Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Happiness II

Happy Friday!  I am so glad it is Friday, and that Friday is my day off! Hurrah for being only part-time! Sometimes I wonder if I could survive a full day of teaching, and a full week! It just works out so perfectly because I can go teach, and then I can come home and play with my little boy (who currently wants to play by himself right now). So, extra bonus? I get some temporary 'me' time! :)

I have really been looking forward to these Fridays!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Planning, First Jelly Roll...

Well.. I did a practice piece for the jelly roll quilt and I love how cute it looks! I love having used scraps and thanks to Leah and her comment on my Where to Start? post, I was able to start there!

I have to say that I am just ecstatic about how it looks! I love it! I went kind of flying geese like on this because I am not really sure how else to tackle the size without loosing fabric to seams. And I found a pretty nifty chart (because I was thinking 4.5 was too big for the top and bottom). You can go to  Flying Geese Size Requirements and it lists the cuts for a finished geese from .5x1 to 4x8.. :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Literary Reader - Multicultural Titles

I am trying to develop a list of Must Read Books..
Mostly childrens books because 1) my son, and 2) my teaching..
I have found this awesome website called Paper Tigers and their blog is fascinating! Here is another cheer to the wonderful world of Blog-dom and Social Networking!
This website is focused on multicultural works for children. Now, one sometimes needs to be warry of multicultural children's books as they are not true to the different cultures. Authors perspective plays a HUGE roll in books. We learn that in school, to watch our perspective in our own personal writing, we have to be careful of other people's writing too.
This blog is awesome in that they have book reviews and suggestions for you! Of course, their website is even more informational! But, you'll just have to check it out for yourself! ;)
And so I begin my list by what I think sounds interesting...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Where To Start? First Jelly Roll

I am really liking these UFO Sunday posts on Free Motion Quilting! This week I have a question!

I won this awesome fabric from for promoting their 100 quilts for kids charity event and I have been trying to decide what to do with it! It is Fox Trails by Riley Blake and it is just so cute! I love the soft colors and the fun prints! But, I have been trying to decide what to do with this! This is my first jelly roll and I hate wasting fabric. I am not sure exactly how far this will go. Usually I just cut and sew from yardage!

But I can say that I am really looking forward to actually getting something made with this! :) Not to mention the learning experience that goes with it!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Happiness

The stress continues, but I spent this whole week just thinking, "ooh, this is Friday Felicity worthy!"...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

7 little teefers

I am so g;ad that Nikolai likes brushing his teeth. I know this wont last forever, and expecially since now he has 7, (yay for 7 teeth!) we really want to keep these teeth clean, happy and healthy. I will usually try to get the actually brushed before he takes over, because then I know they actually got the toothbrush to them! LOL. But he really likes to copy Momma and Dada when brushing his teeth! :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Listed UFOs

So, following this Sunday thing of unfinished objects, I have started taking pictures and trying to remember what it is that I have yet to finish. I figure that Nikolai's quilt no longer counts as a UFO and instead a WIP. Don't worry. I will post updates on his quilt later. I have 1/6 of the quilting on the inside to do, quilting the borders then the binding! Yay! Thanks for your comments, it has made the process so much more fun! Nikolai and I sing and dance (as well as I can seated anyway) to the kids station I have through Pandora. I think he is as excited as I am!

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Happiness Advantage - Friday Felicities

Don't you just love the blogging and social networking world! Isn't it amazing that you can seem to find certain things right when it seems you need them the most?
I came across Hoosier Toni's post Friday Felicities in my news feed in blogger and opened it. I will be honest I do not always read every blog post that pops up in my news feed, But this one caught my attention and led me to Felicity Quilts and something she does every Friday called Friday Felicities.
Well, it peaked my interest. Especially how my last couple of weeks had gone and I had to look into it. Felicity, over at Felicity Quilts will post about what she is thankful for (i.e. gratitudes) every Friday to keep things positive. She had gotten her idea from The Happiness Advantage.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Nikolai's Quilt: The Quilting Starts

I said that I needed to post updates and progress on this quilt. (it has been about 1.5 years since starting this thing), and I said I would link up with Free Motion So I need to stick with that because this needs to get done...

 I started it, my first time free motion quilting a quilt. The quilting part is more for the back than anything else, and I am sort of wishing that I used a light colored thread... But Brandon likes it, and Nikolai keeps wanting to touch it.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cool Finds and Juice Boxes

Well, the juice box thing is a little old. I just have not yet shared it with you yet. This is partly because I have forgotten and partly because I have not taken the time to go through the pictures that I have of him.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Nikolai's Quilt

Nope. It is not yet finished. Still rolled up and waiting to be quilted...

Here it is from January before I officially moved it off of the project wall, layered it with batting and the backing, only to have rolled it up and let it sit in the craft room for the last 8 months...