Thursday, May 17, 2012

Quilt for Cody, part 1

I have two wonderful nephews who thankfully are young enough to like getting a quilt made for them by their favorite Aunt (that's me of course!). Since the older of the two already got his quilt a few years ago its time to make one for the younger one.
 The theme is "Finding Nemo" and I am doing a basic nine patch quilt square.

Fabric for Nemo quilt.
The Nemo fabric was purchased on ebay and came pre-cut. I am also using fat quarter sets from Joann's Fabric store. I spent some time at my sister/sister-in-law's house recently working on this quilt in their beautiful quilt/painting studio.

An outside view of the studio at night

Madison was there with us also, napping through part of the quilting!

I've decided that I am going to keep the quilt simple, mainly because it's really hard to find time to sew right now since I stay home with Madison. She doesn't have a lot of patience for my sewing!
I found this pattern in a quilt magazine my sister had. Unfortunately, I forgot to get the issue and name of the magazine!

I am going to use this pattern as a reference guide, since I really don't like to use patterns for quilting! I have my reasons, which seems to boggle my sister, a much better quilter than me, but it seems to kind of work for me.
I will be using the Nemo squares as the flower square in this quilt and then using the fat quarters for the nine patch blocks.

I cut out the fat quarters into 2 1/2" strips. I started to sew them together, but please check back to see the progress!

Monday, May 14, 2012

New name, same great adventure!

I changed the name of my blog! I totally feel like it is way overdue.
The old name was great, but I want to talk about so much more and this new name will create a space for me to do just that.
First, I want to talk about my beautiful little girl and about being a new mom. My baby girl is now 10 months old, how time flies!
 I am planning her first birthday party which will be Yo Gabba Gabba themed, a show on Nick Jr.  I went to Beverly's craft store and picked up some Gabba Gabba fabric today to use for some part of her birthday outfit.

I love this fabric!

Not sure why she can't wear it now!

As always I have many craft projects going on which will still be the main focus of my blog. I love to quilt, sew and crochet, but now I have a little girl to make these things for!

Finally, I want to talk about my health and how it impacts my life. That is what I like about my new title. It allows me to show you all the things This Mommy has made, but also that I made it to this point in my life despite all the challenges I have because of my heart condition!

Well, this is all that two episodes of 'Yo Gabba Gabba' will buy me for today! See you soon and thanks for sticking with me, or looking at this blog for the first time!