Monday, September 30, 2013

Quilts for Kids #2

In case you missed the first quilt we made for Quilts for Kids, you can find it here.  My son, Tyler, helped make this quilt to donate to Quilts for Kids.  The company sends you fabric and a pattern to create a quilt and then they donate the quilt to children in hospitals.  It was a great learning experience for both Tyler and myself and a fun summer project that we worked on together.  Some of the fabric prints were of baseball gear so we headed to the baseball fields to take a few pictures.

Tyler sewing up a storm

A proud boy:)
The finished quilt
It's the last day of the month and I finished this quilt today, yay!!!  Just in the nick of time to finish up my September goal.  So tonight, I'm linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes and 100 Quilts for Kids:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Emily's Quilt

I finally finished sewing on the binding to Emily's quilt.  I don't know why it took me so long...but it did.  Apple picking is in full swing around here so we went to the apple orchard down the road from our house to take some pictures.  The pattern I used was Shortcake by Cluck Cluck Sew and the fabric is from Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow collection.  It's a twin size quilt (64x88) just perfect for her bed:)

For backing I used dogwood bloom in berry from the same modern meadow line:

For quilting, I did wavy lines in different directions.  On the nine patch squares I quilted vertical wavy lines and for the other squares, I quilted horizontal wavy lines.  I wasn't sure at first how it would look, but I love the way it turned out.
And here's the proud new owner:

I'm linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quilts for Kids #1

I had read about this organization, Quilts for Kids, on a blog and thought it might be fun to do with my kids. A great way to teach my kids a little about sewing as well as making something for a good cause.  The company donates the quilts to children that are in hospitals.  Basically you pay for shipping and Quilts for Kids sends you a quilt kit that includes the fabric to make the quilt top as well as the backing fabric.  You supply the batting, binding, thread, and time:)  I ordered two kits at the beginning of summer and thought my older two kids could each have one to work on.  It was a learning experience for all of us but overall I think my kids really enjoyed learning a new skill and donating something they had created.  Haley's is all finished up and Tyler's is almost done.  Here are a few pictures of Haley's quilt to donate.  The little squares have a school theme so I thought it would be fun to take pictures by our local school bus shop.

I'm linking up to Katie's (from SwimBikeQuilt):

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Finish it up

It's goal setting time for September:)  My motto this month is "Finish it Up!"  My goals are to finish up Emily's quilt, the one pictured above.  I'm about halfway done hand sewing on the binding.  Also, my kids helped make some quilts for kids that are in hospitals-through a company called Quilts for Kids.  You are supposed to return them in 4-6 weeks, ugh, it's been a bit longer than I need to finish those up and get them in the mail.  I'm linking up here:

Friday, September 6, 2013


Wow, it's been a month since I last posted.  This past month has been a bit crazy around here.  Here's what's been going on in our neck of the woods farm.  First up, at the beginning of August, we went with a few other families camping at Mt. Rainier.  It was so gorgeous and we had PERFECT weather:)  We went hiking everyday, took dips in the glacier water, ate lots of yummy food, went biking, and the kids had friends to play with 24/7. I was a little bit nervous because we've only done camping for 1 night at a time with our whole family and this was 4 days/3 nights....but it was so much fun.  Our kids are already planning our trip there for next year, haha!

I celebrated my birthday by getting a cortisone shot in my hip.  Oh, that was lovely:(  It's been helping but I think the deeper problem is with my back. I've got a follow-up appt. this month so we'll see how that goes.  The day after my birthday, my hubby was in a motorcycle accident.  He was stopped at a stop sign and a car turning left turned right into his lane him.  And then they fled the scene...ugh!!
  Luckily there were people around to help and another one that chased the car but they started driving through orchards and then abandoned the car.  The good thing about it all is that he didn't break anything, was just bruised up a bit and had some road rash.  It could've been a lot worse, so I truly am grateful that everything turned out ok:)

I took the kids for back-to-school haircuts and Haley decided she wanted to donate her hair to Locks of Love.  Her ponytail was 14 inches long:)  She is adapting to her new haircut and already watching new you tube videos for short hair.

I didn't do much sewing this past month, I didn't even come close to completing my August goal, but I did finish up this patchwork baby quilt and listed it in my shop.
The day before school, we took the kids on a hike to the Wild Horses Monument in Vantage.  It was a pretty steep hike for our little family but it was worth it with all of the beautiful views.
And of course, the kids started back to school. Tyler started 6th grade, in middle school, and is loving it so far.  Haley is in 3rd grade and Emily started kindergarten.  Things are a lot quieter around here but I feel like I am finally starting to get caught up on things around the house and Katie is a great little helper.  It was a busy month but I'm so grateful we carved out some time for family summer fun:)