Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What happened to February?

Quick post.....

So, February wasn't all babies, babies, babies. Before he was born I did manage to knock off the following from the to-do list.

Before I get to the photos I just need to say that I love, love, love Debbie Maddy's Carpenter's Star pattern. For the baby quilts I finished of in Feb I just sized the squares down to 4 7/8". And they turned out so stinking cute! They are yet to be quilted and the photos are a bit dodgy - but you've gotta run what you brung. So without further waffle, here are my February offerings.

Quilt number 1 is made from Whimsy by Fig Tree quilts and is for my BFF Georgie's newest addition, Angus (he was born 3 weeks before Ethan)

I am really into piecing backings at the moment and it can get you out of a tight spot when you don't have quite enough backing fabric.

Plus it gives you a great spot to put the label.

Note to self - iron things before you take photos!

The other baby quilt I made was for my boy. It is made from the delicious La Petite Ecole range by French General. Here's a confession - when I first saw this fabric I cried. I blame the hormones but still - crying over fabric - what has become of me??

Lastly, I finished this quit top. I originally bought alot of the fabrics in this quilt for a quilt-a-long but then decided that I didn't really like the project. So, all of those lovely reds languished in the tardis for a few months until I came up with this....I plan to put a tutorial/pattern sheet up for it soon. I absolutely love how it turned out. Even Scarlett declared it to be beautiful when I was laying it out. And as anyone with toddlers will know - 3 year olds can be a tough crowd!!

Ok, baby crying. Going now.

Tell me. What makes you cry happy tears?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hail Caesar! Introducing Ethan James, boy wonder.

So, in February I finished making this darling boy.

Although it only took two of us and a bottle of wine to make him, it took a team of about 12 highly skilled professionals to get him out. Sparing you the gory details my first extremely protracted labour ended in an emergency caesar and after many hours of soul/womb searching, I decide to go for a repeat, elective caesarean this time. Thank God I did - because this little boy was sitting in the same unmovable position inside of me and it took over half an hour to extract him.

I have often fantasised about living in another era (really, I just want to be Anne Shirley), but over the last couple of years I have had reason to thank my lucky stars that I was born in 1975 with all of the benefits of modern medicine available to me. If not, I wouldn't have made very old bones - if I had survived appendicitis then childbirth would have taken me out!

My little family is now back home (after a 5 day pitstop at Mum's while I got over my tears, sore boobs and terror of being left alone with two children) and settling in nicely. I wish that everyone had a Mum and a Nana like mine - the world would be a much better place. But having said that I am selfishly glad that it was me who got them - I love them both so very much. Here we are circa 1980 - and yes Nana still has that wallpaper.

Scarlett has been obsessed with Dr. Seuss lately and during my nightly readings I contemplate his wisdom. So I will leave you now with an exerpt from Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.
Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes you won't.
I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.
You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So...get on your way!

Dr. Seuss makes me happy.

What makes you happy today?


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