Made a cute backpack for Ezri today. Have had this idea for awhile. There’s a great free pattern for a tote bag on the Lazy Girls Design blog. I just changed the straps around to make it into a backpack. Here are some pictures. Here are more detailed pictures in a pdf file: childs-backpack1
Somehow, I am just now beginning to feel as if life is getting back to normal after a year and a half of worry about Ezriel and her HH. In the meantime three other grandchildren have been born.
I am just beginning to re-learn my machine after having it retrofitted with a stitch regulator. My first attempts were actually worse than non-stitch regulated.
But the best news of all–Ezri has decided to talk. She is naming everything and seems to finally be able to say anything she wants. And all this just days after being evaluated as being delayed in her speech.
Am in Cincy with the twins–will post pictures when I have some.
We’re back from Phoenix, but wanted to recap the past couple of months, as life has been a rollercoaster. After deciding that Ezri had to have surgery in late July-early August, I knew there were three baby quilts to be made: one for my nephew’s daughter due November 15, and two for my daughter’s twins due mid-November. I also decided to make one for Ezri to take with us on the trip. Here’s a recap of these quilts.
The first quilt was designed in EQ6. It took some puttering with the design until I got what I wanted. I used Makower teddy bear prints and batiks. The batiks were Maverick Star blocks from Quiltville.com and the teddy bear blocks were courthouse steps. I used a border print for the border. The quilting was a feather meander in the outer triangles and a star meander in the center blocks. I used piano keys on the border, as I did not want to detract from the print. The framing strips on the maverick star blocks were not the same width as the courthouse steps blocks–miscalculation/measurement on my part b/c I was using blocks that had already been made. It is still a nice quilt.
The next two quilts I made were for Emily’s twins, Nate and Wyatt. She used Dwell Studios designs for the nursery–the transportation and zoo themes. The quilts are blocks of color with white sashing. They are quilted with one of my designs: Spiral Stars. The digital design can be purchased from Intelligent Quilting.com.
Here are the quilts with the Dwell Studio linens:
The last quilt I made before leaving was one for Ezri to have for the trip to Phoenix. I used the Strip Twist pattern from Quiltville.com. I used the Moda Butterfly Fling jelly roll precut strips to make piecing quicker. I quilted the blocks with free-style square feathers and meandering butterflies in the border. Here are some photos.
I’ve been working on a new quilt design for using noodles (2.5 inches x width of fabric). It also lets me do some freezer paper piecing which is nice for lap work at night when I want to sit for a few minutes before bedtime. I have a miniature iron and a lap-size pressing board and can do almost everything in my lap except the seams. If we’re watching TV, I can go to the machine and do all the stitching during commercials. Here’s the picture, and the Electric Quilt 6 project link is below the picture. I think this is a possible baby quilt for Kes in June, or maybe one of the twins in the fall.
“When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” Helen Keller
As I reflect on the last few weeks/months of my life at work, I am struck over and over by how important everything we do or say means to sucess and happiness in the lives of others. Giving less than our best, whether it is in kindness or in productivity, can have profound effects. I think of this in terms of our beautiful granddaughter, Ezri, and her brain tumor and our continuing search for a scientific miracle. I think of this in terms of the individuals who work for me who trust me to promote the business of research so that they have jobs to support their families. I think of this in terms of those same individuals who have to do their best in order for me to promote the business of research. I think of this in terms of my peers who provide lateral support for my work and how much my best depends upon their best. And I think of this in terms of the scientists who cannot discover miracles unless they get the best from me. Miracles depend on everyone, and when one person is not present and does not do their best, then those miracles will be delayed or perhaps they don’t happen at all and that hurts someone.
This week we got house plans from Food for the Poor for houses for individuals in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Guyana. These houses are designed to withstand weather conditions and to provide safe shelter for the residents there. The cost of one of these houses is about $2600. That’s just a little more than we Americans would spend for an HDTV. How different are our needs and their needs. How much are we willing to give?
It has been so long since I have written, that I just want to do a short update, then will try to get back to writing every day. The late winter has been so busy with work and baby, that it has been hard to stop and write. I haven’t had time to sit still and just be.
The baby is doing well and at 15 months she is walking fairly well, loves her shape sorter, but doesn’t talk much. Well, she does say dog – that seems to be her favorite ‘person’ right now. Gave her first ice cream pop-up last weekend, and she really enjoyed it. She gets her monthly treatment on Monday. There is a possibility of a new way to deliver the medication through a capsule implanted beneath the skin. That would be really nice – the hitch is how to get the dosing right for her.
Went to a wedding yesterday, and it was so nice to sit a minute and enjoy seeing two people who seem to fit together like hand and glove. They ‘found’ each other after 40+ years of not finding the right person. Just proves that there is a time and place for everything.
I don’t do a lot of piecing, but I don’t have a top that has to be quilted right away, so I decided to try some triangle piecing. I usually stick to squares and rectangles because I like the dependable way they go together, and I love to twirl those seam allowances on the back. I’ve been playing around with Star Struck from http://www.quiltville.com. For this block you sew together two 2-1/2 inch x 4-1/2 inch rectangles to make one 4-1/2 inch square. Then you sew off a light 2-1/2 inch square on the dark corner and a dark 2-1/2 inch square on the light corner. Four of these units makes a block with a light friendship star in the middle.
Sewing diagonally across the corner square to make a triangle is supposed to be one of the best known shortcuts in the quilting world. However, it just doesn’t work for me. They always go wonky and are not square in the end. So I tried some other things. I got out my Easy Angle tool so I could cut them into the right sized triangles first and then sewed them on. That was no better.