Carter’s 2 Year Pictures

The first order of business is announcing the winner of this fat quarter pack from my last post -

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The randomly selected winner is:

Deborah A Manning, who commented on July 28th at 8:01 pm

Please email your shipping address to me at: and I will ship your fat quarter pack out right away!


I am so behind on blogging that I have yet to share Carter’s 2 year pictures or even show a baby bump picture!  Carter is already 25 1/2 months, so we will start with that first.  A few of you have been asking for an update and I am more than happy to oblige!  (I will also make a few comments here and there – just so I can refer back and remember what he was all up to at this age).

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Carter turned 2 on June 13th.  I was so busy thinking about planning a party for each side of the family that I totally forgot it was also our Anniversary!



One of Carter’s favorite things to do is be outside.



Much of the time outside includes water.  Early this summer, we just had the water table to play in, but that didn’t stop him from getting completely drenched each time we went outside.  I think we average about 2-3 outfits per day.



Now that the lake has warmed up and the water levels are down, he is spending a lot of time in the lake.  (We had the coldest winter in 30 years, followed by the second wettest June on record.  That meant that lake season really didn’t start until July)

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(BTW – did you see how huge Romy has gotten?)


He also loves boat rides – especially sitting in Dad’s lap and trying to drive.



He is obsessed with driving and keys.  Not fake keys, only the real ones and not play cars, but real ones.  We spend hours and hours every week sitting in the car while Carter pretends to drive to Grandma’s, the zoo, or go grocery shopping.  Did you know that you don’t have to start the car to be able to put it in neutral?  All you need is a 2-year-old, sitting in a truck, playing with the keys.  It all seems pretty harmless until you see the trunk with your precious 2-year-old in it roll a few feet into the garage door.  Somehow he had gotten the correct key in the ignition, depressed the brake pedal, while pulling the truck into neutral.   We were standing right there and no one was hurt, so we were lucky.  All the keys are now kept on top of the fridge.  He asks for them constantly and knows which keys go with which of our vehicles.   Lord help me.


He is also obsessed with this hat, as you can see in many of his pictures.  Substitutions with that have also failed.  Have I mentioned that he really, really, really, really knows what he wants?



He also loves rough housing with Dad.  Everything is Dad’s.  Dad’s boat, Dad’s truck, Dad’s this and Dad’s that.  The main thing Carter and I have in common is our love of chocolate.  I’m just kidding – but not about the loving chocolate part.  We both really love chocolate.  (I read yesterday that what a woman eats a lot of in her third trimester is often a food the kid loves.  Let’s just say this next baby might have an even stronger chocolate addiction than Carter).



His other favorite thing is still letters.  Now he is obsessed with all the sounds.  many times a day, I hear him say “Yetters make sounds”.  We are constantly drawing him letters or rolling his Play-Doh into letter shapes so he can tell us what sound it makes and what words start with that sound.   As my husband says, “I think he is going to be a nerd.”  (He’s definitely not going to be an athlete.  When you ask him to jump, the only thing that goes up are his arms).

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Two things that Carter hates are: not getting his way and cameras. We tried having family pictures a week ago and I am still recovering.  He wouldn’t smile at all or even sit still for the pictures.  There were so many bratty moments that I just didn’t even know what to do with him.  Despite all his cute moments, he can be quite the challenge.  I will show you a couple of those pictures anyways -



And a bigger bump shot for you -

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And the only one with Carter smiling -

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I am about 3 1/2 weeks from my due date.  So far everything is going well, though I am definitely feeling my age and being pregnant.  On Wednesday I had a check up and found that I am already dilated to a 4 and thought – “Well that explains a few things”.  Maybe it’s not just my age after all ;-)  So do ya think I better get that hospital bag packed?








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I Love Puppies has Arrived!

I’m just popping in quickly to tell you the new Puppy fabrics have finally arrived and are arriving in stores now!

