Carter’s Baby Quilts

Carter’s baby quilts got started back when I was working on my Little Quilts 4 Little Kids book.  I didn’t put the quilts in the book because we kept his name a secret until he was born.  Without a deadline, his quilts didn’t get finished up in a very timely manner.  I have been anxious to finish them so I could get his room together.  Somehow, they just seemed to put the finishing touches on his room.  I will show you that in my next post, but for now, I will share the photos of the finished quilts.

First up, he had to have a puppy quilt.

The pattern is called Puppy Love and can be found in this book.

The feature fabrics are Woodland Tails by Sheri Berry.  I purchased them from Hawthorne Threads.  The rest are from my stash.

This quilt goes on the rocking chair in his room.  Right now it will probably be more for looks than use.   When he gets older, he might decide he wants to use it.  In the meantime, he loves his blankets with the silky edges so we are using them more.

His second baby quilt is the Here Fishy, Fishy quilt.  My Mom started this one when I needed the pattern tested for the kids book.

I had her hold off on finishing it because I wanted to add more fish to it (at his Daddy’s request.)

Here is a shot of the original – with only two fish.

I have to say, I love the one with more fish better.  I always hesitate to add that much applique to the projects in my books, because it scares people away from making the quilt.  In this case, I think it is totally worth it.

This quilt hangs over the crib in his room.

I love it!  I hope he will too someday.  I will have to start sharing my love of chevrons, googly eyes, and bright colors with him at an early age 😉

I’ll be back shortly to share the rest of the room . . . .

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2 Months

I can hardly believe it, but Carter is over 2 months old already!   Today he is 9 weeks and 2 days old, so I am a little late in getting to this post.  Over the last month I have been trying to take lots of photos of him.  I am so painfully aware of how fast this is going, that I don’t want to miss a minute of it.  I also don’t trust myself to remember, thus all the pictures to remind me.

So are you ready for picture over load?

Just warning you.

This photo was taken at about 6 weeks.  The next photo was at 8 weeks.

As you can see, he is now ready to try out for the pee wee football team.

At his 2 month checkup, he was in the 90th percentile for height and the 96th for weight.  Nicely proportioned, don’t ya think?

He is now full of these cute little rolls.

I especially love the one above his wrist.  It’s so kissable . .

We are so grateful to have such a healthy, happy boy.

He has made some great strides this week.  He is now getting up only once a night to eat.  It was three times a night, so I am grateful to be getting more sleep now.

Secondly, he has started napping more regularly.  (again, see how kissable he is?  Check out those perfect little lips . . . )

For a while there, the napping thing wasn’t going so good.  He would only nap about once every four days.  On the days he didn’t nap, he would finally fall asleep at five in the afternoon.   He wasn’t usually too fussy, but there were days when a nap would have been nice.  My job doesn’t come with maternity leave, so there were always a few things to attend to every day.  This week he has taken a morning nap and a long afternoon nap each day.  What a difference that has made!  I have finished up a few projects and I feel better knowing that he is getting some rest.  During those long naps, I find it a little hard to wait until he wakes up.  I just miss this little face!  Sappy, I know.

The third big thing was that he rolled over yesterday.  He hasn’t been the biggest fan of tummy time  (as you can kinda see in the photo below – no smile). 

He squawks the entire time and yesterday he was so worked up that he pushed hard enough with his arms to roll himself over. We thought it was a fluke, but when he did it a second time, I wondered. Can a 2 month old learn things like this?  Hmmm . . . . Not sure about that one.  I guess I will have to see how often he does it.

At 2 months, his favorite things are the swing, his silky blankets, a flashing musical star, smiling, talking, and obviously, milk.  His least favorite things were napping and tummy time. 

I wonder what 3 months will bring?

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Knitting Update

I have been getting a whole lot of nothing done lately, but I do have a couple of knitting projects that I finished a while ago that I can share with you.

The first is this owl hat that I made for my nephew.

I found the pattern on Ravelry (link here).  I changed the pattern only a little bit by making the hat a bit shorter, the beak bigger, and the eyes a bit smaller.  I wish I would have made the eyes a little bit bigger, but I didn’t realize that making the beak bigger would result in my eyes being smaller 😉

This was a really fun hat to make – but then again, I always enjoy making little kids hat.  I will probably make another one for Carter, once I see how he does with wearing hats.   In the meantime, I will enjoy seeing it on this little guy!

You can find my Ravelry link for this project here.
I also finished up this little sweater vest a while ago   –   like a couple of months before Carter was born!  The pattern is Pembroke by Kirsten Kapur.

I made it from some leftover yarn from this project. (ravelry link here)

I had two skeins left, which was just barely enough for this little vest.  Thanks to my yarn scale, I could weigh my yarn as I went to make sure that I had enough to complete the project.  I worked the back first (shown below), as that took slightly more yarn than the front because of the v-neck.

I took this photo of Carter wearing the vest several weeks ago.  He didn’t really cooperate very well for the photo.  He just kept wanting to curl up and go back to sleep!  I will try for another photo again later . . .

You can find my Ravelry link for this project here.

Anyone knitting anything fun lately?

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Baby Showers

Hi Everyone!

Just thought I’d pop in for a quick Hi and to share a few pictures from a couple of baby showers.  Joel’s sisters and Mom threw a shower a few weeks ago for me.  I just had to show you the cake that they had made.  Look closely and you will see some feet and a little green bum.

