Monday, December 21, 2009
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
The past few weeks have obviously been busy. Besides having a newborn, we've been shuffling family back and forth visiting, and Matt's basketball season started the week Addy was born. WHEW!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I've also been working on new stockings... nothing fancy- solid front, solid back, and fleece lined. They're a bit plain, but pretty big as far as a stocking goes, so I can fit a lot in there- which I'm sure will please kiddo. I have two more to do for the hubby and myself, and then some sort of name labels, but I haven't quite figured out how I want to do that yet.
I've been working on other things too- mostly matching pajama pants for the family for Christmas morning! The two kiddo pants are done except for elastic, which I need to run out and buy today and then I need to whip up some for hubby and I. Hubby isn't thrilled about the idea or the fabric chosen, but he'll suffer through one morning for the sake of some adorable pictures :D
Also, I need to work on the tree skirt that my sister has requested for Christmas. I have a set of blocks ready to go for it, just need to cut and get that into a tree skirt shape so it can be quilted and finished off. It probably won't take too long once I actually get around to it, but at a little over 9 months pregnant, my motivation is seriously lacking!
Posted by TaraJ at 6:18 AM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
But better things will be coming! I just need to take pictures of them first (them being a finish, and kiddo's Christmas pajama pants!)
As a filler, here is a picture of kiddo that I took while out playing with a new camera lens... and it portrays everything about this kid LOL
On other fronts- still pregnant, for a few more weeks (although I am full term now, so anytime is good to head on out there baby!) I need to work on my sister's tree skirt for Christmas, but I think everyone else will just get non-quilty presents- so I guess I should get to thinking about that!
Tomorrow's goal is pictures of sewing things for the blog- wish me luck!
Posted by TaraJ at 6:07 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I also managed to get a bit of sewing in yesterday morning, and a little more today (so far, plannign on doing more here in just a few minutes!). I found a few random charm packs that had been lonely in my closet for way too long, so am working on a smallish wallhanging for the empty spot on the dining room wall. Hoping to get the top done today, and maybe a backing for a lap quilt since Christmas is quickly approaching! Pics of quilty things to follow....
Posted by TaraJ at 9:37 AM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In general though, I think we're looking forward to most of our changes! Except that whole sorting out my sewing room bit... eventually (and I mean like next summer) we'll want to move the baby into that bedroom, so things will have to be sorted, and probably some gotten rid of so that all the sewing things can be consolidated into our bedroom... what a hassle that's going to be!
On the sewing front, I'm seriously lacking! We've been super busy with Cub Scouts lately, and the volunteer positions I've taken on with that, that I haven't had the time or energy to do much creatively once the house gets cleaned and the family gets fed. I'm really hoping that I can just sit tomorrow in my sewing room... I don't know how much, if anything, will really be accomplished, but I feel the need to just be in there either way!
Posted by TaraJ at 2:43 PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hey, I'm a mom- I'm allowed!!! And this sure as heck beats walking my pregnant @$$ around door to door in the heat!
-commence with shamelessness-
Anyway, as I've mentioned, Matt is a Cub Scout. And every fall, Cub Scouts do their big fundraiser for the year, which is Popcorn! (Sorry, no cookies- hit me up in 6 years or so!) No pressure, but if anyone wants some yummy, fattening, and of course overpriced popcorn (it IS a fundraiser after all!), you can use the link HERE to order year round. Using this link will ensure that fundraising monies come back to Ft Rucker's Pack 50 and the local council.
-end shameless fundraising-
Posted by TaraJ at 2:21 PM
Saturday, September 5, 2009
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Adelyn's crib quilt is done! All we need now is to pick up some matching sheets, and then break the cat from sleeping in the crib... (I hear aluminum foil works great, but I've promised hubby not to do it til he gets back so we can both enjoy the amusement!)
The crib skirt/dust ruffle has been done awhile, all from the same fabric line (Moda Poetry!). I'm sadly down to just scraps of this stuff now, but have gotten quite a few quilts out of the original fat quarter bundle, so I can't complain. I do think I have enough to make a pillow case, so that once she transitions to a toddler bed, at least that will match!
Posted by TaraJ at 6:56 AM
Friday, August 14, 2009
Matt has also inherited his dad's digital camera (well, they share, but if you ask Matt- it's his!). Apparantly he has learned the 'fine art' of MySpace type self-photography... I was so cracked up when I went through his camera this morning!
Most of his other pics are things like the cat, dogs and something he was watching on tv or elaborate scenes set up with his toys.
In other news... Mommy has a new camera too! With the recommendations of a few friends, I've managed to upgrade to a basic digital SLR... now to learn how to use the thing... Positive side note: I may not know much about settings on the camera, but the strap is now covered in a cute cute Amy Butler fabric, so at least I'll look good learning!
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Monday, August 10, 2009
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
And for some reason this always happens in my house... What good is a quilt on the floor without a few animals on the quilt, right?
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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Monday, June 22, 2009
It's summer vacation though, so I tend to forget about updating the blog. We haven't been up to a whole lot- just getting more pregnant, and kiddo and I took a quick unplanned trip up to Missouri to visit some family for a week.
