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Finished the Love circle's Do. Good Stitches Quilt!

Well, truth be told this has been finished for about a week, but I could never find the time to get a good picture of it, until last night! This quilt was made by the Love circle of the Do. Good Stitches quilting bee, run by Rachel of Stitched in Color. I gave the members of the circle these instructions back in April, and by May I had a pile of quilt squares that had been sent to me to put together into this bright and cheerful quilt.

Patchwork Back of the Do. Good Stitches Quilt

I used a few blocks in the back of the quilt to carry the design through, because I love reversible quilts. I filled out the back with patchworky squares, and added a 5 inch border to the front of the quilt to frame all of the scrappy string blocks.

The quilt finished to about 60 inches square, and will be a good size for a small bed or a throw quilt. I wanted the quilt to be versatile, because we send the finished quilts to the charity Wrap them in Love, which distributes them to children in orphanages. I think this quilt can grow with the child who receives it, and I hope it brightens up their room!

Do. Good Stitches quilt detail

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed blocks to the quilt! I had help from:
Ara Jane

Also, I’d like to thank my helpers on the home front– J often cooks me dinner and always does this dishes, buying me a little extra sewing time. Plus, he holds up all the quilts for my photos!
And Simon always keeps me company. He was very excited when we went outside to take these photos– his tail didn’t stop wagging the whole time! (well, except for when he’s distracted by chasing bugs).

Simon on the deck

Simon's happy tail

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Bibs and Books

baby bib with blue tie

A friend of mine had a baby a few weeks ago, and I wanted a little something to give to her to celebrate. I decided bibs would be functional and cute, so I made these up in an afternoon.

bibs backed in terry cloth

I didn’t follow a pattern, I just made a shape I liked and went for it. I backed the bibs in a soft terry cloth so they’ll be comfy and easy to wash. I’m happy with how they turned out, I may have to make more in the future!

Baby bibs

Simon and I have been going for a lot of hikes now that it’s nicer out! He was really worn out the other day when we got home– he fell asleep under the table with his head on the chair leg. I can’t imagine that this was comfortable, but he slept like this for a while!

Simon asleep under the table

Also, I got completely hooked by the hunger games books this past week. Luckily, my friend Jen owns the books and was able to lend them to me, and I charged through until I finished! I love reading, and I’m always looking for the next great book to read– have any of you read anything good soon? I love getting recommendations!

book obsessed

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Simon running in the Latchfords yard

Wow, life (and work) have been so busy lately I haven’t been able to keep up with everything! I have been sewing a bit, so I’ll have some new stuff to share soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d post a few of my favorite silly Simon pics. The photo above is from when we were camping a few summers ago.

This one is from when we were taking a hike. I caught him mid-yawn.

Simon on the bridge

And finally, Simon just being Simon. He has been known to actually sleep like this for extended periods of time.

Sometimes Simon is so weird.

Next time: Fabric! And sewing pictures! Promise!

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Nicey Jane Quilt

About a month ago, a friend of my mom’s asked if I’d be interested in making a baby quilt for her soon-to-be-born granddaughter. I jumped at the chance, and I was very excited when we decided on using the Nicey Jane line of fabrics.

Nicey Jane Quilt Finished!

We chose a fairly simple design to really highlight the colors and prints from this line. I continued the design through the back of the quilt by adding a strip of squares with sashing. I also made a string of bunting flags to go along with the quilt– although I haven’t found an easy way to photograph those yet. I’ll share a pic as soon as I have one!

Nicey Jane Quilt Back

In other news, I *finally* worked up the courage to start on some of the curved piecing for my single girl quilt this weekend, and I have my first square done! I’m making a queen sized quilt for our bed, so my official count is: 1 square down, 15 to go. I think this might take me a while, but I think I’ll try to pin a few curves every evening to make it more manageable. It’s a little gray and dreary here, so I haven’t been able to get a picture yet, but I’m hoping to share one soon!

And, finally, here’s my favorite Simon photo from this week: He’s so cuddly and loves to be near us, and one morning he curled up right behind J. He’s so silly!

Simon sleeping on J

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almost done with my single girl rings!

