Thursday, January 18, 2018

A BABY QUILT AND ANOTHER CATCH UP....




Well 3 weeks have gone by and I haven't done much better in the blog writing department.  I think I have fallen into what lots of former bloggers have done and that is to post quick updates on Instagram.  I swore I wasn't going to do that and yet here I am.  I really REALLY prefer blogging, as some things just need more of an explanation, and I do so love reading what is going on with others.  But for some reason I have just found myself amazed sometimes that soo many days have gone by and I haven't been around.  I can only keep trying...

Soooo, what's been going on with me?  First off I have not felt totally well since Christmas.  Not sick enough to take to my bed (except maybe one day) but just not all that great either.  I had a decent little cough that I think I have FINALLY shook, but I haven't had one of any sort in years, so I feel like I can't really complain.  My husband has had very similar issues but has managed to keep working and not really be down either, so we are as I tell my kids.."moving along".  I am SOOO grateful however that when I am not feeling up to speed I can just rest, take a nap, read a book, or just generally take it easy, while poor Jeff has to haul himself off to work.  Thank God he is as healthy as he is and doesn't have my list of aches and complaints.  Other than that, I have been busy at the sewing machine when I have found the energy and desire.  My niece (the one who does my hair and Melody's best friend) has adopted a new baby boy!  We are all SOOO happy for her.  She has had fertility issues from the beginning, and managed to have one baby, but had been trying unsuccessfully for almost two years when they decided to throw in the towel on fertility treatments and adopt their second.  They were on a list and got the baby quite suddenly just a few days before Thanksgiving.  I offered to make her a quilt for the new nursery, and to give her a women's sip and see for the new little guy in late February.  Melody and Claire are going to come out for it too, so I am really excited about that as well.  She wanted the quilt to be done in blacks and whites, so I got to work and got it together and delivered it to the quilters last Sat.  Let me show it....

SHE TOLD ME SHE WANTED A PATCHWORK QUILT DONE IN BLACKS AND WHITES SO I JUST GOT 2 DIFFERENT SWEET LITTLE PRINTS AND THEN FOUND THE FABRIC THAT HAD THE LITTLE SAYINGS ON IT TO ADD TO THEM.  I CUT THEM ALL IN 5 AND HALF INCH SQUARES AND THEN DECIDED TO FILL IN WITH SOME PLAIN BLACK SINCE THE OTHER TWO PRINTS HAD WHITE BACKGROUNDS.  BUT THEN I DIDN'T HAVE AS MANY OF THE SAYING THAT I NEEDED TO MAKE THINGS EVEN, SO I MADE UP LITTLE 4 SQUARE PATCHES TO GO WITH IT ALL.  I PLAYED AROUND WITH THE LAYOUT OF IT ALL TILL I LIKED THE WAY IT LOOKED.  THEN IT WAS TIME TO FIND SOME BORDERS THAT SEEMED TO GO WITH IT ALL.  IT TOOK ME LONGER THAN I THOUGHT IT MIGHT, AND I ENDED UP AT THE QUILT SHOP WHERE THE OWNER IS MY QUILTER.  I REALLY LIKED WHAT I FOUND THERE.  THE OTHER FABRICS I MANAGED TO FIND ONLINE WHICH PERSONALLY I THINK IS KIND OF HARD TO DO.  SOOOOO MANY DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLACK AND WHITE...WHO KNEW?  LOL  THE BACKING IS A BLACK WITH BIG WHITE CLOUDS ON IT, AND THE BINDING WILL BE THE CHECKERED IN THE FIRST BORDER.  I CAN'T WAIT TO GET IT BACK FROM THE QUILTERS AND SEE HOW IT ALL FINISHES UP

HERE'S A CLOSE UP ON ONE OF THE LITTLE SAYINGS...THIS ONE IS A PSALM OF COURSE WHICH I LOVE

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE HERE HOW THE FABRIC CAME.  I HAD TO "FUSSY CUT" THE SQUARES WHICH HONESTLY WAS NOT MY CUP OF TEA, BUT I GOT IT DONE.
And then, beings how baby things are my all time favorite thing to do and honestly take me very little time and effort, I decided to make up some other things as well with fabrics and patterns I had on hand, which means of course they were free!  lol  First I made up some burp cloths.  I guess she goes through quite a few a day as the baby is quite the little spitter, lol.  Let me show you those...

