Little Girls Are Made Of…

I love girly stuff. I love the pinks, the pastels, the flowers, the feminine sweetness… It’s so much fun to buy little girl clothes and cute stuff, and there is so much cute FABRIC out there appropriate for little girls. And yet, nearly everyone I know has a little boy. Every time a friend or family member announces a pregnancy I cross my fingers, squeeze my eyes shut tight **andwish*andwish*andhope*andpray** that this one will be a girl. Then the ultrasound comes around, and another boy is announced. Don’t get me wrong, I love my nephews to tears, and spoil them whenever I get the chance–but one can only buy and make cute stuff for little boys for X amount of time before he pronounces it “for babies”! Typically, this happens by preschool time. The shelf life on cute stuff for girls is exponentially longer, and that is why I always hope for another little girl to spoil.

Imagine my joy when my best friend called last June, the afternoon she gave birth, to say “it’s a GIRL!” I was ecstatic. I immediately got to work on her quilt… I pulled almost everything from my stash (probably a first for me!) except for the border stripe and the backing fabric. It has some embroidered words, which don’t really show up in the photos (taken with the old camera), such as “giggles”, “pitter-patter”, “sweetie”…
I added the flower and butterfly appliques to tie into the nursery theme a little more, the fabric colors ended up being a perfect match to her nursery colors…
Here’s the back and the quilting, one of the few I’ve done myself…and the scrappy binding…
Her Mom, not a big “girly pink” person (hence the extra purple in this quilt” loved it, even the girliness of it, and the pink! It was a ball to make, and the little angel herself uses it all the time. Her she is saying “I love my quilt!”
Okay, maybe she’s saying “I just had a nap and I feel great!” Either way, I’m sure she loves the quilt!

What I Did On My Summer Retreat

I’m always overly zealous and overly confident about what I can accomplish on a retreat weekend, but I never want to be in the bind of running out of things to do! (As if that could ever happen!) So I brought along ten projects to work on (That’s right–10!!!) BTW, Mom brought one. Can you imagine? Anyway, once we got in the house, I unpacked them all and laid them out for inspiration…

Where to start?!? I brought this project, my Liberty Garden, and USP #8 and #9, a project I can’t blog about she reads my blog, some fabric to make a couple of grab bags, fabric to make an ironing board cover, Ongoing Project #5, UFQ #7, UFQ #2, and a little stack and whack type of project that I never got to.

This is momma’s one and only project… She did a great job and got all her blocks made!


So, you ask, what did I accomplish? I made two grab bags by early afternoon Saturday, you can see them in progress on the chair here:


And the finished (yet, un-embellished) products here:

And I made the quilt sandwich for UFQ #2, the Circle Quilt:

But the Pfaff started to rebel when I tried to free-motion practice (UFQ #5), and to then quilt this one, so some of the quilting will need to be removed and redone and the Pfaff needs to go see the sewing machine doctor (again!). So, I made the binding for the Circle Quilt, and here’s a little bit of the quilting:


The Liberty Garden is almost finished, but alas, not photos to show yet… It’s a bit of Independence Day goodness…just in time for…the 4th of August! Oh well, there’s always next July 4th. And the next retreat (in four weeks!)…