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Peanut, the wee elephant May 11, 2010

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I’ve decided to attempt to make a stuffie! I’m using the how-to for a wee elephant from the book “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson. I got pretty stuck on the directions, they do NOT provide pictures with the instructions. I finally googled step by step and wee elephant and found a God send, the blog During Quiet Time which has step by step instructions with pictures! I’m pretty happy with peanut, I was thinking I’d give him to my friends’ three month old little girl, but now I’m not so sure! I love peanut! I think I’ll keep the prototype, it’s got a bit of a wonky curved trunk and a few imperfections. I had trouble joining the back piece to the belly piece and the under-trunk piece and they don’t quite fit together right.  I’d like to try again, I’ll have to get some cute pink fabrics for little Olivia’s elephant!


Foster pup April 26, 2010

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Josh and I (along with the grudging participation of our pups Max & Einstein) fostered a 3 month old puppy for three weeks in June. Paws Chicago organizes foster care for puppies so they can rescue more of them. The puppy we got was named Ruffie, although we took to calling her Itty Bitty.  She was a whirlwind of puppy kisses, potty training, playing, and cuddling. I dropped her off last week for her spay surgery and it was so hard to say goodbye.  I found out today that her spay surgery went just fine and she was adopted over the weekend.  I’m so glad we had the opportunity to foster her!

Max and Itty Bitty

Bitty got a cherry eye while she was staying with us and had to have eye cream and the dreaded "collar of shame"

Itty Bitty and Einstein


New Fabrics! March 31, 2010

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I just got some new fabrics in from Hancock’s of Paducah. I’m pretty excited about them, one is a collection of fat quarters in batik blues and one is a group of springy fat quarters. I’m debating on what type of quilt to make with them. This gives me some great incentive to get the quilts for kids made!

I only got a half of a yard of this, because it was pretty pricey, but I love the colors and swirls. I'll have to save it for something special!


Re-Discovering Quilting March 1, 2010

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My first foray in to the world of quilting was a beginner’s quilting class I took with a girlfriend in 2005.  We made basic quilts alternating squares with nine patches squares with one whole piece.  At the time, I firmly subscribed to the notion that quilts should be both beautiful and useful, and began with the ambitious goal of creating a queen size quilt.  I quickly got discouraged when piecing the top took the entire quilting class period and I was only about halfway to my goal.  I never even learned to do the actual quilting!  I set the project aside and didn’t pick it up again until November 2009.

I used a red fabric for the backing and the binding.

Over Christmas break, my mother in law, JoAnn (who is an expert, long time quilter) showed me some of her amazing quilts and I was inspired to both finish up the class quilt and attempt a baby quilt for a newborn coming in to the family.  The class quilt ended up being around  60 inches square, not even close to a queen, but much more useful as a finished quilt than it would have been as a pieced top in the closet!  And now I’m off and running, with a frequent customer card to JoAnn’s fabrics!