Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Busy Busy

Just a quick note to let you know that I am still alive and well.  I've been so busy with my day job, one kid off to her first year at college, the other back to college to begin her third year, and second grade starting for my little one!  Poor daughter, Alex, must feel left out!  She graduated from college last December, so I don't have to "get her ready" for anything anymore!  Well, I still take care of her...or at least I try!  I'm kind of a helicopter mom if you didn't already know that!  Oh, and there are three new family pets we have acquired...two fish and a Chinese Dwarf Hamster!  Anyway, I have also been working on a few garment sewing projects, including two dresses and a skirt.  I will upload photos as soon as I can.  So, stay tuned!

In case you are wondering, the above image is of a One Armed Paper Hanger.  I remember the day I first heard this saying, "I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger!"  I was 17 and had no idea what that meant.  My English "mom" uttered this saying and I questioned her repeatedly as to it's meaning!  Maybe it was just her accent!  She still teases me about it years later!

Thanks for sticking with this busy gal!  I promise to get by your blogs ASAP!

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Love Potion No. 9

Number 9 is here!  That's baby number 9 for my cousin and his wife!  Can you imagine?  Anyway, I have been working on Number Nine's quilt for the past few weeks.  And now it is finally finished just in time for the baby's arrival this morning!  I made this quilt using Vintage Modern Mini Charms from Bonnie and Camille as well as white and red 2 1/2" squares in order to create the Disappearing Nine Patch blocks.

The finished quilt measures 36" X 52."   It is squishy perfectness!  Well, it's not perfect.  Some of my squares didn't match up perfectly, but hey, it's a handmade gift made with love!

I quilted using my free motion foot.  This was only the second time I have done this, but I find it kind of relaxing.  Once you get into a "groove," it's fun and easy!

Number 9 has been the most intricate and detailed quilt I've completed thus far.  It was frustrating at times, but I am proud of myself for designing the quilt and figuring out all the MATH involved in order to calculate how much fabric I needed as well as how to actually construct the blocks.  Considering this is literally the NINTH quilt I've made, I think I'm doing alright!

Congratulations to Matt and Stephanie!  You are great people and great parents!  Best wishes to you and your family, including little Number 9!

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