Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Back in the Saddle!

Hello! After over 5 months of not sewing or blogging due to some major life events, I am ready to start "working" again!

As a reminder, I was hospitalized towards the end of February with pregnancy complications. I was only 22 weeks pregnant. To make a long story short, and to spare you the gory details, my body apparently thought we were done! Medication and bed rest improved my situation but every time the high risk doctor would mention the possibility of me going home, my body would do something else that guaranteed further observation time in the hospital. After a while, we just stopped talking about going home! Throughout everything, Annabelle was never in distress. She was such a good little girl, taking everything in stride!

I was due June 26, but on April 3, at 28 weeks pregnant, I went into labor. The doctors and nurses (best nurses ever!) were able to stop it but labor began again on Sunday, April 5 (Easter). This time there was no stopping it and Annabelle was born, via urgent C-section, at 9:22pm, weighing in at a whopping 2lbs, 14.2oz and 14" long!


As tiny as that is, she was classified as large for her gestational age. And being in the hospital for 6 weeks and 2 days before she was born, I was given 4 steroid shots to help her lungs develop. So she was only on a ventilator for about 13 hours, then c-pap for 5 days. She ended up needing a nasal cannula for supplemental oxygen but came off that on April 25. So at 3 weeks old (31 weeks, gestational age), Annabelle was breathing completely on her own! She spent 60 days in the NICU but never had any health issues. She's been home since June 4 and we couldn't be happier. So far, she is healthy and meeting all developmental milestones! Oh, and she's about 11lbs now! :)


During my "down time," my sewing room looked like a tornado blew through it! Every time I walked in to try to do something, I just didn't know where to start and walked right back out. But I finally plugged away over the last couple weeks and it is now rearranged and reorganized and I feel like it is in good, functional form. Before I was hospitalized, I was contacted by a lady who had purchased a couple of my microwave bowl cozies from my Etsy shop. She sent me some fabric to make more, along with some key chains. Luckily, everything she wanted was for Christmas gifts so she wasn't in any hurry to get them. We've been talking back and forth the last few days and I now have a complete list of gifts to make for her: 6 cozy sets (6 small and 6 large), 4 key chains and 3 zippered pencil pouches. I can't wait to get started!

I am linking up today to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.
Sew Fresh QuiltsWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Have a sew crafty day!
Jenn

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Unexpected Blog Hiatus

Hello everyone. Unfortunately you will not be hearing much from me for the foreseeable future. I was admitted to the hospital on Friday in pre-term labor. I'm only 22.5 weeks now so am on medication and complete bed rest to prevent further labor and hopefully reverse the process. I will be here at least 2 weeks, hopefully much longer, so I will obviously not be sewing/blogging. I will try to provide periodic updates and appreciate all positive thoughts coming my way.

Thanks.

Jenn

Friday, February 20, 2015

Goals Met!

Hello everyone. I'm so happy that I have met all of my goals for the week! I got all of my February bee blocks done and they will go out in the mail today or tomorrow.

I finished my "little things" - mended a pair of my husband's pajama pants that I found in my cabinet from who knows how long ago, shortened some hunting overalls for my dad and added button holes to the sides of his face mask so he can comfortably wear his glasses. His overalls are made mostly of wool and the raw edges were serged rather than hemmed. I don't have a serger but my sewing machine has several overlock stitches. I have never used them before but it was super easy and I'm really glad I learned something new! That's always exciting. :)

I also got all of the sashing cut for my grandpa's quilt - the $5 quilt - and started piecing the top. The directions wanted each sashing strip to be cut before sewing them to the blocks but since all of my blocks were not exactly 11", I decided to leave the strips long and pin them to 3 blocks at a time. That way I was sure that my sashing strips would be the correct length.

All of my rows are now complete and I just need to add the long sashing strips in between each row and at the top and bottom, along with 2 borders. My plan is to have this quilt and my Double Crossed quilt ready to be quilted by mid-March so I can get them to my long-arm quilter, Anne, and get them back mid-May to finish. I think this quilt will make a great Father's Day gift for my grandpa.

I'm linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP? and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.

Have a sew crafty weekend!

Jenn

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Icicle Star Blocks

Hello! I hope you've all had a sew crafty week so far. I have gotten my (4) 6" Icicle Star blocks pieced and they are absolutely adorable! They take a while because each one has 48 little pieces but they are so worth it!

Now I just need to make (2) simple Garden Fence blocks and my February bee blocks are done. I'll have pictures of those on Friday.

I'm linking up today to Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.

Sew Fresh QuiltsWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



And now, some news from Craftsy. They are now offering eGuides! (Sponsored post)

What is an eGuide?
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Here is a list of available eGuides:

Photography
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home
Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
Painting
eGuide: Beginner's Guide to the World of Watercolor
Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners
 


Have a sew crafty day! And to everyone attending QuiltCon this week, have fun!

Jenn