When we went to NY for the holidays, I took along some leftovers of my 1930's Reproduction prints. I think my favorite pattern is the log cabin block, and my favorite fabrics are these reproduction prints; so I thought it fitting to put them together.
After making the blocks I tried some different layouts.
This one seemed to work best. I do have them sewn together, but since my sewing room is so "clean" right now (or something.....) I can't find it to take a photo.
Then with the scraps of the leftovers (I'm not sure what exactly counts as a scrap, but by this point they were definately scraps!), I cut 1.75" squares and sewed them together for a tiny doll quilt. I used the machine for the piecing, but the quilting was done by hand.
Once again, I was really getting down to the scraps, and the piece I had saved for backing wasn't quite big enough. So I cut two lines and added some more blocks. Now all I need is binding and it's finished, measuring about 14" x 17". Then I think I'm going to hang it on the wall in the sewing room.
I've been saving some of Tyler's shirts that have tears or the collars are too worn, and that are blues and yellows; to make into a quilt. I found some soft yellow sheets at the second-hand store that are in great condition, so am planning to use the flat for backing, and the fitted & pillow cases for the top if needed. I was thinking of a disappearing-nine-patch pattern, that way I can just cut a bunch of squares and then see how big it will turn out. This will be a fun memory-quilt too, most of these shirts were my favorites. My mom added 2 of my dads (not shown), and I found a pretty one at the second-hand store for $1. You have to tear them apart and make them into "fabric" before cutting, so it's an involved process but fun for memories!
This is quite off the subject, but while in NY I took a picture of my "dream house". Isn't it adorable? Probably old enough to have no insulation, but I love it. I'm sure Tyler will be excited to come up with plans to built it when we retire. =)
To be honest, I have not walked every day; but I have walked quite a few, and much more than before! The problem is that I am often so busy that it's quite a challenge to just get out, but also it's not very much exercise when you have 3 little helpers. The big kids like to ride bikes, but Levi has a hard time on the hills and is still a bit slow. In the end they are all ready to come home and I feel like I haven't done much. This weekend I brought home a double-jogging-stroller from my mom's house that is in pretty rough shape but should do the trick. Breanna loves to speed along on her bike, so now maybe I can speed along pushing both boys in the stroller.
We've got a little boy in this house that is obsessed..... with tractors. I seriously don't know any other word to correctly describe him currently. The word is repeated so many times a day that it almost makes me crazy, and he can sit for huge amounts of time just pouring over auction magazines that have tractor photos. At Grandma's we found Uncle Jared's toy from a long time ago.... he loved it!
In our backyard...
I had tried to take some photos of the kids in their matching jackets, but he was not at all cooperative. But when we brought out the tractor (above), he was fine! This was the best shot; non-traditional, but cute.
These friends, on the other hand, cooperated wonderfully!
I love these cuties!
Here's a fun one taken inside the night before.
One of Levi on Jared's tractor too.
Speaking of obsessions, mine is definately quilting. (duh). Anyway, I had the thought awhile ago, that if I was as crazy about exercise as I was about fabric; I wouldn't have a weight problem. Hmmmm. But if I was as crazy about cooking, we'd all have quite the weight issues. (I enjoy cooking, but it's definately not up there on the list). So, I'm trying hard to be less obsessive, is that possible with fabric/quilting books/ideas? Not sure, but it's worth a try. In any case, while trying to organize my sewing room at the new house; I've noticed that I really need to work on stash-reduction. Then today this blog post made me even more excited about such prospects. I love reading other sewing blogs, let me know if you have found some other great ones!