Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Baby Steps

Remember way back, when I started the Dancing Stars QAL?

When these....

Went to this?

Finito!  I wanted this done before I left for WI this Friday. I think I delivered.  Love when that happens.

It took me an hr or so to do the straight lines on each side of the vertical seams.  Another day and couple hrs to do the clams (which came from the highly recommended Natalia Bonner's book) inside each and every triangle.  That was fun and went quite quickly.  I find that the more direction the clams are able to take on,the better the end result.  Learning as I go, I find, is the best way I know how.  

I dawdled on the quilting part of this top A LOT.  I didn't want to take away from the stars beauty and therefore I didn't want an extravagant overall quilt design.  My seams were not all completely lined up either so my quilting lines had to work in a way so as not to show that fault up!  I feel I have achieved that.

For the binding,I wanted to tie in the dark blues throughout my outline embroidery stitching on the stars and the sailor print on the back.  The Kona Midnight (?) did the trick.  The sailor print on the back was one that I bought years ago at a flea market in GA.  It has a great home now!

She measures 33" square. Will it be up for sale in the shop?

Hmmmmmm.....

I know you all are waiting for me to announce the answer to what my "post title" meant last time!






Several of you guessed it right away just by adding up the months it took to get to February 2014:)



Smarties!!



Ayden is going to be a BIG BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh and I are really excited for Baby #2!!!!!!!  I cannot wait to show off some ultrasound pics along the way and my growing belly!!!!!

I had NO symptoms really except heartburn with Ayden.  Well...............this time round it is a little bit different.  Nauseous all day especially afternoon and at night.  Feeling of wanting to "you know what",but I haven't hugged the toilet yet.  Hoping for the best!  I am also tired constantly.  I take an afternoon hr nap and I am in in bed my 10/10:30 every night.

I am at 9 weeks today and I cannot wait to feel normal again so I can really enjoy this pregnancy.  I shouldn't complain too much,though as it could be so much worse from stories I have heard of pregnant mama's.

Ayden is very anxious to feel the baby kick and he KNOWS it's a boy.  He tells me all the time.  He even has a name for him---- Luke! 

So I may keep the Dancing Stars quilt for now until we find out if it is a girl or boy.

Sara
















28 comments:

Karen said...

I love your quilt! The quilting you did looks great. Congrats to you too :)

Freda Fields Alley said...

Congratulations on your upcoming family addition! Sorry to hear you're under the weather and sincerely hope the sick part is soon behind you.

Love your dancing stars quilt... I'm not sure I could let that one go!

Serena Edwards said...

Aww congratulations to you! That's very exciting news and I hope you're feeling you normal self again soon. Your dancing stars quilt is beautiful by the way - maybe hang onto it for the babe :)

Maartje Quilt said...

What a lovely blocs and quilt. In love your quilting! Congrats to you, your husband and Auden!

Jane said...

Now, that has to top all the other WIP's! Your quilt is great too! Love your hand stitching.

Zafeiro Vaxevanidou said...

What an amazing quilt, and great quilting!! Congratulations for the new pregnancy!!

Gina said...

I love your quilt! Stars are my favorite. Congrats on your happy news...hopefully it's a girl so she can have this quilt!!

wombatquilts.com said...

This quilt is fabulous -from your fabric choices, the pattern, the quilting through to the fun backing fabric. I agree it would be hard to let it go.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Congratulations! Such exciting news! I totally feel for you as I was really sick with all three of mine all the way through :( I hope it eases off for you soon. The dancing stars is really beautiful, you're so right to hold on to it, I did the same thing with a quilt for my little girl (before I even got pregnant!!) x

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

That's exciting news - congratulations!
Your quilt is beautiful. I love the machine quilting and the hand quilting. A truly wonderful combination.

Terri said...

Congratulations to you! How exciting for the whole family. Love how your dancing stars quilt turned out. Wait, what, did you say you're in WI? Enjoy!!

Sweet Pea said...

Thanks for dropping by on WIP Wed. QAL are fun...only wish I could keep on track when I do join! So congratulations firstly on completing your quilt and secondly on your baby news! Very exciting.

Lorna McMahon said...

Double congratulations, Sara! Your Dancing Stars quilt is sew-weet! I especially like the hand embroidery. It adds a homemade touch. Your free motion quilting is fabulous, too! Great choice of thread colour. Hope you are soon feeling better and enjoying your pregnancy!

Lorna:)
http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

Marianne Jeffrey said...

CONGRATULATIONS! And the quilt is gorgeous well done.

creatingwithfabricandthread said...

I love your quilt and congratulations on the baby.

hydeeannsews said...

oh, how wonderful! babies are the best. even better than quilts!

your quilt, by the way, looks great! what a happy dance. =) love the quilting you chose for it.

snips said...

Love your stars quilt! and congrats again Sara! Awesome news!

Kelly Young said...

The quilt looks awesome! And yay for you on your big news!

Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

made by ChrissieD said...

Dropped by from CIGAWW - what a gorgeous quilt, I love the offset stars and your quilting. Congrats on your baby news too :)

Rhonda said...

Great tutorial on your process of quilting. You did an excellent job. I'm always afraid of the quilting stage so you have inspired me to try.
Take care and congratulations on the upcoming bundle!!

Karen said...

Love the quilt and congratulations on the baby in progress!
Karen

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful beautiful quilt, Sara! And it looks to me like it would work equally well for a boy or girl...

Whoop whoop for you!

P. said...

Congratulations, Sara! I am so happy for you and your family. Hope the icky phase passes soon and you feel wonderful for the rest of the months. And yeah, you better hang onto that Dancing Stars quilt for a while. Your clam shell quilting looks really nice!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Those clamshells look amazing! It was totally worth mulling over because you really made this quilt gorgeous!

Good luck with the morning sickness. I had it with all three of mine and the only thing that calmed my nauseous ness was bacon:)

Mama Spark said...

Beautiful quilt and you did a great job on the quilting! Can't wait to find out the gender of baby number 2!! Hope you get to feeling better soon also. I might be coming to Raleigh in the fall, still trying to work things out.

Becca said...

Congratulations! What a blessing.

Beautiful quilt too. :)

Stephanie said...

I just saw your post, how exciting!!! Congratulations! Can't wait to here if your son's guess is correct.

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Oh man, I missed the big announcement. It's fun to catch up with what you're doing and see this happy news!!! Congratulations Sara!! : )