Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Snow Day, a Finish and I Found the HAT!!!

I waffled back and forth for about an hour this morning deciding whether to make the 45 minute commute to work.  SO glad I decided to be smart and just stay home!  The snow's worse now than it was at 6:30 this morning - and this is the "pre storm" apparently!  Yikes!  And, I just saw on Facebook my daughter-in-law crashed her jeep on the way to work this morning.  Thank God she's alright - the jeep, not so much (luckily she's married to the best mechanic in town o:) ).  Thank goodness for Facebook also - it's the only way I know what's going on with my kids sometimes - LOL!

I actually have a finish for 2011 already!  My son & DIL's friends are having a little one and the shower's this weekend - and this one I am prepared for!  Here's the Baby Dino quilt - it's simple but I think it turned out cute...I quilted with freehand loopies so it was quick and easy...


To jazz up the pinwheels a bit (and just maybe to cover up my non-matching points - LOL), I appliqued double circles in all the blocks, alternating between the plain green and fussy cut dinos in the middle.  It just adds a little something ...
I've also gotten all the blocks appliqued for the Nighty-Nite Will quilt.  These blocks are so stinkin' cute I can hardly stand it.  This quilt has been nothing but fun.  Glad I have enough of this fabric to make another one!  I think Baby Shane, who is now one month old, won't have minded the wait when he sees the quilt (I think his Mommy will think the same thing).  I plan to quilt diamonds in the borders, outline the appliques and do some loops in the backgrounds of the blocks.  I may be able to finish up the top today and get it on the frame with this surprise snow day!



My favorite fusible for applique is Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, generally purchased with my 50% off coupon at Jo-Anns.  I was out of yardage of it when I started this quilt so made a run to Jo-Anns to get some more.  And am told "Sorry, we don't have any - that goes really fast when we get it in".  Great.  I'm already behind on this quilt!  So, I bought the package of 8-1/2 by 12" sheets, but some of these applique pieces were really big, so yardage would have worked better.  I got by, but ultimately bit the bullet and ordered a whole box of it on-line.  25 yards.  Luckily, I got free shipping and it was on sale, but I think I'm set for awhile...
And, GREAT NEWS!  I found the hat (see this post)!  I couldn't believe it.  I tore my sewing room apart looking for this hat before Christmas.  I thought for sure our Lilly made off with it and it got hidden somewhere (although she usually doesn't chew on things that aren't hers).  Anyway, I moved my cutting table (which I did multiple times while on the hunt for the hat before Christmas) last week and, lo and behold, there it was sitting on a file folder on the bottom of the shelves behind the cutting table.  I swear I looked there five times before.  Anyway, I can now give my Mom the remaining doll to complete her set of my grandmother's crocheted Christmas Carolers on Friday.
I am taking her on a Quilt Shop Hop for her birthday (no, she doesn't quilt, but she loves me and is quite happy to accompany me to the three great shops near her house - then I'll take her to lunch - LOL o:) )  We're hitting The Little Shop, the Village Quilter, and Olde City Quilts - all in New Jersey.  Fun, fun fun!  I'll be sure to report on our trip!

For now, Lilly and I are going to go quilt!

4 comments:

Linda said...

Quilting is gorgeous! Congrats on the finish!! Oh, and those blocks are just darling. Will make a beautiful quilt for a baby boy! So glad you found the hat too!! :-) Have fun on the shop hop!

James-Linda said...

Denise, your free hand loops are so pretty! Casual, but beautiful; I really like how that looks! I wish so that i could do that? Just more practice, I suppose.Love,Linda

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Karen said...

Brrrr...! That sure looks cold!!Our son emailed us a couple of days ago because he had just discovered his car temp guage could show minus temps! He'd never had that before. And because he is just "around the corner" from you I understand how cold you must be. I'd be a wimp and stay inside all the time!
Love the 2 baby quilts The pinwheels are lovely and I do like the loops. Love the applique work on the second quilt, too. I agree - it will be worth the wait.
Glad you found the hat. Enjoy the shop hop and get up to loads of mischief!!

Ivory Spring said...

Denise,

Those baby quilts are absolutely darling!!! What blessed babies.