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!
With the help of my husband, I made 18 meals one day. Then my mom came over and helped the next day, and we made 14 more meals. It seemed to be one of the easiest once a month cooking session I have had!
I finished the second wonky star blanket! My older daughter had been very upset that I didn't do her's first. (I guess she is used to being first as she is the first child!) But less than a week later, her blanket is ready. She is very happy with the way it turned out, especially the minkee!
I have finally settled on a design for my wonky star quilt. It is going to be fairly normally laid out with five stars per row and six rows. Between the first and second rows and the fifth and sixth rows will be a row of 15 mini stars. I finally finished 15 large stars and 15 mini stars. I am so happy with them, I just wish that I could finish them more quickly! I am ready to see the finished product!
Five new mini stars!
A couple of stars to add to the constellation.
This is one of my all time favorite vintage prints!
My little girls love the wonky stars I have been making. They asked me to make them a big wonky star blanket. This is my interpretation of that request! I made the wonky star and backed it with quilt batting and quilted it. Then I backed that with minkee. The first one is finished. Hopefully I will get the other one made very soon!
One day, my sister came over to cut vintage sheets and exchange fabrics. My mom stopped by and was asking about wonky stars. I sat down and made this one quickly to give her the idea of how they are made. I know have 11. I am getting to the point where I hope to put these all together.
Have you guys seen QuiltingBeeBlocks.com? It is a spin off of the flickr group by the same name. The site has a lot of info on quilting bees and how to join one. Check it out. Right now they are having a really cool giveaway.
My little boy is getting big enough to carry his own water bottle, so it was about time for me to make him a water bottle holder. My sister wanted to make some for her little ones, but wanted help. I showed her how to make one while making Kyle's. Check out Megan's water bottle holders. I finally cut into my cogsmo fabric and used a little for this project. The quilting seemed to be a given with the fabric, but it took more effort than simple stippling would have. I love the results!
My family has taken a liking to Hot Air Balloons. It might seem a little strange, but they are such neat air crafts! We went to a hot air balloon festival last year as a part of our summer vacation. This past weekend, we went to another show in Macon, GA. Tunes and Balloons were a small part of the annual Cherry Blossom festival. It didn't have nearly as many balloons as the previous festival, but there were 12 balloons, most (if not all) were different from the ones we saw last time.
My oldest just turned 5! I am amazed that it has been that long ago, but it feels like just a year has gone by. I definitely notice that I am getting older through milestones like this, though I don't feel it. I asked Avalyn if she felt older now that she was 5. She said she felt older. She is so excited about getting more responsibilities and being "a big girl"! For her birthday, she asked for dirt as her dessert. I obliged and also made water. We had blue jello with swedish fish in it (our water) and chocolate pudding (made with almond milk because of Kyle's allergy) mixed with cool whip and oreos. Gummy worms were added to the dirt for fun. The kids loved the dessert, and got really messy as you would expect.
I ran out of space in my flickr account for March! We are only half way through the month! So to add to the vintage sheet theme I have going this month, I have some up for exchange in addition to what I have posted on flickr. These are all pillowcases that I have cut from before, so I might have a couple of fat quarters left from them.
Top left is rated a 4, bottom left and bottom right are a 3, and top right is a 1.
For my Bee Addicted 2 quilt (it needs a name!), I am doing a "solid" border and a pieced border. The solid border is the tie-dyed blue fabric that is in the quilt. The pieced border is made up of scraps from the fabrics in the quilt. The strips are between 1 inch and 3 inches wide.
I wanted a random look, but not too random! So I started in an orderly manner.
Apparently, I am too orderly because I have several strips that are the exact same prints together! Look closely and you can see what I mean.
To be more random, I have now put all my scraps in a container and will choose them from there. I hope it helps!
I am not very good at keeping up with my blog! But I have made it to 100 posts, so I am going to have a giveaway to celebrate! Thinking about what to giveaway, I will offer some Minky Dots in either pink or blue (your choice), coordinating fabric, and satin binding. I might throw in some extra notions or fabric, we will have to see! Just leave a comment here by Sunday night (March 21). Post about my little giveaway on your blog, come back here and let me know in the comments, and you can have a second chance to win. I'll choose a winner on Monday morning.
(Click on any of the pictures to see it much larger!) Oh my goodness! I love Cathedral Window quilts! I was amazed to see two of these quilts at the show. They were absolutely beautiful. I think the windows on this one were about 2 inches or so. I love the colors!
These windows are about 1.5 inches. I can't believe all the work involved and how many different pieces were needed.
I love the black background and the variegated thread used for the quilting. Also the bright colors are very attractive.
More stars. These are made with half square triangles.
I like the way these blocks were put together. Again I love the stars!
I am always interested in seeing red, white, and blue quilts in the hopes finding one that isn't too patriotic. This one is very interesting.
The greens in this one was really interesting. Looking at the picture now, I don't like it as much as at the show!
There was a wall of churn dash quilts. This one was the most interesting.
I like the light and dark value quilts. This one is really nice!
I am married to a wonderful man and we have six children ages 10 and younger. 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!