A few pics of randomness- I haven't been sewing a whole lot lately (since the last post!) but I do have a new stash of embroidered baby quilt tops to quilt up from my grandmother and 2 'new' but vintage quilts for the kids (I think full bed sized- will try and get pics of my old quilts sometime!)
Posted by TaraJ at 10:40 AM
Friday, June 5, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
There hasn't been a whole lot going on here the last few weeks. Definately not sewing!
Scouts (den level) is done for the year, and today Matt finished off first grade! Hello Summer Vacation... umm- Do we have to?
I've got a new idea for a floor quilt for baby, so hope to start on that in the next few days. Fabrics are in the wash as I type!
Posted by TaraJ at 3:01 PM
Monday, May 11, 2009
Yup, definately! I've made this a few times now and it's sooo simple! Strips are cut either the same width or varying widths out of fat quarters and then sewn into sets of 3 or 4. Those strip sets are then cut into varying widths of 5, 6 and 7 inches. It's a different littie patchwork of sorts, but it works up so fast and easy!
The quilt on the top is a baby quilt- for moi! Well, for the baby- if it ends up being a girl! I made one out of this collection (Moda Poetry) last summer for a friend's baby girl and absolutely loved how it turned out, so I'm using up some of my scraps and other pieces for another.
The quilt below is approximately 3x4 feet and was made for my son. (Pic was before quilting and binding). He wanted it, and I happily obliged :D
More Mei Tai updates later- I recieved my Minky and print for the main part, but am waiting until my local Hancock's gets the color of twill I need in stock to get it made up. I am excited though!
Posted by TaraJ at 1:57 PM
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I spent yesterday afternoon playing with a Mei Tai pattern! I had bought it a year and a half ago or so, hoping to use it for baby shower gifts. (pattern is from here: Sew Liberated )
I finally dug it out, and made up a quick one. I'll take pictures later, since my camera batteries are currently charging. I do like the way it turned out, minus the fabric choices. However, I really wasn't worried about it since it was a practice piece- it'll work for around the house doing chores! It seems much sturdier than I thought it would, and I have a few things I want to do just a bit differently on the next one. P.S. The cat LOVED it (haha!)
I've spent this morning on Etsy searching down fabrics for my 2nd version, and have most of it ordered now. I still need some heavier weight stuff for the straps, but can get that locally at Hancocks- and to save some cash, I'll wait until my next sales flier with coupon comes in - no point in spending more now when I've got about 7 months to get it done!
I have a few other projects in progress. A lap quilt for my Mom for next Christmas- I want to start early since I know it'll get hectic this fall with baby preparations. A baby quilt for my son's teacher who just found out that she'll be having a little girl this fall, and another baby quilt for friends who are currently expecting their first! (I really do think there's something in the water down here in Bama, but hey- I'm not complaining!)
Posted by TaraJ at 7:35 AM
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Posted by TaraJ at 6:00 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
And sick... well I've been sick. Morning sickness is the pits- especially when it comes at a different time every day and I can't even plan around it!
Matt and I spent most of last week at Scout Camp. He was on spring break and since he was attending camp, I volunteered. I did lots of things that aren't really MY style- fishing, hiking, sports in the woods... I shudder LOL. But Matt had a total blast, so it was worth it!
Hopefully things will settle down soon, and I can get back to some sewing :D
Posted by TaraJ at 7:05 PM
Monday, April 6, 2009
I'm trying my best to alternate between gender specific fabrics for my baby quilt stash- a boy one, a girl one, and so on.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Well, the pink baby quilt was bound and finished this morning so I got to work on a few other things!
The project on the left is being made from a charm pack and pack of 2 1/2" strips that I picked up on sale at the fabric store last month. Right now I'm thinking that it will end up being a Christmas gift for my mom - I like to plan ahead!
On the right are some of the blocks for a quilt called Rick Rack Road... this was in a magazine (which one is escaping my mind right now!) about a year and a half or so ago. I even started it then, but triangles are tedious and I just found it on my table yesterday. I have about 1/3 of the 155 ish squares sewn... Maybe I'll just make it a goal to do a small stack of these each time I sit down at the machine.
Posted by TaraJ at 1:08 PM
Friday, March 20, 2009
The fabrics for this baby quilt (approx. 40 inches square) are from the rest of the same Layer Cake that I used for the last baby quilt. I used the same block, but fewer of them and mixed with solid fabric blocks. It's very busy, but I've noticed lately that my quilts tend to turn out that way... I must be going through an anti background fabric phase!
The backing came from my stash... it was one of those pieces that was bought 'just in case'... Luckily I had just enough of it to back this. And I do mean JUST enough- I ended up trimming 1-2 inches of backing off of each side, and I had to sew scrap strips onto 2 sides to make room for the tension clamps on my quilting frame!
Just another view of the backing... I like when I can actually capture the texture of the quilting in a photo. I freehand quilted it in my all over floral pattern, and threw in a few swirlies for filler and extra fun.
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