Christmas Stockings

I have HORRIBLE pictures of the Christmas stockings that I just made. It’s too bad because they look awesome in person.

SMTD| Xmas Stockings ()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).

SMTD|Xmas Stocking ()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.

-Erica

 

Summersville Spring

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.

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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.

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So, I decided to cut them in half again to make Hour Glass squares. But I still don’t really like how it looks.

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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.

-Erica

Five Months

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.

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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.

- Erica

Christmas Banner

We just had our yearly Christmas photos taken and I knew I wanted to make a Christmas banner for us to hold in our pictures. It was amazingly easy and was finished in 2 nap times!

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As a bonus, it looks great on our mantle!

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Now onto our Christmas stockings.

- Erica

Four Months

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.

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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.

-Erica

Skull Pouch

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.
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- Erica

A Quick Finish

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!

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A giant scar

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.

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Glam Garlands

I think this is my favorite baby quilt so far. As soon as I saw the Glam Garlands quilt in Elizabeth Hartman’s book Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take you Beyond the Basics, I knew it was destined to be a baby quilt. The pattern is written as a throw size which was way too big for a crib/toddler bed, so I downsized the pattern. Adjusting the size was way more difficult to do that than I anticipated– major math! In the end I’m not even sure it ended up the size I anticipated, but it looked perfect.

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This baby quilt is for Mila’s BFF, Ellie. When we moved to California I was so lucky to meet my girlfriend Amanda. She started about one month after me at work and works in the module next to mine (our clinic is really large so we are broken up into smaller modules which function kind of like individual, smaller clinics). Amanda and I became fast friends and she honestly makes me want to go to work in the morning! We collaborate frequently on patients we see- we are constantly calling each other.

Amanda had her daughter, Ellie, right around the time we found out we were pregnant with Mila. We were both happy that our girls will be so close in age and we already have many plans for them. The main one is that they will be BFF’s (well, at least for as long as we are in charge of who they play with).

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It’s so great to have a friend that just passed through parenting one step ahead of me. It’s so great to have someone to ask for support and wisdom! She is back at work now and I’m taking pointers on how to survive being a working mom for when I go back.

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- Erica

 

Pow Wow

I realized that I never put up a post about the baby quilt I finished for my nephew Elliot! There were a few posts along the way, but I forgot to post the finished quilt! I actually finished sewing the binding on this quilt when I was hospitalized with pre-term labor, so I had other things on my mind at the time.

I think this quilt took me almost a year to finish (I’m cutting myself some slack because there were a few big life events that got in the way). My nephew turned 2 this weekend so I’m very glad I decided to make this toddler bed size!

This quilt is made from the pattern Pow Wow by Cluck Cluck Sew. Sometimes it’s so nice and calming to follow a pattern and not really think too much…

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I pieced the back because this quilt was too wide for the “width of fabric” and I really like how it turned out.

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- Erica