Sunday, May 31, 2015

David's testing lab

David's putting this blanket through rigorous scientific testing to make sure it will hold up in a one-year-old's hands!  

There's the playing on test... which it passed.


The laying upon test... which it also passed.


The dragging test... passed with an A+.

 
The chewing test... pass.

The high speed chase test... pass.


The burrito roll test... pass.


And the crawling test... pass!
 

Looks like this blankie is baby approved!!  Thanks David for testing it out for mama!

I'm also impressed with how ultra thin it is.  I quilted it without batting because I wanted something very flexible so I could tuck it in easier in a stroller or take it along in the diaper bag.  It's a perfect summertime blankie! 

 
Oh, and by the way, it's also already been through the washer and dryer and held up perfectly!  This woven & quilted blanket is mama and baby approved!

PS.  I don't have a table loom but if that is all you have, wouldn't it be a great project to use for it?!  :)




Saturday, May 30, 2015

Done, and I like it!

The quilt looks fabulous!  The handwoven fabric really adds some great charm.  It seemed to quilt up just fine, so I'm not worried about using handwovens in future projects! I decided to use regular fabric on the back for my first quilt just to make sure I could do it on my machine instead of ruining a whole bunch of handwoven fabric.  Turns out I can, and it looks ok!  I decided to quilt it myself on my sewing machine, and although it's not even close to perfect, it's awesome and I love it and all of its wobbly lines!  I'm going to wash it in the washer and dryer and then give it a test spin and let the baby roll around with it to see how it holds up.  I'm sure it will be fine, but he'll definitely find that out for me!  :)





OH, and PS.  the backing fabric is one of the two yards I won as a door prize at the quilt show I went to with my mom!  We're some of the most unluckiest people I know, so it was quite a pleasant surprise!  I think these colors match the whole quilt perfectly!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

I just put the crazy into this quilt


The quilt top is done!  I'm so happy with it!  I love it so very much!  It looks even better than what I saw in my head before I started it!  Now I need to focus on borders, but not very big because the quilt is already 36" across.  I don't want it more than 40" total.  I'm also thinking of weaving pinwheel fabric for the back and then quilting it myself on my own sewing machine.  I'll have to make the backing fabric after we get to Colorado, but I really like the idea of weaving my own backing fabric.  How cool it would be!!!

Today we also picked cherries and made a very yummy cherry pie from scratch!  With a homemade crust!  Nothing beats a homemade crust!!  The baby loves cherries, pitted of course!
 


Thursday, May 28, 2015

6 of 9 blocks


6 of the 9 blocks are done!  I'm really liking it a lot!  I can't wait to get all 9 blocks done and then sew it together into a small blanket!  It's very eye catching and I like that!

But of course, before sewing or any chores, we always go on a bike ride and play at the parks in town!  David certainly loves to play and he plays hard!  





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Combo

My combination weaving and sewing project is coming together, and even better than planned! I’m making the blocks really big so I can make a few baby quilts. The large blocks kind of happened by accident, but I like them! I think I will use 9 per quilt. The quilt will be about 36” across, plus a border probably. I’m not really working off of plans here, just kind of winging it and seeing it in my head as I go. I used strips of fabric that were 3”, 2”, and 1”. I just made sure each side had 1 of each size as I went around. That is why the blocks ended up so large. When I do another one, I might do 2 rows, 1” and 2” all the way around and use more blocks total in the quilt.





And now some of little man:







Friday, May 22, 2015

Fetching

If there's a stick to find, he will find it! He will also now fetch his shoes and jacket on command, too. I think he likes the outdoors! 
  




And my favorite picture so far on my small weaving project!  I had a chance to work on it today and that's one of the things that makes me happy!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

better picture

I take this photography stuff pretty serious sometimes!  I think the last weaving pic wasn't that great, so here is a new one!


I don't know if my plan to turn it into a quilt is a good plan or not, but I think it is and I can't wait to give it a try!  I want to make log-cabin blocks with solid fabrics.  I haven't decided if I will use just a few colors or just throw everything into the mix.  I also haven't decided if I will make a few different centers or just have it all purple and green.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A little unpacking so I can repack it




I couldn’t stand having all my weaving stuff packed up for our move, so when the moving date moved by a few weeks, I decided to unpack it and start a small project! I want to try a combination project. I was talking with my husband the other day how I would love a really big 8-shaft loom that I can weave blankets on, mainly so I could weave a pinwheel blanket. But unfortunately I just don’t have quite enough saved up (I’m really close to having enough saved up!) and also I am so busy with our baby (and there will be more in the next 5 years, so I will be even busier than I am now!) so I decided that now wouldn’t be a very good time to buy a very huge loom. My hubby gave me the idea to combine my quilting skills with my weaving skills and make a quilt that incorporates the 8-shaft pinwheel pattern in it! What a good idea… I plan on doing some big log cabin centers with plain fabric going around the outsides.

Of course, this project is nice and skinny so I can probably weave it up rather quickly and pack all the stuff up again for the move! :)

And a daily dose of David...







And a picture of my homemade wild blueberry pie with ice cream... it was delicious! Plus, it has one of my awesome dishtowels in the background.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

I love this little guy!



And I'm so glad I get to be his mommy!



And Brian's glad he gets to be a daddy, too!





And I think David's glad he's our son!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Springtime playtime

David enjoyed some water play today after our bike ride across town to play at the park.  He loves playing with water!
 




We're about T-minus 3 weeks from moving day!  We have buyers line up for our house here in Arizona and we've picked out a house to buy in Colorado Springs.  We are VERY VERY VERY excited to be together as a family again!  In fact, this will be the very first time we will be together as a family of 3, since Brian started commuting when I was still pregnant with David.

The house we will be moving to will have 4 bedrooms, so I actually get my very own loom room!  I'm so excited!  I haven't done much weaving or much of anything crafty because all my energy has been used up with packing and Brian's commute.  I'm looking forward to having creative energy again!