Monday, April 30, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Anyway, he was watching a movie and it was explaining why the T Rex's body shape was the way it was. I giggled when I overheard it. So, the T Rex had a monster sized head compared to his body. That put quite a bit of weight on the front end of the creature, which needed to be balanced out somehow. That is where the tail and strong back legs came in. The T Rex needed a long, heavy tail to keep it all happy, upright, and balanced.
I could not help but think of my body as of late. I have this monster sized tummy in the front, and that must be why my body feels the need to compensate with my back end to keep me balanced! It makes perfect dinosaur survival sense, as well as perfect pregnant lady sense! Well, okay, so it is a stretch and a mighty horrible excuse for my rear, but it makes me feel better! I laughed inwardly as I listened to the movie teaching my son about dinosaurs and that I could find a connection with myself and those ancient beasts!
Okay, quilting thoughts now. I am going to piece the backing of this one tomorrow so I can send it off to be quilted. This quilt started in 2006 and many of the blocks are made from quilters from all over the state. I of course had to make many many many more blocks to make it into a queen sized quilt, and so I guess that is what I have been doing for the past 6 years! I am excited to get this one on my bed!
I threw this quilt together yesterday. I bought 1/2 yard of a bunch of civil war era reproduction fabrics last week, cut them up Monday, and sewed them together yesterday. I need it to work on at a civil war school day event we are doing in May in SLC. I think I will take the wooden quilting frames and the whole shebang. It should be fun. It is a little larger than what a soldier's cot quilt would have been 150 years ago, as it is 72" by 96". I suppose that it will fit a modern twin bed nicely though! I purchased the backing fabric today and I am excited to get this sweet one finished.
I used to think civil war era fabric patterns and colors were hideously ugly, but I must admit, they are surely growing on me. Most of these are from one of Judy Rothermel's collections. Definitely not the trendy new Riley Blake patterned fabric, but I do love it!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Piece N Quilt, she had a referral contest that I won, which means I won a bunch of fabric from her site. The fabric I won is from the Cotton Blossoms fabric line and this is what became of it. I made a bunch of half square triangle blocks, and Kelsey laid them out in this pattern. I sewed them up, added a border, and now I have another quilt to bind! I had the quilter use a loftier batting so it is nice and snuggly and will be used just as a throw on the couch I think.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
You can see our kids in the lower half of this top picture if you look hard. But, can you find them in this picture below? They are there and loving the climb, those little thrill seekers!
Just one more note: I am such a pack rat. A portion of that full garbage is all the notes from Snow College and Utah State University I took and carefully packed away in file folders and boxes. I am not sure why I thought I needed it all, but it is a good thing I am feeling like throwing away things because now I am throwing! Well, all but the chemistry, geology, and biology notes and textbooks. There are just some things I can not part with! Happy Spring Break!
Friday, April 13, 2012
This is me last week. I just had a thought, "why do they make maternity shirts with horizontal stripes?" That is actually kind of silly. I am not sure why I am posting this picture of myself, since I feel as large as a house, or at least a condo or maybe even an apartment complex, but for the sake of documenting, here I am. I am one of those ladies who thinks other pregnant ladies are just the cutest thing I have ever seen, but when I am pregnant, none of those 'cute' thoughts are even considered. I look and feel like a beast, not a cute pregnant lady with a basketball in her shirt.
I think part of my problem with my pregnant self image is that my behind gets pregnant as well as my tummy. Yeah, not so good. One sweet friend of mine just said it was my body's way of balancing itself. I guess so! Either way, I must not feel too hideous because there is a gift straight from God in that body of mine. How grateful I am to be able to be a mother in Zion and have such sweet children given to me to take care of and teach. I have around 11 weeks until this little divine spirit arrives at our house and I must say I am super excited.
My sister asked me over the weekend what I was expecting this baby to be like. There is no way to know, but I did say that I thought it would be great if she has darker hair and eyes like my Kelsey. Kendal and Emmitt are my blondies, and it would be fun to even out with another brunette. When I answered my sister in this way she said, "No, I meant her little personality. You have such extreme personalities with your kids already, it just makes me wonder what this one will be like." I had never even thought about this baby's personality or temperament. Kind of funny. Will she be a neat freak like my Kelsey or more of a 'structured slob' like my Kendal? Will she be a lover and a snuggler like Emmitt, or will she prefer not to let me hold her like a baby when she no longer is one? She is definitely the most well-mannered baby to carry, with only a few little pokes and strokes to my insides, but, I still have 11 weeks of her growing body to get cramped, and then have her retaliate with a sense of claustrophobia she may have inherited from her mother!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
E is for . . .
Eating a roasted hot dog on Easter weekend.
A is for . . .
Ascending the clay hill in the wind just so you can roll your Easter eggs back down the clay hill and watch them disintegrate into just a yellow yolk by the time it makes it all the way down.
S is for . . .
Sit and slide all the way down the hill to gather up the eggs that made it to the bottom without too much damage, just to do it all again!
T is for . . .
Take them off and dump them out every 10 minutes. Sweet cowboy boots, gotta love them. He sure does!
E is for . . .
Easter Egg hunt at Grandpa and Grandma's house! Tori made up a sweet treasure hunt this year with some fun clues and a great map. They loved it.
R is for . . .
Really cute kids. My kids had a ball playing with their big cousin Brogan and loving on their baby cousin Brig. They loved staying in Grandpa's cabin, and spending time with cousins, aunt Tori, grandma, grandpa, and getting away for the weekend. Thanks mom, dad, and Tori for a fun Easter getaway!
EASTER - one of my favorite holidays. Not only for remembering the wonderful resurrection of our Lord and Savior, but for the fun family times as well.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Then I went to quilt guild tonight and received more money! We had a fun Design Challenge issued a few months ago and I made my blue and gray quilt for the challenge. The challenge was to make a two block quilt with two quilt blocks you hadn't ever seen together. I have been wanting to make a blue and gray civil war quilt, so I did. I like how it turned out. I won 2nd place and a little cash as well!
I also had to turn in my round robin assignment for the month. I was a little nervous about working on this block because it is so very out of my comfort zone with its modern fabric prints, but I think all is well. I added the white border, the orange and white churn dash border, and the little embroidery. I also received my next round robin assignment for this month . . . hope it turns out!
Not too much has happened around here that is blog worthy, but we have been very busy! Emmitt is loving the nice weather - it is hard to keep him in the house anymore!
Kelsey had her 4th grade program this week. 4th grade is all about Utah History and she has really enjoyed learning all about it. Her program was fun and Emmitt kept yelling "Where is my Telsey?" when she was not completely visible!
The kids colored eggs last night and they are excited for the weekend; so am I! We are going to my parents for the weekend and should have a wonderful time - if the weather cooperates. It is snowing again right now, but should be in the 70s by Sunday! Have a wonderful Easter folks!