Over the past year or so, I have been doing a lot of research into homeschooling and family organizing. I found a lot of useful resources from Vision Forum. We love the seminar cds and Christian books as well as their toys. I am grateful for their help and encouragement to our family!
Though I have not taken the time to blog, I have been sewing. With just a week or two until my grandmother came, I decided to make a quilt for her. I picked an Ikea sheet for the background (the color is nearest to Kona Glacier), and cut it into 6 inch squares. As I love FilmintheFridge's Dinner Date and Flying Farfalle quilts and they are so easy to make, I was going to make one of those. My 6 year old wanted to help, so I let her pick out the fabrics for each of the triangles. As I made each of the blocks, she would lay them out into "wonky diamonds." As I finished piecing all the blocks, she begged me to sew the quilt like that. Since the quilt was going to be a gift from both of us, I just went with it (though I wasn't sold on the idea)! When I was almost finished piecing the top, I tried to sew my finger into the quilt, resulting in a trip to the ER. After that, I asked my sister to help me finish the quilt. She quilted it and did most of the binding. We named the quilt "Sail Away" because some of the wonky diamonds look like sail boats. (Click on any of the pictures and then click again to see more detail.)
Most importantly, my grandmother LOVED the quilt!
The back is made pieced from leftovers from the front. You can see the quilted lines much better here!
I have been tempted just to let my blog go as I have been gone for over 3 months. I find it hard to update my blog regularly and flickr and facebook. Anyway, I'll try to be a little better. I do have a good excuse for my absence. I am now 27 weeks pregnant. It has been a rough one, but we are excited to welcome our baby #4 in December!
I haven't been sewing much lately. In the vintage sheet bee, Jane of Fancy Two asked for pinwheels. I looked at all of Rachel's tutorial on PS I Quilt. I decided on pinwheel number 3. This was the first time I have made half square triangles, and I liked the process! I hoped to get a chance to make another pinwheel block, but didn't get the opportunity.
My little boy loves toy cars. He tries his hardest to carry as many cars as he can where ever he goes. He shoves them under his arms, in his arms, and piles them high holding them in place with his chin! To make his task a little easier, I made him a boy bag to carry his cars in. I really wanted so cars fabric that was not connected to the movie (which is all I have in my stash). At Joann's, I found this great Alexander Henry Historic Highway print. I thought it was perfect for a bag to carry cars. My son seems to have mixed feeling about the bag. He loves to put his cars into it, but he wants me to carry it!
I am married to a wonderful man and we have five children ages 9 and younger with one more due in April. I stay home with my kids and homeschool three of the children. It is a lot of work, but we love our busy home and all that God has given us!