Makin’ A List . . .

Making a list of my current quilting projects in hopes it will break my inertia and get me motivated to do more than just sit on my b*tt working on EPP (English paper piecing) projects in front of the teevee every night. 

I want to make Gary and Shelly a housewarming quilt; escrow closes May 7-ish. Have the black and white fabrics but can’t decide on a pattern. . . 

Signature quilt from Donovan’s baby shower. He’s here, this needs to get done soon. Signed blocks will be the small snowballs; large snowballs will alternate the raccoon and hedgehog prints; dark blue is for the block corners and the binding. Thinking about throwing some orange in there to spice things up.

Bought Harvest Grunge fabric to make hubby a quilt. He picked the colors and likes this design.

Although they are hot hot HOT in the quilting world, I’ve never cared one way or another about Liberty of London fabrics. Until now. I spotted this octopus print at the Camarillo Quilters’ show and was all MUST HAVE IT NOW. Octopi will be the big blocks; other three fabrics will make up the pinwheels. 

I’ve joined a quilting guild in Santa Barbara; at my first meeting, I won a raffle prize and at my second, I was given this 10x6” container stuffed with 2.5” squares. They will eventually become two (three?) quilts - a traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden that I’ve already started; and a child’s quilt using the novelty prints. I also separated out the 30’s reproduction fabrics and may do a different EPP quilt with those . . . 

I love this octopus chart. For the ‘water’ (white squares), I’m planning to use the teal fabric, working the colors from dark at the bottom to light at the top. My initial plan was to use the gradient orange in the second fabric for the octopus. Still not sure about that. Wish I could find something like the teal in orange or red . . .

The top quarter is almost done on this one - it’s my favorite and I work on it most often. I’d be a lot further along but I ripped out all the white hexies because they were too “stark”. The replacement fabric has a hint of blue running through it. Much nicer. (And probably nobody but me would notice the difference.)


Nap Time

Sleepy time with mom

and dad.


Baby D

Three days and already looking older. They grow up too fast! 

 Dad says I sleep a lot . . .

The hospital had a photographer on staff to take baby pics and she was very good*. Newborn photos sure have changed since my kids were born. We got one shot and, good or bad, that’s all there was.  Ahh, the good old days. . . .

 Baby toes!

* These photos look much better in person. I couldn’t get the tones quite right on the downloaded pics.


Introducing …

Introducing Donovan Richard, our newest grand-love, 

born Monday, April 16, at 1:21 a.m., weighing in at 8 pounds and 20.5” long, 

with a full-head of the softest brown hair you could imagine. 

 One net for dad’s hair, another for his beard.

Mr. D arrived with a bit of drama. Mama was at the hospital, in the first stages of labor, when nurses noted Donovan’s heart rate was decreasing with each contraction. Not good.

 So mad!

Thirty minutes - and one emergency c-section - later, 

Donovan was safely out and in mom and dad’s arms.

 3:20 am. 2-hours old. Dad looks pretty happy.

And lucky me got to hold him when he was just two hours old! 

 Three generations 

Big sister, Leia, met Mr. D on Wednesday.

Looks like love at first sight,

on both their parts. 

Mom and baby are home now, doing well,

and Donovan is gradually meeting the rest of his family.

 Auntie Marie

Fortunately, he is very good-natured and is taking everything in stride. . . so far at least . . .

 Leanne and Donovan 


Mini Baker

Got home late Thursday night and found that Leia had baked (delicious!) chocolate chip cookies all by herself. 

And she did it one-handed. Very proud grandma moment.


Spring Visitor

Look who stopped by to admire our new landscaping. . . 

 Great Egret

He’s (she’s??j been here several times this past week, 

allowing camera-toting hubby 

to get progressively closer on each visit.

Hope he keeps stopping by!


Fiber Art Camp

The big girls* are in their second week of an after-school fiber arts class sponsored by  Studio Channel Islands.

This week was stamping on paper and fabric. They are pretty pleased with the results. (Me too!)

Next week they’ll add marbling to the stamped fabric, so the fish will appear to be swimming.

And bonus - Leia and Leanne each have a girl her own age in the group, which they love. The class was open to kids from 6 to 14, so what are the odds that the 6 participants (including 2 boys) would all pair up age-wise?? Everybody’s happy!

* I need to stop calling them “little” girls since, compared to Jaclyn and Donovan, they are now big kids. They’re growing up too fast!!