Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Quilt Goals for 2015

Last year I made a HUGE list of all of the quilts that I wanted to get done in 2014.  You can find that post HERE if you want to look back at it.  Let's just say that hardly anything on that list actually got done.  Who knew that just a few short months after that post I would find out that I was expecting.  Between work, pregnancy and all of the other things that come with life....I just haven't had the time to do everything I wanted to do on that list.

So here are my *hopefully* more do-able quilting goals for 2015.  
I imagine that I will look back in one year at this post and laugh at my optimism, but here we go!

1.) Christmas Quilt for Mom (Fall Leaves Quilt)
2.) Christmas Quilt for Dad (Indian motorcycle pixel quilt)
3.) Christmas Quilt for Husband (Razorbacks quilt)
4.) Christmas Quilt for Baby
5.) Finally get around to quilting the Mario quilt
6.) Finish/Quilt the "Foxy Triangles" quilt
7.) Finish my ABC quilt
8.) Start a Snoopy pixel quilt
9.) Make a NASCAR quilt for the racing season!

And this is not going to really be a "goal" of mine this coming year, but I would LOVE to start looking at the dreaded Double Wedding Ring quilt.  Even as I type the name it still intimidates me. (haha)
My favorite quilts that I have FINISHED this year:

Quilt for my grandparents.  Finished in February 2014

Beary Pink Bear Quilt for Merritt's 2nd Birthday.
Finished in February 2014.

Look out 2015!  My goals are set and I am ready to go...just as soon as I have this baby.  ;)

Friday, December 5, 2014

More Homemade Christmas Presents

I have been very busy trying to get everything prepared for Christmas and trying to get everything ready for my sweet baby due to arrive VERY soon.  Here are the last three framed fabrics that I made for some of my family members for Christmas.  Also, I am still working on the fleece blanket for my dad. It is coming along nicely and I should (hopefully) have it done in a week or so.

Dachshund Fabric Cut-Out Framed for Aunt Charlene

 "H" Family Monogram for my grandparents
(Possibly the coolest fabric ever since it has old war planes on it!)

"H" Family Monogram for my Aunt & Uncle

Red & Tan Fleece Blanket for my Dad
(Only 4 rows in.  It will look better when it is finished and the fringe is all cut!)

Baby Update:
I am 35 weeks and 4 days along and my baby is the size of a coconut.

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving & Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Want to try out a new recipe today?  
Try my Pumpkin Bread!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

MY DAY! T'was the Night Blog Hop

Today is finally the day!  It is my turn to show off all of my Christmas-y creations in the T'was the Night Blog Hop!  Please join me and the other lovely ladies also posting for the hop today in bringing in the holiday season!

  First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Mdm. Samm of Sew We Quilt and her head-elf (the amazing cheerleader) Marlene of Stitchin By the Lake for organizing such a wonderful hop.  So much hard work went into planning and organizing this hop.  This hop has been such a fun adventure already, and it is not over yet!

Check out the AMAZING gifts that I received from 
Vickie of More Stars in Comanche.

All of my wonderful gifts and sweet Christmas card (first one of the season)!

I'm calling it my fuzzy pumpkin pin cushion!

And it is so fancy with the personalized tag!

A goody bag filled with patterns, pins and a seam ripper!

And when I added all of my pins to turned into my fuzzy, bumpy pumpkin pin cushion.  I just love it!  A big THANK YOU to Vickie for all of my sweet gifts!

And now for all of the gifts that I have made so far.  As I have stated in previous posts, since I have been pregnant it is difficult to get any quilting done because I piece everything on the floor.  Being almost 8 1/2 months pregnant, the floor piecing just doesn't sound appealing right now.  ;)  So, I have resorted to making other things for Christmas presents this year.

They started out like this...fabric cut outs glued to 
burlap (with shiny gold flakes in it) spread out all
over my living room floor!

And then they turned into this...

