Baby Girl Quilt Finished

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The second I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to start the quilt for my baby to be. But I knew I had to wait. I also had to sort through my stash to see if I wanted to use any of the fabric I currently had — and well to see what I actually had…

Then I found out we were having another girl. I knew I couldn’t use previously bought fabric, I had to get some new stuff! *Ekk so exciting*

I headed out to my local quilting shop, which I had never been to before, and picked out my new fabric for this beautiful quilt. It was a lot harder to pick out fabric for myself than for other people. I have made a few baby quilts in the past couple years — and only one was for my child. I ended up picking out the back fabric first. It is a beautiful Opulent Flowerful Dandle Panel from Art Gallery Fabrics. It is from the Lavish collection designed by Katarina Roccella. I then picked some Kona solids to go with it (pink and white, and navy for the binding)

I chose a simple herringbone pattern since this is one of the bigger quilts I have attempted to make. I made several half square  triangle lined them up and sewed them all together. Since I am due at Christmas time, I wanted to get this done as soon as I can knowing that the holidays are going to be busy!! I quilted on my Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, and finished it today! yay!

So without further ado, here are the pictures of the finished quilt measured at 56.5″ each side (It’s square)!

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I also love that I finished this during National Sewing Month!!! How perfect. Now a million other things to do to get ready for this baby!

peace.love.dove.

Cherie

p.s. I am entering this into a couple competitions this month. Check them out at http://www.amyscreativeside.com & http://www.thesewingloftblog.com

 

 

Friday night

My Friday nights lately consist of my husband watching a movie while I turn to my sewing room and plug away at a project. Current project: Baby Quilt. FOR US!!! 

We found out that we are having another girl come this Christmas. We already have a good name picked out, and the other day I picked out her fabrics for her quilt. 


I am going to make a herringbone quilt in the pink and white, and back with the gorgeous printed fabric. Then the binding will be a navy blue. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

I already started on my half squares. 


And now to determine the size of the quilt. I want it smaller than a twin but bigger than a crib. So I will have to play with the squares and amounts to figure out a good size. 

I’ll keep you posted on my progress! 

Peace.Love.Dove.

Triangle Quilt Completed!

Well, my nephew came earlier than planned, so I had to hustle up and finish his quilt. Luke Steven was born August 1st, weighing 6lbs 4oz.

I finished up the quilt and wanted to share a few things on my inspirations, pattern used, and fabric!

Here is the finished product.

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I used Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. I purchased it from one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Fabric Shoppe, maybe because she is in Minnesota where I was born and raised, but mostly because she has awesome fabric!!!

I followed this pattern/QAL to make the quilt. I used the same ruler and everything. I highly recommend checking out the pattern and the blog!

Here are some more pictures of the quilt.

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I never know what to do with the back of the quilt, so I used the left over fabric and just lined it up. It’s crooked, but I did that on purpose. I didn’t want to be a perfectionist (because I am not one) and felt like it was a little more me. I wish I had some more time to actually spend my time quilting it. I had some great ideas, but I went simple .

Hopefully the mom and baby will get to come home soon and enjoy the quilt. Looks like I should probably run it down the the post office!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Now the decision of what to start on next…

peace.love.dove.

Cherie

Triangle Baby Quilt – Boy

I have lots of projects going on right now.

My Sister-in-law is due with her 3rd boy in a couple of weeks. Which means I need to finish up the baby quilt I started for her.

I have had the fabric since March of 2016 — before I even knew I was pregnant! (I am currently 19 weeks)

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It is the gorgeous Hello Bear! With some others added in to make it a little more masculine.

I decided I wanted to do a triangle quilt. I am slowly mastering it, so I needed to work on lining up all those points. I am happy to say, that this ones is MUCH better than my first, but here is some progress.

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Mind you these are all taken with my iPhone, so when it is all done, I will take some better professional pictures.

Here is a close up of the finished quilt top.

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The points are no where near perfect, but they are pretty darn good for me! I am working hard to get this quilted this week. It is supposed to rain a lot which will hopefully help me. Plus the urgency of this baby coming any week, could give me the extra push! Now the decision is how do I want to quilt it?!?

More to come this week on the finished quilt. Fingers crossed!

Peace.Love.Dove.

 

 

Vacation

Sometimes you need a break.

I had a year of complete change. I had my little one turn ONE, I started a new job in direct sales, we moved from Hawaii to Florida, bought our first house, and adjusted to our new location and schedule. With two trips to the midwest in the span of a month and a half. I needed a break.

I took a month of from my Direct Sales business, and it left me time to create. Find myself, find my beautiful passion for crafting back. With January coming to complete, I am so excited I already made an entire quilt, and have a project to quilt lined up for next month already.

Life has to start again, and not that its not starting, I am just still visiting my family. I want to get started on more projects. I would love to get back into being on design teams, and I want to create!