Ok, ok, so I don’t think I keep up with posting things as fast as I work on them. But I realize this is because I have been spending my time at my sewing machine, and not as much in front of my computer. Anyway, as a result I have a bunch of stuff to share!

piecing my single girl rings

First up, I have an update on my single girl quilt. I set out to make a queen sized quilt for our bed (yikes! Biggest quilt I’ve attempted yet!). I’ve been following along with the Single Girl Quilt Along, and I’ve found all the tips to be VERY helpful.
I am *almost* done piecing my rings (hoping to finish this today!) and then I need to cut out the background fabric and start piecing those curves!

Second, a friend of the family commissioned a baby quilt made from Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane fabric. I pulled out this stack, which I quickly cut into 5 inch squares.

Nicey Jane stack for a baby quilt

Now that I have the layout finalized, I’m going to try to finish this quilt top soon!

Nicey Jane on the design wall

nicey jane layout closeup

Also– a quick note here on keeping all these pieces straight– I once read somewhere (unfortunately, I can’t remember where, but if I could I’d give full credit!!) that using small stickers to label rows (or even pieces) of a quilt can help keep things straight when moving between the design board and the sewing machine. I use file folder labels that I cut down to size, and label the top square of each row, and sew the pieces together moving down the rows from there. It helps SO MUCH when I chain piece squares and cut them apart and can’t otherwise remember what goes where!

how I keep from confusing my rows

On a different note, I’ve also been working on organizing my stash. I had kept things sorted by fabric line, but then I also had some stacks organized by color… and everything was starting to look like a mess. So, following Jeni’s recommendations from her “The art of choosing” series, I have been re-folding and stacking by color. I probably shouldn’t admit that this is just part of my stash, but I’m well on my way to having this done, and I love looking at this stack of fabric on the shelf in my living room! Sometimes the fabric and I just look lovingly at each other. Is that weird?

working on organizing my stash

Last up, another dose of Simon! This time, he had curled up on the couch with his little stuffed dog friend, and was using his stuffed dog as a pillow. As usual, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of him.

Simon with his chin on T

Look how he has his little paw under the dog, like he’s giving him a hug! Ahhh, the cuteness just kills me!

Simon sleeping on T

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Simon the cat

Sometimes we joke that Simon is half-cat. He loves to sit on the back of the couch and look out the window. (He also occasionally pounces on things in a very cat-like fashion). Sometimes, when he’s sitting on the back of the couch, he anchors himself by hooking one leg over the couch– when he does this, we jokingly call him “hooky.” Such a silly dog!

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Still Waiting for Spring

This morning after brunch I dragged Simon and J out onto our porch to take a few photos of some finished quilts I’m planning to share with you all soon! (The photo above is of Simon chewing on a stick on the porch– aside from sleeping, I think this is his favorite pastime). I was so excited to get back out on the porch, because it’s really unusable in the winter, but in the spring, summer, and fall we like to spend as much time as possible out there.

It had been covered in mountains of snow until late this week, when almost all of it melted. So here’s a shot of the porch this morning, around 11 or 12:

And just 5 hours later– we’re buried under snow again!

Don’t worry, I have some bright and cheerful finished quilt pics to brighten things up that I’m planning to share soon, so stay tuned!

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Quilt blocks ready to be sashed

I finished making all of the blocks for my red and aqua mixtape quilt. I’m so glad– I love how bright the colors look, and I’m really feeling the urge to be cozy and quilt this week, especially with a big snowstorm on the way!

Lately Simon’s been sleeping on all the quilts. He’s a smart dog, it’s been cold around here!

Simon sleeping on my quilt

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Simon loves the snow

Simon loves the snow, originally uploaded by greenleaf goods.

I love the way Simon stands out against the white backdrop of the snow! He’s definitely a cold-weather dog, he’s always eating the snow, burrowing through it, chasing snowballs, and growling at snowmen. He’s a constant reminder to embrace the season!

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Happy Birthday, Simon!

Today is Simon’s 3rd birthday. I can’t believe he’s already 3! We got him from a local shelter when he was 4 months old, and it does not seem that long ago.

He’s a great buddy to have around, and is the perfect dog for us.

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