Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Completed Quilt!

Ok, well, it's not exactly 100% completed but the lap quilt I made for my mom's Breast Cancer Fundraiser is all done except for tacking the binding to the back. I went ahead and took pics of it since the sun was streaming in through the windows so nicely. I usually finish a project late at night when there is no good light to use for photos.

So this is a simple charm pack quilt made with April Cornell fabrics. I quilted it with free-motion loop-de-loop quilting which wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. It was very quick which caused me to make more mistakes than I'd like. I think I actually prefer stippling to the looping. We'll see.
Audrey is helping model the quilt like a good little helper. The backing is the same natural solid as the sashing. Probably from Joann's but I'm not sure of the exact color name. Not bright white, more of a cream.
It feels wonderful to post an actual quilt accomplishment on my quilting blog LOL. Now that we are into our third week of school, I actually feel like I can get some things completed again!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Feeds Available Now! And a little Jen Lancaster worship...

I am a new blogger and still trying to figure everything out. I finally got my site feed working (I think...) so please add me to your list.

The two-year-old starts her pre-school program this week which will give me two mornings to myself. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things and share some finished products with you!

My mom has requested a quilt donation to a Breast Cancer Fundraiser Auction. I have a charm pack lap quilt that is already basted so I have decided to try and quilt it quickly so I can donate it to her auction. My mother herself is a breast cancer survivor so this is obviously personally worthwhile for me. Stay tuned for pictures of that this coming week.

On a side note, please check out Jen Lancaster's books if you are looking for a fabulous read and some pants-wetting laughter. I started out of order with her third book "Such A Pretty Fat" and laughed so loud and so often that I started to think that maybe I had a problem. Could this book really be THAT funny or am I having a breakdown? I had to read many passages outloud to Andrew so that I could have someone to share their fabulousness with. She is so adept at speaking the truth about life's challenges. I then went back to her first "Bitter is the New Black" which is timely for us since we're unemployed right now. This book is about going from the dotcom boom where our generation thought we were wealthy successful GODS to the shock of 9/11 when reality started tumbling down. Fabulous insight into a shared reality and growth experience of our generation.

I am currently reading the second "Bright Lights, Big Ass" which is worth the purchase price even if you only read the bit about trying to keep 2 dogs, 4 cats and her crazy self quiet during Fletch's conference call. I have lived that scenario many times myself and can't help but read that part out loud to anyone who will listen. PLEASE go buy these books and give yourself the gift of side-splitting laughter.

Have a great Sunday and tune in later this week for updates!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Goodbye Baby.

The big yellow bus just came and took my baby away. Jamie's fifth birthday isn't for three more weeks so he's one of the rare kids who starts elementary school as a four-year-old. He was so nervous and quiet this morning. I have never been more thankful that he has an older brother to show him the ropes and hold his hand.