Monday, May 2, 2016

A gift for Henry

Once upon a time, we bought our first house and lived in a neighborhood where we had great neighbors. And one neighbor became a good friend of mine around the time my son was born, so much so that she's had the title of auntie since he could talk. And though she moved away a few years ago, after we left that neighborhood in search of a bigger neighborhood with more kids around, we're still in touch and she recently welcomed her first child, a boy she and her husband named Henry.

Henry's quilt - side view photo IMG_2763_zpswoxw0syk.jpg

Henry came a good bit early, but he's doing really well so far, which is so wonderful. I'm so excited for her to become a mom and to get to enjoy all the sweet mom/son things that I've enjoyed with my son. I know that Henry is a lucky boy to have her as a mom, and I wanted to send my love to them both the best way I know how - a quilt.

Henry's quilt - quilting and backing detail photo IMG_2771_zps2vqv5csg.jpg

This quilt isn't super technical or super fancy, but it's meant to be loved and enjoyed, and will be a great playmat for Henry after he gets to come home from the hospital. I did some simple plus blocks using fun blues and yellows, with one of my favorite text prints as the background, Heartfelt in Snow from Littlest. I bordered the patchwork with simple improv piecing using some great shades of Kona: Alegria, Copen, and Cadet.

Henry's quilt photo IMG_2767RTSQ_zpsfxrzlubo.jpg

Quilt stats
name: Henry's quilt
size: 35 1/2" square
fabrics: assorted prints, low volume Heartfelt in Snow from Littlest, Kona Alegria, Kona Copen, and Kona Cadet.
binding: Valley in Azure by Leah Duncan
quilting: improv hills in Aurifil 50 wt 8605

Henry's quilt - wip3 photo IMG_8073_zpsbqaiwczw.jpg

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mo' blocks, mo' options

It was a weird week last week. Between a crazy busy week of work and sick kiddos and Prince dying, I felt like I was just off most of the week. Maybe I'm coming down with the nasty sinus infection my son's got. Maybe I'm just hungry - I'm trying to shed the last of the baby weight, with a combo of better eating habits and exercise. Regardless of the reason, the week just felt kind of weird. So when the weekend came, all I wanted to do was crank up my favorite Prince songs and sew, and thankfully I was able to do just that at least a few times, with some good company.

Maximus wants to sew by Elizabeth Dackson

I decided that what this quilt was missing was neutrals, so I sewed up some blacks and grays into blocks and wrapped up some more of the cool colors as well. Nothing like working on some purple blocks while Purple Rain is blasting in your earbuds.

Mo' blocks by Elizabeth Dackson

I think I'm nearing the end of the block making for this quilt, and getting to the point where I'm going to have to commit to a design and start sewing blocks together. I think I'm headed in the right direction, so I'm excited about this next phase of this quilt.

I hope this will be a better week - but I do know this much, I started up another quilt that's going to yield a fast finish, so there is definitely at least one quilt top coming in the near future (if not two!) and that makes me a happy quilter :)

A new project by Elizabeth Dackson
Monday, April 11, 2016

These blocks are so addictive

Thanks everyone for your kind words about my little brain dump last week about the harder side of motherhood. It felt good to get that stuff of my chest, and I have to say that the past week has been a bit better. Sure, there's still spit up and screaming and all that, but I feel like most of the time things are better. And when that little girl lets out a little laugh, it's like all the other stuff melts away :)

Chain piecing for the win! by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_7506_zpsnriyq9uz.jpg

I managed to sneak into my sewing room a few times for a bit more sewing on the new bed quilt I'm steadily working on. I'm still not entirely sure where it's heading, but I'm having fun cutting into my scraps to make these blocks. I always love how working with scraps makes me remember other projects that those fabrics made it into.

More warms by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_7502rt_zpsiu8l76g1.jpg

I haven't sewn any of the little blocks together yet, but I've been laying all of them out up on my design wall like this so far - but this way, I can still change my mind if I want to. I'm thinking about maybe trying to make a few larger ones to throw into the mix, but I'm undecided. I've got more of the little ones cut out already, so I think I'll sew those up and go from there.

More cools by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_7503rt_zpslckayr0k.jpg

What are you up this week? I hope you get some time to sneak into your sewing room or to your sewing machine to get a little sewing in :) Have a great week!
Monday, April 4, 2016

Most days...

Lorelei is now 13 weeks old, and while most days, I think balancing things is getting easier, I by no means have it all together. Most days are still a struggle, from at least one area of my life if not all of them. It's time to keep it real - because while things may look pretty and shiny and happy, that's not always the whole story, so here goes...

Grumpy Lorelei by Elizabeth Dackson

Most days, I'm wearing one if not many spit-up spots on my shirt. Spitting up is absolutely one of Lorelei's great talents.

Most days, I wind up with baby poop on my person somewhere at least once.

Most days, I get a super fun migraine or headache from the ear-piecing sound of my daughter screaming about something mysterious that she's upset about.

Sad Lorelei by Elizabeth Dackson

Most days, I fall asleep at least once in front of my computer while working on a spreadsheet or while writing a work email.

Most days, not only do I have to change diapers and take care of my daughter's waste products, I have to the same for my elderly dog, who's having accidents in the house. Poor Sam.

Most days, I can't remember if I found time to brush my teeth in the morning.

Most days,  I screw up the laundry in some way, whether it's forgetting about a load in the washer only to discover it when it stinks up the laundry room or pink splotches on my husband's white undershirts. I hate sorting laundry, but it often bites me when something bleeds and I then have to try to fix it.

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Most days, my husband and I are ships passing in the night as he works crazy long days or is off traveling.

Most days, I feel some sort of guilt. Whether it's guilt for not listening to something my son said over breakfast, or guilt for working on spreadsheets and schedules when my daughter's cooing at me, or guilt for not washing dishes...there's always something to feel guilty about.

And on the worst days, I wonder what on earth I'm doing. Then something happens that turns me around - whether it's a smile from the baby or a hug or sweet words from my son or a little bit of extra coffee or chocolate, or just a few quiet minutes to myself to get my head on straight. Motherhood is hard work, for sure, but it has its moments.

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So there, that's what's really happening behind the scenes. Hope that you all have a good week ahead of you!
Friday, April 1, 2016

Epic Sampler Block of the Month Club: April

No joke - it's the first of the month and it's time to release the new Epic Sampler BOM pattern for the month! This month we wrap up the 6" blocks, and dig into some 12"s as well, with three beautiful stars.

April 2016 Epic Sampler BOM Cover - by Elizabeth Dackson
We've got three paper pieced stars stars this month, but they come together surprisingly quickly. 

If you haven't joined in the Epic Sampler Block of the Month fun just yet, no worries, you can still join in! You'll receive all of the past block pattern kits within 48 hours of purchase, as well as the current month that we're on regardless of when you purchase. You can purchase your subscription right here in my Pattern Shop or on Craftsy. Have a great day!!
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