Sunday, June 27, 2010

Baby hats galore/Vacation Days 3&4

Today's the last day of my mini vacation.  Don't you just hate the Sunday afternoon blues? 

I've been sewing up a storm and have some more little hats to share.  Oh and all these projects have all been from the book Simple Sewing Projects for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter.  I have really enjoyed this book with Lotta's easy to follow patterns. 

First another elf hat to match the snuggler:

Then another kitty hat (this one's my favorite):

And a matching rattle with a bell inside:

Now I think I'm spent!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Baby sewing mania/ Vacation days 2 &3

I've been swimming in fleece, chenille, and baby fun.  The baby quilt is basted and then I made some projects

First up is this elf hat:

Then I made the kitty hat:

And this is my favorite- a swaddler modeled by my childhood teddy bear, Snowbell:

I'm thinking tomorrow I'm going to make another elf hat with the yellow chenille.  I also picked up some zebra print fleece that I haven't decided what to do with yet.

It feels so nice to be doing all this sewing! :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Vacation Days 1 & 1.5

My hubby and I have been very productive on our first day and a half off of work.

Yesterday he worked on patching the various holes in the wall left by the electrician while I moved my sewing supplies from the baby room closet to the hall closet.  I'm really pleased with the result and am wondering why I didn't do this ages ago.  A while back I stopped sewing in the sewing room/now baby room and migrated to the dining room table.  Lots of space and I wasn't isolated.  So now everything's much more convenient.

You can't see from the photo, but there are two shelves above the baker's rack.  Now I just need to figure out what to do with the stuff I moved from the hall closet. hahah!

Then this morning I made my pot holder/oven mitt from the book One-Yard Wonders for the next Philly Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Monday.  I'm not sure I'll be able to attend any other meetings since the time was switched to one of the evenings I work.  :(
Here it is next to the apron I made last summer.  And here's a close up with the lining:
I just love that Alexander Henry print!

Yesterday I ran out to my local quilt shop to get some batting for the baby quilt.  While I was there I found this cute fleece and decided it needed to come home with me.
Next up on the to do list is to make a cute little baby hat from the book Simple Sewing for Baby that I had checked out from the library.

One of these days I'll get the baby quilt basted!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mr June

Don't you just love a big pile of buttons?

 Hooray for being caught up!!  Here's Mr June:

I've received so many goodies! I'm shocked how much you all have sent and feel like the horrible slacker of the group!

I received these blocks from Beth with a lovely needle case:

Then came Liri's blocks and a ton of goodies (the tasty cakes are now gone).
Isn't the embroidered Pennsylvania block amazing!?!

Then I received Kathleen's blocks and fabrics. 
Thank you all so much for the fun blocks!!!  My blocks will go out this week to Mary!  :)

My hubby and I took Thursday and Friday off from work to get some stuff done around the house.  Things are currently a disaster with holes in the wall from electrical work and the baby's future room all pulled apart.  Its transitioning from my my sewing room and so far it isn't pretty!  I'm hoping we can get lots done this weekend and I can actually get the baby quilt basted and start quilting it.

***EDIT: Here's a pre-shot of the baby's room (per Katie's suggestion).  Don't expect a post shot for a while- haha!  There are two bookcases against the wall the the left.  We had to pull one out for the electrical work that's why its sticking out towards the door.  Its a little room, so we'll probably have to remove the bookcases to make enough space for the crib/changing table.  The walls will stay yellow, but will get repainted after the repair. 
So where did all the books from the bookcase go?  On to my currently abandoned treadmill and the guest room bed of course.  See you in 5 months treadmill- can't say I miss you.
And here's a shot of one of the holes in the wall that will get patched and the sewing stuff that will get moved out.  We're planning on putting the glider in this corner and I'll probably keep the wall hanging up.
I'm trying to keep my need to nest under control- looking at this makes me want to freak out! :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mr & Mrs May

Just a quick post with my latest Snowbound block.  Only one more month to finish and then I'm caught up.

More pics to come soon with swap blocks :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Getting back my mojo/Christmas in June

This weekend has proven more productive than I've been in ages!

Here's my baby quilt progress- the finished top in all its minkee glory:

I also prepped the last two snowbound blocks since I've been behind:

I also checked this book out from the library and I highly recommend it.  It is Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter.  Such CUTE projects!!  The instructions are also much simpler than Amy  Butler's in her book Little Stitches

This week was like Christmas!

First I received a package from Ann that she had sent at Easter time.  I think my postman was holding it hostage.  Three delightful magazines (one decorating, one sewing, and one cooking!), an easter bunny, and edible goodies (somehow they already disappeared). I love the dragon softie on the cover of the Australian Homes magazine!  Its so cute!!  We'll see how ambitious I get.

Then I got a flood of my APQ swap blocks!
Here are Theri's blocks:  I love how she drew on Texas!!

Then I got Katie's package.  Blocks, scissor charms, kitty catnip toys (from the May kitties!  There is only one of them left on my table since the kitties have already taken off with the others), a super cute pincushion (I have to go rescue this from the kitties) and a chocolate bar (also not seen here.  I plead the fifth!):

Next came Joanne's blocks in the gorgeous blues:

And yesterday I received Ruth's beautiful blocks, a bookmark, and a tissue box.

Thank you all sooooo much!! I love all the blocks and goodies! So unexpected!!

Next up on the agenda is to get caught up on everyone's blogs!! 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm Alive!

Hi everyone!!  Ann (a good yarn), had sent me an email to check on me and she mentioned people were worried.  I'm so touched! 

I'm doing well, but still super fatigued. My last ultrasound showed the baby sucking its thumb, waving its arms, and kicking up a storm!!  I'm thankful everything is moving along well.

I haven't done any quilting, but hopefully soon I'll have something to post!  I really need to get this baby quilt going!! 

I'm really excited to be the next winner of the APQ block swap :)