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Put Down the Scissors and Back Away From the Quilt

Ok, ok, ok. By unanimous vote, I am leaving the pink quilt as is. And I have to say, after listening to every one's opinions, I now agree. Cutting the quilt down would be a bad, bad thing. Now that doesn't mean that I don't think making it smaller in the first place wouldn't have been a half bad idea. This was supposed to be a small quick project and the bigger the quilt is, the more time it is going to take.

I took some more pictures this morning in the hopes of getting the colors right.

Better, but still looks kind of dark to me.

I also finished the second quilt top this afternoon.

It's smaller than the first, but I planned it that way from the beginning. I just don't have as much fabric for its backing. So, it is 6 by 8 squares instead of 7 by 9. Should be about six inches narrower and shorter.

Part of me wants to do a marathon basting session tonight and then spend all day tomorrow machine quilting and binding. Probably not going to happen what with the whol…

Unselfish Crafting

Finished one baby quilt top late last night.

Sorry, the color is a little off in the picture. It was taken this morning under awful florescent lights in the five minutes I had before I had to leave for work.

I love so many of the fabrics in this quilt.

Now that I see it, I'm wondering something. Is it too big. It's about 45 inches by 60 inches. Which sounded like a perfectly reasonable size. It's huge, though now that I see it. Massive. Seems like a good size for a crib or toddler bed but would swallow an actual baby whole. I'm thinking of cutting it down. Not a lot. Maybe just a row across and a row down. That would knock six inches off . Maybe two rows across so its more like 40 inches by 50 inches. That sounds much more baby sized, doesn't it? Any input?

Gratuitous cute kid pictures-

Anna has become obsessed with pictures lately. Quite often she demands I take pictures of her. This was one of those times.

Ellery surprised me yesterday with her first sharp little …

Selfish Crafting

Mine, all mine. Although, I did buy enough beads to make another just like it for my Etsy shop. Just not sure when I'll get around to making it.

As Promised-

pictures of the new crib with a gratuitous quilt included.

I like it a lot. It looks so huge compared to the bassinet and packnplay Ellery has slept in so far. She seems to like it as well.

Family Togetherness

Looking for an adventure? Try this one. Decide to set up your baby's new crib. Decide this at about seven pm. Realise that first you have to clean the room the crib will be set up in. Attempt to find the floor somewhere under every single toy your daughters own. Clean. Take frequent breaks to feed the baby, take the three year old to the potty and fetch things for your poor husband with the broken foot. Open the box and start to assemble crib with the help of everyone in the family- at about 9:30. I know, not the smartest thing we've ever done. But, we kept saying that we could stop at any time and finish it in the morning. We just never did. When we finally finished at about 11:30, Ellery had been asleep in our bed for quite a while, Anna was sobbing that she was so sleepy and Brendan's foot was killing him, I'm sure. But, we all still liked each other. I think that's quite an accomplishment in family togetherness.

I'll post pictures of the lovely crib later i…


One room (plus pantry) now calm, clean and organized. The rest of the house- utter and complete disaster. Oh well, at least its a start.

More Fun with Family

In other news, Ellery has reached that phase where she is really interested in food. Really, really interested. Monday night we went to dinner at our favorite little Italian Restaurant (Gloria's Little Italy in Provo, Utah- to die for). She was unstoppable. Her hands were constantly in my dinner. She bonked heads with Gwen trying to get to her Pepsi. Finally I gave in and gave her a piece of garlic bread just to see what she would do with it. She knew exactly what to do and thoroughly enjoyed gumming it for the rest of dinner.

I guess she's ready for solids. So, yesterday we went to the store and stocked up on biter biscuits and rice cereal. She's getting so big.

New Project

I've got two new projects underway. In between all the stuff from visiting relatives and two kids and a husband on crutches. Yeah, plenty of spare time to work on these. But, there are two new babies on the way who need blankets.

Both are going to be the same pattern- very simple scrappy squares in white sashing. I've got all the squares and the binding cut for the baby girl one. I just need to cut the sashing. I'm about halfway through cutting the squares for the baby boy quilt. (By the way, I absolutely adore the rocket ship flannel.) I've been working on cutting about ten free minutes at a time for the about the past week. I'm really getting anxious to finish the cutting and get to sewing.

