Right now I am in the throws of getting ready for back to school. Oh the prep work for back to school! Schedules, calendars, lesson/unit/long range plans, first classes, etc. But along with that comes prepping the new guild schedule/program/brochure, finishing a commission quilt I am working on, back to school shopping, while still enjoying the last bit of summer that remains.
During Ella’s naps I try to spread my time between the projects. A little school here, a little quilting here, a little housework there, and guild planning also….there. And its not like I’ve been procrastinating and waiting till August to work on stuff. I’ve been working on guild stuff and school stuff since the beginning of July, its just been in smaller chunks of time instead of a few full days and I’m done.
But with all that, Ella and I have had a great summer together. We have gone biking most days or for walks, visited friends and were outside as much as we could be. Ella and I just wrapped up swimming lessons at the pool which was a great time. She loves the water and was happy to be in it – though it was rather cold so she was good after 30 minutes. We visited the zoo quite a bit as well. She is now becoming quite interactive with the animals – well as far as pointing and banging on the glass is interacting. The spray park was another destination that we went to this summer and she had such fun, though she hasn’t quite realized that the slide is something you go down, not climb up. Its been a rather warm summer for us, so we were thankful we splurged and got one of those little kiddie pools. We play in it most afternoons. To clarify, Ella plays and I get splashed.
Even though there seem to be much to do, and everyday I seem to find something new I have to do, it just doesn’t matter because we are going to enjoy this last week of summer.
The Sowers of Jireh. A friend of mine introduced me to the group a little while ago. She brought in some of their amazing products and told the story of how they began and the work they are doing.
The Sowers of Jireh began October 2011 in San Vicente, El Salvador by a group of determined young Calgarians. It started with a dream of starting a sewing centre where women could come and learn a skill, or use one they already had. This in turn would help them support their families. Even more, it would give them hope, confidence and a chance at a better life.
Is Sowers a misprint? Nope. Just a play on words. Jesus tells a story about a sower in the Bible. As he sowed his seeds, some fell on rocks, some fell in the ditch, some among thorns and some in rich fertile soil. We, like the sower, are trying to plant and cultivate ideas, dreams and skills among some impoverished people in El Salvador so that they can grow and flourish.
They have some terrific products on their website like their quilts, bracelets, silk screen items and some fun coasters. You can even design your own quilt. They give you plenty of customization options with their products. You can even design your own shirt to silk screen.
Please check them out. They are making some great things and doing some amazing work.
Our little Ella is a year old. I’m not sure how that happened exactly and where that year went to, and it has been an amazing year.
We have a lot of laughs, smiles, clapping, and adventures. She crawls everywhere. Enjoys playing the piano and bike riding, well riding in the trailer at least. She is very chatty and stubborn – which she gets from her father :)
We are excited to see what this next year has in store for us.
A few years ago, quite a few years ago if I’m being honest, I went to a quilt retreat. It was the same weekend as Nate’s birthday. I wasn’t going to go at all because birthdays for me are a pretty big deal, they mean dinner to celebrate together, a family party, basically a weeklong celebration. In my opinion they are a BIG DEAL. So I wasn’t going to go at all, but Nate said I should go. So we struck a deal, I would go, but I had to make him a quilt for his birthday. He picked out the pattern called Foreign Currency by Cherry House Quilts and picked out some Mirage Fabric from Connecting Threads. I pieced the top while I was at the retreat. Unfortunately, this is where is sat for a while. A long while, years while. It hung over my head, I thought about this top every time I went down into my sewing room. I had batting cut and ready and a back pieced….but again thats where it sat. This past year, while I was at home with Ella, I decided it was time to finish this. I was going to, heck or high water, finish this for Nate’s birthday this year. It took me a while to decide how to quilt it, but straight lines seemed to be the best option. Its really big! Bigger than I thought. A great size lap quilt :) Though I think Molly likes the quilt better than Nate does.
I really love making baby quilts. There is something about creating a quilt that a little one will use. Ella uses hers all the time. She sits and “reads” on it, plays on it and tries to wrap herself in it.
Our friends just welcomed a new little girl into their family and as our gift to them I made the quilt in the picture above.
I made the quilt out of 2 charm packs, a kona cotton pack of white and another one called High Street by Lily Ashbury.
The quilt is made out of half square triangles, which as we know is my “favorite block of all time.” I decided to make it using that block simply because it is so versatile and there are so many possible quilt designs. I finally settled on this braided look. The design worked so well with the fabric and the BRIGHT pink binding and backing made the colors pop even more.
I don’t think this picture does the colors justice, but it sure turned out to be a pretty little quilt. Pretty for a pretty little girl. I am pleased to say that the quilt found its way safely to Vancouver.