THESE ARE ALL MADE FROM A HIGH QUALITY FLANNEL, AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU CAN SEE I LIGHTLY QUILTED THEM WITH DECORATIVE STITCHING AND EMBROIDERY THREAD.  THERE IS A LAYER OF WARM AND NATURAL BETWEEN THE FABRICS TO HELP WITH ABSORBENCY.  THEY WERE QUICK AND EASY TO DO AND WAS A FUN WAY TO SPEND AN AFTERNOON


And then I had ordered some knit that is in the same fabric design as the back of the quilt (which is of course a cotton) as I knew she really LOVED it.  I made up a little romper out of it and a little pair of legging pants.  They are soo tiny.  But he was a premie, and it still quite tiny.  Here they are!

I LOVE THE PATTERN FOR THIS LITTLE ROMPER AND IT WAS PRETTY QUICK AND EASY TOO THOUGH THE SNAPS STILL NEED TO BE PUT ON.  HUBBY USUALLY DOES THAT FOR ME THOUGH, SO MY PART IS DONE, LOL

THESE ARE SOO TINY AND STILL NEED THE ELASTIC IN THE WAISTBAND, BUT I AM WAITING FOR HER TO MEASURE HIS LITTLE TUMMY FOR ME SO I CAN BE SURE THEY ARE NOT TOO TIGHT, OR TOO LOOSE

And then finally I have been wanting to change out my table runners for different holidays and I have a few, but I did not have one for Valentine's day.  I wanted to get it done before February 1st, so I saw this kit and tutorial on my new favorite site, JORDAN FABRICS and ordered one and put it together too.  It was super quick and easy with all the fabric pre cut, and I made it easily including quilting it myself, and binding it in just one day.  I LOVE their stuff, and I LOVE the way it came out.  Here it is.

REALLY LOVE THE FABRICS AND THE COLOR IN THIS KIT!

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK ON ONE OF THE HEARTS
Well, that's about it for now.  I have several more little things I am going to make up for the baby out of some of my scraps and stash, and my sister (the new grandma) bought a few pieces of fabric and asked if I might make up some things for her to give her too.  No problem here that's for sure.  Hope all of you are doing well, and everyone is staying healthy.  The flu is just rampant here in California, and I do thank God that we have been as healthy as we have been.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A RIDICULOUSLY LONG CATCH UP POST!!!

Well I am of course sooo ridiculously behind now that I should probably not even try to catch it up.  But.....since that's not really in my nature, and I do want a record of things in my blog books, I will do my best to get things in here.

Both Thanksgiving and Christmas 2017 were wonderful in almost every way.  I think I will mainly just show pictures and narrate somewhat as these books are one of the only places I have pictures eventually printed, and I don't want them to be missing.  On the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving Melody and her family were here and had rented  a big house in beautiful Temecula so that they could host Thanksgiving for everyone.  It was sooo nice.  The house and the time together, the meal and the memory will go down as one of the best so far.  Here are some of the pics of that time...

THIS WAS THE WHOLE GROUP...THE ONLY ONES MISSING WERE MY OLDEST TWO GRANDCHILDREN, EVAN AND LINDSEY, AS THEY WERE SPENDING THE DAY WITH THEIR OTHER GRANDMA, AND ANNABEL AND HER LITTLE FAMILY HADN'T GOT HERE YET.
HERE'S THE GROUP WHO GOT THE CHRISTMAS PJ'S THIS YEAR.  THE WEATHER WAS SOO BEAUTIFUL THAT DAY, AND THERE WAS A GIANT FIRE PIT OUT BACK THAT WE ENJOYED OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO THAT OVERLOOKED THE BEAUTIFUL WINE COUNTRY IN TEMECULA

OUR FOUR KIDS.  THEY SOO ENJOY THEIR TIME TOGETHER

2 YEAR OLD CLAIRE TRIED SOO HARD NOT TO TAKE HER NAP THAT DAY BUT JUST DIDN'T MAKE IT.  WE LOOKED OVER AND SHE HAD JUST LAID DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING, AND FELL FAST ASLEEP, LOL.  GRANDMA KNEW THE FEELING