Scenes from Sunday

Go Eagles

Ellery and Grandpa

Slightly Grumpy Anna

Ellery and Aunt Emma

And yes, Ellery is wearing rainbow striped leg warmers. Aren't they the coolest thing ever?

As Yet Unnamed Dog Softie

The last time Brendan's sister Emma visited, I told her I would make her a sock dog. Well, almost a year later, she's coming back for another visit this weekend. I figured it was time to make good on my promise. Last night I pulled out my collection of fun socks and my two sock animal books- Sock and Glove and Stray Sock Sewing. Both books are absolutely fabulous, by the way. There was much debate over what to make. Eventually I decided on the dog from the cover of Sock and Glove. Technically he's not a sock dog but a glove dog. Luckily I had some great stripey gloves that I bought at the BYU lost and found sale last year.

He (or even she) has no name yet. That's up to Emma. As with all toys I make, he's coming to her a little pre-cuddled.

Don't worry- I'm sure I will be making Anna one of her own as soon as I can find some more fun gloves.

Special Request

Everything is taking three times longer than I think it should right now. An hour and a half to do dishes instead of half an hour. Three days to do all the laundry and get it put away instead of one day. I accepted a special order through Etsy thinking it would take one trip to the crafty store and a movie to get it done. Yeah, two trips to the craft store and a week later, its finally done.

At least its one thing off of my very long to do list. And I am thrilled with how it turned out. Lets hope the recipient is as well.

Post Surgical Update #2

Today I performed a safetypinectomy on the orange quilt. All went well and the patient is recovering nicely.

First I had to unpick some machine quilting that went right over the safety pin. How it the heck did I not notice it was there?

Next I followed the advice of Rachel from 2ndAvenueStudio (thank you!) and opened up one of the seams on the front and slid the safety pin out through it.

Then I handsewed the seam back closed and requilted the area.

It's really hard to get a good picture of a safety pin. Can you see the two holes? The sewing machine needle actually punched two holes in the safety pin when I sewed over it. And it kept right on going. Didn't bend the needle. Didn't break the needle. I have no idea how in the heck that happened. But that's part of how I sewed it right on in there without noticing.

The whole process would have been much quicker and easier if I could have found a seam ripper. That's another of life's little mysteries. I own at least …

Post Surgical Update #1

All went well yesterday. Brendan was pretty miserable most of the evening but he is doing much better today.

Anna's been doing everything she can to help him get better- painting him a get well card and fetching things, mostly.

Daily Dose of Irony

The first question was Brendan's for the Green wedge in last night's game of Trivial Pursuit.

And the first clean shirt I could find for him this morning.

Grand Unveiling

Even with the broken leg trauma, I finished the Orange Stacked Coins Quilt.

I love everything about it. The oranges. The yellows. The little bits of blue. The stripey binding. The huge polka dot backing. It's the perfect size for Anna's toddler bed or for cuddling up on the couch. I love it so much that I am excited to make another one to sell on Etsy. I worked on it while I worked on this one, so its already about halfway finished.

There is one little problem-

Anna "helped" while I basted the quilt. Her help consisted mostly of scattering safety pins from one end of the house to the other. One ended up between the layers of the quilt. Where it went unnoticed until after I had already finished the binding around it. Now I'm not sure of what to do. Leave it? I worry that it would rust eventually. Try a tricky removal? I would either have to unpick the binding, unpick the machine quilting, slide it out and redo it all or I suppose I could make a slit in the fabric,…

Christmas Crafty #7

A shawl for my mother-in-law. Don't know what to say about it. The pattern is free and available here. Loved the pattern. Fun and quick to crochet. Beautiful and soft and drapey once it was blocked.

In other news, Brendan is scheduled for surgery on his leg on Wednesday next week. Looks like he'll be on crutches for eight weeks after the surgery. But, good news is that he'll only have a splint for two weeks and no cast.

And, I've finished the machine quilting on the orange quilt. All I have left is to hand sew the binding. Should only take a couple of good movies and then I'll be ready for the grand unveiling.