When I go off the grid, DANG…I really go off the grid. Seriously though, wow. It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted because, well, the last few weeks of summer are insane. That, coupled with the fact that I have been seriously, seriously procrastinating posting a thing until I finished rounds 2 & 3 of the Circle 7 online quilt bee I’m enjoying with 6 of my best bloggy friends. And that was nearly the death of me. I mean, not the bee of course, but forbidding myself from posting until I finished. Why??? I’m nutty sometimes. Have you ever experienced this bee block anxiety?!? Every day, I would get up, and the first thought in my head would be “MUST. FINISH. BEE. BlOCKS.” And of course, I would get all crazy, paper piecing at 5:30 AM and sew a piece on wrong side out…I’d be feverishly ripping it out, and a kid would stumble into my sewing room covered in blueberries and mumbling something about Disneyland. [SIGH]
But I finished! And not only do I have bee block pics to share, but I have for you today, quite possibly, the longest post in the history of all Bloggingham. Yes, I’m pretty sure it is. Tons of photos. Must share. You can skip to the bottom if you want. I won’t even know. :)
Can I just start with this photo? Please? When showering feels like you’re on vacation, and “getting out” means checking the mail, a successful school supply and weekly grocery shopping trip with all 4 kids in tow is pretty much the equivalent to winning Olympic gold. :) I’d like to thank Wal-Mart for supplying the cart that made this possible.
Where there’s school supply shopping, there’s school. I’m officially a Kindy Mom!
Yes, yes, lots and lots of kissable, squeezable, huggable, lovable baby boys. They’re crawling all over the place, climbing stairs, unrolling my toilet paper, and eating me out of house and home. Can hardly believe they turn one this week.
And then there’s the house… Mmmmm, the house projects! I MUST take some cute photos this week and share about my laundry room makeover. Yes, it’s a date.
Amidst the insanity, we’ve actually been doing a ton of sewing this month. Nora’s not quite ready to launch the Kinder Bee yet. Sending her block off to another little quilter is still a bit of a touchy subject, so she’s been spending time adding to it. Last week we officially took the step, yes THE step- up to the machine. And she is absolutely flying. I really don’t even know how it happened. She got out some scraps and told me she was ready to “sew like mom sews.” Yes, I’m standing there and supervising very closely, and almost having a heart attack to be honest, while she lifts the foot and lines up her pinned block, then off she goes. Now we’re working on pressing, and every time, she reminds me, “don’t forget to set the seam!”
Ahh, and lastly, my sewing! I’ve been working on these bee blocks like crazy and I’m so relieved to have them finally sent off! This first one is for my dear friend Valerie, and I just know her quilt is going to be the happiest quilt of all time! The 2 blocks for Valerie’s quilt that I received were full of sunny pink and yellow and blue, and they said “Home”, and “Smile”, so for me, “Happy” immediately came to mind. And what is happy without a bee?
I found these darling alphabet letters and the bumble bee pattern from Kristy of Quiet Play– she’s got an unbelievably impressive Craftsy shop. 105 paper piecing patterns? Dang, girl! Kristy, you rock. These are just fantastic patterns and I had such a blast adding them to this block. I’ll admit, a few things got wonky in the wee hours of the night- that “a” for starters, and why are the “p”s different heights? It’s entirely possible that I printed them at different sizes. Good thing I like wonky!
Instead of signing the block or adding a label, I decided to add a little collage of cute labels I’ve been keeping tucked away for a special project. I always mean to use those little buggars and I never remember to, so now is your time to shine, little buddies, shine.
And here are the other 2 gorgeous blocks I received for Valerie’s quilt. Since this is a travelling bee, members can add to the quilts in any way they like (not just make a block), but I was feeling hesitant about joining them at this point, so. alas, I’m leaving it up to the next quilter.
Here are the happy block all together. I can’t lie- I’m jealous that this isn’t my quilt! Hope you like it Val! :)
Ah wait, but there’s more. (See, I told you this was the longest post in the history of Bloggingham.) I also made a section to add to Dana’s ridiculously adorable camping quilt. And I love it so much, I could barely bring myself to seal it in the envelope and send it away! I want this quilt! Dana, I cannot wait to see how this quilt evolves through the whole group! So, here’s the block I added…
And here’s the block I received- Dana started out with the tent, and Susanna Kate added the fantastic fox, feather, and sashing.
Thought about trying to find or design some marshmallows roasting on sticks (can someone please do that!?!), but then I stumbled on this campfire and lantern and it was love at first sight. Found these fabulous foundation patterns over on Etsy from BubbleStitch. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but she’s got a vintage camper pattern that would be PERFECT for this quilt. So drool-worthy. I would have added it to my block, but I figured I should get it mailed off sometime this century.
Well, there you have it. I’m alive and well, sad to see summer go, but excited at the start of school and a return to routine. Still sewing…and cleaning cottage cheese off the bottom of my shoes. :)