Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you (and show you) some of the wonderful things that my wonderful mother has made.
My and my awesome mom, Louisa
 She is making all three of us matching hats for the traditional arts music festival that we attend every fall, the Wheatland Music Festival. It is a awesome festival that is full of lots of rainbows and tie-dye.
Ran's hat is the first one to be finished. 
The boy is loving his hat soooo that he has worn it every day since Grandma Gigi gave it to him - even though it has been over 90 degrees every day.

Here are a few of the other fabulous she has made for Ran over the years.  One of the things I think she particularly excels at is making fun and funky hats.
Ran is his first hat from Gigi - only a few days old

A few months old in a fabulously funky hat 
My favorite sweater set from mom!
Ran's favorite sweater - his dragon sweater

Last year my brother and my cousin both had little girls for my mom to knit for.  And WOW has she made some beautiful sweater sets.
Gigi and baby Zella
Baby Lily in the watermelon strawberry set from Auntie
And I almost forgot to mention that mom is a wonderful seamstress.  She taught me to sew as a child and made most of my clothes as a child.  She has made Ran some wonderful clothes, like the great jacket she made for Ran a few years ago.

Mom, thanks for all your wonderful talents!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

But I did find time to shop for fabric...

Last month Ran picked out a quilt pattern that he wants me to make for him. 
It is called My Favorite Martians by Oceanlake Designs
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This weekend we had a wonderful time together at Joann's picking out fabrics.  Best part was the fat quarters were 50% off and yardage was 30% off. 
Here are the great fat quarters he chose for the martian appliques.

I did take some the lead when it came to picking out the sashing and border fabrics.  
My favorite find was the fabric Ran found for the backing.  I couldn't think of a more perfect fabric for the back of a martian quilt!

The fabric is all washed and waiting to be ironed and cut. 

Just a bit of a crafty block

I must admit that I have been in a total crafty block for the past 2 weeks. 
I returned from beautiful sunny Santa Fe, NM back on June 19th. 
Since then, the only time I have sat at my machine was to do a super quick mend job on a single item of hubby's clothing - I still have a nice pile left to fix.

I do have a few finished projects to post about. 
The first was my new bag that I finished before my trip - My new favorite bag!
Second, while in Santa Fe I took along a new hand sewing project to work on in the evenings.  I decided to give English paper piecing a try.  I am working on the very beginning of a hexagon quilt using a tutorial I found on The Sometimes Crafter.

More details on these projects, along with other things to follow in future postings.