A Productive Weekend

This pregnancy is rolling right along, right now I am at 36 weeks pregnant, just about a month to go. Some days I am full of energy and am able to get lots of housework and errands done. Some days I am too tired and only do the bare minimum. And then there are other days I am in too much pain or discomfort to do it all, even though I have the will and the energy!

This weekend I was able to finish my baby’s quilt, I am so relieved to have it done! Mike’s cousin is also pregnant right now with a little girl. She’s not due until December but I’d like to try to finish a baby quilt for her before Henry gets here. I’m sure I won’t have time once he arrives! I found this pattern for this Sunburst Quilt over at the Moda Bake Shop and thought it looked simple enough. I had thought about doing a quick granny squares quilt for the baby but this one looks a little more fun. I was able to whip through 6 blocks on Saturday and Sunday:

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Turns out I didn’t have any acceptable white fabric in my stash, so I’m using this dotty fabric I have left over from Henry’s quilt instead. And turns out I don’t have enough of this fabric either so I’m going to have to get creative! It will end up being a fun, scrappy quilt. I’m linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

22 weeks

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It’s a little bit difficult to take bump pictures of one’s self, but I tried! Here I am at 22 weeks along. We found out that we are having a baby boy and he’s already started kicking around in my belly! I’ve started planning his nursery, it’s going to be a rustic woodland theme. I got the idea after seeing Bonnie Christine’s Hello Bear collection, I am absolutely in love with it!

Hello, Bear!

Hello, Bear!


I’ve ordered fabric to make crib sheets, diaper pad covers and a quilt. I think I need some more fabric but I need to decide what quilt pattern I’m going to do with it before I decide to buy more!

It’s such an exciting time for us, but we are still having to make weekly trips to the hospital for Michael’s cancer treatment. I had hoped we would be farther along in treatment by now, but infections have prevented Michael from making regular progress; he has had to take chemo breaks to let his body fight infections. We’re trying to stay positive though. For more information on Mike’s cancer, read the cancer tag.

Since I’m blocked on the baby’s quilt, I started on another project in the meantime. Here is a work in progress shot:

It is a LOT of applique, but I am looking forward to the challenge!

Design Wall Monday

I’m still working on this project that I started around Halloween (jeez, was that almost 5 months ago??) Last Thursday night I finished cutting the squares and started assembling the blocks…

Design wall

So that’s what’s on my Design Wall today! There are 100 blocks in this quilt, but depending on the size (I’m not a great planner :blush: ) I may cut that down and make it a bit smaller. We’ll see.

I’m linking up over at Patchwork Times. Head on over and see what others are working on!

Cutting away…

Cutting, cutting, cutting and I have tons of little squares to show for it!

Work in progress.

I’ve actually started putting blocks together, too. I’ll be posting what I have so far on Monday for Design Wall Monday.

I wanted to get an entire row done before I stopped for the night last night, but I didn’t feel like sewing anymore around 8:30. After getting totally burnt out on quilting at the end of 2011, I haven’t done much quilting. I finished 11 quilts that year and then in 2012 I didn’t even get to half that, only 5 completes (honestly, I’m surprised it was that many!).

This year I want to build my love of quilting again, doing it not because I feel like I have to because someone is having a baby or getting married, but because I really WANT to. So little of my life is made up of things that I want to do or enjoy doing; I don’t want my hobbies to become a chore, too.

Look out for the finished blocks on Monday! 🙂

Starting a new project

Hmm... what am I up to? ;)

After not quilting pretty much all summer (except to finish the granny squares quilt) I’ve got the bug again. I kept seeing everyone’s tweets and posts about Quiltmarket and got inspired again 🙂 I decided to replicate this quilt I’ve had pinned for a while:

Should be a nice and easy pattern to get me back into the swing of things. I’m using scraps and fabric from my stash, unless I need more white. Don’t think I will, I bought a ton for the Granny Squares quilt and didn’t use half of it.

I’m hoping this one will go quickly since I want to have it done by Christmas, but I’m not holding my breath 🙂