Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Playing with Fabric

After a long dry spell, I got the urge to do some quilting again. I picked up this book, Happy Hour, at the Houston Quilt Show last fall and decided to make the quilt pictured on the cover with the Three Sister's Shangri La fat quarters I had. The cutting took some time, but the blocks sewed together really quickly. Here is the result:

I haven't sewn the blocks into strips yet. I think I am still playing with the block arrangement. I tend to over think this part and should probably just throw them together randomly.

Looking ahead to the next project, I promised Anna we could work together on a quilt for her using the above fabrics. Aren't they soooo cute??? She really wants to sew something since her big sister, Claire, finished a quilt top over spring break. Come to think of it, I need to post some pictures of Claire with her quilt. Let me go see if I can find some........

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I WANT this quilt!

I have recently discovered Simplify, the blog of Camille Roskelley. She started a quilt pattern business a year ago called Thimble Blossoms, and I just love her designs. They are very fresh and pretty, and her quilts are just so cheery and fun. She is giving the above quilt away as part of her design business's 1 year anniversary. To enter, just leave a comment on her blog. There is also a better picture of the entire quilt in her giveaway post. Go take a look and see all her fabulous patterns and quilts. Such a talented young mom and quilter. GOOD, GOOD stuff!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Today is Earth Day!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!

Monday, April 21, 2008

What Not to Wear

I mean, Stacy and Clinton would have a field day with these gals, no? These are two of the American Girl dolls that currently reside in Anna's room. Kit is on the left and Molly, the right. I don't know what kind of scenario my girls put these dolls in to dress them this way, but every time I go into Anna's room, I can barely stand looking at them. (I know, anal much?) I mean, was Molly on a cruise and dressed up for "formal night" when the ship inexplicably started to sink? "Molly, quick, grab your life vest and run for the tender. And be careful with that ankle you sprained while participating in the limbo contest this afternoon on the Lido deck! I told you not to have that 4th margarita!"

I don't even know where to begin with Kit. A black turtleneck sweater with gauzy spring pants? Huh? Really. Really? This is why I still get final stamp of approval on what my girls wear to school.

So anyways, I was taking a basket of clean clothes up to Anna's room yesterday and could not ignore this travesty any longer. I HAD to redress those dolls. Anna and I drug out the bins of American Girl clothing we own (thanks Grandma) and sat down to make those dolls presentable again. We dressed Molly and Kit both in their school outfits and I for one, think they look much better.So end of story, right? Not really. You see, we own eight AG dolls and seven of those eight reside on a long shelf in Anna's room with Molly and Kit. Sooooo, Anna and I had to redress all the dolls.
Much better now.

And that is how I spent my Sunday afternoon. I think Stacy would be proud.

Friday, April 18, 2008


I haven't heard from my brother as to whether or not it's okay to post pics of the kids, so I am taking that as consent. If I am wrong Scott, let me know and the pics will disappear.

Here are the kids when we all met at my mom and dad's place in Bandera over Spring Break.

The girls: Meg, Anna, Ashley, Claire and Molly

Brian, Claire, Meghan and John in the foreground

Meghan and David

David and Anna

Anna and Ashley

I thought it would be awkward for the kids when my brother's clan arrived because they hadn't seen each other in so long. (And they were just meeting Brian and John, who are my brother's stepsons, for the first time.) It was so not awkward though! Scott's kids are all very outgoing and they had my girls talking in no time flat. They all enjoyed each other's much so that the kids convinced me to let the girls play hookey from school so they could stay an extra day in Bandera. I am so glad they convinced me. Memories made with distant family members trumps school any day of the week.