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In Which I Have A Lot of Excuses

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. It's not because of a lack of things to post about. Our lovely two and a half month old laptop is broken. Yeah, not happy about that one. The connection where the power cord plugs in is actually broken inside the laptop. It's off at the repair center right now. Plus, at any given moment at least one person in the family has been sick for about the last month. I am so looking forward to a time when there is not a single person sneezing or barfing. Hopefully soon. And, I can't get the computers at the library to do anything at all with my pictures. Anyway, blah blah blah whine whine whine. But, I am here now at work with a computer and an hour lunch break. So, let's get caught up, shall we.

First- cute kid pictures.
Let's all say it together- ahhhhhhh.
Jumping on the Bed
Hey, what's that Anna's holding? Could it be a finished project? I do believe it is.

Sleepy Puppies
I am such a sucker for handmade toys. Really. Anna flips through my books or sees something while I'm online and asks me to make it. I drop everything right then and start it. I love that she asks me to make her toys and that I can. I think she might just be taking advantage of that, though. There were two dogs in the picture- so she had to have two dogs. Both dogs had blankets of their own so her each of hers had to have a blanket all their own.
Sleepy Puppies with Quilts
Not that I really mind, though. She has played with them for hours and hours since they were finished. And it gave me a chance to run with some of the inspiration from Liberated Quiltmaking.
Dog Quilt #1
Dog Quilt #1 is made with liberated square in square blocks. The backing is just plain blue and the binding is actually just the backing folded over and machine sewn down. It was so much fun to just kind of go crazy and experiment with the blocks.

Dog Quilt #2
Dog Quilt #2 is just simple 2 inch squares. I love the colors and fabrics I ended up with on this one. I may have to make a blue, black and white baby quilt next. For the back, I went back to Liberated Quiltmaking and made a house block.
Dog Quilt #2 Backing
Dog House
I had a simple dog house in mind but somehow ended up with a cottage- with two dogs patiently waiting for their master to get home, a bird on the roof, a window box and border gardens. I like it. Anna likes it, too. She's been telling me stories about the dogs and the house.

I've also got a sneak peek for you of what's currently on my fancy schmancy design wall.
Fancy Schmancy Design Wall
And by fancy schmancy design wall, I mean the living room wall between the recliner and the TV, of course. More and more things find themselves taped up there for a day or so while I admire them.
Birds and Trees on Design Wall
I have finally finished all the blocks for a birds and trees improvisational log cabin quilt. I love everything about them. Seriously, best thing I have ever made. (Yes, I know I say this about every finished project) I'm going to try and finish the quilt itself next week and maybe even post a tutorial on my method for making the blocks. All depending on the level of sickness in the household next week.


Sarah Camilla said…
I love your blues and greens in the upcoming quilt!! I also love the "simple" doghouse. I'm getting excited about pulling out my machine soon to whip up some design harbored in my crazy little head. Thanks for the inspirations.
Leserlee said…
I love the colors. I have to say that your birds and trees fabrics is part of what inspired my quilt, although, sadly, I could not find any bird or tree fabric at the store that matched my color palette. :( Maybe next time I make a king size quilt for my bed I will find something. Or maybe I'll be able to find some to make pillows. Or maybe make something for my craft room. Whenever it gets finished (hopefully in the next year).
Gwendolyn said…
I love how the dog quilts turned out! It's fun for me to see since you started those while I was there. I am thankful to say that I did not get the wonderful sickness our girls had that week.
balloongal said…
Love it. Love it. Love it.
Me said…
I want a puppy!

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