Friday, 26 February 2010

New fabric squares!

I bought some vintage reproduction I-spy print fabric squares on Etsy recently, and I just got them through the post! Aren't they just delicious? (pic is clickable)

I'm using them to make a quilt for my comic book loving son (anything with tiny pictures for him to pore through makes him happy!), minus a few of the prints that are too girly. I'll be using those for a different project.

I haven't been able to do a lot of sewing this week due to a nasty flu-y thing that I caught and haven't been able to shake. It's driving me batty! I just want to do stuff, but I have to rest after a few minutes. Yesterday I was able to work on my baby quilt again. I joined it with a fleece blanket rather than doing the whole batting plus backing and binding thing, and I sewed the fleece all wonky. It got bunched up and folded over itself while I was sewing, and it looked such a mess. So I unpicked all the stiches and will start over. The blanket had to be trimmed, so it'll be a bit smaller than it would have been if I didn't mess up in the first place, but I can live with smaller. It was the bunched up mess that was really getting to me.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Some of the Quilting Blogs I've been reading....

Lila Tueller Designs has a great giveaway going on right now. Check it out! That quilt is simply stunning. I don't know if my skills will ever achieve such dizzying heights, but for now, quilting in squares and triangles will have to do. :)

A Little Bit Biased seems to have giveaways on a regular basis. Gotta love it!

Some tutorials that I'm loving right now:

P.S. I Quilt shows how to do a disappearing 9 patch. I've done this several times now, and the result is ever so impressive. Anything that makes me look more skilled than I am is a keeper! Rachel also has a lovely tutorial on making a block o' strings quilt. Unfortunately, I don't have enough fabric strips in my stash to get started on this, but I plan to rectify that problem with a trip to Ikea in the nearish future!

For more basic techniques, here's a great tutorial over at Diary of a Quilter for how to bind your quilt. I haven't managed it successfully yet (more on that later!), but I will try, try again.

Crazy Mom Quilts has a very clear tutorial on making a filmstrip quilt. I am planning on doing this with my second daughter's quilt ASAP. I must get my other projects finished before I start it, though. The fabric I chose was from Moda Tula Pink's PLUME line of fabrics. For a girl who loves both pink and green, it's the perfect colour scheme for her quilt! *love*

So I've Been a Bit Busy...

I'm baking a fourth little Cookie to add to our family! This picture was taken at 25 weeks. This pregnancy has been especially hard on me; I'm nearing the third trimester and I still get vomitrocious on occasion. How fair is that?!

On the plus side, the other three little 'uns are super excited to welcome their new sibling, and I'm relatively confident that I'll be able to cope with all four of them on a daily basis. This is the largest age gap we've ever had -- the youngest will be 3.5 when baby is born. We are more familiar with gaps of the 18 months and 2 year variety. The older ones will be 7 and 5.5, both in full time schooling, so I'll be getting a decent chunk of the day with just me and the baby. Luxury! I'll be able to take a nap or two once in a while!

I've been keeping myself busy in other ways, too. I started singing lessons back in September and participated in a Christmas concert last year. I'll be singing in an Easter concert soon and a few weeks before my due date, I'll be performing in an ensemble choir concert. We're doing dance moves with our songs and everything. I'm sure a 9 months pregnant woman will do a GREAT job dancing in time to music....

My sewing machine has been in heavy use recently as well. I'm teaching myself how to make quilts, to varying degrees of success. There are some amazingly generous quilting bloggers out there who have provided me with many hours of enjoyment through their step by step tutorials.

So far, I've made a quilt for the new baby (this didn't go as well as I'd hoped, but more on that another day), a quilt for my eldest daughter (I started this when she was two... she's almost SEVEN now! *blush*), and two table runners as gifts that are currently hush-hush and won't be revealed until they have been received by their new owners. Plus I haven't quite finished them yet!

My goal is to make a quilt for each child, so I have two more to go. I also want to make a set of three matching dresses for my girlies (yes, the new baby is a GIRL, heaven help us in 10 years) with a free tutorial I found on the net.

Oh, and to keep myself busy in between all that, I'm making a few fabric quiet books for the kids to use during church. I don't know how successful that will be, so watch this space for news.

I've got big plans for this blog! I don't know how often I'll be able to update with the baby on the way, but I'm dying to share my new-found quilt knowledge and pictures of my creations, and my husband can only oooh and aaahh so much.

And, crazily, I'm planning on redecorating the girls' room. Not the entire thing, but I'm hoping to paint a mural on one wall and buy some new storage furniture. We have no eminent plans for moving, even though we live in a three bed house, so all three of our girls will be living in the same room eventually. It should work...

All three girls. I'm still amazed to be able to say that, since I don't even have a sister!