Now check out the side version and you see it’s a little baby hiding under a quilt.  It’s that the cutest thing?  The quilt design was fashion after the argyle that I did in Carter’s room.  Remember?

The shower was outside,  where we took a 4 generation picture with Joel’s Mom and 98-year-old Grandma!  98 – Isn’t that amazing?

We received lots of great gifts – including some hand-made items from Joel’s sister.  She made a “hooter hider” and “peepee tepees” for me.  I was surprised at how many of the people didn’t know what a hooter hider was!  I will admit that I had never seen peepee tepees, but I now had 18 of them to help cut down on the occasion showers that happen while changing Carter’s diaper.

My Mom’s sisters threw a shower for me last Friday and there were two more great cakes (both made by my Aunt Sheri – Thanks Aunti She-She!).

The first was a chocolate truffle cake, cut and decorated to look like a baby buggy.  Too Cute!

The second was this great diaper cake, loaded with fun things for Carter.  It makes for an adorable center piece at the shower, yet practical because I get to take it home and use everything in it (unlike flowers that only last a few days). 

Carter is now 7 weeks old and growing like a weed! He is weighing in at 14 pounds and has grown 3″ in length.   As you can see, he is quite a bit bigger than the last time you saw him!

Over the last week he is getting on more of a sleeping schedule (knock on wood) and getting so much more interactive.  I love all the smiles and coos we are getting.

I even love his cute scowls!

I also love all the great people in our lives and the wonderful gifts that have been given to us over the last two months!  It has been quite overwhelming !!  Carter says Thanks!!!!

I better get back to my baby and my sewing – which is now a little more possible thanks to this shower gift – it’s called the Moby wrap.  It keeps my hands free to work, Carter seems to like it, and it usually results in a nice nap!

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Lucky Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the give-away!  I enjoyed reading all your comments on what you have been up to over the past weekend (and all your nice comments about the fabric and Carter).  A surprising number of you were getting to quilt, so that’s great!   Soon, one of you will be getting another reason to quilt – as this Fat Quarter pack will be arriving at your doorstep!

That lucky winner is:   Wendy T!!!

Please e-mail your shipping information to:

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get another quilt finished with this fabric.  Carter took two nice naps in the studio with me, so I could get the binding sewn on. 

I will admit that my binding is totally machine done and that is part of the reason it is finished.  If I have to choose between hand-stitching my binding and holding my baby, I am gonna pick the baby!

I love the way the red letters just POP on the brown. 

I also love the backing . . .

This pattern is from my “Little Quilts 4 Little Kids” book.  You may remember when I showed you the original versions from the book ~

As you can see, this pattern doesn’t have to be a name quilt – Just change the name into one of your favorite sayings!  (tho these fabrics would work for a little girl too, don’t ya think?)

You can find several different fonts for making your own letters under my Tutorials tab. 

You can find the kits for this quilt here.  (By the way, the kit will include the words, full size and ready to trace.)

One more thing – Henry Glass is offering a free pattern for the fabrics.  Have you seen it?  Click here to see the quilt and here to download the free pattern.

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Friday Finish


Happy Friday!

These happy little flowers are new in my garden this year, and I just had to share them with you.  I love any daisy-type flower, so my garden (and my quilts, as you will see) are full of them!

I also wanted to tell you that my Seaside Cottage has finally arrived in stores!  I showed you this picture of the prints a few weeks back . . .

I’ve finally gotten a quilt done with the fabrics – Thanks to Mom (again) for getting the applique done and borders on (I got the blocks done the day before I went to the hospital to have Carter, thus the need for Mom’s help!)

Here’s a shot of those daisies that I mentioned earlier –

And a close up of a few more of the prints –

Today, I think my favorite print is the outer border –

As is tradition on my blog, I am giving away a fat quarter pack to one of my readers!  Just leave me a comment to be entered to win – maybe on what you are doing this weekend or something like that.

Hopefully you will find the fabric at your local shop.  If not, you can find a few kits, fat quarter packs , and some yardage on our retail website.

Have a great weekend and I will announce the winners of the fat quarter pack next week!


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One Month

I can’t believe Carter is now one month old!

The time has just flown by and he is already so much bigger.

His arms, legs, and tummy are filling out.  He is loosing his crop of hair, though only on his forehead!  It makes for an interesting hairline 😉  He is sleeping a lot less and eating a lot more.  He loves being held, stroller rides, car rides, the rocking chair, and grunting loudly.  He hates bath time, being dressed, and having his diaper changed.  He also seems to be developing a dislike for napping.  Two days this week, he didn’t nap more than a half hour the whole day.  Then he fell asleep at 5:00 and slept the rest of the night, other than waking up to eat.  Today he is napping a bit more, so each day is a bit different and I haven’t settled into a routine with him yet.  I’m not sure at what age that happens . . . .

He was a little more interactive than usual today, so I took these pictures.  Then I tried to push my luck by dressing him in a sweater and the picture session quickly ended.  It is really fun that he is interacting and smiling more!

A couple of days later, I tried a few more shots . . .

In these next shots, he was so sound asleep that I could have changed his diaper, dressed him in a frilly pink dress, ran cold water over him and strapped him to a galloping horse and he wouldn’t have woken up.  It makes for a great time to rearrange him in different poses and he stays that way until I get the shot!




For those of you who have asked for more Carter pictures, hopefully this will tide you over until I get a chance to do a little more photography!  In my last post, I said I would be back shortly with pictures of a quilt, but the quilt will have to wait until the next time!

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