Sunday, October 9, 2011

First Baby Quilt

 This is my first baby quilt made for Sophia, my first great-grandbaby. She is due Oct. 12 and I hope and pray she makes a safe arrival into the world.
The front of the quilt is made with a cream colored flannel, with flannel for the tree trunk and the monkey. The butterfly and palm fronds are made from scrap fabric I had on hand. The monkey does have ears that flopped over after I washed the quilt. I think I'm going to tack them down.
 The monkey is from Simplicity pattern #2428. The tree was my own design. I cut the butterfly using my Cricut Expression using the Storybook cartridge.
 The backing fabric is Urban Zoologie by Robert Kaufman. I purchased it on Ebay from  nauvooquiltcompany. 
She was a terrific seller and I love the soft fabric.
I don't know if you can see my "leaf shape" quilting but I wanted to do something unique and I'm fairly happy with it. What I don't like if how the flannel got all nubby when I washed it. I washed it alone and it already looks old. I hope it will look okay after more washings.

I hope you like my first baby quilt. I did finally understand how to make my mitered corners. It took me to about the third corner, but it finally clicked as to what to do.
Let me know what you think of my first baby quilt.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!


Reason for no blog posts

If you don't want to read about a kitten you may want to skip this 'wordy' post.
In the first picture you'll see Little Bella. She was a tiny 4-week-old stray kitten who took up hiding in our car motors the first of July. This is after we took to the vet for a check-up and treatments for various problems. We tried to give her to an animal shelter but they wouldn't take her due to the large volume of kittens/cats/dogs received after the April tornado's came through our area. 
She fell asleep in my hands on the way back home and my husband and I decided to keep her and we are so glad we did. It's been an exciting journey to say the least. She was so frightened of every sound and of us. I think she loved our big cat, Mr. Whiskers, and clung to him, much to his dismay.
She was pretty sick and had a reaction to one of her shots and I thought she wouldn't make it, but she did as she is tough and strong. She's not scared of us anymore and is so much fun to watch everyday.

 In the second picture you can see she has been well loved and taken care of. She's so full of energy! She has grown like a fertilized weed and has taken to tearing down wallpaper in our bedroom. Geeze... I need to repaint it any way. She finally made it into this crock and she is just about too big for it but she is a determined kitty so she succeeded.
She went from weighing less than one pound in the beginning of July and weighed about 5-1/2 pounds at the beginning of September. She has six toes on each front paw and an extra claw on the side of one back leg. The extra claw doesn't touch the ground and doesn't seem to be hooked to a muscle. The vet said just to leave it if it didn't get hooked onto anything.
The front paws are a different story. Whew! Who knew that paws that look like little baseball gloves could do so much work. She uses her paws like hands and will stand up like a monkey and pick something up she is after. Very strong feet I must say.
In the last picture you'll see the kitties taking a nap together after a bathing session. They were so cute I had to grab my camera. They play together a lot until Mr. Whiskers (the big cat) gets tired of Little Bella and shoves her away.
What's this got to do with blogging? Well.... it may sound crazy to you but I didn't want to leave Little Bella alone when I got home from work to go outside to my Strawberry Studio that's in my backyard. I felt like I needed to spend time with her so we could 'bond". She was so frightened and sick and little I just couldn't leave her. I also didn't want to take her into my studio which would have been a whole new place for her to get used to. Silly  huh? I couldn't help myself. I fell in love with this kitty and she needed a lot of love and attention.
She's used to us now and follows us everywhere we go. To the bathroom, to make the bed, to do laundry to the ice dispenser on the fridge. She even comes running when we clean out the litter box. She must approve what we do and makes sure to 'mark' her spot when we get it clean. We should have named her "Tazmo" because she has been a Tasmanian devil of the wild kind. We enjoy her though and my husband and I call the furry friends "the children" now.
Little Bella will have an extended stay at the Vet's office this week as she is getting spayed. She won't be too pleased with that I'm sure and I'm worried she will think we abandoned her. We are sending a toy and her tuna treats with her, hopefully to remind her of her home.
Okay... now you know why I stayed away from my Strawberry Studio.
If you made it this far I hope you enjoyed my little Snippet of what I've been up to.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate the time everyone takes to visit my little lazy blog.

Have a great day!