Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Jump Start

While chatting with a friend at QATW, we got to talking about New Year's Resolutions and our growing piles of unfinished quilts. I proposed an idea to have a year long quilt-along for others to join me in trying to turn these UFOs (UnFinished Objects) into finished quilts. This friend then challenged me (in the midst of much teasing) to finish 12 quilts this year. If I could, she would send me 12 F4's. I accepted.

So, I scoured my shelves in the sewing room and came up with 21 UFOs. I really wanted to get a great jump start on this little challenge, so I put the easiest ones up front. It paid off - I finished 3 quilts in January.

Peter Rabbit - A panel that Brian's grandmother gave me when Arthur was born. It's only been 7 years, but it is now finished.

Let It Snow - This is a small wall hanging that I made as a swap at QATW. The theme was winter and I just loved these little snowmen. I did see this design on another blog, but I can't remember where, at the moment.

My House - These are house and tree blocks that were swapped at QATW last year. I just love how this one came out. This quilt is now on the recliner, ready to be used for those afternoon naps that I have come to love.

I doubt I'll get nearly this much done in February, but I'll be thrilled with one finished quilt next month. I've got 2 picked out to work on, so we shall see how it goes.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Off to Japan!

I received an e-mail from the owner of Migima.com today telling me that my first set of dolls are heading off to Japan on Monday! This was my practice set, which she was very happy with and accepted after I added just a little more stuffing to the mother's face. I may never make it to Japan in person, but my handiwork is there.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Diving into 2012

I know pictures make blogs more interesting, but I frankly don't have it in me tonight. In fact, each time I'm able to get on the computer to blog, it's late at night and I don't want to have to think or get up from my chair to get a camera, load the pictures, etc. Boy, do I sound lazy!

According to the ultrasound technician and the doctor, they put my due date at May 8. They also say that the baby looks very healthy and I'm healthy, too. I don't ever experience the typical nausea and sickness with pregnancy (hallelujah!!) but I do get horrible joint pain. I have now moved into the it's-painful-to-move-and-especially-get-up-from-the-chair stage. I was too exhausted after Arthur was born to notice, but as soon as I was able to start moving after Abigail was born I notice that there wasn't a single pain in my joints. So, in a little less than 4 months I should be able to move around, again.

Arthur turned 7 on January 1; we had a small party at the local pizza place (with a great play area) and he invited a neighborhood friend. They had great fun and everyone cried when it was time to go home. We've begun first grade in earnest and it's exhausting! I feel like I'm on the go all day long. I get a little jealous of those mothers who send there kids off to school for several hours and have that time to themselves to relax their brains for a while. But, Brian keeps reminding me of how much we're are saving Arthur learning from the kids around him. It's a struggle enough to keep the ungrateful, selfish attitudes in check without dealing with what he can pick up from other kids. It's also fun to tailor his subjects to what he needs and skip over what he already has a firm grasp on.

Abigail is very vocal, telling us everything she sees and does. Maybe she'll be a newscaster or commentator when she grows up. I took her for some professional pictures at WalMart a couple days ago. She did quite well, but just wasn't giving the big smiles like she does for us at home. I think I'm going to look into how to take professional-looking photos at home. We'd get a better response and I think save some money in the long run.

I've been sewing up a storm. I joined (actually, I started the group) a quilt finishing group at QATW. The goal for everyone is to finish at least 2 quilts before starting a new one. I have a personal challenge from one of the members to finish 12 quilts this year. So far, I have 2 done and am in the middle of quilting my third one.

I'm also sewing dolls for Migima. I turned in my first test set of dolls, which the owner was very happy with, and now I have an order to finish 4 more sets by the end of January. A set is 4 dolls - man, woman, boy and girl.

So, life in 2012 is very busy. I really don't see it slowing down any time soon, either.