THESE 4 COUSINS SURE ENJOY THEIR TIME TOGETHER TOO.  POOR LITTLE TELLA BROKE HER ARM TWO DAYS PRIOR AND WAS STILL WAITING FOR SWELLING TO GO DOWN TO GET HER CAST.  SHE WAS SUCH A TROOPER ON THE WHOLE EXPERIENC

KIDS TABLE

LITTLE SOPHIA IS SUCH A LITTLE DOLL.  I DON'T SEE HER NEARLY ENOUGH.  SHE WAS SOO SWEET

SOPHIA WITH HER GRANDPA

MY OLDEST AND MY YOUNGEST.
Ok, I "think" I had shown you most of the gifts I had made and gave out that day, which meant then I started getting busy on some things I wanted for myself.  It took me WAY longer than I intended it too, which left me very pressed for time, but I was really glad I pressed on, as I ended up being really happy with it all.  I bought a line of Christmas fabrics by Robert Kaufman, and made pretty much everything out of it so that it ended up all coordinating.  Let me show you all of this.....

THIS WAS DONE FROM A KIT WHICH I JUST LOVED...IT WAS THE SAME LINE OF FABRICS, AND WAS PRETTY EASY TO DO.  I TREATED MYSELF TO AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT AND BOUGHT A GATHERING FOOT FOR MY MACHINE WHICH MADE THIS HUGE HUGE RUFFLE MUCH EASIER TO ATTACH!

I MADE THESE SANTA CLAUS EMBROIDERY DESIGNS INTO PILLOWS USING THE FABRICS TOO.  THESE WERE SOOO MUCH FUN.  I HOPE TO MAKE SOME MORE NEXT YEAR, THOUGH I WILL START WAY EARLIER, LOL.  

I MADE TWO

JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU UP CLOSE SO YOU CAN SEE MORE OF THE DETAIL.  I USED A FURRY FLEECE FABRIC FOR BOTH HIS BEARD AND HIS HAT


AND THEN THIS LOG CABIN BLOCK RUNNER WAS ALSO FROM A KIT.  ALL OF THE FABRICS WERE PRE-CUT, AND WHAT A DREAM THAT WAS.  THIS WENT TOGETHER REALLY EASILY IN AN AFTERNOON, AND THAT INCLUDED DOING THE QUILTING WHICH I DID MYSELF.  I JUST DID A STITCH IN THE DITCH, AND IT WORKED OUT REALLY WELL.

CLOSE UP ON ONE OF THE BLOCKS....I SOO LOVED THIS FABRIC

HERE'S WHERE I PUT THEM

I ALSO MADE A COUPLE OF FABRIC TREES OUT OF THE FABRIC, AND A SET OF 8 COASTERS.  I USED CHARM PACKS OUT OF THE FABRIC FOR THESE AND IT MADE THEM QUICK AND EASY.  I LOVE MAKING THOSE TREES  I MADE 4 OF THEM THIS YEAR

I MADE THIS BY COMBING A FEW OF THE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS THAT I GOT FROM A SHOP THAT I LOVE AND USE FREQUENTLY.  I GAVE IT TO MY NIECE JESSICA WHO DOES MY HAIR FOR HER LITTLE BOY WESTON WHO LOVES LEAVING TREATS FOR SANTA

HERE HE IS ON CHRISTMAS EVE ALL READY FOR SANTA
HE GOT A PAIR OF THE PJ'S TOO
I ALSO MADE A FEW OF THESE AS GIFTS THIS YEAR  IT IS ALSO FREE STANDING LACE WHERE YOU STITCH OUT THE FRONT, THE BACK, TWO SIDES AND TWO ROOF PIECES AND THEN SEW AND GLUE IT ALL TOGETHER AND ADD A RIBBON HANGER.  I LOVED THE DESIGN AND THEY CAME OUT SUPER CUTE.  BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY THEY TOOK A LONG TIME SO I NEVER DID GET ONE MADE FOR MYSELF.  NEXT YEAR FOR SURE'!




