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The Depths of My Madness

First of all, I've you're here for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, the giveaway is a couple of posts back. You can scroll down or find it here.

Now, what do you do if you're totally worn out after spending all of yesterday basting, quilting and binding a quilt and then all morning photographing and posting about it?

If you're me, it seems you sew a sundress for your daughter.




I promise, more sewing really was a relaxing break. It wasn't quilting, at least. Yeah, see what I mean by madness?

More about the sundress soon- like a closeup of the adorable butterfly print and what I thought about the pattern and how long it took and all that. Just not tonight. Tonight I should maybe do something normal people would consider relaxing.

More Orangey Goodness

Finished my sample quilt (and sixth orange quilt in a row) last night and washed it late.









Pretty much love everything about it.

Finishing it means that I am now ready to post it and the four other fabric bundles for sale on Etsy. Working on that today- in between kissing head bonks, fetching glasses of milk and all that other mom work. Also planning on writing a brief tutorial on turning the fabric bundles into a completed quilt top.

Still plenty of time to enter to win one of the fabric bundles. All you have to do is comment on the previous post.

Can I Get a Woot Woot?

Hooray for Giveaway Day! OK, so Giveaway Day is offically tomorrow. But I know there is no way I will be up early enough in the morning, so I am jumping the gun and posting tonight.

See those lovely fabric bundles up there? Each can be used to create a lovely 36" by 48" strip quilt top. Just like this-


Each contains 6" by width (app. 44-45")strips of ten different fabrics.


Yes, you Heather Ross fans. That is the elusive Happy Campers in blue. Drooling?
Each also contains a 2" strip of Dogs and a 1.5" strip of Swim Class because that's all I had left of each.


I made six bundles. One has already become the quilt top pictured above. Four are destined for Etsy later this week. And one...well, one is goes to one of you lucky folks. All you have to do is leave a comment (including your email address) by noon on the 31st. That is it. The winner will be choosen randomly. If you are stumped as to what to say in your comment, I would love to hear suggestions for…

Big Goings On

Sorry for the lack of blogage lately. There's been much going on. I've just been too busy/lazy to share it. Here's a wrap-up.

1. Brendan successfully defended his thesis. They want him to revise a few things to make it publishable but he is pretty much done with this whole Master's degree thing.

2.
Brendan had a birthday. He was on campus pretty much all day. He did get home in time for a nice little birthday steak dinner, cake and presents. I bought him Season Nine of Dragonball Z. The girls "helped" me make a couple of DnD inspired Tshirts for him.

3.
My BFF Jenny (yeah, suddenly feeling much younger than I actually am) and her husband Matt came for a visit yesterday. Five Guys (yum), Ticket to Ride, Coldstone, the mall, Barnes and Noble, Boardgame Revolution- it was a busy afternoon.

4. Ellery is so right on the verge of walking. I'm expecting it any day, any moment now. Heaven help me.

5.
After a much shorter break than I expected, I am back to the oran…

Family Picture

Well, it took nine months, but we finally got a picture of all four of us together-


New Project Floosy

I admit. I am easily lured by new projects. The excitement of the new gets me every time. Yeah sure, I've still got the blue nine patch in the works and Very Hungry Caterpillar quilts for the girls planned and what ever happened to Anna's cook girl doll? And, well, there are probably a few others kicking around the crafty shelves that I'm not thinking of right now.

All those certainly didn't stop me this weekend.


I convinced myself I needed a quad project- something that didn't require a sewing machine or even a lot of attention to work on while outside on the playground with the girls. It's based on the Follow the Lines Baby Quilt from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. The fun animal fabric is from IKEA. The red polka dot backing is from JoAnns.


And while I was at it, why not start two other strip quilts? Yeah, kind of embarrassed about this one. Moment of weakness. Especially the part about two quilts.

I'm also thinking of pulling back out the orang…

Mother's Day Barbecue

Brendan's brother Zack has been visiting from Illinois for about a week and a half or so. This weekend his sister Gwen and niece Chloe came down from Idaho. The only time I managed to have two hands free to get out the camera was at our little barbecue yesterday. Of course it was after all the food and homemade strawberry ice cream so Anna and Chloe are absolute messes. And there are no pictures of Ellery because she was napping. How else do you think I managed two free hands?





Potty Humor

I used to think I had a pretty highbrow public television sort of sense of humor. Not anymore.

Today Anna found one of my old calligraphy pens. She's been running around all afternoon using it as a magic wand to "poof" things. Except, it doesn't sound like poof when she says it.

"I just pooped myself"
"I'm going to poop Ellery"
"I going to poop you into a dog."



Absolutely hilarious.

Rescue Mission

Remember this?

It's my first botched attempt at Jason and Amber's wedding quilt. I sewed it together wrong. As it was, all the tips of the triangles would have been chopped off. I gave up on it and started completely over.

Sometime right before the orange strip quilt obsession, I pulled out all those bad, bad triangles and attempted to rescue them. First I started ripping out all my seams with the intent of sewing them back together the right way. That lasted about fifteen minutes. I realized it would take hours and hours with the seam ripper and then the iron. Yeah, I just didn't want to go there. So, I cut a 2 1/2 inch square out of each triangle. I added more squares from my scraps and started putting together nine patch squares. I was inspired by this and this. I got all the cutting done and two rows sewn before started on the orange quilts.

Yesterday, I pulled it all back out. This morning I finished the sixth row out of nine.

I like it so much better this way. It's c…

Just a Few Pictures from Arkansas