My goal for this year is ME. I want to make things for ME. Complete projects for ME. Do what I want to do. It’s all about balance. This is the year, this is the time, and it is actually going to happen. I am going to make it happen. I am going to get out my Silhouette, and finally play with it! I am going to use my sewing machine every month. I am going to try new techniques. I am going to work on losing weight. I am going to do it because I want to! I am turning off the TV, walking away from the computer, and using my brain every day for ME.

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yep, thats me!

peace.love.dove.

until next week, when I am back with more projects made!

Baby Boy Quilt

I finished it. I have a goal this year of finishing things I have started. Whether is was 4 years ago, several months ago, or even a few days ago. It is all about follow through. I am also making it a goal to use my Silhouette a ton more too! My husband bought it for me the Christmas AFTER my daughter was born, so my time to craft and sew and all sorts of things, just disappeared. The only time I got it out was to help others with projects and to make my daughters onesies… but that is another post, another day, when I go through her bins and actually get them out and photograph them nicely.

Today, I am sharing the baby quilt I made for my cousin’s son. I am not sure at this point what you call my cousin’s kids to me, but my cousin and I are super close. She was my Maid of Honor at my wedding and we grew up 5 miles away from each other, and born with in 2 weeks of each other (our mom’s are sisters). Our Mom’s other sister had a son who is 9 months older than us.

I whipped this quilt up in a jiffy. It took all the spare time that I had, and I was wondering if I was even going to get it done!! But here it is in all its glory.

IMG_3738It is my first attempt at free motion quilting, and I have called it anywhere from children’s scribble to bumpy road! You have to start somewhere!!!

here are some more pictures of my progress that I took. Join me on instagram to see me in all my glory too @cherbeartoo

This was also my first time making flying geese, which was fun! You can tell I am a total rookie because I just said that. I made it with love. I hope you enjoy, and I can’t wait to show you what I am going to FINALLY finish next month!!

I also want to try to cut fabric on my Silhouette! That sounds like it could be fun, especially for appliqué quilts.

Off to play with my toddler. Have a wonderful weekend.

Peace.Love.Dove.

 

A New Year a New View

As soon as the New Year approaches, I am finding myself confused on what to do next, what step to take, and where I want my next journey to be. I like to start with a blank page. This year is going to be different, interested, more accomplished, more traveled, and I really want to push myself, but enjoy it. (I say this every year).

I have spent the last year doing direct sales. I love the products I sell, but I am not always certain that the “job” is for me. I am a more hands on type person. I have yet to find my passion, and something that works well for me and my family. I don’t think I have ever had a job where I knew that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and maybe I will never find that. With that being said, I want to try to find it if I can.

My husband has known what he has wanted to do since he was a kid. Lucky him, he has completed it. He loves his job, and it is all he has ever dreamed about. Me on the other hand, I never have had a full dream of what I want to do. I start a lot of things and never finish them. I am scatterbrained, and well, to be honest, the worst multi-tasker in the world. I just can’t do two things at once.

I want to focus and find that little thing that brings passion in my life. Right now, it is fabric. I love it, I swoon after it, I enjoy cutting it up, and I am learning to sew it back together. I make a great mess, and it gives me my own freedom. So this year, I am going to dedicate myself to quilting. I want to get better at the skill, and develop it. I want to make a few quilts, and see if I have the knack, and maybe, if at all possible, it might lead me to a passion. Maybe even great ideas. But I a not 100% sure what will come of it.

So with the move from Hawaii to Florida complete, and we should be fully settled into our new home. It’s time to jump. It’s time to kick. It is time. Nothing should get in my way — well unless my daughter decides not to take a nap, like she is right now. It is time to escape into my little fabric hole, and fill my heart with joy.

My Birth Story

Before I forget, I want to write down my birth story. First Baby.

Due Date: May 3, 2014

Thursday May 1st, 10:58pm. My water broke. Prior to this I had been laying in bed. I had just finished a bag of M&M’s and was watching 19 Kids and Counting on Netflix. I got up to use the bathroom when my husband came up from watching TV downstairs. I almost walked out of the bathroom, and stopped turned around (to get my nasal strip) but before I made it to that, I felt something weird and trickle. I looked at my husband, and I told him, either my water broke, or I peed myself (which was not likely since I JUST used the bathroom!)

Next I called Tripler. They were busy and someone was going to call me back. I decided to take a quick shower, and then headed down the living room to sit on a wooden chair over non carpeted floors.

IMG_5911An hour passes… no word from Tripler. So I call again, let them know my water broke and hour ago, and they said they were going to find someone now, and would call me back. All the while I was feeling fine. No contractions, nothing, just leaking water. Another 30 minutes pass, still no word from Tripler. We decide to go in, since no one had called me and it was a 30 minute drive. I call and let them know I am coming in. They are fully aware I am coming in.

