18 Jun 2014
So I have a few finished projects to share, but haven’t managed to upload the pictures to the computer… but I have a good excuse!
26 Apr 2014
It’s been a really long time since I blogged. I’m definitely busy working full time and being a mama. My little girl is already 9 months old. She’s on the move, so there aren’t any slow moments around here. After a full week of work, I find myself wanting to nap when she naps on the weekends- which is cutting into my sewing time. My other problem is that my sewing table is still in her bedroom. My mind is definitely full of ideas and quilts I want to make, but for now they are living only as ideas in my head.
We’ve been lucky to have a really gorgeous, warm winter here in Los Angeles.
I cut half square triangles out of various gray prints and then randomly sewed them together in a chevron. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
I also love that I decided to piece the back.
28 Dec 2013
I have HORRIBLE pictures of the Christmas stockings that I just made. It’s too bad because they look awesome in person.
I made three of them, one for each of us. For Mila’s I used fabric from the super cute line Hip Holiday by Jospehine Kimberling. The other two stockings both have pieces from Brr Polar Bear Christmas (I can’t find it for sale online anymore).
I followed the falling flakes stocking tutorial by imagine gnats, and altered the top of the stocking so it had a binding. They turned out a perfect size and I love how they are quilted. Maybe next year I can get a better picture of them.
17 Dec 2013
I’ve been pretty lucky with online fabric shopping. It’s pretty infrequent that I get fabric that I don’t like. Recently however I bought a few charm packs of Moda’s Summersville Spring and some half yard cuts of the material. When it arrived, I might have furrowed my brow a little… but then I thought that I might like it better once I sewed it up.
I still find it difficult to sew with a baby in the house, but this past month it’s become remarkably easier! She now has a regular morning nap (and usually an afternoon one as well) which allows me to get some sewing in. However, I wanted to sew a simple quilt because I knew the sewing would be in smaller chunks of time.
I’ve been wanting to do a simple HST (Half Square Triangle) quilt so I started by cutting the charm packs in half. But then, I didn’t really like how it looked.
So, I decided to cut them in half again to make Hour Glass squares. But I still don’t really like how it looks.
I am just not loving this quilt.
I think this might turn into a little lap quilt for the kitties to sleep on since they have almost worn out my Habitat quilt. I got a new sewing machine recently (there will be a whole post about sewing machine drama) and decided I will use this quilt to practice some FMQ (free motion quilting) since I don’t really care about the quilt too much.
13 Dec 2013
This is my last month at home with Mila. I took a 6 month leave of absence from my job to stay home with her. Every single day is so precious and I am getting very sad that this time is coming to an end. My first month back, I am fortunate to only be working half days, which should help with the transition. In February life will be back to complete craziness. I’m so thankful my closest friend in LA works down the hall from me and is navigating the working mom thing as well. It will be nice to have someone who really understands close by.
This past month has been wonderful. Mila is really developing a personality and it’s just a delight to be with her. She smiles and laughs and SQUEALS!! She doesn’t roll over yet, but is getting really close. She is also getting really close to sitting up on her own. And just the past few days she started showing interest in food. She continues to LOVE walks in the baby bjorn, so that is still one of our favorite activities.
15 Nov 2013
Every month I say the same thing: “I can’t believe she’s — months already!” But seriously, four months already? On one hand it kind of feels like she’s been with us forever, and on the other hand, it’s like it’s been the blink of an eye. And every single day it gets better and better.
She smiles and laughs. She takes swimming lessons (ha!). She almost rolls over and will be sitting soon. She got to meet my sister and her family this past month which allowed her to be the cutest little sightseer.
I am so in love with this little peanut. We’re working on naps, and once we get those down I’m going to move my sewing machine to the kitchen so I can sew when she sleeps.
31 Oct 2013
Another little finish to make me happy! I thought this was appropriate for the holiday. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I got this tutorial. The only change I would make is that I would do the top stitching before I sewed the two halves together. I had trouble top stitching around the zippers and it looked so hacked that I just ended up ripping it out.
29 Oct 2013
I have not really mastered being able to take care of a newborn and get any sewing done. The biggest problem is that my sewing table and all of my sewing stuff is in Mila’s room, which makes it impossible to sew when she is napping (which is exactly when I have time to sew). So, after 3+ months without any regular time at my machine I needed a quick finish.
So I made this gray pillow to go with the teal pillow we purchased this weekend. We have been talking about getting pillows for the past two years since we moved to California.
A double win!
24 Sep 2013
Towards the end of my pregnancy, I noticed that one of the moles on my left upper arm had become red and was bleeding. I knew that my history of sun exposure (with my fair skin) and lupus make me higher risk for skin cancer. So I saw the dermatologist who did a biopsy and it came back as a “Spitz Nevus with dysplasia”. I actually had to look this up, and it’s no wonder I didn’t remember- they are uncommon, about 1 in 100,000. They look very similar under the microscope to malignant melanoma (the bad kind of skin cancer that can be deadly). Even though a Spitz Nevus isn’t deadly, since they are so similar, they recommend that they are completely cut out.
When I went to the surgeon he told me I would end up with a scar, but I was completely unprepared for the size of the scar I have. Plus I was not prepared to have the “train tracks” aka “centipede legs” from the 8 stitches. It’s right on the front of my arm and VERY visible, especially in Southern California where people wear lots of sleeveless shirts.
I know it’s just a scar. And in the grand picture it doesn’t matter. In fact at this moment I couldn’t be more blessed! I have a perfect baby, my lupus is stable, and my husband is amazing…. But I’m still mourning my old arm and that this new look is now me.