Thursday, May 27, 2010

Immersion Swimming Lessons

We are in the middle of immersion swimming lessons. It is day 8 of 10 straight days. I have decided immersion swimming lessons are torture for parents disguised as fun for kids. If you have never heard of this is it is a way of teaching kids to swim in a two week period. They go every weekday for two consistent weeks for 20 minuets each day. And it works. The boys are learning to swim. The only problem is that I have had 8 heart attacks so far. Watching your kid being pushed under water, dropped off a diving board, and diving for objects on the bottom of the pool can be extremely painful. It also means I have had no time to do anything else. I have had to change my entire schedule to work these lessons into our lives. I have not quilted once. I have not even touched fabric since this started. The only time I even went into my sewing room was when I needed to fold laundry on the bed in there. I miss my sewing machine. I miss thread. I can't wait for these lessons to be over.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Scrap Quilt

This is my scrappy quilt. I love this quilt. I first saw this idea at Crazy Mom Quilts. I loved it so much that when I first saw it I pulled out all my scraps and put them into color piles. There was no pattern on the blog so I had to come up with my own. Which was really neat because I had never really done this before. Once I started and had all these pieces all over the bed I thought what have I gotten myself into. But then it started to come together and ended up working out.
I found a cute yellow pattern for the back that has tiny white flowers on it. I know the picture did not come out that clear.

But what I really wanted to show you was that I matched the binding to the section. So the yellow section got a yellow binding, etc. This really made the quilt in my opinion. While I was making it everyone kept asking who is this quilt for. I decided to keep this one for myself. It contains scraps from all the quilts I have made and I love seeing all the different fabrics pooled together to make one big quilt. I am keeping it in my sewing room where I can see it every time I quilt.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jean Quilts

My parents came in this weekend and my Mom brought the boys these amazing quilts that she made them. They are made out of old jeans. Jeans that used to be mine, my sisters, and my dads.
The boys were very excited to get something with their names on it. The quilts even have jean pockets on them.

The back of the quilt is red with a cute baseball print in the center.

What a great gift from grandma. Thanks Mom!

And I just had to show off this super cute apron I received as a Mother's Day Gift. It is from Anthropology and has ruffles and a pocket. Love it.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Quilt Sandwich

This is how I prepare my quilts for quilting. First I clear a space off the floor. Then I lay down my cutting board.
Next I tape the backing down with blue painters tape.

Lay down the batting next. It is a requirement that little hands and feet get in the way.

Next I lay out the quilt.

Then I pin it using those curved pins. Now I am ready to quilt. How do you prepare your quilt sandwiches?