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I spent the first 8 months of my pregnancy knitting.  Constantly.

I Knitted up:

2 Baby Sweaters, including my first baby surprise jacket!

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1 Man Sweater (bottom up raglan crewneck)

1 Kimono Shawl

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and a few scarves and hats…

And now I can hardly be bothered to pick up the needles.  As I stare at my yarn bowl, I am honestly feeling a wee bit guilty.  All of that lovely yarn, just languishing there…looking so, so, so forlorn.

I blame this knitters block on summer and the baby.  After all, who wants to knit in the summertime?  Since I can rarely be bothered to knit with anything but LOVELY wool…summer is a tough season for me knitwise.  Especially when there is so much sewing to be done in my very cozy and cool basement studio!  Stacks of fabric inspiration all around me, crafty books and magazines to reference, and even some sketches of projects yet to be made.  Yes, I might as well strike while the (sewing) iron is hot!

This week I plan on sewing up a bunch of new aprons and bloomers to begin restocking my Etsy website.

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My misters first Fathers Day consisted of two of our favorites; wood & the sea!  Here is a peek:

dream boat!

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During our whirlwind trip to Seattle to meet with a couple of my friends…we were able to go to the Bell Street Pier Classic Yacht Rendezvous!  It happens every Fathers Day, and it was a TON of fun.  The boats were incredibly beautiful.  I was feeling too shy to board many of the beauties myself, but I can say that I am now certain one of my goals in life is to live on an old wooden yacht!  (Talk about a really huge craft project…)

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Oh Baby Quilts.

I am excited to share with you my latest project, a baby quilt for my *one month old* daughter.

When I first thought of making this quilt, I was hoping to find an already existing pattern that would work well with the fabrics I chose.  I picked through the quilty blogosphere with a fine toothed comb…but nothing spoke to me in regards to these fabrics.  I did find a dozen or so new blogs and quilts that are now on my must read and must make lists!  At the end of the search, I decided to design my own quilt blocks.

elephants and veg

I knew that I wanted to showcase the cute fabrics (purchased at Cool Cottons and Fabric Depot) which for me means BIGGER blocks.  I also wanted it to be a quick project (who has time with a one month old and a 6 year old home for the summer?!  Only crazy people like me.).  So, the quilt goes like this: big blocks are 9 inches square, the little strips 2inches by 9inches, and the teeny pink blocks 2inches by 2 inches.  Easy peasy, no?

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I am really liking how the blocks are coming together.  Elephants and flowers and apples.  Red and pink co-mingling.  Funny fruits and veggies to tie it all together.  I can hardly wait to get it pieced and quilted!

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SewingMachineMonthW

One of my favorite blogs, Sew, Mama, Sew! is celebrating the month of June exploring the world of sewing machines.  You should head over there for some great posts about a myriad of topics, all sewing machine related.  Thinking of purchasing a vintage sewing machine?  Do not have a clue as to what all of those feet do that came with your machine?  There is a blog post for that too.

emerald_118They are also having a “Sewing Machine Meme”, my first meme ever!  Here goes:

What brand and model do you have?

I have a Viking Emerald 118

How long have you had it?

About 2 years

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

$350

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Clothing, Quilts, Accessories, and Home Dec…in that order.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

These days I sew a few times a week.  So not as much wear and tear as I would like it to.  😉

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

She is a fine machine.  I am not passionate about her, but I am in like with her.  And yes, Mrs. Doyle is her name.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

I DO adore the needle stop up~down feature and the needle threader…what can I say?  I am easy to please!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

She is not as powerful as I would like her to be.  Sewing through a quilt sandwich is often a challenge.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would recommend her to beginning sewers. She is sturdy, has a lot of helpful easy features, and comes with a lot of useful feet…for the price, a really great machine.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Make sure it does everything that you need it to do, do not buy a machine with a zillion features you will not ever use!  Do more with less.  Save up and buy a quality brand.

Do you have a dream machine?

YES! Bernina 820.  Droool.

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Craftyness, blogged.

With a newfound interest in making a really great craft blog, I  purchased “Sister” Diane Gillelands e-book, “Making a Great Blog: A Guide For Creative People”.  Diane is a powerhouse of the crafty community.  I adore her blog, she is a woman of many talents who comes up with ideas for crafts I might have never heard about, or attempted until I saw one of her tutorials.   I highly recommend the book to anyone who is hoping to have a successful blog.  She offers up a ton of great tips such as:  how frequently to post while avoiding “blogfade”, figuring out your content, using your digital camera to make the most of your blog, and even “blogger etiquette”.

I especially appreciated her idea of keeping a blog journal with you at all times.  Writing down inspiration when and where it strikes!  Genius!  Being the mother of a newborn and a 6 year-old, my brain can use all of the help it can get these days.

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So, having been inspired by my husband to really get back to writing and crafting (love you!), and by this book…you are going to see some changes around here.  For the better!

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Finally… here she is in all of her fabric-y glory:

Whole quilt

A Square

Stripey Binding

I especially love the fact that my husband (back when he was just my boyfriend) came to Cool Cottons with me and helped me pick out the fabrics for this quilt, right about the time we moved in together.  I also really like the ginkgo quilting pattern, which I picked out as a surprise for him knowing it is one of his favorite, err, plant silhouettes.  I sewed the binding on by hand, my first attempt.  Binding the queen sized behemoth took less time than I thought it was going to, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it to boot!

I am currently working on a baby quilt for the little lady…the color pink is very much involved.

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pink...everywhere!

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