Saturday, March 24, 2012

I Instantly Fell in LOVE

This evening I was browsing around on Fat Quarter Shop and I came across the most amazing fabric! It is the Welcome to Bear Country by Berenstain Bears for Moda Fabrics collection! 

As soon as I saw it I instantly fell in love and was transported back to my childhood. My brother and I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears books, and now I read them to William. I know for sure that I will be purchasing this fabric to make a quilt for William, and well for myself too! I absolutely love the scenic print yardage, and I am already thinking of ways that I could use it in a quilt. 

I just had to share my excitement! Now I need to go finish my other projects so I can get to work on figuring out how I am going to turn this amazing fabric into an amazing quilt.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Writing from the Road

Well we have made it to Louisiana and it has been smooth sailing so far. William slept the first part of the trip, and he woke up when we stopped at the Louisiana-Texas border. Thus far, the hardest part of this whole trip was trying to fit all our stuff into Jeff's little Mazda 3 hatchback. Packing the car was like playing a game of Tetris with our stuff.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My Dream Closet

Most of the time when people hear the phrase "dream closet" they automatically assume that it is in reference to clothing, but for me it is a tad bit different. I want a closet that is filled to the brim with quilts! Not just any old quilts that you can buy at the store; I want to fill the closet with quilts that I have made.
Much like this closet from Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew
 I started sewing when I was in high school and I made my first quilt my sophomore year in college. My Granny Smith made quilts for myself, my brother and my sister when we were babies, and she quilted most of her life. My Dad's family was really poor, so my Granny would use the clothes that my aunts and uncles had grown out of for her fabrics. We have several of her beautifully hand-quilted masterpieces and one of the quilts she made years ago has gotten so soft from all the use it has seen; it has even suffered some injuries along the way in the form of two holes in the top. I haven't gotten brave enough in my quilting skills to attempt fixing it.

What I love most about quilting is that I know Granny would have been so proud of me. She passed away in 2006 at the age of 86, and it makes me sad that I never had the chance to learn to quilt from her. But I know that she is looking down on me with a big smile, no matter how wonky my seams always seem to turn out.

Right now my goal is to try and make two quilts a month. I figure that should not be too hard. I already have two huge stacks of t-shirts ready to become a quilt and I go the cutest charm pack the other day at the fabric store. My biggest stumbling block is going to be little William and his curiousness/fussiness. I am very excited for this journey though!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Ups and Downs of Self-Soothing

William is 7 months old now and he is becoming more and more of a handful. Much like a puppy he has an appetite for shoes. He'll see shoes on the floor and commando crawl right over to them and attempt to devour them.

What is even worse than his desire to chew on shoes, is his recent sleep pattern. He has been sleeping for an hour, and then wakes up shrieking for attention :( At his 6 month appointment the pediatrician said that this was normal, and that we just need to leave him and let him learn to sooth himself. For Jeff this has been no problem, but for me it has been very hard and he knows that I'll cave. He will be crying and then as soon as I walk into the room he stops and looks at me; that is how I know he is faking it.

Tonight has been one of those nights. I made it about 7 minutes before I went in and checked on him. I rather him know that I am there to sooth him when he needs it than leave him on his own all the time. There are times when self-soothing is necessary but there are also times when it is faster and easier to help them with their soothing process.

I am interested in seeing how he is going to do on our trip to New Orleans on Sunday. I have a strong feeling that his sleep patterns are going to be way out of whack after an 8 hour car ride. We will see what happens.

Till next time