Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Exciting mail


I found a very exciting envelope in the mail box today!  It contained a lovely pile of scraps from my friend Jessica!  They are perfect for my Star Quilt and I can't wait to use them.  Jessica is an inspiration to me in my quilting - I started my 60 degree diamonds stars because I saw how amazing and beautiful her star quilts are (here, here, and here).  Thanks Jessica!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hiking


I recently discovered that the nature preserve that is about 3 blocks from our house has a ton of hiking trails that are super toddler friendly.  The boys and I have gone hiking several times in the last two weeks.  It's so nice to live in such a beautiful and thriving natural area.  We even have deer wander through our yard once in a while (although I don't like that they eat my trees!).

Monday, May 9, 2011

Busy, Busy...

The boys have aligned their afternoon naps and it's been wonderful.  I have time to to sew in peace on most days of the week and it's been rather nice.  Some days I only get 15-20 minutes but that's better than nothing and right now I need all the peaceful me time I can get.  Dominic is a typical two year old boy and is full of soooo much energy!  That short bit of down time is always very welcome in the afternoon!

In April I put together all the triangles needed to add another row to my spider web quilt.  It's only six inches wider but I think it's a much better size now.  I've been thinking about what to use as borders and backing fabric and I think I just have to take it to the store and see how it looks with all the options (I don't have anything in my stash that would work).



I also made a few small blocks for my houses and trees quilt.  I'm not sure I like the house in the upper left corner.  I thought that it would look okay without a door or window since it's so small (only 7 inches tall) but it looks weird to me.  I'm tempted to try to applique a door onto it - I've been wanting to try out a few different machine applique techniques and this seems like a good place to start. 



I also finally finished my tree wall hanging.  This was my second attempt at free motion quilting and it was horrible.  I had so many problems with the thread tension in the bobbin that that I wasn't sure I was going to finish it.  As it is now, the back is horrible.  If it was anything other than a wall hanging I wouldn't have finished it because I don't think it would stand up to use.  Somehow the problems are all of the back and the front actually looks okay.  I still need a lot more free motion practice but I've figured out my problem and how to fix it so that next time will be better.  The next project up is to finish quilting baby Jerrick's quilt.  We'll be down in Oregon for Memorial Day weekend and I want to give it to him then.  =)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thank you!


I love this quilt!  A HUGE thank you to the members of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild for the beautiful baby gift.  The tree theme is very me and each tree really shows off the personality of the quilter who made it. 

I made it to my first guild meeting last Friday night since Malcolm was born and it was a blast.  A giant thank you to Will for taking both boys for the first time by himself so that I could enjoy two hours of sewing and socializing and generally being awed and inspired by the wonderful quilters in the group.