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
. 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. Japan
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
, 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. London
*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,