memories

Watching the Phillies’ game last night reminded me of our last trip home (in August) and the wiffle ball spectacular, spectacular in the yard. How did I forget to post these until now? The mind wobbles, doesn’t it? (the line is about 13 minutes into the episode…).

colm explaining the rules to uncle b.
colm explaining the rules to uncle b.
is this legal?
is this legal?
too close to call
too close to call
play at second
play at second
what form
what form

mama’s new baby

Singer Curvy 8780
Singer Curvy 8780

Mummy got a new sewing machine for her birthday. It is amazing. I love it. It’s the Singer Curvy 8780 and it has 225 stitches (including a block alphabet) and the Costco set came with every foot you can imagine. Seriously, I’m giddy with presser feet. The only one that didn’t come in the box is the circular stitch foot that I must have, if only for the sake of a complete set and my own greed. Currently, Curvy lives on our dining room table, though she’ll be relocated to the craft room after Halloween. Here’s my review of the machine on patternreview.com.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I made a quilt for Regan’s birthday. Like Liam’s Circles and Stripes, it’s another pattern free, wonky quilt that measures about 30″ x 40″. The quilt front is composed of four wonky log cabin blocks made from two adorable fat quarter packs I found at Wal-Mart and the back is half fat quarters with two strips of stash fabric. I used the built in serpentine stitch in rows spaced 1.5-inches apart (sort of, my straight lines aren’t really straight). The fabric is 100% cotton (pre-washed) and it’s sandwiched with low-loft cotton batting. I didn’t pre-wash the batting, only the fabric, so once the finished quilt was washed it got extra crinkly. I hand embroidered “Regan” in split stitch in the lower right corner using pearl cotton.

regan_front.NEF  regan_back.NEF  regan.NEF

There were some scraps left over from Regan’s quilt so I put together a single wonky log cabin block to make a mini-quilt for Penny, Regan’s lovey. This marks my first attempt at free-motion quilting. Not great, but not as terrible as I feared either.

penny_front.NEF  penny_back.NEF  p.NEF

The photos could definitely be better, but with so many “helpers” you do what you can.

i'll help you mommy
i’ll help you mommy
i'll hold it down
no, let me.
is this better?
is this better?

fall-ish

what's wrong with dirt?
what's wrong with dirt?

So, it cooled down here for a minute. It’s back in the 80s again, but the trees tired of holding their leaves anyway. The boy loves playing outside. He is, as you can see, a big fan of dirt. He has a funky new crawl that he uses outside. He uses his left knee and right foot (so his right knee never touches the ground). It’s pretty funny.

Inside he crawls on his hands and knees, belly off the ground much more often these days. Liam can also stand unsupported for like 30 seconds, longer if he’s engrossed in something.

One of the big guy’s top teeth finally broke through. The other should cut any day now, perhaps even today. His mood greatly improved once that tooth popped through.

here. this is for you.
here. this is for you.

So, we’re officially done with bottles. I haven’t pumped in over a week. His grandparents have one last bag of frozen milk that he’ll get on Tuesday and after that it’s straight from the tap or nothing. Usually, he nurses upon waking and before bed, and sometimes before nap(s) and that’s it. However, he actually refused to nurse during the day all weekend, which is a little sad. I’ll keep offering during the day for another week or so, then give up the ghost on daytime sessions. He’ll be 11 months next week and eats so well that I’m not concerned about nutrition, but still… Those first weeks of breastfeeding I never (NEVER) would have believed that I’d be sad to see the end of nursing. Guess we’ll see how long he wants to do the wake up and bedtime feeds.

stylin' and profilin'
stylin' and profilin'

In other weekend news, Liam attended his very first birthday party for our neighbor Regan.  How cute is he in that shirt (thanks Laurie and A. Joni)? Liam adores Regan and whenever possible tackles her for kisses. It’s quite cute. Maybe not from her perspective, but what can you do? We  made her a quilt, which I’ll post about tomorrow.

That’s all for now. Have a good one.

not all ladybugs are ladies…

This is Frank.

Frank the pincushion
Frank the pincushion
pincushion bracelet
flower pincushion bracelet

He’s the followup to Cealinn’s flower pincushion bracelet and my entry in the Sew, Mama, Sew! scrap buster contest. Frank is a quick and fun sewing project that can easily be entirely hand sewn. There are a few little seams that you can zip up on a machine, but it’s a super tiny project. Enjoy!

Here’s the pdf.

Here it is on pattern review.

scrapbuster

you be the judge

Supergenius or not-so-much…

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So, the boy figured out that the circle shapes fit in the lower-right opening of the box. We verified that the location was key by rotating the box. The shape of the opening was irrelevant, Liam continued to try to force the circles into the lower-right opening.  He’s borrowing daddy’s technique. If it doesn’t fit the first time, hit it harder. Removing the shapes turned our boy wonder into a monkey caught in a banana trap. Pretty funny to watch.

Check out our little hippy’s hair. It’s getting long. I don’t think I’ll be able to have it cut. It’s just so soft. And he’s so cute when it’s messy.

hippy
Sunday wasn't all bad
ring, ring
ring, ring

Still no top teeth, but they are right there and causing our guy some serious discomfort. See the little bulges?

almost teeth
almost teeth