Owen got to bring "Hunny" the bear home from school for the weekend. She is a cute little bear who wears a bright pink dress. It was funny my boy carrying around a little girl bear for the weekend. But he enjoyed it so much. So of course we had to send her back with a little something. So we made her a little sleeping bag, since she goes on so many sleepovers. Owen helped for a few minutes on the machine, then lost interest. But he was very happy to show his teacher his new creation.
Here she is. Happy and warm with Owen.
I also made a few journal covers for Christmas gifts and added a little trim for their first initials.
I used the tutorial from Rachel at Stitched in Color. I just had to make a few size adjustments, since the paper here in England is different sized than in the US.
And I had this pillow displayed on my couch during the fall. Yep, it's been that long since I've blogged anything!
Next, I'll share with you my QUEEN SIZED Double Wedding Ring Quilt I made for my mom. Come back to see!
Well, Happy New Year to all of you! It's been such a busy 6 months in my new life here in London.
We're all happy and mostly healthy (lots of new bugs and viruses.) We had a wonderful Christmas and fun on New Year's Eve.
We've had lots of visitors, birthday parties, school plays.
Here's a few pics to fill you in.
Rylan wanted a Halo birthday cake for his 9th Birthday.
Nathan wanted an Angry Birds birthday cake for his 7th Birthday.
I made a ruffle cake for a baby shower.
My sister and her family came to visit and left a few days before 3rd birthday party. So, of course we had a party. And she reeeallly wanted a purple princess dress. So you know what I did, right?
I used this tutorial to make Jael's dress! It was really easy to follow. The skirt is different than the tutorial. I learned a lot, as this was my first attempt at sewing a dress.
Do you think she liked it?
Ok, I'll be back to fill you in on more sewing stuff! I've got a lot done lately! Have a great day!
We're settling in here in our new home and the boys all decided they needed new pillows for their beds and to bring down stairs when they're watching a movie. Mommy to the rescue.
We searched through images for inspiration and, of course, they all landed on the same thing...
Dan from pieceandpress made an awesome dinosaur quilt you can see here. http://pieceandpress.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/heros-nemesis-or-orange-lizard.html?m=1 I took that as inspiration and made just the head for the pillows for the boys. They've enjoyed the process and so have I.
We're here in London. Have been for almost two months now, and we still are not in our own place.
We were supposed to move into a house 2 weeks ago, but once all of the things were out of it, it was very evident that there was a lot of water damage and mold and was unfit to live in. We got out of that agreement and got our money back. Now we're just waiting for our references to go through on another house and hopefully we'll be able to move in this week...but that's what I said last week.
I have I think 3 or 4 quilts to show you that I photographed and uploaded before we left, but then my laptop died. It's alive again, but there's nothing left on it. So I'm hoping that I have the pics on the backup drive and if I find them, I'll show you. My plan was to blog about them during the obvious down time that I would have from the sewing machine, but nothing I've planned has been happening as I saw they should...so....
Anyway, we've been able to see God's faithfulness to us, though. The first house we viewed we loved and were going to make an offer, but the estate agent said that we probably wouldn't want to live in that area and warned us not to. Who does that when they're trying to make a sale? Come to find out from a friend, who's husband is a cop, that the worst criminal in the burrow lives just down the street. Okay, Lord! Thank you for protection!
And since we've had to do so much waiting, we've got great deals on furniture and beds, etc. It's been a blessing to see these things come together. In another month I'll hopefully be unpacked and look back on these two months and laugh...even if I don't feel like laughing right now! Perspective changes everything.
Thanks for those of you who have checked in on me. Hopefully I'll be sewing sometime soon...and sleeping in my own bed and cooking in my own pots and pans....
I have 4 new finished quilts to show you...I know I keep telling you. They're piling up. But I have one more that I'm trying to finish up before we leave in 53 days!
It's my Bejeweled quilt from the pattern that I wrote, which is for sale here.
I'm trying something new, which I've never been great at: straight line quilting. I'm using blue painter's tape as a guide, because I started to mark the quilt and decided I'd rather have lines that aren't perfect than waste my time.
It's coming along, but my biggest WIP is packing.
There's my stash. In box number 9. It's packed and ready to fly, or float, however we decide to ship. I still have batting and my machine and odds and ends and scraps to pack, so if you want to add any scraps to that, I'll give you my address! I've learned that one of my favorite types of projects is scraps.
Hope you are having a lovely Wednesday and here's to finishing up one more quilt before I'm out of here!
I have soooo much done. Made 2 more quilts for my other 2 nieces, finished my huge Swoon quilt, made a memory quilt out of baby clothes, and I'm working on quilting my Bejeweled quilt.
But only a few have been photographed and I've had no time to blog lately.
My house is getting full of boxes, which means a lot of sorting and trashing and garage sales and my heart is full and excited and overwhelmed and I can't believe we're leaving in 63 days and I'm rambling....
Ok, so today I'll show you the pillow I made for my sister, who needs some color on her new gray couch that I love.
Olive it. And if she doesn't want it I'll take it. But I think she'll want it. It's all her colors, which are my colors. So I may make a sister pillow to stay at my house in LONDON! Because I'm moving there in 63 days, did I tell ya?
Back to the pillow. I added a few hand stitches in the gray crosses. And the back has a little design element to it. It's an envelope closure for easy washing and I hope she loves it!
Thank you to Quilt Story for featuring Brooke's quilt today!