Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall Fun

The sun has finally made an appearance! After nearly a week or two of gray skies, we finally could take advantage of our yard full of leaves. I don't know if it was the cool summer or lack of fall sun, but our maple trees were the prettiest color this fall. Normally they're pretty for a day and then turn brown. This time they were bright orange, yellow, and red for at least a week.

Ian took control of the rake right away, but really didn't move any of the leaves. When we got the piles made, he didn't like being in them at first, but after a few minutes he warmed up to them, calling them his house. Today he even laid down in them with Darrin as their beds. He helped Darrin fill the yard bags (all nine) with leaves, and that barely made a dent in the yard.

Raking the leaves

Playing in the leaves

Hooray for leaves!

Playing in the leaves

I'm just glad we could get outside and enjoy what's left of the warm weather. After this weekend, it will practically be dark by the time we get home from work and we won't be able to be outside.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hectic, Happy Weekend - Updated with Video

It was a great 3-day weekend and went way too fast. Friday we had our ultrasound. Ian went along, but could really have cared less. Luckily he had fun playing with his cars on the bed I was laying on. Everything is great with the baby- the levels are either where they should be or better than what they should be. And there wasn't anything to garner a change in our due date, so it stays March 2nd. During the ultrasound, the baby moved around a lot (you could see it kicking and pushing against me), but it wouldn't move so that we could get a front-face shot. So all of our pictures are profile shots. We also didn't find out the sex, so feel free to keep speculating.

On Saturday, I worked at the quilt show, and then Darrin and Ian came out. We had over 350 quilts on display. I showed two, neither of which I had judged, but it was cool to see them hanging up in my first show.

Marlena and her mom pieced this quilt for her wedding.
Sara was the big winner of our group, winning first place from the judge AND viewer's choice for both days of the show.

On Sunday, the gang came over for our weekly get-together. We had been spending the last few Sundays working on our entries for the quilt show, but with that behind us, we got back to scrapbooking (and Ian had fun convincing everyone to play cars and "cook" with him). I got one page done today from when Ian was one-and-a-half, and another one that just needs a title.
And for the heck of it, here's Ian in his "boat". That kid's imagination is going crazy lately and it's so cute what he thinks of.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I got it done!

See that UFO list, over there on the right- I just crossed off Shadow Play. It is done in time for the quilt show this weekend. I left for our quilt guild meeting at 6:20 last night, after eating a quick supper with my boys. At 5:55 I was tucking the last ends of threads between the layers of my Shadow Play quilt. I've been working feverishly on it the last two weeks to get it done. In less than 30 days it went from a pieced top to a quilt, which is crazy for me. Ian got very used to hearing, "Mommy's busy quilting, ask Daddy," and Daddy never seemed to mind. He played the part of both of us these last few weeks, and I'm so thankful for him. One night while I was working on it, I joked with him that he can't wait for me to get done so he doesn't have to do everything around the house. His response was that he can't wait for me to get it done so that he wouldn't be out 5 dollars. Marlena, Sara, and I have started a bet with each other. We pick a date and one of our unfinished projects (or more than one) to have completed by that date. If we don't get it done, we throw $5 into a pot. At the end of the school year, the person who completed the most of their projects wins the pot.

So that comment of Darrin's motivated me, along with his other comment that the center motifs look really cool (he usually never comments on the quilt unless I solicit an opinion). Thank God he said that comment about the motifs, or I would have given up. There were 41 of them and they started off taking about an hour each to sew, which is probably of combination of being the first ones and having lots of fabric to shove between the needle and my machine. I never wished for a long-arm machine more than I did sewing those center blocks. I tried sewing it with afree-motion foot, but there was too much fabric for me to shove to have my stitches look even halfway decent, so I had to switch to my walking foot and sew, pivot, sew, pivot, over and over. When I made it to the blocks closer to the edge, it wasn't too bad. By then it only took 25 minutes to sew the motif (as I write that, it still seems really slow when I look at the size of the motif). But I LOVE how they look. I also stitched up the long, diagonal between the tiny triangles and around the perimeter of the motif blocks to try and tack down some of those spots where there were lots of seams.

So that quilt, along with my Dick and Jane quilt, will be showing in the Cottonwood Quilt Show this weekend- the FIRST quilt show I've ever been in. Next UFO goal: Moneik's prize.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Isn't It Fall?

It is fall, right? I mean, our trees haven't even lost their leaves, and it's snowing outside- on OCTOBER 10!
They said just a dusting, but I think it's more than that... I'm glad it's not sticking to the cement. Darrin pointed out how nice it would be if it always worked that way, and I agreed. You'd have the fun part of the snow (sledding, snowmen) without the work part (shoveling). I pointed out to Darrin, though, that he's going to have to do most of the shoveling this year- thank you pregnancy.

At least it's cold enough for soup- both Darrin and Ian have colds so we'll be eating lots of soup this weekend.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Just a quick post to tide my parents over (I haven't posted about Ian for awhile) until I have time to post pictures of the pumpkin patch. Most of my time awake right now is spent frantically trying to get my quilt quilted, hence the infrequency of posts.

Below is a video of my Rockstar Ian rockin hard with his guitar at 8:00 in the morning. Who has this much energy this early??? Sorry about the poor lighting- I was trying to tape him without him seeing me, so I didn't get the lights turned on.