Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January craft time

January is the perfect month to finish my craft projects.  I've been having so much fun making coordinating duck burp cloths & a receiving blanket for Amy's baby using the leftover fabric from her baby blanket.  Pink will be the next color on my list of things to finish.  Last night, I also finished a few more felt Christmas stockings for my future grandchildren while watching the movie, "Never Been Kissed" on our new Kindle Fire.  (Fun chic flick...I've recommend it.)  I know what you're probably thinking...Christmas is over but I just like to plan ahead.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Baby Quilt #5

It's a miracle, my next baby quilt is finished!  Amy started this quilt maybe 5 or 6 years ago.  When she & John came home the end of September, she threw it on my kitchen table and announced that I had until May to get it finished.  YES, that is how she announced that she was pregnant.
It feels so good to have reached my next goal & earlier than I ever would have imagined.  After finishing Brittany's quilt Saturday morning, I started machine quilting this one that evening and by 11:30 p.m. the quilting was finished. 

I just love machine quilting...it's so much faster!

Last night I finished binding the quilt. 
My favorite part of this quilt is the duck's wings, they are dimensional and not sewn down so the wings can flap.  PLUS...this quilt is so snuggly warm. 
I hope my next grandchild will love it. 
No, it's not an original but if you're interested, here's the link to this designer's patterns:  http://thimble-art.com/ 
They are pretty cute but I think the fabrics Amy & I selected are cuter than the ones the designer used. Just my opinion.  What do you think?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Words Baby Quilt

Here is a photo of another original quilt I just finished for our next grandchild.  I started this quilt quite a while ago and when Brittany learned that she was having a girl, well...it was time to get busy & finish this project.  I wanted the quilt to be soft & warm so the back and the letters are fleece but I also wanted to use a lot of words on the quilt. 

 It's never too early to teach a child the beauty of words or to read...RIGHT?
I found the quote...

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

— Emilie Buchwald. 

I love how the quote ties the idea for this quilt together. 
The hand quilting has taken forever to complete.

NEXT...Start watching for a photo of Amy's adorable duck quilt for grandchild #5 which needs to be completed by May.  (Amy started this quilt back in her BYU Idaho college days & I get to finish it.  Seriously, it's adorable.)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A New Year

2012 started out in a perfect way...we went to California to be with Rob's family and spent 5 glorious, sunny days in Coronado; only a 10 minute walk from the beach and a few minutes from seafood restaurants & shops.  We played in the ocean, ran after our grandson, played with our granddaughter, built sand castles (John build a molar shapped sand castle), helped our grandson surf on the sand, fed the birds, went to Sea World and ate freshly made gelato (thanks Andrea)!