Sunday, January 29, 2012

quilt mojo returns

so you all know by now that I havent done much quilting in the last 4-5 months since getting pregnant.

I had a friend who had her baby 6 weeks early back in December.
I finished a top for the quilt and it sat on my table for a looong time. (we did go to Canada for 3 weeks in there)

I saw him this past Sunday and he was 8 weeks old or so and I realized I better get going on the quilt for him!! so I quilted it Sunday afternoon. I finished it up by Thursday to take to my quilt guild for show and tell.

I then took it home and machine did the binding (after hand stitching.)

I had a couple issues with this quilt with the binding that I havent done in so long!! I guess I was away from quilting too long and forgot it! Mostly it was the fact I didnt use a 1/4 inch on sewing it down.

I machine put the binding down to make sure it would survive the many washes :)

Signed and you can see I used a fancier stitch on the binding

 I only used my walking foot for the quilting. 
I didnt want to to though the panel so I stitched in the ditch there.
 I never measured it to see how big it was! oh well
The backing was perfect for such an early and loved little one

Here is Loren and Alex and baby Asher with their present at church today.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

zeke picture updates

Here are some pictures of Zeke from the last few days.

Zeke and his buddy were playing "naps" and were giggling so hard!

 he was trying to make a frowny / grumpy face- but kept breaking up
 then he did "cheese"

 at a hotel- Zeke sat in there and pulled Baileys food in with him so he could watch Bailey eat.

 on his first train ride
 on a carousel   
 riding the second time with daddy
 watching planes take off
 we have a lot of I got one big tote for it

 first night in his Big Boy Bed
 And was still in it 12 hours later :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

new fabric

When we were in Canada I was able to get to one quilt shop- it was a very cute one in Fonthill, ON. 

Dave picked out some Dr. Seuss fabric. 
some fat quarters (of meters)

I knew we were having a girl so I picked out some more girly fabric without going pink. (Im not huge on pink). The orange on the right has a nice pattern in it - so I got a whole meter of the "solids" and a 1/2 of the 2 prints.

Some lovely winter fabric- even if we didnt see much snow while there. 
1/2 meter of them.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas 2011 pictures part 2

This is part 2 of the 3 week vacation we took to Canada.

again- these are mostly to have them somewhere


Monday, January 9, 2012

Christmas 2011 part 1 pictures

We left NC on Sat the 17th to go visit our family in Canada on a 3 week vacation.

the following pictures were taken up to Dec. 26th (ok so there was a couple extra xmas party ones thrown in)

I know there are a lot of them and this is mostly for my family.

There are some cute ones of Zeke in there too :)


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Quilts in review 2011

January/ Feb--
 I started of the year with a facebook challenge. 
"Pay it Forward 2011:

I promise to send something handmade to the first 4 people who leave a comment here. In turn, those first 4 people must repost this and send something handmade to the first 5 people who comment on their status.

(The only rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 4 people sometime in 2011....)"

I then tried my hand at free motion quilting but have not done it since

I made a quilt for a friend for her baby shower

I made some mug rugs for my mom and her RV

we got back from a road trip and did work in the garden over the long weekend.

I sent off a baby quilt to some friends of ours in canada

I was very excited to get my critter quilt done!

We had a new google wife added to our midst who was also 8 months pregnant so we had a baby shower for her!

I finished my black and white jelly roll quilt (all hand quilted)

I also managed to get a quilt done in a day!

I made a pillow mattress following a friends lead and ended up having to fix it too! (this has been one of my most popular posts on my blog.)

I made a quilt on the request of a friend and named it Frog Frenzy

I made some his and hers quilts for a friends daughters for her wedding.

And that was just about the last of it since I announced being pregnant.

I finished a wall hanging that I just realized I never gave away this Christmas.

I did manage to give the finished quilt to Daves mom. That one had given me a lot of trouble.
here it is on her bed with the matching pillows she made for it. 

I also managed to refold my yardage onto comic book boards but that is as far as I have gotten with cleaning up the quilting. 

So that is all I have done this year. The year had a good amount of quilts but I wish I could have done more. 
I feel kinda lost without quilting at times but I have no umph to go and start a quilt. maybe that will change!
I have to move all my quilting stuff to the basement to make room in the guest room for Zeke to move into as we will be needing the nursery for the next one. 
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