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Saturday, September 20, 2008

5 and a half days

That's how long Jenna can go without a nap. She went all week without napping...not unusual for a day or two, but we are starting to think that she may be ready to drop the afternoon snooze. Today, after a bike ride around the neighborhood with Dad and Jack and a visit to a local quilt show with me and Gran, she just couldn't go any longer. She didn't fall asleep in the car on the way home, which really surprised me, but within about 5 minutes of throwing herself on the living room floor for some injustice that we reigned down on her, she was out!

Loss of the afternoon nap is a sad prospect for me, because I often get in a good hour or more of sewing during the golden time when both she and Jack are napping (that's on the days that I haven't dozed off on the couch too). The unintended benefit from the lack of a nap is that she is now passed out sound asleep by 7:45 or 8, which gives me a much nicer window of opportunity in the sewing room. By that time in the day though, the light isn't as good, so I don't like to do much cutting, and I am often on the tired side, so it is hard to get motivated to really get something going.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Do You See What I See, etc.

This is my newest quilt top...I am calling it "Do you see what I see" since it is an Illusion quilt. I hosted the Karen Combs class for our guild earlier this year and had a great time making these blocks. They are pieced into the purple batik background and I already know how I am going to quilt it! I am hoping to get it completed next month, so I can show it at our guild and be entered in a drawing for a free workshop next year. We have a great slate of speakers lined up for next year and I would love to win a workshop.

In other quilting news, I have been working diligently on baby presents, in accord with this months goals. I have two completed and three in progress. Plus, there is a new baby, so I am up to 6 total right now. The ones I completed are for babies #1 (born May 2006 - yikes!) and #4 (born in July of this year). Pictures to follow once they have arrived at their destination.

Today, my mom and I did a little impromptu shop hop when I decided to take the afternoon off work because the weather was just too gorgeous. We headed east of town to Zig Zag Quilts, where I found the following items: a few FQs for a block I need to make this weekend, pillowcase fabric for a friend's son who is celebrating a b-day soon, and a book for Jack for Christmas (I am so proud of myself for shopping early!).

Stop #2 was an accident, as we kept going straight instead of turning and mom commented that we were really close to another shop, so we kept going to Ruth's Legacy. I bought a couple FQs there and helped mom pick out 30's fabric for a lap quilt for her mom's cousin. That was a difficult task for us, because neither of us likes 30's fabrics. We managed to power through it and pick some out that will probably look very nice when they are put into blocks with Kona Snow. The best deal at this shop was all the solids at $2/FQ. I stocked up on a few colors I don't have.

Stop #3 was the one store I actually wanted to go to, Quiltmaker's, because they are having a 25% off everything sale this weekend in honor of the owner's husband's birthday (don't you just love the occasions a quilter can celebrate?). I picked up the backing and binding fabric for Sara's quilt and a pattern that is made in repros, which I also dislike strongly...however, they had it made up beautifully in batiks. I threw in a couple sale FQs as well that I thought would make good headbands, my latest fun project.

We made a surprise stop at a friend's house on the way home and enjoyed showing her all our purchases, then headed home. All in all, a fun afternoon.

On a different note, I have to share a couple of quotes from Jenna this week because she has just been too funny. She has not napped all week, which is challenging, but she then goes to sleep by 7:30 or 7:45, so it makes the evenings really enjoyable....anyway, here are a few recent "Jenna-isms."
Me to Mike at the dinner table: "Did you see that gas when up to $3.95 today?" (this was last week before the hurricane)
Mike: "No, where?"
Me: "The one I pass on the way home from work."
Jenna: "Mommy....(long pause)...did you pass gas?"
Jenna to Jack: "Jack, get off, you're ow'ing my toe."
Jenna: "Gran, can I have some raisins?"
Gran: "Yes, they are in the fruit bowl, can you reach them or not?"
Jenna: "Not"

Monday, September 8, 2008

Work Day

Today was work day for my bee. We get together on the first Monday of the month and bring our machines and projects to work on. Anyone in the group (and others who we invite) can come and go as they please from 9 am - 4 pm. I have never been there at 9..usually because I have a kid or two in tow. Today, Jack had his 18 month check-up (all is good), so I headed over with both kids after we were done there. It is actually easier to take both of them than just one of them because they really do play well together when we're there. The room is big, so there is plenty of room for them to run around. Jack always does seem to gravitate towards the power strips at some point in the day, but it takes a lot longer for him to do when Jenna is there too. They both took a good nap today, so I had lots of time for sewing - hooray!

Today I made some great progress on a couple projects I was stuck on. The first is the wall hanging for my friend Sara. She saw this fabric at a local quilt shop when we were shopping with her mom for another quilt and I said I would make something for her with it if she bought it. Well, her mom was so excited by the prospect that she actually bought (most of) the fabric. We've since added to the original purpose. The outer border is on the bias, which is the part I needed help with. I didn't know how to fold it to get the longest possible strips, but a couple friend there today showed me how to do it...let's just hope that I can remember long enough to be able to do it again next time. Here's a picture of the finished top. Any thoughts on how to quilt it? It has to be easy, because I am going to do it myself and I have only FMQ'ed a couple things. If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment!
I also made progress on my patchwork illusions quilt, but that will have to wait until I have the top together for the big reveal...I am getting closer, so hopefully in the next few weeks, I will be able to post a picture of that.

Here are pictures of a couple of the other projects that some of the others there were working on.

Barbara's paper pieced wonder - she is entertaining different fabrics for the border.

Kathy's fabric foundation pieced blocks...getting close to all done,

but she didn't like working on the fabric foundation at all!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

August Report

I completed a whopping 24.5 hours of sewing & quilting during the month of August. This was quite surprising to me, because I also spent a whopping amount of time watching the Olympics! I didn't spend much of that time in my sewing room multi-tasking, but rather spent a lot of it holding down the couch at my house or my parents house!

As mentioned in a previous post, I achieved all of my goals for the month - the first time I have done so! Woo hoo - here they are:

My high level goal statements last month seemed to work well for me, so I am going high level again! September goals include:

  • Blocks for bee and Quilting in Indiana lottery
  • Catch up with baby gifts/quilts/cross-stitch (5 to catch me up to present! And I have friends with babies due for several more months...so I need to catch up so I can keep up over the winter!)
  • Finish a quilt top...I have a couple in progress and would like to get one of them done
  • Put away all the fabric I have bought over the past two months which is now piled in stacks all over my sewing room!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Plan B

Well, our plans to head to Cincinnati for the AVP tournament were foiled when we called to find out that they only had standing room seats. We decided that wasn't wise with the hot day predicted and two toddlers, so we went for plan B. We met Mike's sister's family at Brookville Lake for an afternoon on their boat...and then plan B turned into plan C when the boat had trouble. Plan C was great - we followed them back to their farm outside Greensburg, IN where they have a whole bevy of animals. The kids enjoyed swimming in the pool and then had a blast visiting with all the animals.

Jenna was quite the helper, feeding the outdoor dog, two barn cats, the goats, miniature donkey, miniature pony, and chickens, and throwing fish food into the ponds for the catfish and bass. She also checked the chicken coop for eggs and found one!

It was a great day and the kids loved seeing all the animals. Oh, and Jenna got to ride Belle the horse too. She rode Belle at Thanksgiving last year and was really nervous. This time she jumped right on and had a blast. Here are some pictures of our adventure!