Monday, August 29, 2011

Unscripted Bee

I am so excited to participate in my first all Canadian quilting bee-and shall I add, it's women who love modern quilting! Yeh!!

We started up in July, but because of our postal strike, our first block got moved to August. Donna asked for this:

Hope she likes it! I kind of fell short with the height requirement because I ran out of fabric but hopefully she can add a few strips and it will equal her request at 21x24:) I must say I love the colours and fabrics she chose. I think it's going to be a pretty fabulous quilt. Can't wait to see the end result!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

What a Dish by Denyse Schmidt

I have to say, being the big Denyse Schmidt fan that I am, I absolutely LOVE her What a Dish Baby Quilt. If you've read my blog for a while, I've talked about it a lot in the past!

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I received an email a few months ago indicating all of her DS Baby Line items were on clearance.....well, needless to say I got my hot little fingers on the phone and ordered it right away!!! Well, of course, I am also a fan of her Pretty Squares baby quilt and with that great sale, I bought that one too!!! How many crib sets does a baby really need anyway?!! How bad am I? Oh my....(the only crappy thing is that I don't use the crib bumpers because of safety concerns for babies-why do they continue to sell these things anyway??)

So, currently the What a Dish quilt sits beautifully over the side of Miss P's crib.

I wish someday I could replicate something this beautiful but DS said herself, those concentric circles are made with bias strips....oooh...sounds a little too difficult for least for now:)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oops, 8 months!

My little one turned eight months one month ago but I've been late in posting. Here she is in all of her morning glory...

At 8 months, she loves:

- doing what we call the "worm" to get around; she hasn't mastered crawling yet but loves to scoot around and go backwards on her belly.
- loves Cheerios, peas, sweet long as she can feed herself she's very happy. She's definitely "Miss Independent."
- to babble what sounds like mama and dada but not quite sure it's intentional:)
- to have a bath and play around in the water.
- to wake up happy and cooing. Never wakes up crying which we love:)
- loves to watch her sister sing and dance for her (Miss G puts on concerts for her to the tunes of Backyardigans and Dora. Of course we can't forget when Miss G gets out a toy broom/shovel and sings "rock and roll" for her).

Overall she's such a little sweetie and gentle soul. I'm so lucky to be her Mom. We're so very blessed.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hats, hats and more baby hats

See, I really was knitting/crocheting....:)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Congrats to Heather Ross!

I know many of us are fans of Heather Ross' fabrics/designs. On August 1st of this year, she gave birth to her first baby, a little girl that they named Beatrix. Congrats Heather!!!

I was lucky enough to meet Heather Ross and Denyse Schmidt two years ago at one of her weekend sewing retreats in Vermont. It was really great and I'm so glad I went! I ventured there on my own, first time having left my daughter (she was 17 months at the time)...while it was hard to be away from her, I really needed some Mommy time and that weekend did just the trick!!

I bought some of Heather's fabric/surprise boxes a few years ago from her studio sale; amongst some fabric and notions, she sent a little girl's baby shirt that was size 6-12 months. At the time I thought I would never be able to use it....well, two years later, here is my little girl in Heather's shirt. Isn't life funny?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mouse Hat

I know I've really been MIA lately but behind the scenes I've been knitting up a storm. I guess you could say I caught the knitting bug again:o) Don't you go through times like that where sewing takes a back seat and another hobby creeps up again? It's always that way with me.

A local photographer requested a mouse hat so this is what I made for her. It was fun because I never made a hat like this before. I had some trouble with the ear linings and a fellow Raveler (is that what you call us?? haha) all the way from Iceland helped me out with some ideas. How cool is that? The world really is a small place sometimes.

The ear linings were a bit of a pain to say the least as I first tried to duplicate stitch them (never did that before - again, youtube is a great resource) and then resorted to crochet/embroider them on. I think it worked out great in the end but needless to say I spent a whole night on one ear trying to perfect them...ahhhh.

The results are worth it though, don't you think?

I have plans to make one for little Miss P in a beige color...she's a pretty cute model! You know, come to think of it, this hat would be pretty cute for Halloween too.

Have a great night!