I can sum up the last several months (okay, it’s been closer to a year since I’ve posted) with one word: Marceline.
She was born in December. Saying life has been crazy ever since is not accurate. It was crazy to begin with. She’s the fourth and last child–I do not plan on having anymore. There hasn’t been a baby in the house for many years, so we’ve been enjoying every minute of it! As terrible as it sounds (for the other three), I feel like I’m much more present with Marcy. I realize how quickly they grow up, and am trying to hold on to every moment I can.
So, other than the arrival of Marcy, it’s been a typical year. The kids are growing. I have two boys in middle school, now, and Maggie, who was toddling around not too long ago, is now in 1st grade.
Even though I haven’t been online, sharing my crafts, I’ve kept busy making things. I made a blanket for my sister-in-law a few months back, same style as Marcy’s, but in bolder colors:
I’ve also made a few hats, and a dress for Marcy, which turned out to be more of a sweater vest:
I also finished an art quilt I started a long time ago. Maybe you recognize it?
I’m also working on the mermaid quilt I started a few years (2009!!) ago. Photos to follow, soon!
Well, that’s what’s going on right now!
I have a few other projects still in the works, like the Sugarplum Baby Blanket, which, sadly, I haven’t picked up since my stitch counter on my phone got accidentally reset. :( I’m also working on a pair of mock-cable socks and a pair of thick mittens.
Since the my swap pal received her mug rugs, I can now share the small quilting project I had been working on two weeks ago. :)
…Doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy!
First of all, the two Fall themed Mug Rugs I quilted for the Quilting Bloggers Swap are finished. I took a picture, but won’t post it until their recipient gets them! ;) I’m very happy with them, though, especially since I used some techniques new to me. (You’ll see.)
In addition to making those rug mugs, I’ve been doing a little knitting–but not much. What I’ve really been working on (besides the every day stuff I have to do to maintain my household while growing another human being inside of me) is painting. I finished one painting last week, and started another one this weekend. I forgot how much I enjoy painting. And, really, the only reason I picked up the paint brush was because I was feeling a little sad and needed some art therapy.
First, the finished project. This a baby blanket I’ve been crocheting over the summer. That pattern is Soft Snuggles Baby Blanket from the book Colorful Cuddlers. It was a fairly easy pattern, and, although I’m not a huge fan of pastels, I ended up liking how the blanket turned out.
Now, I’m working on another baby blanket. This one is knitted, and, so far, I’m loving the pattern. The pattern is Sugarplums Blanket, and can be found on Ravelry.
The original pattern calls for a garter stitch border, but I noticed someone else on Ravelry modified it with a seed stitch border, and I liked that look much better.
And…the almost finished project is the Four by Four quilt I’ve been working on. I’m nearly done sewing the binding in the back. I should be done sometime today or tomorrow, depending on how busy I get around the house. No picture now, but I’ll post one of the finished quilt once it’s finished and washed.
Also, I’m participating in a Quilted Mug Rug swap on Quilting Bloggers. Be on the look out for that in the next month!