Lets Get This Party Started – Summer 2013

I found this post from last summer. For some reason it never got published and I simply love these photos. I don’t know about you, but in all this dreary cold weather we’re having I could use some reminders of summer fun, so here it is:

Is it possible to have too much fun with your kids during the summer?? I don’t think so!

So far, we’ve checked out the new Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia (with Mom, NO WAY would I go alone with 5 kids), gone to 3 pools, and of course a few playgrounds. All in about a week and a half.

Yes, we like to be busy and have fun!

Thanks Mom for joining us on our escapades!


‘A Hero is Born’

One of my little brothers is having his first son! AHHH, so exciting!!


Naturally, he would just need a quilt from yours truly *huge grin*.

Thus, ‘A Hero is Born’ was made!

I liked the block design of the pattern ‘At the Crossroads’ in April 2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, so I just changed up the sashing and border a bit. I’ve never made a quilt from a magazine before, but it was pretty fun.

This is summer guys, there is not much designing going on in these parts with quilting, so I was relying on a good, easy, and quick pattern. This one came through for sure!

Here’s the back.

I actually bought the print fabric like 4 years ago because it just screamed to me that I needed to make something for this brother out of it (it has fire trucks, helicopters, ambulances, and police cars).

You see, he is a volunteer fire fighter & EMT and I am a very proud big sister! He just so happened to get mixed up with another crazy fire fighter & EMT and fell in love!! (Again, so proud)

Since they are both All-American Heroes in my eyes, I am just going on a hunch here that yet another hero will be born.

His name is Mason. *huge grin, with tears*

Of course, he needed a matching bib!

Through this experience I realized that I LOVE making baby quilts for people!!!

10th Anniversary National Conference 2013

So, in my spare time I sell Thirty One products. Yes, I love them and I love what I do.

With that being said, I went to my first National Conference and it just so happened to be Thirty One’s 10th Anniversary!! SO FUN!

My husband and I decided to fly out a day early to do some tourist-y stuff. It was the first time my husband and I flew anywhere together (in 8 years…). Apparently we’re more home bodies than I thought.

There were so many people at conference… a little overwhelming at times. Can you find my husband??

We went to The World of Coca-Cola. My husband loves soda, and well I’m all about some Cherry Coke, so this was up our alley.

This place was very cool, lots and lots of eye candy!!

We also tried tons of different kinds of soda. The best one I tried was from Japan and had carrots in the photo, and the worst was one called ‘Beverly’ from Italy (SO GROSS).

I was soda-d out after trying so many flavors!

I also finished another preemie blanket my first day there. Nothing better than finishing a knitting project on vacation! There will be a pattern coming soon, it was super easy. Notice how it looks like another quilt block (similar to my 4 Square Preemie Knitted Blanket)? The thought has crossed my mind to do a whole bunch of 18inch knitted blocks that look like traditional quilt blocks. What do you think?

(Back to conference)

One of the best parts about conference was meeting some of the ladies I met while I was there!! New friends are the best!

Did you know that in Atlanta the fire hydrants are silver?? Yea, that’s right, Silver!

We got back home this past Sunday, and all week we’ve been busy! I love summer and all the fun things I get to do with my family.

Just two nights ago my baby boy and I went out picking green beans, which was fantastic on it’s own, but as I was handing them to him to put in the bowl he said ‘thank you’ just about every time. It was such an awesome experience!

Wow, sorry that was such a rambled up jumble of things, but that’s kinda how this summer feels! I do have a few projects to share, and some goal setting to do, so hopefully there will be a little more time for blogging this week.

Happy trails!

A Little Pink Dress & A 4-Year-Old

My youngest girl is now four. How time flies.

I took some photos of her about 2 Sundays before her birthday.

She’s so pretty. I am just a little biased though!

This dress is special too.

You see, it was mine when I was a wee one. My Ma-Maw made it for me when I was about the same age, and seeing my girls wear it just makes me feel good. Really good.

My Ma-Maw sewed a lot of dresses and clothes for me, my brothers, and my cousins when we were growing up. I truly wish I had more of them to pass on.

It was magical what she could come up with for Halloween costumes!

Love you Ma-Maw!

I think my favorite part of this dress is the pinafore. Why aren’t these around anymore??

Clearly I need to start making more clothing for my children.

I LOVE Summer

School’s out this Friday, still can’t believe it!

Is it just me or does everyone have the desire to drive to the beach and blast the ‘School’s Out For the Summer’ song??

With all the crafting, workbooks, trips to the library and beach, and don’t forget the traveling, this summer will rock I’m sure of it!

So, just incase you think I fell of the planet, we’ll be busy doing lots of stuff like this:

Life is silly right now, and it’s awesome!

I hope you all have a great summer too.

Mommy Daughter Time

It’s not too often that I get to spend some quality time one-on-one with my kids, unless of course you’re the nursing baby.

