Thursday, May 27, 2010

First Award Ever!

I found out that I received this snazzy little award the other day, but was too busy to post about it (and I was in a very grumpy mood for no real reason). Well this morning is nice and sunny and I'm feeling great so now I can shout yay for getting my first award thingy.  Yay!  I have to thank Brittany over Budget Crafts for sending this to me.

Rules of receiving this award:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! (in no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

So 7 things about myself...
1.  One of the scariest moments in my life was when my hubby and I tried to juggle in a park very near where we lived and got attacked by a mob of 5 year olds.  We haven't done too much juggling since.
2.  The other scariest moment in my life was when a deer ran into my brand new orange car.  Only had it for 3 weeks and I am convinced the deer was trying to commit suicide.  I never was a fan of hunting until then. 
3.  I love rice crispy treats and can eat a very large amount of them in a very short amount of time.
4.  The hardest part about being pregnant is that I can't really drink much Mountain Dew. I love Mountain Dew! 
5.  I am crazy about red pandas.  I will spend an hour at the zoo just looking at them. They are soooo cute!
6.  The best job I've had was working at a radio station.  Crazy hours and everything that could go wrong always did on my shift, but was still super fun.
7.  I love to play hand bells and would love to make that my job if I could just figure out how and if I could afford my own set (3 octaves is my goal).

Now to send this to some other really cool blogs that I find inspirational or have a ton of crafts that I want to do. Some are big and have been around for a long time, and others not as much.
Little Birdie Secrets
Generally Creative
Obsessively Stitching
Darling Petunia
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Homemade by Jill
The Polka Dot Chair
Smashed Peas and Carrots
One Inch World
Ikat Bag
Finding My Way
Lu Bird Baby
Punk Projects
Vegan Lunch Box
Not So Idle Hands

Wow I thought 15 was going to be a lot, but it turns out I wanted to do more. =)

Monday, May 24, 2010

First Quilt Ever Part 5

Not all corners are square.....
I had the hardest time figuring out if I should add a boarder or not.  In the end I decided to add one, but boy did I have a hard time with it.  I cut my strips all wrong and I did not  pay any attention when I sewed them on, so I have some funny corners now.  I have decided that it is the imperfections that make for a homemade quilt...ok, I just didn't feel like redoing it all.
This is the only corner to come out right.
From a distance it isn't too bad.  =)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

First Quilt Ever Part 4

It's slow going, but I now have all my squares together.  I'm surprised how they all ended up lined so well. Only a few were a little off and I think that was because I got a little off while sewing.  Now I just need to find the fabric for the back and border.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Travels and Baby Shower

I'm a tad behind on my projects, but it is all for good reason.  I've been back on the east coast for my baby shower.  It's great to see all my friends and family eventhough the weather wasn't too great.  When I had my brial shower last year in April it snowed and now I had my baby shower in May and it still managed to snow.  Just got to love upsate New York weather.  Anyways, I was really amazed on how many wonderful hand made things our baby received and I just had to share them.  The cradle in the above picture was made by my father-in-law.  I have no idea how it is going to get to the Seattle, but it is so beautiful.
This green little sweater is embroidered and has a cute bunny on the back and made by my friends mom.
This quilt was made by my aunt and just puts my quilt in progress to shame.  =) 
My cousin made this sweet little dress.
A super soft blanket made by another aunt.
And another blanket and booties made by another talented aunt of mine.
Finally, my niece is modeling a bib made by my oma (who passed away about 10 years ago).  So it is extra special.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

First Quilt Ever Part 3

So after I had everything all cut and placed out, I realized I had no idea on how to attach the bunnies on.  First I pined everything and tried doing a zig zag stitch, but it wasn't working well and looking awful.  I asked a few people I knew about ways to go about it and most of them said to try some double sided webbing or to try iron-on adhesive.  Well, I found some Heat n Bond stuff and decided to give that a whirl.  The first bunny I tried ended up making half of my ironing board all sticky (I then realized maybe I shouldn't have cut out the bunnies yet).  So I ended up having to put wax paper under the bunnies. 
The stuff told me to use medium heat, but it wasn't hot enough to get it to stick so I had to turn it way up. Once it was on the back side of the bunny, I trimmed it, so it wasn't sticking to my iron when I put it on the blocks. It's not trimmed yet in the picture below.
Then I just peeled of the paper and ironed it onto the block.
It made it a little stiff, but it wasn't too bad.  Now my one friend had done it like this before and just used some puffy paint to give it the look of it being sewed on, but this is going to be for my baby and I want it to be attached really well.  I tried to do a basket stitch, but I didn't like how that was looking (and I had to do that all by hand), so I went back and played around with the zig zag stitch again.  The zig zag worked a lot better this time around.  I think the pins were making it too bunchy and too wiggly before.
Of course by the time I'm almost done, my aunt called me and told me another way to attach, but it had a lot more work involved.  She said something about the using the webbing and turning the bunnies 1/8 of an inch in and then sewing around.  I bet that would have looked a lot neater and help with fraying, but the instructions she was giving me made it sound a lot more complicated.  Maybe I'll try that way another time.