Saturday, January 20, 2018

{Estate Sale Temptations} Old Stuff in a New House

There was a sign for an estate sale and I had a few minutes more than I needed to get where I was going. The house was really new. My guess is that it was built in the 1980s at the absolute earliest, which didn't bode well. As far as estate sales go, it was absolutely minimalist. But they had all the tattered old quilts...which I somehow didn't get pictures of.

 I love this vintage piece of crewel. 

And I think I have the same kit up in my sewing room, or one that's very similar, including the bright blue background. Now I want to go dig around to see if I can find it.

Stamped cross-stitch piggies...

And a cross-stitched Last Supper. I was intrigued, but not tempted to bring it home and hang it on my wall.

This one is gonna haunt me. I've been on the lookout for one of these, but on that day I didn't have the time or the room in the back of the van. Or the teenager to load it for me. There will be another one, though, if we're patient.

With so many quilts and pieces of stitchery, there were almost no left over supplies. One partially finished Oregon Beavers needlepoint project, a couple of books, and a tiny box of nondescript fabric scraps. I'm guessing that whoever lived in the house wasn't the person who did the stitchery. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {1/19/28}

If I hadn't spent time in the NICU with my two youngest sons, I never would have imagined how much those little quilts and handknit hats could lift my spirits. So often, we make and donate quilts and knits and don't know what becomes of them. So I asked some members of an online parenting group if they had memories that I could share with you.

Angel Coleman, who blogs over at Purely Unorthodox, was kind enough to share her experiences with us.

Has your life ever had such a surprising turn of events that you weren't prepared for? Most people have. A few life events for myself, that was both a blessing and terrifying was when two of my children, my son, and daughter were born at 31 weeks of pregnancy. I had vaginal bleeding, placenta previa with both of them and I ended up delivering both via C-sections.

Salina was my first preemie. She was only 3lbs and 3 oz. Even still my little preemie was strong and had a hospital stay of 3 weeks.
With Cayden, he was born at 3lbs 13oz and did well almost directly after birth. My little fighter as his name suggests, had a 2-week stay.

I had them both at University Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and I was blessed to have them there as the care was amazing and the set up of the hospital was baby friendly as well as family friendly. Well if you don't know preemie clothes are hard to come by. Salina was born in the spring so it wasn't cold anymore, but Cayden was born in November. Having a preemie baby can be hard as you are often unprepared. My babies were two months early and I hadn't even had my baby shower yet. I had friends and family, pitch in with clothes, and honestly, it all meant so much to me. One of the things that really warmed my heart was the little-knitted hats, that was were given to them.

I remember when I was in the hospital with Salina a friend and someone walked into our hospital room with a basket of clothes. They were knitted hats and booties! They told us we could take what we needed and that they were hand knitted items for our babies. They were so cute! I took a bright pink and white hat, with a pom pom and a pair of booties.

With Cayden, I remember walking into his hospital room one day and he had on a little hat. I asked the nurse where they had gotten it from. They told me about a program that made little hats for the babies in the NICU. I remembered the hat Salina had gotten, and I smiled. His hat was so cute! He had a tiny little head and they had a tiny hat for him. I went back to the family room and got a few more. They try to keep preemie babies very warm, and it was so cool to see a cute little warm hat on him, and it helps them stabilize their body temperature, which is an important factor, in preemie babies.

It's so awesome to think, that somewhere in Ohio, someone sat down and took the time to knit a hat for the little ones in that hospital. Several that my own children got to wear. I pray that God blesses that little deed, as it meant a lot to me and my children.

I have one hat that I kept, and it was Cayden's. I was going to donate it but thinking about this story, I will keep it to show, him, how tiny and little he was, and how it helped keep him warm, so he could eventually go home! It really is the little things that can help someone. Thank you for the little things.

Check out Cayden's and Salina's Preemie story!
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

I've Been Reading...But Not Finishing Much

I've been trying to finish A Perilous Undertaking, the second of Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell mystery series, before the third book comes out. The biggest part of my problem is that I can't read paper books in the dark before falling asleep, and there's been too much going on in the house for much daytime reading lately. But I love everything I've read so far.

In the dark, I've been reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks. The back cover copy is intriguing --

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

I'm a third of  the way through and I don't know where this is going to wind up. My one wild guess can't possibly be right and I'm trying to avoid spoilers and reviews until I'm done reading it myself.

What I did  read in only a couple of sittings was A View to a Chill by Larissa Reinhart. I've already told you how much I love the characters Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright and this mystery brings the two of them together in the same book. Everything I love about both series is here. The chapters alternate between Cherry and Maizie but it's always immediately obvious which of them is telling that part of the story because their personalities are so distinct. If you've read either of the two series, I highly recommend this one.

Disclosure -- I was provided with an advance review copy of The Wife Between Us by the publisher. A Perilous Undertaking is from the library. I was given a copy of A View to a Chill by the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

There Was Enough!

Sometimes, probably too often, I take wild leaps of faith when it comes to my quilting. I found this gorgeous piece of yardage in the fabric stash at quilt group and knew I wanted to use it for a backing. 

That meant finding fabric for a top. I already knew that I wanted  to do an Irish Chain with some simple applique...and there was a lot of blue available. The options for a light background were pretty limited. (Dar suggested finding something in my own stash, but I was spending the day with the quilting group and needed something then and there.

I wound up using almost every last scrap of that light print, but I got all of the blocks I need. At the absolute end, I realized that I could have pieced some of the little 3" squares, but it didn't get that desperate.

Now it's time to cut the applique for the light blocks. I've got more than enough dark blue...I think!

A saner quilter might have actually measured the fabric and done the math before cutting, but I don't work that way.


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