Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clayton's Quilt

Clayton was one of the couple kids left who'd never gotten a quilt I made.  I didn't start quilting until he was a couple years old, so I hadn't made him a baby quilt.  When I was making a quilt for one of our godsons, he really liked the fabric.  That quilt is pictured in this post.  I had some of the fabric left, and quite a few blocks left from that quilt, so one day when I wanted to quilt but didn't have anything new to work on, I started making a quilt out of it.  At that point, I had no plans of it being for Clayton.  I thought it might just be a baby quilt, but it wasn't very babyish, so it just sat for awhile.  Then I suddenly remembered that Clayton really liked it, so I figured out what I could do to make it larger.

I'd bought my original elk fabric in New Hampshire, but I'd seen it at my local quilt shop, so I got more of that for the outer border.  I also had to buy fabric for binding and backing.

I like to put flannel on the backs of my quilts, so I don't have as much of a choice.  I was pleased to find this blue with different colors of trees on it.  I took all she had and hoped it would be enough, even though it was slightly less than what I planned to buy.  It turned out that it wasn't enough :(  At that point, I went searching and happened to find this tan left from David's quilt.  I thought it went well enough.

As you can see, I just did my usual stippling/meandering.  It's what gets done the fastest for me.

Happy 12th to Clayton!

Almost forgot . . . and here's Clayton when he got his quilt.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Little Catch-Up

I think this will just mostly be a picture post . . . a little catch-up from the last couple months.

On February 3, Tanner turned 2.  He is such a little sweetheart and an amazing child, according to his unbiased parents and siblings!!

David caught an albino beaver (the albino and a normal one pictured here.)

Bridger's baptism - parents, godparents and preacher.

Clayton was 12 on April 7th.

Ice cream cake for his birthday.

Bridger is 3 months.

Tara turned 17 on the 13th.  Angel food cake with chocolate whip cream frosting.

Morgan was 4 on the 17th.

She wanted a pink and purple bunny cake.

Morgan and Bronwyn with their dolls.

After 3 months in Finland, Rachel got home last night.  We're very happy to have her back.  She left when Bridger was 16 days and now he's 3 1/2 months . . . he did a little changing while she was gone.

Friday, March 6, 2015

A New Project and a Re-Do

I worked on a couple projects for Bridger this week.  The first one was super simple . . . a new baby towel.  I just bought some terry cloth and then added bias tape around the edge to finish it off.  We decided a bright orange would look cute with the gray.

First it was OK . . . 

. . . and then it wasn't!! 

For my re-do, I had a play mat I got for Walker.  When Tanner was finishing up using it, I realized it was falling apart . . . and ugly!!  I happened to see online somewhere where someone had made their own.  I decided I could just re-do mine.  Well, basically it's all new except I re-covered the cross bars.

Here is what it looked like.

And this is what I made.

The little tabs are for hanging other toys off of.

The old toy no longer worked so I took it apart and replaced the batteries and made a bird around the noisemaker.

I thought it turned out adorable . . . and so is the little man :)

I was supposed to be making a blanket for Bridger, too, but one of the fabrics I bought was flawed so I need to replace it before I can make his blanket.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Welcome, Bridger!

So, this post is a bit past due!  On January 13th, at 7:08 p.m., we welcomed Bridger Emil!  He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches.  The birth went well and we are doing great!

Daddy with his 9th son.

Being weighed . . . apparently this was traumatic!! 

 First bath.

Big sister, Morgan, came to meet him.

And big brother, Tanner.

Bridger's only living grandparent.

These are some cute little long johns all of his brothers before him wore.

Bronwyn taking her turn at holding Bridger.

Clothes from Grandpa.

I haven't seen his smiles happen, but in the last couple days I've heard about them.  I just found this on Aimee's camera.

One month old.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, January 9, 2015

3 New Quilts!!

Trying to get in a little extra quilting (because I just want to do fun stuff right now!!) before our baby is born.  A month ago I finished a quilt I made for if we have a boy.  This chevron style is the same style I made last time for if we had a girl.  This pattern was MUCH easier to make and took many, many hours less of work to put it all together.

This picture of the back shows the quilting.  The back is minky fabric.

This week I was able to quilt and finish two quilts for a couple of our small godchildren.  I'm almost caught up in that category :)  

The back is flannel.

You might not be able to see it very good, but the red on this one looks like barn boards.  This one has a flannel back, too; just a plainer tan color, similar to the tan on the front.

Hope you have a great weekend.  I have a couple more projects I could work on in my "waiting" time, so maybe I'll have something else to share soon.