

Grandpa and Sprout

While Buzz was napping, the girls and I did some picture-coloring, some leaf-gluing, some reading, some sticker-sticking, some ball-kicking...

Sprout in the window

Those Eyes
(playing with PicMonkey, wishing I had more time!)

I also made these button caterpillars (found on Pinterest, of course!) for my two girls and our little cousin.

Button snake I made to keep the girls quiet on a busy day. Next time I think I'll sew a hexie on the back end instead of a button, though.

Little J spent the afternoon with us so her mama could go to her grandpa's funeral. She was an absolute doll! She and my Pea-Pie played SO well together. :)

Twin Cousins sing a duet

And I've finished the top to my Fruit Stripe quilt, chosen the back, and basted it. Now I just need to clear off my sewing table so I can have plenty of room to quilt it. I'm not sure how I'll quilt it, but I'll have to just pick something (too many good choices!) and get to it.  I can't show you any pictures, but I can say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way this quilt looks.

Other WiPs are:
  • The Grayson Quilt -- fabric purchased, nothing cut till I finish the Fruit Stripe quilt
  • Natalie's Wonky Star -- fabric in hand, need to make my 18" wonky star and get it back to her
  • Butterflies and Rainbows Quilt -- starting to receive blocks from my do.Good Stitches mates, so I need to finish the Fruit Stripe quilt so I can get those on the design wall.
Which, by the's a "Works For Me Wednesday" idea:

I pulled this fabric for the back, and it was kinda wrinkled.

Just pressed out the creases with the fabric hanging on the wall. Anyone else do that? It was MUCH easier than the ironing board!

I bought it over 2 years ago, and it's been folded for all that time. It's Full Bloom from the Delhi collection by Valori Wells. I hung it on the design wall to see if I liked it for the back, and once I decided that I did, I decided to press the creases WHILE IT WAS ON THE WALL!!  Oh my goodness. Y'all!! That was a game changer!! I can still use my kitchen island, and I will, but this? Was SUPER quick, I didn't have to worry about creases forming when the fabric hit the floor on the back side of the ironing board, I didn't have to move it every 8 inches. I'm pretty sure it took longer for the iron to heat up than it did to press out the creases. And just so you know, I've got a huge piece of batting attached to the wall, so I was pressing the print while it was adhered to my batting/design wall. Does that make sense? I don't think this would work for everyone, but it worked for me! :)

Of course there are a million things I want to be doing (starting Christmas presents, for one!), but I just need to work on those things. :)

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for her regular {WiP}Wednesday post.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

A Week in Instagram

I feel bad only posting on Wednesdays. I'm pretty sure 98% of my posts in the last year have been {WiP} Wednesdays.


Sorry about that. I won't promise to make any improvements, but when I can, and when I think of it, I will. :), thanks to the inspiration from my guild friend, Kate at Oh Write, I'm linking up with Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

life rearranged

The idea (I think?) is to simply recap your InstaGram highlights on your blog. I have fallen madly in love with Instagram, and spend more time on it than I should. Same as any social medium, of course, but it's fun!  It's funny - I'm more private than Facebook in some areas, but more "real" in others. Anyway, here we go!

 Pouch baby snoozes. I don't wear Buzz nearly as much as I should because it makes life a lot easier. But look at that little smooshy face. He's a snuggle bug, that's for sure!

 Look, Mommy! This plant glitters! I'm not sure what it was that made it glitter, but I thought she looked cute with her glasses and hood.

 Sacked out on da mama.  I know I pretty much flood the IG world with pics of Buzz asleep, but that's kinda the only time I think of taking pictures and posting to InstaGram!

 I'm sleeping in a tent, Mommy! Love her imagination!

 Serendipity! I pieced this mod mosaic block, and when I finished it, I realized that there was a perfect little flower in the middle. No fussy cutting required. :)
 Happy Making! Oh, I am LOVVVVVING this quilt! It just looks so great on my wall, and it's SO super easy to piece. I almost made an Amish mistake in the layout, though. I'm debating on keeping it or not.

 McFwooowie, Mommy? We took a break while big sister was at school to enjoy a little treat. Girlfriend loves herself some ice cream!

Silly Monkeys! We got a new bed delivered (I feel so grown-up!), and let the girls jump on the old mattress for a while. It was really precious.

And that's it! I have to admit that I'm really looking forward to getting my new iPhone (5, thankyouverymuch!) so I can update my IG software! :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 35/52

One of these days I want to do a giveaway. Would you like that? Not to draw traffic to my blog, no "post this on FB and get an extra point" junk. Just a "comment and someone wins" kind of giveaway. One of these days. :)  Thing is, I don't know what to give away! Fabric, obviously, but what? I like the idea of giving away some precuts, but the fabrics I'm loving lately aren't available in precuts, I don't think. We'll see. the event of a future giveaway (not today), what should I give away?

I just want to do something fun. For a really long time, I've had the same number of followers as I've had blog posts. 94 and 94, 101 and 101, 120 and 120...and I think that's neato-freato! :)

Anyway, works in progress = loads.

First, finishes!!

Wait, let me go back and see what I said I needed to finish this week. I know I didn't finish everything I was supposed to...that kind of crazy star alignment can't happen twice in a row, you know...

Okay. I needed to do Mod Mosaic Bee blocks for Mary and a Bee Happy block for Kelly, and I needed to write up the description for the September {Faith} circle of the do.Good Stitches bee.

Here's the block I made for Kelly, which, by the way, I LOVED making. :)

Improv ~ for Bee Happy Kelly (August 2012)

I also wrote up the description for our Butterflies and Rainbows quilt. Here's a mock-up that I made on EQ7:

Butterflies and Rainbows

I don't know what I'm doing on EQ7, so I'm sure it could look a TON better, but you get the idea. One day soon I'll tell you about that quilt and why it's Butterflies and Rainbows. could just click on the link and read the short description. You can also go the Faith circle group and read the description there.

I did not even touch the fabric for Mary's Mod Mosaic blocks.

Instead, I decided to make a couple of ruffled wristlets, using THIS tutorial from Teaginny Designs. I am kind of a snob when it comes to tutorials, and I have to say that this was a very well written tutorial, and the hardest part was finding the right sized d-rings! :)  Well, and the other part where I broke my needle on one of the ruffles. Never broken a needle on fabric before last night! :)  I made these for my oldest daughter's preschool teachers. They are HUGE blessings, and I just wanted to give them a little something to start the year off on a good note. :)

Ruffled Wristlets

So, now. Back to the works in progress...or not. :)

I have GOT to do Mary's blocks. And now that it's September, and I'm not actually caught up anymore, I've also got to do Julie's Mod Mosaic blocks.

I've got to make my butterflies for the Butterflies and Rainbows quilt. They go super fast, though, and I'm hoping I can figure out a way to speed-piece them.

I have GOT to start working on the Grayson quilt and the Fruit Stripe quilt.  MUSTs.

And, I want to make myself a little wristlet to match my Multi-tasker tote that I made with Anna Maria Horner. And I want to make my Field Study quilt. And I want to work on my 3G Legacy quilt, which I still intend to tell you about.

Honestly. There are a ton of things throughout the week that I think "Oh, I wanna blog about that!" and yet, when the house is quiet, and I have more than 1/8th of a thought running through my head, and I'm not super exhausted, I'm sewing instead of blogging! I could never be someone who makes money off of her blog. :)

I hope you have a wonderful, and crafty week! Good luck getting your WiPs done. :)

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced, and the weekly {WiP} Wednesday feature.

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