Monday, October 5, 2009

Finally another update!

Well life and particularly pregnancy have been keeping me busy. We were out of town for a week to visit family since we won't be able to go anywhere for Thanksgiving or Christmas...our little girl is due at Christmas and we won't be able to travel anywhere during November or December. But never fear. That will just keep me home and close to my sewing machine. So hopefully I will have more to share with you all.

But I have been busy since we came home both at the sewing machine and in the garden. Thankfully the heat is toning down a little here in the South and it is a little more enjoyable to be outside on most days. I'm not feeling too up for getting out my Fall and Halloween decorations, but I wanted to make sure that I did a little bit. So we bought some fun pumpkins and flowers for outdoors. I set up this little vignette outside the front door.

Fall Decor Outdoor

Fall Decor Outdoor detail

Fall Decor Outdoor detail 2

And the garden is just looking super happy right now! We have some beautiful climbing Mandevilles that are growing outside the front door. They are our second batch of the season because the unseasonable hot June just did in so many of our flowers this year and we were too busy with me being sick to baby the flowers along. But we're making up for it now.

Garden in October

Mandeville Detail


In sewing news, I've finished my last row for the Row Robin Quilt Swap. This time I worked on a row for Carrie's flower quilt. I didn't mind working on this one and came up with my idea fairly quickly and thankfully had just the right amount of the right fabrics. It's amazing what working with some favorite fabrics will do for my piece of mind. LOL. But it can completely change my attitude about a project.

Tulip row

My tulip row which is pretty much improvised with a little guidance from a pattern for a MUCH smaller flower. Here's a detail of the tulip petals.

Tulip detail

And here are all the rows for her quilt together. Mine was the last one to add to the group, so now it's up to Carrie to see how she puts these all together!

All of Carrie's flower rows


Another sewing project I was working on was a custom order for a set of burp cloths and blankets. They were ordered by the grandmother for her grandson and she wanted a sailboat theme as the parents have a particular love for them. We went with a red, white and blue color scheme and I think that they turned out really cute. And I finished them just in time for the new boy to enjoy them. He was born the next day to his proud parents!

Sailboat blanket and burp cloth set

A detail of the applique.

Sailboat blanket and burp cloth set

All wrapped up and ready to go!

Sailboat blanket and burp cloth set


While out of town, I took advantage of the fabric stores and came back with a little collection of new fabrics. I didn't overspend...don't worry. But I love having the opportunity to see and touch all the beautiful fabrics in person. There is just nothing anywhere closer than an hour away from me so I order almost all of my fabric online. I typically don't get to see my fabrics until they come in the mail. Fabric stores are like jewelry stores to me! Sick but true!

Here's a great selection of homespun fabrics that I would love to work into a quilt for my husband someday. They are so soft!

Homespun fabrics


Here's a sweet collection of fat quarters that I picked up here and there around the store.

yummy fabric - pink and teal

And here's a collection of fabrics that I mainly found in the sale pile. Score!

more great fabric

Also I now have a whole collection of pink, white and black fabrics that they used to decorate with at my baby shower. I'm not sure what I am going to do with all of it!

IPink and Black fabric


Lot's of good fun! I'll be back soon to share the pictures of our nursery and accent wall. It will be worth the wait I promise!

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