Friday, February 27, 2009

My next post

(Oh well for living in the right now - I'm at work clock watching...)
will be quilty!
I am going to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show tomorrow (leaving this afternoon after seeing the Obama quilt exhibit that I blogged about earlier this month.)
Mary, Vicki, & Pat all went yesterday - I hope they left some goodies for me...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

This old quilt

First, We'll start with the story of this quilt.
DSC06302.JPG She measures about 31 inches square.

Believe it or not, there are still people out there who do not know what quilts are for...

Background: I was in an adult education class that included a group service project. While discussing what we could possibly do as a group, I told them about how quilters (myself included) often donated quilts to charity & I mentioned a few of the biggies like Project Linus.

One of the gals in my class had been given a quilt for her daughter (13+ years earlier) at a baby shower. She did not know what to do with it (It had just been in her closet).

ASIDE: At that time, I was only going through infertility treatments, so I had no hands on experience with babies. So I thought about how I would use a quilt with a baby.

PICTURE Amy as a 7 year old girl with a doll swaddled ALL THE TIME.

Little did I know that I would "NEVER" swaddle or carry my baby in a quilt. I use Jacob's quilts during tummy time or as a "blanket" over his stroller for the most part. (We keep our house "warm.") So I understand why she & others do not know how to use a quilt with a baby. (It doesn't exactly work like when you played with dolls.)

To end the story, she brought me the quilt to donate to charity.

Purely by coincidence Wanda recently posted this quilt. (Very odd to see hers knowing that I just uploaded mine...)

Which is actually similar to what Cathi has been working on. (I hate to think about the amount of work that went into the one that just sat in a closet...)

I'm donating it here. (I know that it gets cold in the mountains & I have seen that kind of poverty, so I know that this is the place for my little quilt.)

Monday, February 23, 2009

smiles all around

And not just from the Oscar winners (not that I even came close to seeing any of that telecast, they tell me what I want to know really quickly on the internet... thank you very much. I watched Nancy Drew instead. Retro Television Network - you make me smile...)

Nope, Jacob's smile has finally been caught on film! (o.k. digital...)
Tummy time isn't so bad any more...
Because I have a star on my bum!
(Look at him looking up at me taking hs picture...)
or because I can still find my thumb
While smiling no less...
(Hopefully those smiles are out in full force this after noon while we are at the JCP photo studio.)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


The locals probably know it, but one of our local fabric stores, G-Street fabrics, regularly hangs quilts around the shop. All of these & many more are by one quilter, N. Feve. I need to go back to get shots of the other quilts - my camera batteries died before I finished. The one good thing about that - I now have fresh batteries for Mid-Atlantic!

Here is a shot from my anniversary:

Oh & I so can not wait to upload today's photos - I caught a real honest to goodness smile!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Anniversary - in two parts

(Well probably more than two parts...)

Part A. My husband took Jacob to a couple museums. They were going to tour the Capital, but they have a strict no bottle rule...

Part B. I went to work.

Before those parts several weeks ago, I was at home with my Baby watching a lot of cooking shows on TV (I Love "The F Word") & saw one too may cheesecakes (Not on "The F Word"), so I told my husband that we would be going to The Cheesecake Factory for our anniversary.

Part C. The boys picked me up at work, where Jacob did the obligatory tour of my office/meet & great, before I fed him (the reason for meeting me here instead of me meeting them there) so that we could possibly have a happy baby in the restaurant.

He was pretty good - he needed to be held more than usual when we are out... The food was also good. I even tried a new cheesecake that I just might like more that the Godiva one that I have always got in the past.

Part D. LEFTOVERS! (The cheesecake is just as good today as it was yesterday.)

Part E. My GF gave us tickets to see a show at a local theater - Olney Theater (Where Susan Sarandon acted while in college, Catholic University of America - as a tidbit of trivia.) & We are of course going out to eat before the show as well (non-chain very nice restaurant)... & That will be Jacob's first experience with a baby sitter...

Thanks to my husband for agreeing to go to the restaurant of my choice & for the Pinwheels gift certificate for me to use at Mid-Atlantic next weekend. Thanks to Jacob for being a good baby. Thanks to my GF for the tickets. Thanks to my dad for the check to cover one of our dinners out...

new look

I finally upgraded to the "new" blogger...
I am trying to fix stuff & get over the learning curve.
I am not sure how many "fancy" things I will add, because honestly, I like the clean look. (I used to really want a UFO list so that I could cross out completed stuff, but...)
I have to thank Dawn for a ton of help!

Now to try to get my other rings back (good thing I kept those e-mails...)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The mail man brought me a new quilt book. Material Obsessions. (link to Amazon) Have you been to their blog? Material Obsessions. (I think that is the name of their shop too.)

I am always forced to analyze & think about what they share. (Which I like!)

Right now I am hoping that the Australian & American versions of the book have the same projects. (Different covers.)

After browsing quickly through the book, I know that I now want to go shopping at Prints Charming. :o)

All kinds of "boy" quilt ideas are popping around in my brain...

Since I mentioned my muse, here is a recent photo (as if any of them are truely "old.")
I put the boppy under the quilt. I think he likes the "seated" position. I have also been holding his hands and pulling him up into a seated position. (FWIW, I never figured out how to use the boppy for feedings, but I can see myself using it as a cushion for the baby.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Things come 'round full circle

As most of if not all of you know, yesterday was a Federal Holiday in the US. So I had the day off.
I needed to get instant tea for my husband & Ipod accessories for my Valentines present, so I went to Wal-Mart. (There I said it...) Jacob likes to be pushed in the stroller & stores are o.k. places to stroll in.