1:04am May 2, 2014: Tripler Nurse calls me back. I tell her I am in the parking lot walking to the front doors and will be up in a minute.

I get there, get checked in, and they check to make sure I am leaking amniotic fluid. Yep, my water broke. The Dr. tells me that they have been sending patients to other hospitals because they are so busy, and if I would have called they would have told me to go to the nearest hospital…. OH REALLY!?! ha.

They end up sending me to another hospital. I get to get on a gurney, and ride in an ambulance, while my husband followed in our car.

3:45am. Castle Medical Center. I arrive and get checked in. Since my water had broke and I had been in several locations they decided to start me on antibiotics and get my iv in.

7:30am May 2, 2014. They start me on pitocin. No contractions, nothing still, so it is time to start getting this birth going.

Pain finally starts hitting, so I get an epidural sometime Friday night. I only know this because my friend brought my husband dinner, and he left the room to eat it while I got it put in.

May 3, 2014.

Sometime that morning I had made it to 4cm dilated. Yes, I was at zero when I checked it. It has now been 24 hours on pitocin and I am only at 4 cm. Later that day, I made it to 6cm. Nurse said, ok in 4 hours you should be ready! I was super excited! I battled through the pain. I got some crazy drug that made me feel super drunk, because I had some hardcore pelvic pain. But for the most part I was in high spirits, until…

1:00pm May 3, 2014. Nurse came to check in on me. 4 hours after I made it to 6cm… and I hadn’t even made it to 7cm…

The call was being made. I wanted the baby out. The pain was so bad. From previous ultrasounds, they were measuring my baby BIG! Like double digits big! Which made me super nervous. The nurse came back and we were going to do a c-section. I was 100% prepared for a c-section because I had placenta previa for the majority of my pregnancy. We got all ready for surgery. My husband got his super awesome outfit on and they were prepping me for the drugs I needed.

2:5something PM: I am ready for my c-section. Dr. starts to cut. I tell her ouch. She says you can feel that. I said Yep! She does it again, and I say I can feel that! Turns out my epidural wore out right where she needed to cut. Which may explain my pelvic pain… They needed to put me under. The last thing I remember was someone asking if the baby needed to eat if it was ok to give her formula. I said Yes, and the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery.

The first thing I asked was, what time is it? I immediately forgot the time. I remember several people around me doing all sorts of things, like taking out my epidural, and who knows what else. I again asked what time it was. I think it was 4:45pm. But I am still confused, and out of it. Finally I found the clock on the wall. It said 4:45pm.

I was wheeled back into my room. My husband was standing there holding our baby girl. He was trying to bring her to me and show me her. I had double vision and got super nauseous. Finally I was able to see her. I was completely unaware of how much time had passed. Our baby girl was born at 2:58pm, weighing 7lbs 2 oz. (boy were those measurements off) and it was now after 5pm.

IMG_5944We tried feeding but my milk had not come in. I don’t think i had much colostrum either. It was not working. I ended spending some extra days at the hospital because of my c-section, and trouble with milk production. But I was finally able to go home on May 6th, 2014.

After coming home, we still struggled with feeding since my milk didn’t come in. We ended up seeing a pediatrician the next day since she had lost almost a pound at the hospital. She finally gave us the relief we needed. If she is hungry give her formula. For some reason no one thought that idea was ok, even though my husband and I were 100% ok with doing that if we had to! The stress was off, and she ate and was no longer hungry! And then the next day my milk came in.

At this point she loved her bottles and struggled with trying to breast feed. So we made the decision to exclusively pump. The first couple weeks she had some BM and some formula, but then, I was able to give her only BM for several months. At about the 3 and half month mark, pumping became more of a chore and my supply started to drop. I decided to stop pumping at 4 months. I have enough milk stored to go a couple months. I ultimately decided to stretch out the BM as far as possible and not she has mostly formula with  BM just before bedtime.

At 5 months, I now have a happy, healthy baby girl who just doubled her birth weight. She’s starting solids and is so much fun. Everything I went through was worth it. I had some ups and downs, but we survived. We made the choices we did because it was what was best for US.

I wanted to write down my story so I wouldn’t forget. As each day passes, I remember less and less. My recovery took a while, to get moving back to normal it took longer. It all healed great. My nurses were AMAZING and helped me out a ton! I never had a birth plan. My plan was to get my baby out however it needed to happen. I wish my body looked like what it did when I was 18, but that won’t happen again. I’m 30, so losing the weight is hard. But my next goal is to get in shape, lose the weight and be the best Mom I can be.

black and white mom dotEvery pregnancy is different, and sometimes you just never know what to expect. I did it all, except push. Next time around I will schedule my birth, and hopefully I will be awake for it! Fingers crossed (but I have a few years before that will happen).

Peace.Love.Dove.

