Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been blogging very much lately; we just found out we will be moving to Seattle in about 3 weeks from now! My husband had several job interviews (for one job) and we were hoping he would be offered the job but weren't sure until earlier this week. So now we are hurrying to get our house ready to sell and get our stuff ready to move. I started on the organizing/decluttering a few weeks ago and it has felt good to donate and trash a lot of the extra clutter around here. I did find out that neither Savers nor Goodwill will accept a fake Christmas tree in August, though. I still have a lot to do but I am trying to do some of the deep cleaning each day now along with continuing to go through all our stuff. It is going to be really hard for our family to leave our friends and neighbors here, and I know being in a new place will be challenging too, but we are excited to start a new adventure!
I don't have a lot of sewing of my own to show off but I did get my quilt from DQS11 in yesterday's mail.
The quilt was made by Karen, who goes by Fun & Comfort Quilts
on flickr. She was so generous and included workbooks for each of my kids and a quilting book for me, along with vintage zippers, trims, thread, and chocolate. Amazing. I really like the gorgeous color gradation in the quilt and the triangle blocks are so cute.
Also, I mailed my quilt for this swap on the last day which was Tuesday, and Marilyn
got it yesterday. I had a lot of fun making a quilt for someone that I actually know this time. She sent a really sweet thank-you email yesterday... as much as I love getting my quilt in these swaps, I have really enjoyed making quilts for someone else, especially when they really love it. :)
I also have a little toddler dress to show you:
This was made with the peasant top pattern from Little Girls, Big Style, with a few changes. I folded out some of the ease in the bodice front and back pieces, and the skirt tiers aren't as full as the pattern suggests in the book. I had to cut the whole thing out of this remnant of shirting fabric I had that was just under a yard. I shortened the sleeves, too. I like it, and I think my girl will be able to wear it into the fall and winter with long sleeves underneath and leggings or tights.
So... I will probably not be posting here very much for the next little while. I am still not sure if I will be able to have my sewing machine while we're in temporary housing so I am thinking I need to put myself together a little hexagon hand sewing kit to keep myself busy.