While there, I got some Slim Fast bars to snack on. I like the peanut butter ones.

I am checking out & the register would not allow the cashier to sell me one of the boxes. I think nothing of it & carry on...

So I am now reading blogs & Dorothy posted about peanut butter... I hadn't put 2 & 2 together until reading her post.

Now I have one truely good thing to say about Wal-Mart.

Fatherly Photography

So I told my husband to take some pictures of his son.
I'm pretty sure his first thought was, "grab the cat." (Not instructing my son to grab the cat, rather that he should grab the cat for the photography session.)
My favorite from their photgraphy session.
The boys went to the mall & Jacob got a Nut Brown Hare to go with his book. In case you are wondering all Hebrew books are "backwards" including the artwork. & We have a few Nut Brown Hare books & other Sam McBratney books.
"My Boy."
(I am loving this picture.)
"I like that fabric mommy."
He always opens his eyes really wide... (Ack.)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mother's Helper

Mother's Helper

This one follows me around (she always has) especially when I am caring for Jacob. So she is my "Mother's Helper." She helps so much that she knocked over the "frogifier" the other day. You see, I hold Jacob up so that he can look in the mirror - she needed to know what was going on!

Do you see "Dapper Dan" & his "dress me up" girlfriend? (I can't remember her name.) I can't wait for Jacob to play with them. I have fond memories of playing with those button, snap, buckle, zip, & tie toys! (I need to find some lace up cards - I remember those too.)

When I am changing his diaper, she is on the edge of his crib - seriously wanting to be petted. (She nipped Michael this morning letting him know that she wanted to be petted.) My little attention hog!

Speaking of Michael he took some photos yesterday, but I forgot to download them. The contrived ones of Jacob & the boy kitty are cute... Michael will undoubtedly send one to him mother to get a rise out of her. (Just lies to her about how we are caring for Jacob.)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

baskets & bags

(If I knew this would be the subject of my post, I would have tried to be better prepared.)

Libby recently posted about how she is using a basket.

Here is how I used a laundry basket while cutting fabric.

This basket holds a (can you guess?) quilt!

I should have gotten the baskets that fit under this bench.

For a while, I kept thinking about getting baskets to go above my kitchen cabinets. Now that we have added 12 inches of extra cabinets over the original ones, that idea is less practical.

I own 1 of those fancy schmancy name brand baskets - it was a gift.

Almost anyone who knows me, know that I am a bag lady.

I have made bags. I am not a fan of making bags. I have been gifted hand made bags - yay! I have a pile of handled paper grocery sacks - great for carrying charity donations.

In the past when I sewed & cut up a storm, I reused gift bags for the snippets & thread clippings.
All of my UFO's are in a bag of some sort - sometimes even more than one bag (Zippered plastic bags are not included in this list, but they are in use.)

I have them hanging on over the door hooks, on door handles, on shelves, & on the floor.

I use several bags just to get to work. My breast pump is in a bag, my lunch/snack/water goes in a bag or 2, my pocket book is technically a bag, & I have a back pack that usually holds one of those bags & the other detrius of my life.

In addition to the diaper bag (when you are using cloth diapers, you don't have enough room in a standard diaper bag especially considering the milk transportation & other baby ephemera), we are getting a jumbo Land's End bag to carry Jacob's stuff to & from day care - my bags are in use. Oh & I think the way that they stay open will be useful for the diapers.

Any other basket or bag ladies (gents) out there? How do you use them? Do you have a love/hate relationship with them?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thinking about quilting & my baby

Why just thinking - I am back to work.

I went back on Monday & am still catching up, getting back into the groove...

Since Jacob
So that is what a thumb is for....
is sleeping through the night, for the first couple of days, he was not even awake by the time I was leaving the house. :o(

That was so hard - just peeking in to see him, resisting the urge to pick him up...

There went my plan to feed him before leaving...

So this morning I went in to see him about half an hour before I had to leave - just in case he was awake so I "could" feed him. There he was eyes wide open sucking on his thumb - just like in the picture. So I fed him. He was so good - no squealing while I changed his diaper, no crying while I got us situated to feed. He did cry when I put him down to sleep...

I have come to the conclusion that it is harder to leave with him awake that with him sleeping...

Today he went for infant reading at the library & was a good boy. To bad his father did not get a picture...

On the quilty subject...
I have cut all 100 of my black & white prints! Now to start cutting the yellow. :o)

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Quilt Exhibit

Another Obama quilt exhibit is going to be held in the Washington DC area.

President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts
February 9 - March 5, 2009

King Street Gallery
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College
Takoma Park/ Silver Spring Campus

(Jacob & I will go see the exhibit on Monday, February 16, 2009)

Thursday, February 05, 2009

(I posted this on the black & white challenge blog.)
Basically as I was cutting for my challenge quilt, I thought - I still don't "like" this fabric.
But I still know why I bought it & where.

Do you have any fabrics like that? You don't "like" it, but you can rationalize the purchase?

Sunday, February 01, 2009

As if...

As if having a baby & getting so far behind in blog reading wasn't enough - 
I found a new to me blog... Love this post, it is very evocative of many feelings that I have had about blogging. Any thoughts? (I promise to catch up - one day.)