She Likes It!

Addy’s daddy sent me this picture on Saturday - 

I think she likes her new quilt.

 “Greetings, Earthlings!”

Rachel said Addy carried it around with her all weekend

 Astronauts and the space station

which makes me super happy.

Addy has always loved rabbits, so I asked My Pal Debbie to quilt this with Easter bunnies. Debbie thought I was nuts but it was the perfect touch. 

And surprise bonus - Addy discovered the solar system glows in the dark. How wonderful is that?!

P.S. The firefly quilt also lives at Rachel’s house now. 😍




and Donovan came to visit Wednesday while Pop was at his doctors appointment.

Do you know how hard it is to get one-handed photos of 

a squirmy 5-month old

while keeping an excited 2-year old “helper” from falling off the couch?

There were giggles all around.

Then I helped tried to help Leia with math homework (new math!). 

Her response? “Watch and learn, Grandma, watch and learn.” 😂

I deserve a medal. Or cookies. And a nap.


Old Faithful

Now that Firefly, space bunnies and Kingfisher quilts are finished, I’m back working on my long-term EPP project, inspired by this photo.

I calculated I’ll need 133 diamonds for a queen-ish-sized top and so far I’ve finished . . .


I also have 20 center flowers completed, so there is progress. Only 113 flowers and 132 diamonds left to do. Piece. Of. Cake. 


My Helper

The second quilt is finished and heading to its new home later this week (it’s a secret so no pictures yet). I would have finished it a lot sooner if I hadn’t had “help”.

See the yellow arrow? That’s where I was handstitching the binding with the quilt on my lap. And the green arrow?

That’s where Lily was snuggled up inside the quilt, all warm and cozy. That girl loves her quilts.


Pretty Fishies

Friday we took a day trip with Jaclyn to see “fisheees”.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is the perfect size for little ones. And best of all, kids are encouraged to touch and explore.

Jac couldn’t believe she was really allowed to put her hand in the water 

and touch the starfish, sea cucumbers and sea anemones - 

and the anemones “hugged” her back by closing their spines around her finger, something I’d never seen before. 

My favorite exhibit is always the jellyfish 

but Jac wasn’t impressed. 

Can’t touch them? Moving on. 

We explored the second floor for a short time

but Jac just wanted to go back downstairs

to the tide pools.

The end.


Kingfisher Update

My Kingfisher quilt has borders!

And a backing - 

10-year-old for size comparison - 

and is currently at Debbie’s house for long-arm quilting. And speaking of 10-year-olds . . . 

I turned my back for a second and Leia burrito-wrapped herself in the quilt back I was measuring. The *ironed* quilt back. Silly girl - good thing she’s cute!

Although I love the finished look and the colors, Kingfisher will not be on my list of favorite projects. I thoroughly enjoyed hand-making and stitching the hexie flowers 

but machine sewing the diamonds into columns (my first try at this) was neither fun nor overly-successful. I ripped and restitched lot of seams and I’m still not positive I found all the trouble spots. ☹️


More Strings

Last week was Leia’s turn to make strings.

I enticed her by saying she could use Big Baby, my biggest, fanciest sewing machine.

Leia wasn’t much interested in fabric cutting (unlike Leanne) but she did all her own sewing, finger pressing 

and ironing.

She made two blocks before deciding “I’m bored”, but I forgot to get a pic of the 2nd square. Our deal is, if she makes 2 more blocks, I’ll make her a pillow for the new double-decker bed Pop is making her. Crossing my fingers . . .