~I should be packing, instead I am on this darn computer~

Only 2 more days until we move back into our house We left in the middle of the night on February 24th and have not been back since. It’s been an incredibly long  process. There were many times that I could hardly make myself go back and look at the house. I know things had to be done, and it was excruciatingly slow at times. If you have to rebuild then sometimes you have to tear down. That was the hard part, watching the destruction after the tree fell.  But brick by brick, board by board, shingle by shingle, walls have been rebuilt, repainted, re-insulated. New wooden floors were laid. We are finally almost ready to go home. It is very exciting for us. I hope to have a few pictures soon.

In the meantime, I want to share a few things I have been working on trying to pass the weeks waiting to go home.

Remember the Bama Bound Quilt Project, well, I made just one more quick quilt. I used a fabric bundle from FabricWorm and one of my favorite quilt pattern from Amy At A Commonplace Life,  it’s  the Roundabout Quilt Pattern. It’s so fun.

 I really love this pattern. Here is the back:

Label:

Got into a little scrap with this corner of the binding, I did not win.

I really love the back.

Let me just show you a little peek of the animals I have been knitting like a mad woman.

These patterns all come from Barbara Prime. Her patterns are adorable! The best part is that you work on each piece one by one. Perfect for watching tv after a long day of work. It’s a leg here, an arm there, before you know it you are ready to assemble. My daughter loves each one, so I guess that is a good indication for how darn cute they are.

 

 

 

Well, this is what I’ve been up to lately. Hope you all are enjoying your summer. I am ready to hurry up and get home and get my kitchen gear back in use. I really miss my  “no knead”  bread, home-made pizza, and my green smoothies. Why did I let them pack up all of my things? I guess it will be that much sweeter when I get home.

 

**More pictures in Flickr.

*** Another time suck? Pinterest. Do you do it? So fun, but it is a time killer.

 

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~Zig Zag Quilt Done soon to be Bama Bound~

I have to say it’s been a productive weekend. Yay!  I was so happy to finish this little quilt.  Again, I used this link from Crazy Mom Quilts to make the top.

I love this Farmdale line, by Alexander Henry. It is so cheerful!

I so hope whomever receives this quilt is somewhat comforted, knowing someone somewhere out here is this big old world is thinking of her. I know if it was my daughter in need I would hope someone would care for her.  I wish I had more time, I would make many more quilts! 

Loving this tote. I will say I made it a little too big.  I used this tutorial   from Craftiness is Not Optional. I am loving this blog, so many awesome ideas! Love, love, loving it.  But, what I was saying was, I enlarged the tote somewhat, because I just couldn’t tell how big the quilt would be. I think it is a spatial thing.  No matter, I believe it will do.

So happy to have this project finished.  I am counting the weeks, hopefully, until we move back home. I can’t wait.  I also can’t stop knitting bunnies. I don’t know what has gotten into me, but I just can’t stop. They are so cute!

~What’s going on~

 

Well, I am not sure if you all have seen it on the news.. but Memphis is in a major flood situation. It is quite grim indeed. Thankfully our home, well, our rental home is fine. Our real home  is fine also, but there are so many that are not.   I tell you, it  is tough to watch and to wait. The river should crest on May 11th at about 48 feet. The record was set in 1937 at 48.7 feet.  The mighty Mississippi is quite powerful.  People around town keep saying the river is going do what the river wants to do. Indeed.

I’ve been slowly working on my Bama Bound quilt.  I finally have the top done.

Sorry, the lighting is bad! I’ve always wanted to make  a zig zag quilt. I used Crazy Mom’s tutorial found here. I am not going to lie, you have to pay attention when you make this! It was really fun though and it was so cool to see the zig zag’s come together.

I can’t wait to quilt it.  I’m also working on this cute little bunny pattern. Love it so far!

I worked on it a little each evening while watching my shows.  I quickly sewed it all together this morning, however,  I sewed the head on backward. I think.  It will be fine though. I am working on the dress now and it is slow going becasue I am using a teeny tiny yarn.

Thankfully the rain that came this morning quickly passed, now I am listening to the girls play outside.

It’s shaping up to be a fine weekend. How about you, how is your weekend going??

~Bama Bound Quilts~

Bama Bound Quilts ~ a new project created to comfort some of the littlest victims of the recent Alabama tornado’s.

I can’t stop thinking of all the tornado victims from this past round of storms. The destruction and damage astounds me.  I keep thinking it could have been me. I can only imagine what it feels like to see sticks and piles of debris at what used to be your home. I can’t quite wrap my mind around this.

I know with certainty that I want to help. I know a small warm quilt will help comfort a little one. Nestled under its warmth or spread out to lay upon on a warm summer’s day. A quilt offers the warmth and security that I know I would need if I went through such devastation.

Please consider joining the cause if you so feel inclined.

Here is what the quilter in Alabama has to say about her project:

I am setting up a quilt charity for Tuscaloosa and Jefferson County. In particular need are children’s and baby quilts. Please pack in a child/medium size tote. Please include a small stuffed animal. Entire neighborhoods were wiped off the map. Hundreds of families and children are displaced. They have NOTHING. Thanks.

~Something worth blogging about~

It seems as if I have had nothing to say. I don’t want to complain about the tree that fell on our house, how hard it has been to be displaced. It has been challenging at times, however, our problems completely pale in lieu of what is happening in the world around us.

That being said, I finally found something wonderful to share with you~

So pretty!! Denyse Schmidt fabrics’  are here in Memphis at JoAnn’s. Shut the door, can you believe it? I almost fell out when I saw them! I just didn’t think they would have them, but hot dog they did! So excited.

Seriously.

The lady at the cutting counter kept going on about how lovely this fabric was, I kept going on about Denyse Schmidt, she had no clue. No matter, I told her this was a huge thing that had occurred and she just said ok.

I am making a quilt. I brought my sewing machine to our rental house.  The last foot on my machine was my walking foot, it was still in place from the Single Girl Quilt Shams.   I had to buy some feet. I had to buy a mat and lots of little things that I had at my house and are now tucked away in storage. Funny how many little bits and bobs you need when you sit down to sew. I finally had the creative stirring and it is making  me happy. I am ready to cut and piece and sew away. Wish me luck!

Fabric: New Denyse Schmidt line from JoAnn’s.

Quilt pattern:   Ollieberry Ice Cream Quilt Pattern from Posie Gets Cozy one of my favorite blogs I visit.

~Dusting off the old blog~

After months of  being absent I am creeping back to blogland.  Look what it took to get me out from my shell.. The Single Girl Quilt Along .  There is even Single Girl Support Group  on Flickr to help inspire you and walk you through each step.  I am really excited about this!   The Single Girl Quilt has been on my list to make for forever and this quiltalong will help to move me along. 

The pattern came in the mail earlier in the week and I’ve been itching to get started ever since.   This is big because I have  not sewed anything at all since early December.  We had some major family issues right before Christmas and unfortunately it knocked me back a bit. Thankfully we are in a better place right now.

Last night I began to trace the templates and then pulled some scraps together, the next thing you know I had a quilt block.

 I have green on my mind most likely because I can’t stop thinking about spring.. so I dug up as many green scraps as I could find.  I thought it would look lovely with my favorite linen.

My question now is do I make a sham or keep going and try to go for a baby quilt?? I can’t decide but the wheels are turning.  I need to go through my scraps again.. I love being able to use what I have.

And finding inspiration where you least expect it…

As we continue to turn toward  the light I begin to feel myself awaken.  I love this time of year. Sometimes it feels good to be brand new.

I hope to be back soon with a little more progress.