Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January PotM

I used to "assign" myself a sewing project every month and I stopped doing it mid-2010 since I thought that it wasn't that productive but after reflecting on it I think I actually sewed more in the months I gave myself a project to work on.  It's funny how things work out but I make more time to be creative and sew when I have a specific goal in mind.  And, when I complete that goal I always seem to spend more time working on other works-in-progress or trying out new ideas.

For January, my Project of the Month is to work on the final items for Sweet Pea's nursery (the curtains and baby quilt).  The curtains were finished and hung up earlier this month and the quilt is almost finished.  I have two borders to add to the quilt and then the quilting.  It's not an elaborate pattern and I'm keeping the quilting very simple so it should be finished during another 2-3 nap times.

The nursery "theme" is the rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle and I found a great fabric that had it illustrated nicely.  I cut out the large squares from a panel and added the blue and red border and have a larger, third border to add to it before it'll be ready for quilting. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Ah January - a time of new beginnings, reflections about the previous year, and resolutions (and here it is almost over already).  Last year was pretty stressful all around - two big moves, selling a house, buying another house, and some yucky family issues.  But, it also included some good things: Ophelia's adoption, buying a new house, two weddings, my 10 year high school reunion, and most of Sweet Pea's pregnancy.  As far as the the quilt world is concerned I only finished three quilts but I started at least a dozen others (which is one thing to change in 2011 - I'd really like those numbers to switch places!).

For 2011 I'm doing it a little different - I'm trying to keep my resolutions more about enjoying life more and less about doing certain things.  So here they are in no certain order:

Learn something new.
Read lots.
Sew more.
Don't stress about family.

With the upcoming birth of my second baby I know that this year will be full of stress adjusting to the new family member and that it will be best for all involved that I focus on keeping myself healthy and enjoying life with my kids to the fullest.  It's taken me a long time to figure it out but I have to let go of the other family stress issues - those people made their choices and I'm not responsible for them and can't change them or "fix it" for them no matter how hard I try. 

Enjoy 2011 to the fullest everyone! =)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 is off to a good sewing start

I know - you're thinking why is she posting a picture of hemmed fabric?  But, it's really a pair of curtain panels for Sweet Pea's room and it's my first completed sewing project of 2011.  It's nice to finish something even if hemming a few yards of fabric isn't really that difficult.  =)

The past few days have been filled with lots of cleaning and organizing.  We are having people over on Saturday for Dominic's 2nd Birthday party and I still have LOTS of boxes around the house that need to be unpacked and put away (or hidden as the case may be!).  My sewing room is right at the front of the house and everyone will see it as the enter so I've been very busy but I realized today that it's not going to get done if I'm also going to clean and bake cupcakes tomorrow.  But, I came up with a good solution - hide the boxes with unfinished quilts!  Now it just looks like I have a lot of works in progress to finish (which is very true!).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Abandon or not?

Today has been a frustrating afternoon of sewing. 

I've had this project cut out and sitting on my sewing table for a good 4-5 months now.  It is (was?) going to be a baby quilt for a friend of mine who had a little boy in November.  I thought that I should sit down and finish it this week since I'll be visiting them over the weekend.  But, now I don't know what to do with it.  :(  I made a fatal cutting error on the white triangles (only 1 millimeter) - actually, I think it was a fatal math error that led me down the road to cutting them just a smidgen too small.  In my haste to finish it quickly I didn't catch it until I was sewing the four blocks together (they should be 20 inches square and will be attached with sashing). 

You can see in the pictures how the edges are crooked and the tips of the triangles are a little blunt and not as pointy as they should be - it doesn't look as obvious in the picture as it does in real life.  I now have the quilt about 75% done and can't decide if I should just go with it and give it to them anyways or abandon it and make something else later.  I know they will totally understand since both Mom and Dad are big crafters and quilters and both will sympathize since they've "been there done that" with some of their own projects but I still feel weird about it.  And, I worry that making something else later will not happen since "Sweet Pea" is due in 8 weeks (How did that happen???? I still have to finish the two quilts I've started for him/her/it.)  What would you do?

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's growing!

It snowed again on us so we've spent the last few days sitting in front of the fireplace keeping warm and of course that meant lots of sewing time for me!  My stars have double in size and I have a started another pile of them to add on soon (I'm still trying to get the hang of the camera in my phone - I just can't seem to get a good picture with it)!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Dominic!

Dominic's second birthday is here!  It seems so strange because his first birthday feels like it was just yesterday but at the same time it feels like it was soooo long ago.  His transformation and growth this year have been amazing and wonderful to watch. 

A year ago, he was an unsteady walker and barley said three words.  Now, he can run and jump, climb up and down the stairs unassisted, throw and kick a ball, he chatters at us all the time, and can hold a conversation.  Never again will he develop this much in such a short time and it makes me sad.  It's been a fun and trying time watching him grown and change.  It is amazing to see how much a little baby develops in just 2 short years!

The physical differences and changes have been the most fun to watch.  Seeing him run around in circles, walking up and down stairs unassisted, chasing other kids at play-group, and climbing all over the play ground equipment by himself is fun - he's always so happy and cheerful when he's playing.  Watching him smile and giggle at himself and the things he does is so wonderful.  His laugh is still one of the best sounds in the world to me!  =) 

The mental differences and changes have been the most rewarding to watch.  Going from saying a few words to holding conversations with us has been amazing (and one of the most frustrating) times for us.  For most of the year he was behind verbally - at his 18 month exam the doctor was concerned because he only had about 10 words and half of those were in sign language.  We waited three months to see if he made any improvements on his own since many boys are slow to learn language and by our extra consult in October he had improved enough to still be concerned but to no longer be worried about a speech development issue.  Then November came and something just turned on in his brain - it was a few days after Halloween and suddenly he was chatting up a storm with new words every day.  I have no idea what happened but in three weeks he tripled his vocabulary and started speaking in sentences.  In the six weeks, he's continued to say at least one new word a day and has tripled his vocabulary again.  Of course, he doesn't speak well and has all the normal toddler speech issues (saying "nana" for banana or "tat" for cat).  It's so strange to think the conversations I have with him now weren't happening two months ago.

Watching him pretend has been awesome too.  He LOVES to pretend to cook - he has a few kid sized pots and pans and a bunch of old kitchen stuff (measuring cups, bowls, tupperware, etc) that he gets out and he'll pour and mix and put in a pot then stir it up and serve it to us.  My favorite is when he "makes" tea for me - he'll have me cup my hand and then pour from the tea from his thumb, stir in the sugar, and then have me drink it.  And, he always makes some to share with the cats - so sweet.  Now, if only we could get him to share with another child we'll have no really problems in the next year!

My favorite memory of the year happened just last night and I will treasure it always.  I was putting him to bed and reading him his nightly story book when he looked up at me smiled and said "Mommy love you" (Mommy wuv wu).  It made my heart melt!  I know 2011 will be amazing and fun (and difficult) with my little boy.  =)


Happy New Year!