I MADE THIS SET OF COASTERS FOR OUR LIVING ROOM AS WELL.  THIS DESIGN IS FROM THAT SAME SHOP WHICH HAS DEFINITELY BECOME MY FAVORITE.  THESE WERE A LOT MORE WORK THAN I INTENDED, BUT WERE REALLY WORTH THE TIME I FELT.  I MADE 8 OF THEM, AND EACH COASTER TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF TO COMPLETE.  THEY HAVE A LAYER OF WARM AND NATURAL IN THEM SO THAT THEY SOAK UP ANY MOISTURE OR HEAT REALLY, REALLY WELL.  I USED METALLIC GOLD THREAD FOR A LOT OF THE DETAIL STITCHING WHICH WAS ONE OF THE REASONS THEY TOOK SO MUCH TIME AS IT IS KIND OF PAIN, BUT AGAIN, REALLY WORTH IT.  THESE PICTURES DO NOT DO THESE JUSTICE AS THEY KIND OF SPARKLE TOO.

WANTED TO SHOW YOU A CLOSE UP OF ONE OF THE CORNERS, AND THE DECORATIVE STITCHING ON IT

BIG DECORATIVE STITCHING WENT OVER THE CENTERS





THERE WERE TWO WITH GOLD CENTERS, TWO WITH RED, TWO WITH GREEN, AND TWO WITH BLACK.

HERE'S WHERE THEY WENT

Then!  We hosted out annual brother/sister dinner at our house again and it was once again such a good time.  I'll just post pictures of this night as they are pretty self explanatory.  There are a few pictures of all of our Christmas decs as well.















MY MOM'S CHRISTMAS MICE

I MADE AND GIFTED 10 OF THESE ANGELS THIS YEAR, INCLUDING MYSELF.  THEY TOOK AN HOUR AND HALF TO STITCH OUT ON MY MACHINE, BUT I DIDN'T HAVE TO SIT THERE AND WORK THE MACHINE WHILE IT WAS RUNNING UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO PUT ON MERRY CHRISTMAS AND 2017.  I LOVED THEM.  THEY ARE STIFF AND YET SOO LACY LOOKING.  MIGHT HAVE STARTED A NEW TRADITION, LOL.  A DIFFERENT ANGEL WITH THE YEAR EVERY YEAR, LOL.  AGAIN, I WILL START WAY, WAY, EARLIER.  THERE WASN'T A SINGLE THING I DID THIS YEAR THAT I WASN'T FINISHING UP THE DAY OF.  
We celebrated my husbands 66th birthday, a grand daughters 13th, and another grand daughter's 17th as well but I don't have any pictures of any of those events.  And then the Sun. before Christmas we celebrated Christmas with our 3 sons at our oldest son's house.  We had Italian food and it was just a wonderful, wonderful day.  I can't be sure why I took NO pictures, but I didn't.  I think it might have been the brother/sister dinner had just been the night before and I was beginning to drag just a wee bit, lol.  And then!  the Friday before Christmas hubby and I loaded up and took off for New Mexico to spend Christmas with Melody and her family there.  It was the first time we have done that and they have been married over 9 years already, so I think it was time.  It too was such a good time.  I have a few pictures from that...

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A BOY AND HIS DOG...THIS IS CODY

CODY GOT TO HAVE A PJ DAY AT SCHOOL AND WORE HIS NEW CHRISTMAS JAMMIES


HANDSOME LUKE

DARLING SAM




LOVE THIS PICTURE OF CLAIRE...THEY GOT SOME SNOW A LITTLE AFTER THANKSGIVING...DIDN'T LAST THOUGH

LINDSEY AND HER BOYFRIEND ON HER 17TH BIRTHDAY 

MY YOUNGEST SON AND HIS FAMILY

SAN DIEGO GRANDS

CODY AND I HAD A MOVIE DATE AND SAW THE STAR...SUPER CUTE MOVIE

LINDSEY AND HER DADDY JOE ON HER BIRTHDAY
I doubt anyone makes it to the end of this post especially as un-involved as I have been with blogging.  I have really missed it, and I do intend to get around trying to catch up some tomorrow.  You can imagine I think how long this took.  But I feel good that I did catch up.  How grateful I am for how much the Lord has blessed us with.  I am going to be busy this next month as I am going to make a quilt for my niece new baby!  She and her husband adopted a BEAUTIFUL little boy the week before Thanksgiving.  We are soo happy for her.  Hope you all are having a happy, healthy, holiday season.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie