Sunday, September 18, 2011

an impulse project for baby

Pin It I'm the appointment queen these days...

And because two of my appointments are a block or two away from my local quilt shop, I stopped in and bought a little kit for this blanket.

a little Heirloom

I had a crush on this Joel Dewberry Heirloom voile, and when I saw it combined with an oh so soft, low-pile creamy colored linen, I bought it.

voile and velvet for baby

Basted the next day, quilted it with an all-over meander last night, and got the binding on this morning.

a little Heirloom

If you'll notice the rice behind my husband is turning golden... almost harvest time, maybe this week...
If you ask my son when this baby's coming, he'll tell you at "harvester time."

On Tuesday, UPS is set to deliver the backing fabric for this quilt... hopefully I'll manage to finish it!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

a foodie post... (with raspberry cream cheese coffee cake recipe)

Pin It Not a lot of sewing going on here...

but I did have a few food related somethings to share. :)

We have a lot of tomato plants, with a lot of tomatoes.  And my husband loves tomato sauce... (gotta have that lycopene, right?), so I wanted to make some.  Trouble is, peeling and seeding is a pain for me; I just hate doing it and it's messy.

With inspiration from my friend Amanda, I washed,

a part of the harvest

Chopped (skin, seeds and all), added some basil, salt, pepper and onion and simmered.

gettin' saucy

Threw it in the blender (we have a fancy-pants VitaMix blender my mom gave me; Amanda uses a hand-held immersion blender to make hers), and then in to zip-loc bags and in to the freezer.  They smelled delicious, and were so easy.


Sunday morning, I made my husband's favorite breakfast -- a raspberry cream cheese coffee cake (we eat this every Christmas morning).

Sunday morning breakfast

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

3 oz. cream cheese
4 T. butter
2 c. biscuit mix
1/3 c. milk
1/2 c. raspberry preserves (we use seedless - and you can use a bit less too)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 to 2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix the cream cheese, butter, and biscuit mix until crumbly.  Blend in 1/3 c. milk.  Knead on floured surface 8 to 10 strokes.  Roll to approx. 8" x 12" rectangle and turn onto a greased baking sheet.  Spread with raspberry preserves down the center of dough.  Make 2 1/2" cuts at 1" intervals on long sides; fold strips over filling, sealing well.  
raspberry cream cheese coffee cake
Bake at 425 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.  Make glaze with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, and drizzle over warm coffee cake. 
raspberry cream cheese coffee cake

Serve and enjoy.

raspberry cream cheese coffee cake


And lastly, since I haven't had a pumpkin spice latte yet, I decided to make some pumpkin spice caramel corn (again, inspired by Amanda). :)

pumpkin spice caramel corn

Recipe here

Enjoy!  36 1/2 weeks now... (Steiger came at 38, 1 day... we'll see what this baby has in mind, but I'm getting large!)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

And baby... if you're a boy...

Pin It ...then this will be your quilt.

"If it's a boy" quilt

I made it with sweet little puppy dogs, and colors that I thought were as handsome as you will be.  And I threw in lots of contrast... so you'll move your little eyes over all the different pieces.

"If it's a boy" quilt

The fabric is as soft as you'll be.

"If it's a boy" quilt

Even on the back.

"If it's a boy" quilt back

Your big brother is getting excited to meet you.  Last night he was carrying his teddy bears around, telling me that he was holding his baby brother or sister, and laying them down gently, and setting them next to him to watch Finding Nemo.  (Though he is rather convinced you're a girl.)

"If it's a boy" quilt

Truth is baby, we're all exited to meet you.  
We're doing all we can to give you a happy entry in to the world.
Even if I can't believe how soon it is going to be.


Specs for my bloggy friends - 

The colors were inspired by Aneela's puppy dog Pips.

little baby boy fabrics

Pattern is a modified Bento -- measurements courtesy of Kelly... (she lists them here)
The border is a gorgeous Slatey blue Cross Weave from Moda.  
Quilted in an all over stipple/meander, and bound with some French General wovens.

"If it's a boy" quilt

Friday, September 2, 2011

on Quilt Story today...

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Fresh Poppy Design

Heather and Megan have featured my "if you're a girl" quilt on Quilt Story today. :)  (If you're new here... hello). :)

Finished if you're a girl quilt

It inspired me to sit down and start quilting the "If you're a boy" quilt.

I have to say something I love about these two quilts -- they are both so "me."  Oftentimes I make things based on what I think other people would like (I make a lot of gifts), but these two quilts... I picked what I loved (in gender specific colors of course), and went with it.  Actually -- I did that with my "hospital quilt" too... 

We hit 34 weeks yesterday, and I am feeling it.  I need to take a 34 week picture, like I did with Steiger... 

Yesterday my house smelled like Thanksgiving.  I baked a turkey and made a big batch of gravy (mmmm....), and had a chicken (for chicken 'n dumplings) in the crock pot.  Today I need to finish the chicken 'n dumplings, make turkey soup, and make lasagna.  The freezer meal prep begins... (and the husband has been given strict instructions not to touch them until AFTER this baby is born).  I think I need to plan a trip to my grandma's swimming pool in there too... and a nap too, of course. ;)

(I have to admit though -- even though I'm still pretty nervous about labor and how everything's going to go, I'm getting pretty excited to hold this sweet babe... and see who it is hanging out in there with me)

baby #2's quilts or tops


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