Saturday, May 29, 2010

Slow progress

But progress just the same!

So, the little man was born on May 11th, and he's absolutely adorable!
 One proud big sister!

Now that he's almost 3 weeks old (Really? Already??), I'm slowly getting back to my sewing. And re-arranging my workroom (I'm temporarily giving up on having any sort of flooring installed, so it will remain bare concrete for the time being).

I need to figure out how to fit everything in an 11x12 room with a truncated corner. And I have a lot of fabric. And books (and other reference materials). And other stuff. A trip to Ikea is in the near future- the Gorm shelves are the right dimensions to fit in, around & under various objects in the room, including the quilt frame that is still in the baby's room, so that's what I'll be going with. It's an awkward process- I need to unpack boxes in order to get everything in the room, but I need shelves & other things in place in order to unpack the boxes. Wheee!

I've gotten one commissioned quilt top completed, and started the second, plus I have 5 other tops completed- one is the baby's, one is a gift, the other 3 are going into my Etsy shop (eventually). I haven't been up for wrestling with the roll of batting just yet, but I need to do that soon.

New England Waterways (name is also a WIP) teaser

Charlotte's Web teaser 

I also have a 3rd commission that I started picking up fabric for yesterday, as well as at least 5 other tops cut & waiting to be pieced (some of them have been waiting more than 4 or 5 years at this point...) What, me? WIPs & UFOs? I have no idea what you might be referring to! =)

Thanks for sticking around, hopefully I'll be able to post a bit more frequently now. Or at least, I'll have more items to post about!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Long day...

Until today, all of my quilts that I have made as a gift have been for happy occasions, mostly births of babies, a few birthdays, and a retirement.

Today, my husband told me one of his coworkers may lose his newborn son. I've never made a bereavement quilt before this, and I really, truly hope this doesn't become one, but sadly the chances of the baby surviving are extraordinarily slim. I hope this at least brings mom & dad some comfort.

I am so thankful that everything is indicating that our son will be a healthy baby.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


No, not the TV show (though I've heard that it's good).

Electric Quilt 7 has been announced (ok, so I'm a little late on that one) and is now available for pre-order! I have EQ6, and love using it. I'm very excited about the updated features on EQ7, and I can't wait to get my copy! I'm looking forward to playing with it.

On the sewing front, I've completed the top & back for my little man's quilt. Now to cut the batting & get it on the frame, and see if I can get it finished before he arrives! :-)

Horribly cute, isn't it? The fabric is the Jungle Babies line from JoAnn Fabrics, and is really intended to be one of the soft-cloth books. My friend who hosted my shower had the idea for everyone to decorate squares with fabric paints so that my baby can have a quilt sooner than his sister did. That and I made quilts for all three friends who had babies last fall, so this was their way of returning the gift.

37 weeks and counting!