Monday, July 14, 2014

We're still here!--Peg's Butterflies

This is Peg's butterfly quilt she made with her embroidery machine.  Isn't it fabulous?!

I had this quilt on my machine for about a whole month, only working on it an hour or so a week because being on my feet for too long made my back hurt and pretty much wiped me out of energy for the rest of the day.  

I quilted shells in the black borders and, in white thread, echoed the butterflies 2 times around, then filled in the background with little meandering loops.  

Here on the back you can see how I filled in the large border with feathered swirls and incorporated a few Judi Madsen inspired big butterflies.  

The sashings we done using a swirl design I saw on Jenny Pedigo's blog a while back.  It turned out so pretty!  I hunkered down and finally finished and delivered Peg's quilt on a Friday afternoon.  Then on Sunday our little girl was born!  Whew!

Here is my little sweetie pie at less than 24 hrs old.  Her name is Gretta and she is just perfect.  She is now 3 weeks old and we are all doing well.  It's amazing how much she has changed in just 3 short weeks.  She is starting to fill out and get a bit of a double chin.  Big brother loves to hold her and give and take away her pacifier.  And she is a very heavy sleeper (thank goodness!)  She has slept through 2 parades, even with firetrucks and police sirens blaring, she barely flinched.  And even my attempts to wake her to feed her by vacuuming the house have failed miserably.  But the best way to get her out of her deep slumber is to change her diaper.  Just be sure to have the new one ready to make the quick switch before you take the dirty one off, or she will make you will regret it! :)

I haven't touched my longarm since she arrived, but I am thinking about all the quilts I need to do.  The problem is finding the time!  With a 2 year old and a newborn in the house, I'm lucky if I can get a shower in or even make a meal.  I'll get back at it all in good time.  I did complete a baby quilt top for Gretta, so that will probably be my next quilt on the longarm--if I can ever get around to it!