Friday, April 30, 2010

Quilts in Progress

Here is a list of all my current Quilts in Progress (note, this is not all of my works in progress, just the quilts!):

Spider Web
This is based off of a pattern in Down Under Quilts (issue # 137- I think).  It is made entirely of scrap fabric.  I have the main section done and now I have to find the right fabric for the borders and the back.  I plan on doing wavy quilting on it once the top is finished.

One Block Wonder
From the class I took with Megan back in February.  I have all my half hexagons done and labeled in the order that I need to sew them in.  So, I need to sew them all together and then decide if I want to leave it at that or if it will need border fabric of some sort.

Rainbow Blocks
Started this in October 2009 and will finish it in April 2010 for my PotM.  All it needs in the binding finished (it's half done).

Peter Rabbit panel
All it needs is the binding finished (half done).

Fall Quilt
Started this quilt in April 2010 with my first Jelly Roll (Gobble, Gobble by Moda).  I am using the pattern Garden Trellis from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  The blocks for the top are all pieced and ready to sew together.

Hexagon "Diamonds"
Started this in June 2009; the pattern is four hexagons, from the same fabric, sewn together to form a diamond shape and every diamond is a different fabric.  It's all hand pieced and done in scrap fabric.  Not really sure how big I'm going to make it so I don't really know how close to done it is.  I think I will but a black border around it to really make the colors pop.

Grandmother's Flower Garden
I have the fabric for the flowers and some of the fabric for the back.  I need to find the right neutral fabric for the front to go around the flowers and order a larger hexagon template.

My first applique project started in March 2010.  I have the pieces for two blocks cut out and one is started.  Based on patterns from the book: Butterflies and Blooms: Designs for Applique and Quilting by Carol Armstrong.

Eye Spy (x3)
A very recent project.  I will be making three eye-spy quilts (two matching ones for my nephews and one for Dominic).  Found a cute template for hexagon stars at the local quilt shop and was inspired by several women in my local guild who are making the same patter but it a smaller size.  I am still collecting fabrics for all three quilts - I need 20-30 more.

Wonky Stars
Random project I started in April 2010 with scrap fabric I had laying around.  I have three 6 inch star blocks finished and plan to make many, many more since I have tons of scraps and the blocks are fun to make.

Dominic's First Year
I saved special shirts and onsies from Dominic's first year to make him a memory quilt.  All the fabric is jersey so I have to find some sort of stabilizer to use and plan out a pattern that will incorporate them all.  For the back, I plan on using the Peter Rabbit fabric that was the curtains in his room since his nursery theme was Peter Rabbit.  I want to have it finished by his second birthday.

Food Quilt
I started collecting fabric for this quilt years ago and I am now up to 7+ yards (in fat quarters and quarter yard cuts).  I want to do stars some how but I'm not fully sure how.  So, I'm kind of still collecting fabric (but I don't really need any more) and I need to sketch out the ideas I have to  see what will work the best with the fabrics that I have.

Dominic's Big Boy Bed Quilt
I have a pattern in my head of squares and rectangles randomly placed together and it'll but done in a full bed size (since that is the size of our guest bed which is going to become Dominic's first big boy bed).  I'm not sure if I should do it in brown and green, green and blue, or blue, green, and yellow.  I'm leaning towards brown and green and doing his room in a forest theme but I'm also really liking doing in in a astronomy theme which would work well with the blue, green, yellow idea.  I am pretty sure that I will be having this quilted by a long arm. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Homemade Playdough!

A few days ago Dominic and I made playdough and it was a big hit with him.  It was super simple to mix up and very easy for him to help me with it.  I just googled homemade playdough and came up with a ton of websites with recipes and ideas.  I used this super easy recipe: mix together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup water.  Dominic helped me stir it all together before playing with it.  I left ours plain white but you could easily use food coloring (or natural food dye like beet juice or carrot juice, etc) to color it.  I did need to use a tad more water to get it to the right consistency.

I did taste it (out of curiosity) and it was pretty disgusting so I'm really sure Dominic won't be interested in eating it and all that salt will help inhibit the growth of anything yucky so we can keep for a while.  It is currently stored in an empty frosting container in the fridge (which oddly enough looks like a larger version of the real playdough containers).

Anyone else have any fun/easy craft ideas that are good for a young toddler?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche

Last week I made this leek and goat cheese quiche.  It was pretty tasty and I will definitely make it again.  However, I will use 3 eggs next time instead of 2 since it could have been a little firmer for our tastes.  I also used a basil flavored goat cheese (since I already had it in the fridge) so I left out the tarragon and used a little bit of extra basil.  Even Dominic liked it.  =)

It's not very pretty but it was delicious!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Organic doesn't always mean good for you.

Just because it says organic on it doesn't make it good for you by default.  I've had this conversation way too many times with people lately (mostly mothers) and it gets frustrating.  Organic sugar is still sugar and large quantities of it are still bad for you. 

Mom Goes Green wrote about here with a perfect example for Mothers (since I see kids all over the place drinking these milks).   Does Dominic drink these milks, yes, on rare occasions but I try to bring milk from home or get the 2% (meaning no extra sugar) version for him

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hello World!

Welcome to the second iteration of my blog.  Hectic Life...Pieceful Life is about me and my adventures from life with a toddler, to my cat, food, tea, quilting, and other random bits.

A little more about me:

I spent most of my childhood in Oregon and most of the rest of my life in the Pacific Northwest.  After living around the US and spending time traveling abroad, I feel the most at home in the Pacific Northwest and love it dearly.

I graduated from the University of Washington with my BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and Classics.  I then went on to study at Columbia University where I graduated with an MA in Museum Studies with an emphasis in archaeology. 

My "first" career was as an archaeologist/museum technician.  I've been lucky enough to have done archaeological field work in the Pacific, Pacific-Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwestern United States and have done archaeology-related work in a small handful of museums. My career goals are to work with archaeological collections in a museum setting to preserve and enhance the scientific data and to further educate the public about our past.

My "second" career started in January 2009 with the birth of my son, Dominic.  I'm currently a stay-at-home Mom to him and our "older child" Romeo (a five year old, grey and white bicolor cat).  I love it and I'm having a blast teaching him about the world and playing everyday.

I adore the color green and love tea.  I am a total fabric lover and quilt when I can.  I used to go hiking but then I started grad school and then had a baby but I'm hoping to get back into it this summer (2010).

I hope you enjoy my blog.