Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Two Finished Quilts!

I finished both of these quilts a while ago and they have been getting quite a bit of snuggling!  First up is the Ocean Animals Quilt I made for my son, here it is finished!  It ended up pretty big (lots of scraps to use)!

And here is the back, I got that awesome whale fabric for $4.00/yard!  Isn't it perfect?!

This next quilt is much smaller, it is was supposed to be a lap quilt for my daughter.  And her lap is pretty small.  :)

It is a mix of a few of my favorite lines, Sweet by Urban Chicks, and Marmalade and Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille.

I also signed up for another year of The Sugar Block Club with Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock.  And I actually finished all of my 2013 blocks before the new year!  I will post some pictures of my blocks soon!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Scrappy Ocean Animal Quilt Top

This summer is flying by and the kids are keeping me oh, so busy!  Somehow I still managed to squeak in some time to finish piecing this quilt together.  It turned out quite a bit bigger than I had planned.  It turns out I had lots of scraps to use up!

 Hopefully I will get some time to quilt and bind this monster sized quilt before the kids go back to school!

Have a great week!


Monday, May 20, 2013

A Teacher Appreciation Gift - Scrappy Log Cabin Tote Bag

I can't seem to come to grips with today being May 20th.  How did that happen?!  My sweet little boy is going to be done with Kindergarten in 10 very short days.  This year has been so great for him, but challenging at the same time.  He has had the most AMAZING kindergarten teacher and I can hardly bare the thought of saying good-bye to her.  But alas, this year will end whether I am ready for it to or not.  There is no gift that would ever be enough to thank her for her kindness and compassion these last few months.

That being said, she is a quilter and I thought what would be better for her than something scrappy, quilted and handmade!

My son, Cohen, helped me dig through my scraps for the colorful log cabins and we fussy cut some adorable   teacher-ish fabrics for the centers.  I have never made a tote bag before and this tutorial by Maureen at maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com , was so easy to follow!  I cut some 2.5 inch center squares and 1.5 inch strips for the log cabins.  Then I just put 2 inch strips in between and made a border to equal how large the front panel was supposed to be.  Super easy!

I hope his teacher likes it!  And I hope I can hold it together these last few weeks of school!  Mommy is getting teary-eyed just thinking about it....


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Preschool Fundraiser - More Pillow Pockets!

This Friday my daughters preschool is having their annual Barbecue.   It is lots of fun, the kids just love it!  There is face painting, a jumpy castle, balloon animals, TONS of cupcakes and, of course, a silent auction.  The pillows are my contribution!  I stuffed the Pillow Pockets with a flashlight, easy reader book and a stuffed animal to snuggle.  All things any 3 year old would love!  

Last year I made these pillows for the auction and they did so well that they asked me to make them again.  They are fun to make and super easy, you can find the pattern here.  It is a fantastic pattern by Nova at acuppaandacatchup.com.

These are the ones I made for my kids a few years ago and they still love them!  Here's to hoping they do well again this year and raise lots of money for the school!

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Skeletons in My Closet


We are in the process of doing some spring cleaning around here!  We are cleaning out closets and moving some things around.  I am finally getting my own sewing room.  I have always had an area for sewing that was a shared space with our family room, but now I will have my own room with a door to close and no kids in it (hopefully)!

In the middle of cleaning out my HUGE storage closet I may have come across something a bit embarrassing...not embarrassing like you don't want anyone to know, but embarrassing like you didn't realize HOW much there was.  

Do you ever see a fabric line and fall in love??  Like really fall in love...like you need at least a yard of each print the second that it pops up on Etsy.  Well I have 3 lines like that.  

1. Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt- Everyone's favorite and thankfully just recently re-printed so we could all replenish out stashes.

2. Wee Play by Sandy Klop of American Jane for Moda - The little rulers and vintage colors are just too stinking adorable.

3. Katie Jump Rope also by Denyse Schmidt- Everyone's 2nd favorite line.  Hopefully you were around when it first came out and got yours because if you didn't you'll have to trade one of your children to score some.

Thankfully I managed to track down some Katie Jump Rope, little by little   Some I paid a bit for, but not much more than retail.  Every time I saw a little bit on Etsy for a nice price I would pick it up, wait for it to arrive, pet it for a day or so and then carefully place it into it's airtight container with all of the coordinating prints.  Same thing with the Wee Play.

Well today my little obsession may have come to light...

How in the world did I end up with this much?!  I was going to get enough to make one quilt from each line.  Where did I go wrong?!!  More importantly, how much did I spend?!  I tried to hide it from my husband while he carried things in and out of my new sewing room....oh, the shame.....

But since I had it out I photographed them (like they were my children) so I could share the pictures with you!  I am not sure what I will make with it.  I did make a sampler quilt with some of my precious Wee Play, but not sure what I will make with the rest.  Or with the Katie Jump Rope for that matter, but it will be amazing!  Maybe a patchwork car cover??  Although, I'm pretty sure that after my sisters read this post, I will find myself reluctantly sharing with them...

     In the mean time it will stay tucked away in my closet...waiting for a project worthy of the worlds prettiest fabrics.  :)


Monday, April 1, 2013

A Birthday and a Quilt Block

A little boy I know turned 6 last week.  Despite my constant whining about my little boy growing up too fast he still managed to turn 6. Sad, sad day for Mommy.....but he had a great time!

Between his birthday on the 27th and Easter being on the 31st this year we have been BUSY!  But I did manage to squeak in this block from Amy's Sugar Block Club.  Paper piecing went much smoother this time!  And this block didn't take me nearly as long (thank God).

I better go pitch 2 kiddos into bed!  Have a great week!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sugar Block Club and Quitting My Job

 A while back I told you about starting back to work after being a stay at home mom for the last 5 years.  I started back to work in September, right as my kiddos were starting school.  My oldest son, Cohen, was starting half day kindergarten and I thought it would be a perfect time to try to go back to work as both kids would be in school a couple of days a week.  Within a few weeks I realized it was not going to be as smooth  of a transition as I had hoped.

Cohen has always had delayed fine motor skills, his handwriting and hand strength in general were always an issue for him.  Within the first month of Cohen starting kindergarten his teacher talked to me about having an Occupational Therapist evaluate him.

After an evaluation with our Occupation Therapist Cohen was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.  Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological disorder that results from the brain's inability to integrate certain information received from the body's five basic sensory systems. 

The long and short of it is that Cohen has a hard time with writing (his hands aren't strong enough to hold his pencil properly), noises (loud noises put him over the moon, but constant noises like a fan humming or music playing) makes it horribly hard for him to concentrate. He has issues with food, he will only eat certain things as the taste and smell are hard for him to manage. He also has issues with his sight, flashing or bright lights are very hard for him to deal with. It has been a long, hard road this year but on the upside, we now know what we are dealing with and we are getting him all of the help he needs.

All of this to say, I have quit my job and am back home with my kids. Money is tight and it was hard to leave such a wonderful job, but my son needs me here....full time. I feel blessed to be able to stay home with them and am so happy to be here whenever he needs me. :)

On another note....these are the blocks I have been working on for the Sugar Block Club Sew-Along! 


I love how they turned out! Although the pink and navy one is paper-pieced and took me almost 5 hours to complete! HA! If you haven't joined in yet, it is not too late! And it is tons of fun!

I am off to pick up my kids from school! Have a great week!