 "B" family monogrammed fabric letter

"H" family monogrammed fabric letter

 "H" family monogrammed fabric letter

"C" monogrammed fabric letter for my mother-in-law

Labrador fabric cut out for my parents

***I still have (2) "H" fabric letters and the dachshund to frame (these can be seen in the top picture awaiting framing...still on my living room floor) you will see more show up on my blog soon! ***

Also, this is sort of a Christmas-y present to myself and my other friend that is pregnant.  I made my own nursing pads (pictured below) out of fleece and flannel.  I posed a tutorial a few days ago HERE.  If you are interested, check it out!  I know that doesn't seem like a very "normal" Christmas gift, but all of the pregnant ladies I know have loved the idea!

I know that you will most likely see this pictured on Cate's Linens blog.  But this is the gift that I made for her.  I managed to sneak in a little picture of it before I mailed it off a few short weeks ago.  I love making wreaths, especially ones that I get to wrap in any type of yarn or any type of rope.  I enjoy hot gluing things, even though the majority of the time I end up burning my finger tips off.  :)

Poinsettia wreath for Cate

Now it is time for you to visit the other talented ladies that have posted their quick gift ideas.  Please visit them and leave sweet comments!

Cate’s Linens

Just so you leave my blog smiling and laughing, please listen to one of my favorite "Christmas" songs.  It reminds me of my crazy family when it comes to the hectic holiday season.  It will definitely make you bend double laughing (like it always does to me)!  I hope that you love it!

Enjoy the rest of this wonderful hop!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blop Hop & Baby Update

Wednesday, Nov. 19
 Don't forget to check out these amazing blogs today with the T'was the Night Blog Hop!

Quilt N Queen

Baby Update:
My baby is now the size of a Durian Fruit (never heard of it)
....but she is apparently that size.  :)

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nursing Pad Tutorial & Hop Schedule

Since I have been pregnant I have been looking for fun things to make for both myself and my baby.  I came across a nice tutorial online about how to make your own nursing pads.  In stores, a box of throw-away nursing pads can run you around $7 - $13.  I am the type of person that likes to save money wherever I can.  So, I decided to try my hand at making washable nursing pads that I can re-use the entire time I am nursing.   All  together, the flannel and fleece to make these pads costed me less than $10.  Not too bad for long-term use!

Here is the tutorial that I have created to show you just how I made my nursing pads:

Items that you will need:
White Fleece (1-2 yards)
Any color/pattern Flannel (1-2 yards)
Circle Item (used to trace)
Lingerie Bag (to wash them in when finished)

*Wash all material before use!*

Step 1: Find something circular (I used a CD stack cover) to trace the circles with a Sharpie onto your fleece.

Step 2:  Trace as many circles onto the section of fabric as you possibly can.

Step 3:  Separate all of the circles so that it becomes easy to cut them out separately.  Cut out every circle, then move onto your flannel.  Repeat steps 1-3 for flannel.

Step 4:  Cut out the flannel circles and get a nice big stack going.

 Step 5:  Now comes the fun part..sandwiching the pieces together.  You need to get three pieces of flannel and 1 piece of fleece and put them together.

 Step 6:  Pin the pieces together using three pins.  (It sort of looks like a big cookie!)

Step 7:  Sew together using the zig-zag stitch if you do not own a serger.  Back-stitch when you come to the end so that it has a strong finish.

Step 8:  Cut and trim the excess fabric and you have your finished product!
White on the back & brown on the front!

Flannel faces inward for absorbency and the fleece faces outward (towards bra) for leak-control.

Check out my finished products!  I have 13 pairs (so far) and I plan to make more!
8 pairs
5 pairs

I hope that you found this tutorial to be helpful!  
Pass it along to all expecting mommas!

Also, don't forget to check out these blogs posting 
for the T'was the Night Blog Hop Day #6.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, November 17, 2014

T'was the Night Blog Hop Day #5 & Grow Your Blog 2015

Today marks Day #5 of the T'Was the Night Blog Hop!  Don't forget to stop by these fabulous blogs to see all of their holiday creations.  Be sure to leave a sweet comment!

Bea Quilter

Also, don't forget to join the 2015 Grow Your Blog "Hop" 
hosted by Vicki at Two Bags Full blog.

Sign up by following the link (clicking on the picture above) 
and following the instructions listed on her blog!

I just signed up and I am so excited!  Last year, I enjoyed going through over 600 blogs from all over the world.  This year I can't wait to see how many new people participate.  So sign up your blog and/or share this information with fellow bloggers with new and old blogs!

Have an eventful Monday!