Tuesday, August 23, 2011


We are fine, but it was still quite the scary experience - I had never been in one before! E's first earthquake as well - thank God for husband who knew right away. Nothing broke, but lots of shaking and lots of adrenaline - the combination is quite disorienting!

We spent the afternoon cuddling on the sofa and I let E watch all her favorite movies (like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) - poor thing was pretty freaked out. And I, of course, had a bag packed by the door with water, bananas, and diapers.

Hope that's the last time!

E's New Bedding!

Whew! Thanks for waiting through that brief pause with me - my card reader wasn't working and I had no way to upload photos from my camera. Panic! But I stayed busy with some projects and we are back in action!

We painted an accent wall in E's room in our new apartment a beautiful, peaceful light aqua. Her old elephant green crib bedding, in combination with the blue walls and nature theme we have going on, suddenly felt to 'boy'. I am all for defying gender stereotypes, but I wanted a touch more girly for her bed.


I went with a red and pink butterfly print by Michael Miller for the crib skirt, and I really love how it turned out! I only sewed three sides to save on fabric, and am thinking of making her a big girl pillow with the leftover fabric.
Close up of the adorable butterfly fabric!
And I made my first quilt! I am so excited for it and I am really really happy with how it turned out. I followed the Disappearing Nine Patch tutorial on Distant Pickles - the directions were so helpful and thorough, with tons of information on different sizes, binding techniques, etc. And I used the Riley Blake Sweet Divinity fat quarter pack that I won this summer from True Up - the first blog giveaway I ever won! I am in love with this quilt!

I used about 20 different fabrics, and I really love how crazy it looks! I used the scraps from cutting the squares to make a fun binding, and quilted with the tying method (since my machine doesn't do free motion quilting) - it reminds me of blankets by my grandmother, and DD likes them too!
Close up of tying

Riley Blake Sweet Divinity fabrics
And for the back, I pieced together a few yards of bright flannel. I used Robert Kaufman in aqua and berry, which turned out more red than I was hoping - I was thinking more pink when I ordered it, and was kind of freaking out as I was putting it all together. But it works and I'm now happy with it - it picks up the red in the quilt and the crib skirt.
I even embroidered a special corner for her.

E loves it, and there is plenty of room for it to grow with her - from snuggling to building forts to playing peekaboo to staying at grandma's. This was a labor of love for my one and only!

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