Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Welcome to the World, Brian

Babies, brides, diapers, dresses………It seems like every couple of months there is a joyous occasion to celebrate (I still feel too young to have friends getting married….it is weird).

Last week, my cousin had a baby, whom they named Brian J  Thankfully, everyone is healthy and happy.  I have not been able to go see the baby yet, but we already have a HUGE family, so I think I will wait until everything gets settled down. I’m sure the new little guy is overwhelmed to a world with so many people.

Also, it will give me time to trim all of those pesky stray threads from a quilt that I made for him.   Baby quilts are awesome!!! I love making them.  You don’t get bored working with the same fabrics or using the same techniques because it is so fast.  Plus, you get to use adorable fabric. 

**After a long morning in church, my dad offered to be my model.  See, he's still in his suit.  I'm spoiled**

I have a hard time choosing fabric for boys…………personally, it is not that inspiring when compared to the fabric for girls (I have a weakness for girly fairytales….I’m dying for a reason to use the peeps 1001).  I think that this quilt is a little sophisticated for a baby, but I am really happy with how it turned out.  I wanted to incorporate Japanese fabric to honor our Japanese heritage (even though I have red hair and blue eyes, I am a quarter Japanese.  I have all the recessive genes.  I promise I’m not pulling your leg).  The blue fabric was imported from Japan.  I got it from an estate sale, so I’m not sure what line it is from, which is too bad because I think I would like some more.  It is gorgeous.

For the back, I chose a navy polka dot.  I think it adds some more playfulness while still matching the style of the front.

*Please ignore the stray threads.  I promise that these hid when I was trying to snip them, only to pop up during the photo shoot, which is just plain mean* 

Quilting this was a BLAST.  First of all, I used my new walking foot……….It is one of the great loves of my life.  Using the right tools makes a big difference (obviously).

I can’t quite recall what this kind of quilting is called, but it is straight-line, diagonal quilting to form cute little diamonds.  I used my dad’s painter tape to make it as straight as I could, though it is still far from perfect. It is great pattern, and I will be using it again in the near future.

I don’t know my cousin’s decorating taste, but I hope that she loves it as much as I loved making it.

Btw, does anyone know the relation between me and my cousin’s baby?  Is that my second cousin?  My cousin once removed?  Oh, well, I will soon be claiming my rights as family to steal some time with the new little cutie J

On a completely different note, I’m trying to take up cooking.  Cooking is something that I want to be good at, but it is hard to put in the time and money it takes to be good.  When I was in London, I cooked all the time with my flatmates and loved it.  At home, it is just so much easier to warm up leftovers, go meet with friends to grab a meal, or rely on my mom’s cooking.  I don’t know how faithful I am going to be to my cooking practice, but I started again this weekend.  I made a sweet and sour pork stir-fry for our Sunday family dinners.  Everyone ate it without complaints or bogus compliments, so I’m going to call it a success.

*My brother and I share an intense and undying love for coke.  The cans you see on the left is the end of a long line of empty cans.*

Wishing you a life free from stay threads,


  1. The quilt you made for Brian is adorable! I'm sure it will be well loved.
    The sweet and sour pork looks delicious!

    By the way, I tried to respond to a comment you left on my blog but couldn't because you came up as a no-reply blogger :(

  2. Thanks so much! I cannot wait to give it to him (and to meet the sweet baby).

    Hm........I'm not sure why I came up as a no-reply blogger. That is definitely NOT who I am. Thanks for letting me know. I'l try to fix it asap.