Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kaleidoscope QAL 1st Block

Here is my first block for the quilt along.
I am really liking it!
This fabric is Denyse Schmidt's Picnics and Fairgrounds line.
I really like most of the prints,
 some I could do without but I am leaving those ones out of this quilt.

I am finding that the hardest part is bringing the fabrics together.
The flickr group has tons of great pictures.
More to come soon!

Monday, June 27, 2011


He is 6 now.
How did that happen so quickly?!?

I stole an idea that I heard is from my uncle Duncan.
I heard he took a picture of his girls (my cousins)
on the morning of their birthday each year.
Is this true Auntie Sue?

So here are my 6 years of birthday morning pictures of my baby.



And yes, we still have that blankie.




And a big milestone of this year, the last day of kindergarten!
I think our next big one will be a missing tooth.
We are waiting!

Happy birthday, my sweet angel.
We love you to the sun and the moon and the stars and all the way back.

Friday, June 24, 2011

2 Years I have Been Blogging

It's been 2 years of blogging now.
I went back and read my first post
Wow has life changed in 2 years around here.

My oldest boy is turning 6 very soon and my little one is almost 4 1/2.
In my first post I talked about binkies, those days are long gone now.

My boys are now little fish jumping in the pool,
getting braver and braver by the day,
even venturing into the ocean to boogie board.
No training wheels,
running back and forth to friend's houses in the neighborhood.
A wiggly tooth and preschool will be behind us in less than a year.

They are my boys, my babies.
They drive me crazy but good crazy. 
They are friends, little one still calls his big brother "Bubbie".
I often wonder if he will call his big brother "Bub" when they are grown men.
I adore them, I truly do.

I am so grateful for this little spot on the internet to write all of this stuff down.

This bloggy year has also inspired me to read more.
I started seeing suggestions on other blogs about books to read.
I read on my iPhone, yes my iPhone.
People look at me like I am CRazY but I'm not, really I'm not.

I am reading my 30th book in the last year at the moment.
Previously I would only read magazines.
Now I am always reading on my phone.
I just finished Unbroken (link is on the left side) and it was an incredible book,
tough(emotionally) to read but absolutely amazing.

And of course I am still quilting, I love love love quilting.
I have joined many quilt along's this year.
Those are the best, especially seeing other bloggers' progress.
I just ordered The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt for the FWQAL and I need to start making the cuts for the Kaleidoscope QAL.

So much going on around here.
Happy Anniversary to my Blog!

Monday, June 20, 2011

More Embroidery

Another hoop for my wall!
Inspired by this image at The Purl Bee

I love it!

And Happy Father's Day to my Dad and The Husband!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A little embroidery

I have been loving embroidery again.
Especially since I have been on Pintrest.

Here are some of my recent ones.
I am hoping to make a big hoop art wall by my craft room.
I am sure my husband will be thrilled.

The tree on this one is from the Doodle Stitch Along
I added the fabric for the bunting and the circles.

This was my own drawing.
It is a patchwork quilt on a fence, one of my favorite things.

I cannot remember where I found the patterns for the last 2. 
I did these quite awhile ago.
These are in some vintage embroidery hoops from my Auntie Sue.
(If you find more I am happy to take them off your hands!!!)

This is a good summer project.
And there are some many more that I would love to make...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spoonflower Swap

AnneMarie at Gen X Quilters is hosting a Spoonflower Swap.
Gen X Quilters

What a great idea!
Click on the button to get all of the details and join in.

This is the perfect reason to order the kite fabric that
I designed for Project Selvage a couple of months ago.

Flying Kites

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Great Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - DONE!

I have posted about this quilt before today but I have finally finished the binding and it is all done.
So I had to share!

I used the yellow polka dots from the Sunkissed line.  I had a good amount of yardage and it seemed to fit well with the other colors in this amazing quilt.

So while these people were sleeping yesterday,
I was finishing the binding.

(I am really paying for this late afternoon nap today!
One boy did not go to sleep last night until midnight and he is a little grouchy today)

I caught up on some DVR'd shows and after awhile I was all done.

So now its hanging in my bedroom.
Love it!!

Thank you Grandma Edie!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finished Supernova

My Supernova quilt is done and have been passed along to its new home.
My sweet friend had her baby shower last weekend and this is for her baby boy.
And really for her.
She loves these colors and this fabric.

Thinking of you and your sweet baby boy Mrs. P!
We love you both lots!!

I am happy to show this quilt now that she has it.
She was watching me make this over the last few weeks on my blog
but I wanted it to be a surprise.

Fabric is Arcadia by Sanae for Moda
Pattern is the Supernova from the Supernova quilt along.
Thank you so much to Lee at Freshly Pieced for the wonderful instructions!

Backing is Kona Sage, thank you so much Katie B. for the suggestion!!
Quilting is a basic straight stitch echo quilting.

I did leave off of the borders though, 
I wanted one solid fabric piece for the backing.
Its a great baby quilt size.

Scrappy binding from leftover jelly roll pieces.

Can't wait to meet the little guy,  gotta love baby boys!

I think I am ready for my next quilt along...
here we go.
(and the single girl is still chuggin' along)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

May 24th

I am so glad that I wrote my previous post about my loves.  
My boys truly are my loves.
I am glad that I have this blog to write about our happy times, our milestones and yes even my crafts and quilting.
I am glad that I can share silly pictures and write about our happenings.
(a surprise picture taken by the husband - morning snuggles with mommy)

We had something happen the day after my last post. 
May 24th 
Something that could have changed our lives and our family forever.
We were hurt, physically and emotionally.
And we will be hurt for awhile because of what happened.

We went out to dinner as a family. 
We were leaving the restaurant and waiting for my husband and Joey to go to the bathroom.  Me and my little one were waiting for them in the lobby.
Somthing popped. 
Something really loud.
Something I have never heard before.
Then I saw blood on the floor and felt something burning on my legs.
I saw my little one shaking and crying and then I realized it was a gun shot.

We are doing OK.
There are several bullet fragments in my legs and my little one had surgery to remove a fragment from his finger.

We are healing.
We are surrounded by people who love and care about us.
We love them all too.

We will be ok. 
It will take time, lots of time.

But I worry about these boys.
Of course I worry about them, I am their mom.
Summertime is here, I want them to have happy times.
Happy smiles, careless days, no worries.

I love all of my boys, they are my boys to take care of.
We will all heal.