Thursday, July 12, 2018

Orange Peel mini

A full 2 years ago I started on a random quilt when I had no other projects in line.  I've had this lofty goal of making a throw quilt for every month of the year, and an orange and gray one was the plan for October without being too literal of a Halloween quilt.  I designed this pattern, which is a variation of a Jacob's Ladder block, and made all the blocks ages ago, but I still haven't gotten around to assembling it into a completed top just yet.


I wound up with quite a few half square triangles left over, and rather than let them go to waste, I turned them into a mini quilt in a chevron pattern.  I feel like mini quilts are always a great way to practice new techniques without wasting too much time or precious fabric.


Since the quilt is all orange, I thought it would be fun to try out an "orange peel" quilting motif.  Curved lines are usually best accomplished with free motion quilting, but I found this great tutorial for doing it with a walking foot - and it is all kinds of awesome!  I completely love how it turned out.





Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cats Everywhere!

Of course you've seen our 3 kitty siblings popping up in so many of my recent posts.  They are absolutely everywhere!  At times it seems like they even outnumber us.  They have already grown so much!  Carrie and Charlotte were almost impossible to tell apart at first, but it's so clear to us now that they do have different markings (Carrie's eye markings are much darker, Charlotte's tail has more defined rings), but also Charlotte is so much more petite and has an angular face and Carrie is much more affectionate.




Nelson has always been the biggest, and it is crazy how solid and muscular he is compared to the girls even though they've grown so much too.





That Nelson is by far the most rambunctious of the kittens.



I probably have more pictures on my phone of them all sleeping than anything else right now.  It always just looks so cute and I want to see them like that forever!  They've taken over "Jeffrey's chair," the one where he used to be at peace and hide from Simon and Joseph.


They certainly love the couches and our new dining room window seat as well.  It's amazing how many different ways they cuddle!





Carrie and Charlotte are especially sure to climb right onto you the second you sit down and go completely boneless.  Sometimes you just can't move because all 3 of them have you trapped.






Joseph has been so, so sweet with all them except he doesn't want them in his room messing with his stuff.



Even though it is completely crazy to have THREE new cats at the same time, I can't imagine our lives without these sweethearts!





Monday, June 25, 2018

Back to Udvar-Hazy

First week of summer vacation we decided to just tag-team childcare and not do too many camps this year.  Joseph knows I won't let him sit around the house and do nothing, so he suggested calling a friend and going to a museum.  It has been 6 years since we last trekked out to the Udvar-Hazy outpost of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, so with Salem in tow, we made an afternoon of it, complete with a 3D IMAX showing of Journey to Space about a mission to Mars.











Father's Day 2018

Interestingly, not a single picture of us with our son on Father's Day this year.  But this is our first Father's Day with all our new kitty children, and you can see Brent is a proud Papa.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Colorful Brick Road

Thank goodness for Instagram or I might not have found out that Joseph's preschool teacher, Ms. Kasia, had another baby girl.  I didn't even know she was pregnant again!  I needed something quick and easy so went with a brick/subway tile layout - not a single seam to match.  I pulled fabrics from stash in most of the same colors as the quilt I made for her first baby (pink, orange, green, gray), but I thought the blue was a lovely addition.  It was a super fast finish, but the color palette is so delicious I could eat it with a spoon.


Basting is always my least favorite part of the quilting process, but since we did our addition at least I now have a giant expanse of hardwood floor to lay things out on.


As I was trying to erase my marking lines, I had lots of "help" from Charlotte and Nelson.  This may actually be the best photo to show the diamond grid/"argyle" quilting I did.  My human child actually was helpful when it came to taking some photos of the finished product.










Doesn't this look like a lovely spot to lay on a special blanket with your new baby and read a book?!  But this sweet quilt is off to meet baby Dorota soon.