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I always give away the first fat quarter pack – so if you are interested in this pack and want to be entered into the drawing, please leave me a comment!  I will draw a name later on this week, so be sure to stop back and see if you are the winner.



I am working on getting the kits cut up and shipped out, for those of you who have already ordered.  If you missed the posts with the kits, here is what I have made up with the fabrics, cut to show you how the fabrics look made up into a quilt.

Sweet Dreams – link here.



Oh Baby – link here.



Puppy Love – link here.



Building Blocks – link here.



The free pattern offered by Henry Glass – link here to the download and link here to the kit.

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And lastly, the link to the yardage and fat quarter packs.  We also want to encourage you to support your local quilt shop by purchasing the fabric from them, if they have it.  We offer a very limited number of kits and packs, just for those who can’t find it at their local shop or favorite online store.

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In the meantime, don’t forget to enter your name into the drawing for the fat quarter pack.  Any comment will do – or feel free to tell me what you would make with it or who the quilt would be for.


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Patchwork Mosiac Runner

I finished up a runner for my dining room.  I started it 2 or 3 years ago and the top has been sitting in my closet since then.  I found it the other day and was reminded how much I love this fabric line, and I was so close to being done, so why not finish it?



I quickly got the quilting and binding done, so it’s ready for its close up.



Seriously, what took me so long?  I love these fabrics, though I can’t remember the name of the fabric line.  I am assuming it was done by Basic Grey, as it contains a few of their “Grunge” prints.  If anybody remembers the name of the line, please leave it in the comments . . . .



This runner was published in my “On the Run” book, quite a few years ago.  It was when hexagons were first starting to surface, along with a technique for assembling them that didn’t require y-seams.  In the photo below, you can see the runner is assembled using half-hexagon blocks, which are sewn into rows.  It’s so much easier that way!



This runner is cut from a Charm Pack and does not require a special ruler.  You will also need a bit of background and some binding fabric.



Below are the original runners from the “On the Run” book  (not to be confused with our new “On the Run Again” book.)

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I could easily make a few more of these.  I need to go check my Charm pack stash . . . . . .

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The Last of the Puppy Quilts

I just finished the binding last night on the last of the puppy quilts.  It’s my favorite of the bunch.  Eventually it will go on Carter’s big boy bed, which hopefully won’t be happening anytime too soon.  He’s growing up fast, but I can find other uses for the quilt without having to move him into a twin bed!  In fact, I plan to take his 2 year pictures with the quilt on Thursday.  I have an orange sweater that I just knit him, so hopefully it will match well enough for some cute pictures ;-)



The pattern is a very old one of mine – In fact I designed it 9 years ago and it’s called Sweet Dreams.

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The original pattern looks like this –   Very soft and feminine.



As you can see, it works well for boys too.  The reason that I wanted to use the pattern is that it has a good place to show off the argyle from the I Love Puppies fabric line.

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This is available as a kit here.   The size is 71″ x 84″ – so roughly a twin size.




Lastly, there is a free pattern that Henry Glass is offering to go with the fabrics.  You can click here to download the free pattern!  (Also available as a kit here).

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I know it’s been a bit of a puppy overload over here lately, but I have been waiting a year for the fabric to arrive and it’s fun to share when it does.  I hope you like the line – Please look for it at your local quilt shop in the next couple weeks!  You can view all of the projects I have made from the line here.

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More Puppy Quilts

The wind cooperated today and I was able to get a few photos of two more finished quilts featuring my fabric line “I Love Puppies.”

The first one is called Building Blocks and can be found in our “Little Quilts for Little Kids” book.

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This pattern is designed to show off large pieces of a feature fabric – in this case, the aqua puppy print.



I am having some trouble with my camera lately – My photos are so blurry and washed out.  The cad shows the fabric much better.  (I think it’s time to send the camera in to be looked at – These photos are not good!!!)

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The argyle print pulls everything together and frames the quilt so nicely.  Plus, it’s so boyish -



I fussy cut a few of the puppies inside the pieced blocks.  (which would work great for this pattern  also, which you may remember I did with the Fishy panel from my last boy fabric line.)

