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Perfectionism

If you know me, you know there was no way I could leave those two-small and too-big Easter dresses alone. It just couldn't end there. So, I tried again. I remeasured the girls, redrew the pattern piece, labeled the pattern piece so that I couldn't accidently turn it sideways again, and made two more dresses.




My perfectionism has been appeased- they fit perfectly and are just about the most adorable thing I have ever seen.



How is it my baby girl already knows how to pose like this?

Anyway, I kept the dresses really simple. Ties at the shoulder. Added some length to hop on the maxi-dress bandwagon. I couldn't resist adding just a little bit of vintage prettiness to Anna's.






Although, there's really no competing with her own prettiness.




She loves it.




Ellery got to pick out the fabric for her dress, unlike Anna who was stuck with Easter dress leftovers. It's so bright and springy and cheerful. I think my girl's got a great eye for fabric.





Exact same pattern as …

Mini Me's

It's all my fault. I'm the one who took them along on trips to the fabric store. And, on one of those trips, Anna wandered away from the toy area and found a Hello Kitty sewing machine. I could hear her squeal of joy from across the store. There was no stopping her then. "I want it! I want to learn to sew on my very own Hello Kitty sewing machine." I explained that I was not buying her a sewing machine. She might not even like sewing. I would give her sewing lessons- first hand sewing and then on my sewing machine. If she liked it and stuck with it, then we could talk about a sewing machine eventually. Then I realised, "Oh crap. I just promised a seven year old sewing lessons. I have no idea how to teach a seven year old how to sew." Luckily, along came this book-




I saw it reviewed on a couple of blogs and it seemed like just what we needed. Santa brought it this Christmas and it was indeed exactly what we needed. Lots of kid-friendly instruction. Lots of b…

Astronomy Day

We're always up for free or almost free things to do with kids. Yesterday we headed to Astronomy Day at the nearby museum. We stumbled upon it last year and it was awesome. So, we made a point of heading back again this year. It was awesome again.






For $3, we got to make planet models, paint nebulas using shaving cream, view the sun (safely), check out the big telescope and, best of all- make and launch rockets. Really.










It was a blast (hee hee). I'm pretty sure we'll be heading back again next year.
















Warm Toes

All the credit to this finish goes to a stomach virus.





I'm not sure how long it would have taken me without the two days of huddling under a quilt- watching TV, knitting and wondering if I was dying.

I questioned starting these in March. I was convinced it would be well into sandal season before I finished them. Nope. In fact, it snowed on Tuesday. Most of the day. It didn't stick but that definitely isn't sandal season.




I must be optimistic, though. Rather than casting on some other cozy handknit today, I pulled out my warm weather project. I have hopes of actually finishing this thing this summer. That's without pulling out the finished blocks and counting them. I could be severely deluded.

The Other Quilt

So- the second, mostly unblogged quilt I had in the quilt show this weekend. Here it is in all it's glory.





It's a 36" square wall hanging. Made to put up in place of the Valentine's Day Heart one in my living room. Finally.




It's scrappy, selvedge, string Sawtooth stars. Yeah, say that 3 times fast.




It's already hanging up in my living room.

Something New

So, I did a little something new this weekend. I went to a Quilt Show. And saw my own quilts hanging there.




Every Little Bit



Oh wait, I haven't shown you that one yet. More details tomorrow. First, I'm going to get a bit philosophical.

Entering a Quilt Show (or Fair) has been on my to-do list for awhile. And, standing there, looking at my quilts, I suddenly wasn't sure why. I guess I had to do it to realize that that's not really anything I'm interested in. That's not why I quilt.

I didn't win anything, not that I expected to. No one from my modern quilt guild won any ribbons on their amazing quilts. I took a look at the quilts that did win. The best word I can think of describe them all is "fussy". There was lots of hand applique, embroidery, 3 dimensional aspects, lots of beading. They were works of art. But, a work of art isn't necessarily going to keep you warm.

Walking up to my big quilt, there was something I wanted much more than to se…

How In The Heck Did This Happen?

My little man is 3.














I really have no idea how this happened.


Obsession

If I'm honest with myself, I know exactly what happened on Monday. It's not hard to figure out exactly why I threw my to-do list away immediately after making it and instead spent most of the day assembling a quilt top. It wasn't out of any excitement or desire for that particular quilt top. No, I just wanted it done, off my design wall and out of the way so I could give in to my next obsession.

You see, it started innocently enough. I was wasting time one day and searching quilts on Pinterest. I entered a ton of search terms. Eventually, I searched orange quilts. And then orange and grey quilts. Bingo. I found this pin of a Urban Outfitters quilt.


Source: urbanoutfitters.com via Trina on Pinterest

I repinned it and moved on with my life. Until weeks later I was at the fabric store trying to pick out backing and binding for this quilt.




Orange and grey strike again. And now I had more than just an idea and a pin. I had actual leftover fabric. I had a starting place. I had a…

Distracted

That's funny...finishing this twin sized scrappy nine patch quilt top wasn't on my list of things to do today. I wonder how that happened?




One down....

Now begins the battle with the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome.

This Week's Sewing

Our family has welcomed a new member-





After a year or so of putting up with tension problems and skipped stitches on my old sewing machine, I finally decided to invest in a new machine. It was on sale and I had a store credit from making a display quilt, so really, I had to. And, after a week, I love it passionately. It is wonderful. It needs a name, though. Brendan's been calling her Yeardley because of a too obscure to even explain inside joke. I'm not sure it's the right name, though. Any ideas?

And, let me tell you, it has been a busy week for me and her (whatever her name is).

Right out of the box, I threaded her with some handy red thread, I grabbed a scrap of fabric, which happened to be white, and tried her out. Including all those fancy stitches which you use in the first week and then rarely use again.



Hmmm...that's pretty cool looking, I thought. I thought about it some more. Then, that led to this-




Anna's Easter dress with some fancy stitches around th…