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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kids meet kids

This weekend, my mom and I loaded the car and headed east to Cincinnati to visit my cousin Julie. We made a stop at my sister-in-law's farm on the way there to visit some of her myriad animals. The kids enjoyed meeting the 13 baby ducks (who aren't small anymore!), chasing the chickens, and feeding the catfish. Then came the biggest treat of all - a visit to a neighboring farm to visit some baby goats! They were 4 or 5 days old and were as soft as any baby animal I have ever petted. The kids really enjoyed meeting them - and I was able to catch their first pets on our new digital video camera. Check out the ears on those kids!

Lots more once we got to Cincinnati....stay tuned!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Little Shopping

Today, Mom and I headed over to Quilts Plus, the quilt shop which is closest to us, as I wanted to pick up a couple things. They had just filled their sale room with 30% off fabric, and we both had coupons for 40% off! Woo hoo. In addition, they had a pile of bolts with a small amount of fabric left that were 20% off if you finished the bolt. I found some gems, but also bought several pieces of fabric with a purpose.

The orange and green batiks will become stuffed turtles for a baby gift and maybe a Christmas gift. The pink on the right will be the backing for an Easter table runner, and the Air Force fabric will be the backing for a quilt of valor for my nephew who is in Iraq until this summer. The only two impulse purchases were the orangey-red fabric in the upper left and the green with flowers on the left. Not much left of either one, but I am sure I will find some way to use them in the future!

Monday, March 16, 2009

It's okay to call it ugly

Friday, I took a fantastic workshop from Beth Ferrier - Hand Applique by Machine. It was a very good class for several reasons - 1) she is a great teacher and very funny, 2) I learned a new technique, and 3) I had an almost finished project by the end of the day, and with only an additional hour of sewing, I have the top for a small quilt completed!

My theory after taking a few classes is that I make lots of mistakes when learning a new technique, so I don't take my favorite fabric with me...I figure if I enjoy the technique, then I will try it again, and hopefully be a little better at it.

So, having said all that, I took some fabric to the class that I am not crazy about. I bought it online and the colors in the catalog didn't match what I got in the mail. So, it is a little primitive (and if you've been reading this for any length of time, you probably know that I work mostly in brights). It won't hurt my feelings at all if this doesn't ring your chime...because it doesn't ring mine either! My plan is to finish it as a small quilt and donate it to the guild for our small quilt auction at the guild show in October.

The most exciting part about this though is that now I feel like I have some level of skill to begin on several other patterns I have bought/received that require applique! Now it is about to get fun!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Done and Done

My mom started a UFO challenge in one of our online groups at the beginning of this year, so I have been spurred on to complete a few things that have been left hanging. I was really close on the first, not so much on the second, but they are both complete now!

Here's the first finish - the quilt that I put together from the Quilting in Indiana lottery last year. I think I am going to call it "It's a Winner." It is pieced on the front and back - the brighter side is the front. It was quilted by Paul Wycoff - he owns Stitched Designs on the West side of Indy and is a great quilter. I am very happy with the end result.

This is the front.

And this is the back!

My second finish is my Mystery Quilt re-do. I've been blogging about this one for a while, and just needed binding to finish it off. I went to the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington last weekend and looked and looked for the right binding to no avail. Finally, at the very last booth, I found a 1/2 yard of Aqua blue that was perfect. I think it really caps it off well. This will become a baby quilt later this spring, if I can bear to part with it!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our Critter

Over the four and a half years that we've lived in this house, we've been aware of a critter living under our deck. We really discovered it after the dog came to live with us, as she will stand over the spot where he/she/it sleeps and sniff for hours on end. I think it was just last summer or the one before that we spotted it for the first time, but it has remained quite elusive...until today!

We had a quiet day at home with no obligations, not even a trip to the grocery store - can I quickly take a pause to mention how nice that was - so we were playing/watching some PBS Kids, and I was sewing on a binding when the dog started to go NUTS. The critter popped up and I was able to snap a picture before he/she/it ducked under the deck again. The funny thing is that it wasn't bothered at all by our dog's incessant barking, but shied away as soon as I stood in the window.

Shortly after I started stitching again, he decided to take another trip out, with his goal to get to the woods. I was not as quick on the draw this time, but here he is headed through our "garden" (I am not a gardener!!!).
I saw him returning from across the field, so was ready to capture him on the way back. Anyone know what creature this is? Is it a groundhog? A woodchuck? Are groundhogs and woodchucks the same thing? Any tips on what we should feed him? He seems pretty harmless, but please let me know if I need to be worried!

P.S. I can't tell you how exciting this all is for a girl who grew up in the middle of a large city where squirrels and cockroaches were the only wildlife in the area!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Celebrating Two

We had a very small family get together yesterday to celebrate Jack's 2nd birthday. He came dressed for the party...(helped by his sister no doubt!)

And then got into the swing of opening presents (with Jenna at the assist ready to help if called upon - see her hand on the other present?)...

One of which contained directions for assembly in German....

And then devoured his cake with reckless abandon....

All in all, a perfect party for our little guy!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Already Two

Our little guy celebrated his second birthday on Sunday, and we had a nice quiet day for him at home. He is a happy little two year old who has learned sooo much from his big sister.

At 2, Jack:
- Says more words than we can count, about 50% of which we actually understand!
- Can point out all his letters and sing the ABCs
- Count to 8 consistently
- Point out shapes
- Make many, many animal and car/train noises
- Drink from a cup
- Throw a fantastic temper tantrum
- Follow his big sister in many capers
- Entertain himself for ages by "reading" books
- Recognize far too many cartoon characters

Monday, March 2, 2009

February Accomplishments

I had lots of hours in the sewing room this month, although not tons to show for it! I seemed to have a little too much brain freeze over the month, as I had several evenings of projects that went together wrong or should have been easier. I'm hoping for a thaw in March.

Here's what I got done in my 20.5 hours this month:
- Bound red, white, and blue quilt (a friend is hand stitching it down in exchange for me quilting a quilt for her)
- Pieced and quilted my Mystery Quilt re-do
- Pieced Jingle Jolly table runner
- Completed and gifted Edison's baby blanket
- 1 spring Wedgie placemat

I also made some good progress on my fat quarter UFO, but it is not done yet....5 more rows to go and I am keeping it out to keep working on it!

Goals for this month:
- Get another quilt on the frame and done
- Start prepping for retreat by cutting projects into kits
- Keep trying to catch up with baby quilts
- Learn how to do Hand Applique by Machine at Beth Ferrier's class for our guild later this month.
- Get binding and labels on the Mystery quilt re-do to finish it up.