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The second quilt is also from the kids book and is called “Oh Baby”.  I plan to decorate Carter’s new room with this line, so he needed another quilt with his name on it for that room (the new baby will be getting his room and all his previous quilts were made with the Fishy fabrics)



This one is also framed in the argyle print – which I can’t seem to stop using!  It works so well with the line.  It was inspired by the argyle I painted on the walls in his room.  (Click here to see his room)



I used the panel-style print from the line for the backing.



I framed the panel print in orange, making the border just slightly wider than the border on the front side of the quilt.  I think it’s cuter this way, than using just the panel print.  It probably only took me an extra 10 minutes, so it was totally worth it.



(Again – a cad image to give you a more accurate image of what the fabric actually looks like.)

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For those of you who have asked – we will be offering kits of the puppy quilts on a first come-first serve basis.  The fabric won’t be here until July, but you can pre-order here.


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Puppy Love

My sample yardage of “I Love Puppies” arrived a couple of weeks back and I’ve been busy planning projects to make out of it.



So far I have three quilts finished and bound and one more that is waiting for border fabric before I can go any further.  This is the one that I have photos of –  The rest will have to wait for a day when it’s not so windy.

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Here’s a shot of the entire quilt.  It’s called Puppy Love and can be found in our Little Quilts for Little Kids book.



This one goes together really fast.  I had it pretty much put together during one of Carter’s naps – Which is usually about 2 hrs.  That includes the applique, which I do my machine.  I love when something comes together quickly!

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Some of you have asked, and the fabric will be in stores in July.  I will also be offering some bundles and kits on my website.  I will keep you updated on when they are available.


All for now!  I’ll be back with my puppy quilts shortly.




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Clear Creek Pullover

Finally!  A finished knit project.  I really got out of the knitting mode for a while.  I’m not sure what happened, but it was very unlike me not to have a knitting project always at hand.  Not to worry, the obsession is back and once again I am wondering when I get to start a new project!  I just finished a sweater for myself and one for Carter, so now there is another one for me started, and one for the new baby.


Here are a few shots and details of the one I finished for myself.  You will just have to image the fit, as my big pregnant belly doesn’t currently fit very well in it.  I can get it on, but the front gets completely stretched out and it rises up about 3″ in the front.  You can’t help but laugh when you see it, it looks so ridiculous.


The pattern is the Clear Creek Pullover, from Interweave Knits.  It’s a very quick, easy knit and I really enjoyed working on it.  I love that there are short rows across the back of the neck, so that it doesn’t hang down in the back (which is something I have complained about here in the past when I have made top-down sweaters).



You can see the short-rows a bit in this picture.  The top band is a bit thicker in the back.  It’s only a few rows, but it’s just enough.  This photo also shows the sleeve detail.  I love Raglan sleeves – again something I have mentioned in the past.



The yarn is made by Claudia Hand Painted Yarn.  It is hand dyed linen, so it has wonderful color variations and beautiful drape.  In person, it’s actually a darker, richer color, but I had trouble capturing its true color with my camera.  I was really impressed with the linen – which I am having to switch to for my summer sweaters, as I am running a little hotter since having Carter and being pregnant.  The linen is much cooler than cotton and way cooler than wool, my preferred fiber.  It feels almost crusty in the skein, but after washing and drying this, it is much softer and has beautiful drape.  I didn’t even block it, just pulled it out of the dryer and laid it flat to finish drying.


The bottom hem here looks a bit ruffled, but it goes away once it’s on.  I did notice that for some of the projects on Ravelry, this did not go away.  Something you could easily adjust for by using smaller needles for that part of the sweater.


You can find more details on my mods by checking my Ravelry page here.   My next project for myself is using another linen yarn, that claims to be the softest.  Will report on that as soon as I am finished.   Does anyone else have a prefered linen?  If so, please share in the comments.

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