Thursday, November 19, 2009

One day...

One of these days, I'm planning on redoing our bedroom. And hopefully before we buy a house within the next two years. This is the quilt I've had my eye on at Target. The green is better in person.And this is the fabric I want to use with it. It's from a line called Nature-ology by Studio E. I already have a piece of the first blue one and it looks awesome with the quilt. I'm thinking throw pillows and small wall coverings for over our bed? And of course a nap quilt for me :) Now if only I can make my budget find room for this...

Friday, October 30, 2009


While everyone else in the family has been sick (even Chad came down with something and stayed home from work three days this week), I've been busy finishing the Neptune quilt. Now I just need to get it to its new home :)And then I started the next quilt. The piecing and basting are done - all it needs is quilting and binding. Hopefully I can be so productive next week, with everybody feeling better too.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Quilt progress

After finishing the cutting last weekend, I wrapped up the piecing this weekend. Yea! Now all this quilt needs is a back, some quilting, and binding. Here's to another productive week!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday, so far

Emily hasn't been feeling well for the past couple of days. It's probably just from the immunization shots she received at her 1 year appointment a week ago, but just to be on the safe side, we skipped church today. I'd hate to find out it was something else after we'd been and she'd infected the ward. And it would just have been mean to her. Anyway, we watched lots of KBYU this morning and saw Uncle Mike in the crowd at a BYU devotional, hung out in our pajamas all day, and cut and pinned lots of fabric! I've finished cutting the fabric, and the first round of pinning is all done. Tomorrow I get to drag out the old sewing machine and get to work putting this all together. Yea! Here's what it all looks like so far, with much better colors than the last pictures.And, this is Nathan, dressed up like a fireman with his firetruck and his firetruck doggie. Yes, firemen do wear boots, but usually not their mom's knee-high ones.

Monday, September 21, 2009

And the winner is...

Option #1!This is the one I secretly wanted, and other than my parents, everyone else agreed too. Mom and dad, I do love you, and the square quilt goes to the next baby. Here are the specific fabrics I've picked out, and as soon as I wrap up blogging, putting away the groceries, tidying the house, and taking a nap, I get to start cutting. I'm getting very, very excited :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

It's quilting time again :)

I'm finally caught up around the house, so of course, it's time to take on another project! I'm going to be making another quilt, this time for a new baby in the ward. I'm going to be using these fabrics from the Neptune collection by Tula Pink. You can see the entire collection here.
Now my big dilemna is what to do with this lovely fabric. I have two options between which I've been debating, and I'd love your opinions as to which way I should go.
Option #1 - 6 x 8" rectangles made with a center 2 x 4" strip with 2" sashing around. I'll be using white the same way this quilt does. Option #2 - 8 1/2" squares made with 4 1/2 " center squares with 2" sashing around. I'll be using white the same way this quilt does again.They're very similar, just a question of squares with a larger center or rectangles with a narrower center. Any thoughts? I'm excited to get started, but I just can't decide which way to go. Help!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The finished quilt

When we left for the beach, the quilt looked like this - quilted and binding machine-attached to the front and waiting to be hand-stitched to the back.After a lot of this (thanks Dad for the picture!)...The quilt now looks like this! We dropped it off at the post office on the way home from the beach, and my brother should have gotten it yesterday when he flew out to Utah for the start of his freshman year. It's only the fourth quilt I've ever made, and given it's size and the orneriness of my sewing machine, I'm pretty pleased with the final product. I think Mike is too. I'm already mulling over the next quilt, which will be much smaller and have less royal blue :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The quilt is all quilted, the binding is sewn on the front, and all that remains is to hand-stitch the binding to the back. Yea! And Mike gets to see the almost finished product tonight. Hopefully he approves. Even if he doesn't, it's still his.

Why does Mike get to see it tonight? Well, it's that time of year again - my family beach week! We've been going to the beach every summer since 1982, and we're leaving as soon as the kids wake up from their naps. Nathan has been wearing his "swimming soups" since he woke up yesterday morning and can't wait to go splashing in the waves and play with his dump truck in the sand. Emily can't wait to eat sand. Chad can't wait for a few days off of work. And I can't wait to just go play at the beach with all my favorite people :) See you next week, and I promise pictures when we return!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Quilt update

The quilt is continuing to make progress, though it's been fairly slow for the past little while. The only room in the house that had room to spread it all out for sandwiching was the upstairs bedroom, so all movable furniture was out and the quilt came in.Now, it's all ready for quilting as soon as I finish up my mommy jobs for the day. Yea!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

(Continuing) Progress

The bedspread continues to come along. The front only needs a blue border all the way around, and the piecing will be done. Hallelujah!The garden continues to produce as well. We picked all these tomatoes this morning.The zinnias are growing really well, considering I've done almost nothing to them this summer. I love volunteer plants :)Emily continues to make progress also. She said her first word last week, two days before hitting ten months. She loves her "Da-Da" and gets really excited when he comes home. She has also learned to move around, though I haven't seen her do it yet. So far, I've left her in one place several times and come back and she's moved halfway across the room. Sneaky little so-and-so. Lucky for her, she's super cute, so I think we'll keep her :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009


We're making progress on a few projects around here -

The fabric is all picked out for Mike's bedspread, and the basic idea for the pattern/placement is coming together. It's still a work in progress, and after having cut out all those squares, I realized they needed to be bigger (off to Joann's tomorrow for more fabric and cutting blades), but you get the basic idea.The tomatoes are starting to kick into high gear and get producing. This year, Nathan finally understands that we only eat red tomatoes and that the green ones are yucky. Finally.
The zinnias are *just* starting to bloom. When there is more than just one half-opened flower, I'll post pictures.

Perhaps most importantly, Nathan wore his big-boy undies to church today, meaning he only wears diapers at night these days. Hooray! Let's hear it for being *almost* done with potty training! And my budget rejoices as well :)

Now off to my favorite Sunday project - naptime :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My new obsession

My little (younger is probably more accurate since he's 6') brother graduated from high school this past weekend. Crazy!!! He was in kindergarten at my graduation, and it doesn't feel like it's been that long since I graduated. We were always such good buddies when he was little, and it seems really off that he's now a grown-up going to college this fall. But, he's an awesome kid who really has grown up quite nicely and is heading off to the Y this fall.

For his graduation present, I get to indulge in one of my current favorite activities. Now, I'm still working on getting good at it, but I really enjoy quilting. I love the math and the geometry of it all, and I love seeing it all come together. Plus, I've been reinvigorated by this blog - crazymomquilts. She is quite the quilter, and I'm feeling inspired to try out some new ideas over the next while. Chad, on the other hand, is not so excited about the ensuing mess and expense. He loves me, though, so hopefully all will go well. And hopefully Mike's quilt goes well also.