Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baseball Shield for Baby

To say that we are a baseball loving family might be an understatement.  I was raised in the dugout at the little league field helping to score my brothers' baseball games while my Dad coached.  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve taking the train into Boston to see the Red Sox with my father.  Fever Pitch is my definition of the perfect movie. Well, you get the idea.

My son plays on a vintage base ball team, rules circa 1864.  The games are played on a field with corn stalks in the back (yes, they do have to go into the corn to field balls) and people bring blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy an afternoon of this gentleman's game (and there are women who play also!).  Watching these games is idyllic for any baseball fan.

You might recall I made my son a special uniform shield for his last big birthday.
Well, the creative mind in my household (my husband!) observed that our new grandson needed to have a shield to watch his father's games!

This bib was so much fun to make, I'm sure there will be more in the future!  Here is the tutorial I used.

My Tula Pink City Sampler has moved to the quilting stage.  This is an epic quilt and therefore warrants an epic quilting effort.  Even though I am using my Sweet Sixteen to FMQ it, given the size and weight of this beauty, quilting still equates to a workout.  And good news, my FitBit gives me steps while quilting!!  Win win!!

I finished my second knitting project.  The pattern is from the Craftsy class Knit Lab.  Nothing fancy but the right project for building knitting muscle memory.
My third project is a shawl with all kinds of increases and decreases.  Another long term project I suspect!

Off to "exercise" with my Tula Pink quilt!
Kathy

Friday, April 21, 2017

Finished - A Quilt for My Grandson

The most incredible, amazing, wonderful thing happened!  I am now a grandmother! Levi is a healthy, beautiful and incredibly loved little boy.  It's really quite impossible to put into words what my heart is feeling about this little human being.  So, I won't try.  Instead I will speak in the language of quilting.
This little quilt was made for loving and quality belly time.  The pattern is Super Star by Kate Blakesley of SwimBikeQuilt.  

This was a fun one to quilt and I love how soft and squishy the flannel backing looks.

Please be patient with me, I may be a little distracted with baby sewing and snuggling for a while.



Friday, April 7, 2017

Tidying Up Before Baby

With the grand-baby arriving soon, I am hesitant to start any new projects as I am quite sure I will be fully distracted by the new addition to our family and don't need to add to my list of WIP's!

When we had our home on the market in 2015, I went through a no sewing period to ensure the sewing room looked as neat as possible for showings, a very stressful period indeed.  I managed to sneak in and cut up some squares of peachy and low volume fabric.  That bag of squares sat around until a few weeks ago when I decided I needed to work with some brighter colors during this never ending winter.  Digging into my  scraps I cut more squares to yield a queen size quilt.

 To be honest, I am not sure about this quilt yet and that's really the first time I've felt this way after completing a quilt top.  I added some blue and mint green colors because why not.  

My goal is to make this a summer quilt for one of our guest bedrooms.  Quilting always makes things better so I am optimistic this will work out fine.

In really big news. my Tula Pink City Sampler has moved to the next stage...it is basted.  Unlike the quilt above, I have loved this quilt from Day One.

In my spare time, I'll be contemplating my quilting plan.  One can never accuse me of rushing to a finish!



I have to share with you my good luck!  I won this fabulous bundle of patterns, book and fabric from Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting as part of Amy's IGQuiltFest!  And the list of projects that I "must do" just keeps growing!

Sewing down my fabric stash has been a goal of mine and I have really tried to avoid buying fabric (except of course the necessary baby sewing fabric which doesn't count!).  The combination of this gorgeous collection by April Rosenthal (Sweet Marion) and a sale at the Fat Quarter Shop resulted in my purchase of this FQ bundle, the first time in a very long time I've purchased an entire collection.  So many of my favorite colors!

Sewing machine just dropped off for a tune up.  Hand sewing projects being organized.  Baby will be here soon.  All is good.


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