However, my soon to be 10 year old seems to have gotten the ‘occasional wake up uber early’ bug. (side note: I feel so old having a kid that will soon have double digits for their age, I know… waa waa).

What started as this:

Was quickly turned into this:

A’s First Quilt Block

I am so proud of her. (insert Mommy sigh and cheesey grin)

We have spent some time together learning to sew, and I really should post about her first sewing project. Better yet, I think I could get her to ‘guest post’ about her first sewing project… good idea?

I only helped out on this block in 2 areas: ironing, and recommending to space light/dark fabrics instead of bunching. I did also write the notes on her design sheet. Other than that, this is all her!

It did take a little convincing to get her to stop holding her head in various forms of this so that I could get a good picture.

She wasn’t believing me that it wasn’t such a great photo when she did that. What do I know??

I can’t wait to see the next block!

AHHH, It’s Summer

Lets just say we’ve been pretty busy around here.

In the last month we’ve had:
– 1 graduation
– 2 birthdays
– ump-teen T-ball games
– I started a new business venture (Thirty One bags are AWESOME)
– School had ended
– Physicals and sick visits each week

And, I know I’m forgetting something….

I haven’t even unloaded any pictures off my camera in at least 3 weeks, otherwise I’d have a cute chubby face to share with you.

With all this going on I decided to make up a chart for our weeks this summer. I printed it up on card stock and am going to laminate it so I can use dry erase markers on it. I’m hoping that the whole family can work together each Sunday to plan the week ahead. Hoping.

I did manage to make this block one day:

I wanted to use the 9 patch that’s in the middle, and all the rest are scraps or leftover bits from a previous quilt.

I love it. It is about 24 inches square, and I’m planning to make a quilt that will be 3 blocks by 3 blocks. I just don’t have any more 9 patches, the one I used was given to me. I’m also not sure if I want all the centers to be 9 patches, I know I want them all to be a small traditional block though.

Either way it feels quite exciting not knowing just what it will turn out looking like!

A Parade & A Blessing

This past weekend was Dover Days, and every year that includes a parade on Saturday. Personally, I love parades!

There is nothing quite like seeing fellow citizens who have served or are preparing to serve our country marching with the sounds of either our nations anthem or other patriotic music being played. Brings a tear to my eye every time, or maybe a few more. I wasn’t able to get a picture of any of them, but here’s the fire engine from the Air Force Base. My father in law tells me this is the one they send in to take care of plane fires.

And, who could forget the awesomeness of the Weiner Mobile.

On Sunday we blessed our little Mr. J. This was the only good photo I got of him in his blessing gown, all the others had serious double and triple chins.

On a side note, if you have ever wondered why I usually don’t post any pictures of my husband and I this is why:

This Week

I know I usually do my ‘This Week’ posts over the weekend to kind of sum up the week before, but this weekend we were a little busy (imagine that with a family of 7).

This week:

My little man turned one month old, still can’t believe it’s been a whole month.

I pinned this little cutie quilt, hoping to get it quilted up quick and make a little tutorial for it (it was super easy, and used some precuts).

My Mom’s Pink and Green King got some love, I got about 60 blocks quilted in just 2 days. I’m hoping to finish it up this week! By the way, I think my husband and I will have to buy a new bed because I’m not sure if I ever want to make another king sized quilt again, unless of course I’m getting it long-armed or a big new sewing room with more space.

We started T-ball season with the boys first game on the 21st. It was so nice to see them playing.

Tomatoes were also planted as well as some brussel sprouts (those are a first for us, and they were a hybrid for slightly warmer temps). The kids helped do the weeding and watering, it’s so nice to have helpers.

Helping Hands Mystery Quilt – Part 1

I actually finished the first part for this quilt the week before Mr. J was born, but haven’t really had blogging on the front burner since then. Can you tell?

Either way, here are my blocks for the first part of the Mystery Quilt:

There’s 18 total of the altered 9 patch blocks, 10 of the 4 patch blocks, and 12 of the long rectangular ones, for a whopping total of 40 blocks so far.

I think the blocks without the main fabric (the pink print) look kinda mint chocolate chip-y, don’t you? It didn’t even come into mind when I was picking the fabrics, but now that it reminds me of ice cream I think I like it even more (though I’m not really fond of that flavor unless it’s the Thin Mint one).

The organizer of this mystery was nice enough to email me the second part because I missed March’s guild meeting (I was still in the hospital with the baby). I have yet to get started on it, maybe I’ll blame my slacking on just having a baby because it’s a TON of small blocks with diagonals and HSTs (by a ton, I mean around 50 or so if I remember reading it correctly). Yikes.

I did really want to keep on top of this one so I didn’t ruin the surprise of the mystery. I could just keep the last part in an envelope until I finish all the other parts. We’ll see.

And, here’s a cute baby picture for good measure: