Oh man!! I didn’t realize how behind I was on my blog. I guess I forgot all about it. I’m sorry!!
Here are Olivia’s monthly photos to catch up.
She is growing up fast. She can say a ton of new words now. It’s really cute to listen to her.
Below are a ton of photos from the last couple of months.
Liv trying out her new Strider bike.
My new tattoo! Harry Potter’s Deathly Hallows
Having fun at the splash park
Playing in a puddle and ignoring the sidewalk geysers nearby.
My Harry Potter shirt I made
Liv tried helping me sew one night.
Her new helmet. It has kitties all over it.
Finished this quilt top.
Trying out the Disappearing Hourglass block
I have been working on several little projects currently. The large quilt top is called A-maze Me. It’s from the Modern One Block Wonder book. I really like some of the quilts in the book. :) I’m struggling to find fabric for the back. I did happen to find something last week but it was roughly 6 inches too short. I’m still in search for fabric. I’m also working on my first english paper piecing hexes. I just wanted to try something new. I’m hoping to find a cute flying geese quilt so I can try that block for the first time as well.
I’m at it again!! I saw some cute picnic table makeovers online, so I found a kid’s picnic table on Craigslist last night and picked it up this morning. It’s nice little table but it was very faded and in need of some dressing up. I have never heard of the brand Henry but it said it was made in Canada. What is pretty cool about this particular table is the table can be adjusted as the child grows.
So after I picked it up, Liv and I headed to Hancock’s Fabric and bought some more vinyl and the fabric that I would have got for her Ikea Latt table if I didn’t fall in love with the triangle print I went with.
We also stopped at Home Depot to pick out some coordinating spray paint. As soon as we got home, I disassembled the table and hosed it down to get all the cobwebs and old dirt off of it.
It was very warm today, hitting the 70′s. It was very nice and the pieces dried very very quickly. So I started to spray paint the white pieces. Out of a cream, green or gray color, I went with green. It turned out very nice I think.
While I waited for that to dry, I went inside and started on the table top and seats. I started with the fabric and stapled that all around. It was very easy, even the rounded corners. I had read some other people found that a little difficult but I thought it was a breeze and turned out very nice looking. Then I stapled the vinyl on top of the fabric to protect it from messes and weather.
Assembling everything back together was probably the hardest part. Getting the screws to line up with the holes and some of the fabric was in the way of everything fitting together. But I got it all together and can’t wait to let Liv check it out. By the time I was done, it was too hot out for Liv to play. She was already exhausted from the sun she did get. The photo doesn’t show off how it all looks together because of the sun but I like the way it looks. I hope it will withstand the snow we are supposed to get this weekend and that the vinyl doesn’t melt in the hot summer sun when that comes.
I have been wanting theLatt table set from Ikea for Livi for a while now. I thought it would be a perfect place to eat snacks at during the day. The price is also fabulous, the only problem is that Ikea is an hour away. The other day though, I happened to notice someone was selling the set on Facebook for $5 cheaper. So I snatched it up as quick as I could.
It was a little banged up from years of use. From what I found on the label, I’m thinking v. 1999 means it was from 1999. So it has been around for a while but still going strong. Now there is nothing wrong with the original look but I wasn’t interested in the raw look. I had seen some ‘hacks’ of this table set and decided I wanted to do some updates to it. Make it personal. :)
So I started with a fabric I found. I love it because it reminds me of quilts. I also got some vinyl so I could easily whip messes off the chair seats.
I did throw in a layer of quilt batting for a small amount of padding for the seats but I didn’t want too much bulkiness.
Then I painted the top with chalkboard paint so I can doodle little things for Livi and when she is older she can doodle as well. But only when she knows that she can only color there and not on other furniture.
Then staining. This was my first time ever using stain and I have to say, it’s not as easy as it looks. I did have to sand all the pieces down first because it appears that someone decided to put a clear coat on everything at some point. Sanding wasn’t horrible though. I do like how the stain turned out. After I assembled everything, I thought that i should have just painted it all white but I think I made a good choice the first time around.
I also got a piece of plexiglass to put over the chalkboard top. These way, food and other messes can be easily cleaned up as well. I had read some comments from others who did this hack and they said that food messes on chalkboard is the worse. So I wanted to just eliminate the headache first thing. And it’s a good thing I did because just this morning Liv ate at the table and managed to mush sticky stuff all over it.
Now I’m hoping to snatch up a cheap Little Tikes picnic table or similar and give that a custom makeover.
Some crazy faces this lady makes for the camera. She likes having her picture taken though and will say CHEEEEESSSSSSSSSE!
We are also learning how to respond to the question, “how old are you?” by using her finger to make the number 1. We are almost there. :)
Here is a photo of Olivia exactly one year ago today. We were waiting to board our flight back home. She has changed so much!
In my quilting world, things have gotten rough. I finished my main piece with Link and Zelda, this is also the very middle of the quilt. But Zelda turned out a lot bigger than Link. Trying to line up all the seams was very difficult when I attached them together and it caused a lot of puckering and ways. I didn’t like it.