Stork Stack April 2014 3rd Trimester

I just heard last week that Stork Stack and Bluum merged! Which means this is the only Stork Stack box I will ever get, and my 6 month subscription will transfer to my Bluum box account, so it looks like I will be getting Bluum until this fall. But I wanted to share with you what I got from Stork Stack, even though it is no longer available.

So this is the Stork Stack box that I received. They emailed me the cards that would normally be in a box explaining each item. Hopefully I will be able to post them in this blog post. But the theme was “Busy Bee”

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April_2014_Busy_Bee_g1_Page_1 April_2014_Busy_Bee_g1_Page_2Here are close ups of the products.

MonkeyFinger Puppet Finger Puppet Kids Foot Wipes Swaddle Love Larabar

I enjoyed everything in the box. The Larabar is in my packed bag for the hospital. Which reminds me I need to get some more snacks. I also like the foot wipes. These will be super handy for after the beach! I need to get the adult ones!! My flip flops turn my feet black, so I could use a good cleaning every now and then. The finger puppet is adorable, and love the monkey! I haven’t read the book yet, but I love Aden & Anais products, so it can’t be bad. It isn’t a book I would just go out and purchase, so it makes it fun getting a gift.

So, you can’t purchase Stork Stack anymore. All the links will bring you to Bluum. So my accounts merged, and I had an issue for a little while saying I had 2 kids, and one was almost 4, but they got it all cleared up and looks like it extended my account since I JUST purchased a 6 month subscription to Stork Stack. I wish Bluum shipped as fast as Stork Stack! It was here before I knew it! Now, I signed up for Citrus Lane too, which I will get my first month in May. So, I can’t wait to see what those boxes are like as well (and how long it takes to get to me).  My MommiesFirst box should get here any day, and then my April Bluum should be here hopefully next week, or the week after…

*Referral codes are in some links* Most are save 50% off you first box! (Citrus Lane & Bluum)

Bluum Box March 2014 3rd Trimester (Month 8)

So I have subscribed to MommiesFirst since I was 3 months pregnant and I have LOVED it!! I will do a post sharing some of those boxes. I got really lazy and stopped taking pictures of the things I had received over the months and feel really guilty about it. But I will get those up. In the mean time I am going to share some of the current boxes I have got!

So, I joined Bluum Box. I got a great deal when it was on living social one day, and joined in. Being that the box takes FOREVER to get to Hawaii, I didn’t get it until the beginning of April… which is such a bummer. By the time I got my box, they were already making my next box, so I couldn’t age her up, and I don’t want to miss the newborn box, so I will just have to wait…

But without further ado, here is my 3rd Trimester Bluum Box for March 2014.

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So there it is! There were 5 products in the box. I loved most of them, and I will give you a quick description of each of them.

Baby legs

1. BabyLegs – Newborn Legwarmers – Rainbow – $10.00. These totally remind me of Punky Brewster. I loved her when I was a kid, so I think these will be super cute on her. Hopefully she can wear them a while, they would be nice to use once she starts crawling… cause its hot in Hawaii, I’m sure she will be living in onesies.

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2.Robelyn Labs – Elastin 3 – $69.99. This is stretch mark cream. I have had to use a ton of different creams during pregnancy. Genetics are to blame, but I knew I would get them. This one is nice. A little bit goes a long way, which is good, because the price of stretch mark creams are crazy expensive! Since its so late in my pregnancy I’ll have to wait till after this baby to see how it helps.

Medicine

3. Boiron – Oscillo – 3 Doses – $6.99. I’m not sure why I got this because all my samples were for children… and they have to be over the age of two. I have no kids yet, so I tried giving these to friends, but they didn’t want it either. Oh well. Its basically medicine for flu like symptoms. I’ll hold on to them, maybe someone will want them, or a house guest will need it at some point.

baby wash cloths

4. I Play – Organic Knitted Terry Washcloth Unisex 3Pk Assorted – $8.00. I am so glad I got these in the box. The only baby wash cloths we have came with the hooded towel, and aren’t perfectly small like these! I enjoy when i get things that I do not have to run out to the store to get. They are already with all the baby bath stuff ready to be used!

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5. Angel Dear – Ring Rattle – Fuchsia Robot – $6.00. So cute!! This is in my diaper bag ready to go too. It is super soft and has a little rattle sound to it. Can’t wait to see what my little girl thinks of it when she arrives!

 

This box totaled up to $100.98. I would say I got the value for what I paid for it! A 3 month subscription cost $69.99 normally, I believe I paid $27 for 3 months with the deal, so that worked out to $9 a box! If you are interested in getting a Bluum Box, you can get 50% off your first box by using my referral LINK HERE. Otherwise, you can just go to their website.  Hope this helped you out. I didn’t see many Bluum Pregnancy boxes out there, so I was curious on what was in them!