I was worried that if I left as is, then it came time to quilt, it would pucker even more. So I decided to remove Zelda, cut all new squares (all the old ones can’t be salvaged), and start again. This time, I am taking the time to draw the graph on my interface so everything is even. Link doesn’t have a graph but I feel like it isn’t off too much when I add the sides and top. It does suck to have to redo such a large piece but I’d rather it be more manageable when it will be quilted.
And, I’m starting on a gift quilt for a friend. I cut everything last night (this was easy and not as stressful as the Zelda quilt) and then laid out all the colored squares to see how the colors will play together.
I needed a visual because just trying to imagine it in my head isn’t the easiest. This is most of it….I ran out of room on my design wall. But at least I see how it will look now. All the colored squares will become the corners of white squares (so triangles in the end). I just need something else to work on when I need a break from my Zelda quilt.
I’m not entirely sure when I started this project, I’m sure I could go through some history on Facebook to find out but I know it was last month.
One day while reading some posts in a Modern Quilting group on Facebook, I came across someone’s photo of a Super Mario Bros. quilt they made. I thought it was awesome. She then told me that she has a pattern made up I could use. I was super excited. After reviewing her pattern, I realized I could easily make almost anything with the same concept. Since it was based on a classic Nintendo game, I thought I could make one based on my favorite game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
I did some research to see of someone had already made one or if there was a pattern. I did find one quilt that someone made but there was no pattern I could find. So I decided to continue with my idea. I did make sure to change it from the quilt I saw on Etsy though.
Designing it wasn’t difficult. I used Excel since all I had to do was color in the squares and then use a formula to count how many of each color was needed.
After everything was complete with the excel sheet, I went to town cutting squares….lots and lots of squares, over 5000 total. All of them measuring 1.5 inches.
I paced this out since I know it would have cost a large amount if I were to buy all the fabric at once. Cutting fabric took a couple of weeks because of this.
When I started posting photos to the quilting group on Facebook, I was lucky that someone was kind enough to tell me about a simpler way to sew all the little squares together. I don’t know if there is a name to the method but it includes using fusible interfacing. All I have to do is lay out the squares in the correct order on the interfacing and iron it on. Then fold over and sew where the seams would be. It has been a huge help. Ironing is the part that’s the most cumbersome. Some many seams to press open and burnt fingertips. I wonder if my iron hates me yet.
It’s coming along slowly but a lot faster than piecing each square individually.
I bought the fabric a few months back because I thought it was so pretty. It’s the Norwegian Forest Too by Michael Miller. I bought it was a layer cake.
I finally found a decent pattern that didn’t require too much more fabric. It’s called the Double Slice. It’s very easy actually and I had the quilt top done (without borders) within 2 days.
It’s roughly a twin size. I think it’s a few inches shorter all around for a standard twin though. But should work for a child. Mostly for Liv when she get a big kid bed.
I struggled with quilting it. It was so big and bulky….and since I have only quilted a small handful of things before…I am not very good at it yet. I choose a large meandering pattern just to get more practice with free motion. I’m not really happy with the over all but it’s done and it is functional. I used a variegated thread that matched the colors of the prints.
I think more crib size quilts need to be made before I try my hand at free motion quilting a queen size. I do want to get a queen size made by the time summer gets here though so I can put away the large duvet I am using now.
Livi turned 14 months on the 1st. She has been testing us a lot lately. When she gets mad, she will grab whatever she can and throws it on the ground while looking at us straight in the eye. She is kind of a butthead.
She has also learned a few more signs. She is picking them up pretty easily now. She now knows Thank You, Cookie, and Poop. She doesn’t realize what poop is yet but I’m hoping she can figure it out soon so she can tell me when she needs a new diaper. That would be nice.
I also converted her crib into a toddler bed yesterday. She did well sleeping in it last night. Didn’t try to get out once. We will see how long that lasts though.
When she woke up, I found her chewing on her guard rail. Silly lady.
Some randomness of Liv!
Having fun snapping photos
Dress I made for her
She can physically move her ball pit around the room now.
On Little Baby Gavin‘s blog, she was talking about embracing 2014 and how she wants to slow down in this new year and just spend time with her little growing family. Who are so very cute and can’t wait to see the new little one. I need to think about doing that myself.
But in the mean time, I have thought up a very achievable goal for myself this year. It might seem easy to some but for me it’s hard. And thats finishing projects. I have started quilting recently and I’m getting more and more patterns and ideas for some cute quilts. Normally I have a problem with starting a project but not finishing it before it’s complete. Now, I’m not going to set a goal for finishing a project before starting another….quilting is too easy to start a new project all the time. Plus I like mixing things up so I don’t get too bored. But I do want to be able to actually finish everything I start this year. It’s a big goal for me but I really want to follow through. I want hubby to see that I mean business when I spend the money on all the awesome fabric and supplies.
Fingers crossed on making it all work out. Now to get a new sewing machine to get the job done easier. :)
We are continuing with the monthly photos. M said he wanted to keep going for a while and then make a slide show out of all the photos. I think it’s a great idea and thought it was sweet that her daddy wanted something like that. So here is Livi at 13 months. She really is growing!