Sunday, 22 January 2012

I Has a Headache

I've had a migraine for the past two days. No amount of aleeve is killing it, but I'm ok. 
My blog is mostly used to organize my brain.
Tonight, I am going to use my blog to ease my heart.

A few days ago, an online friend asked for prayers for a friend of hers whose unborn baby boy was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta  type II, or brittle bone disease. The type this baby has is the most severe form and is considered "incompatible with life". Translation: these parents who only found out a few months ago that they would be welcoming a child into the world have to prepare for the possibility that they will not get to take that child home.

When I heard this, it immediately came into my thoughts to offer to make a quilt. I make baby quilts all the time for friends and family, and used to make them for the children's hospital when I belonged to a quilting guild. Since I quit the guild though, I haven't made any to give away. 

Thankfully, my friend took me up on the offer and so now I am making a little quilt for baby.

This quilt is breaking my heart.

Whenever I work on it I cry. I remember the babies I lost and I cry - and I never even got to feel those babies kick, or hold their hands, or kiss their head. I think of the parents whose world has come crashing down around them and I cry.

Don't get me wrong here; I don't cry for the baby. He is such an amazing little soul that his work on earth will be done almost before he even has to start it! He is one of Jesus's very special little children - the ones who get to spend all of their time with Him. What a lucky little guy to bypass the pain of the world and go straight to Heaven and sit at our Lord's feet.
I cry for his family though, and the heartache they are and will feel until they can join him. It ripples, the sadness of losing a baby. People who don't know you, people who will never meet you, cry over your loss.

This shared sadness is what brings us together though. It makes us examine our lives and appreciate the blessings that are heaped on us every day.

So when I cry, I rejoice as well. I thank God for this little baby boy and the good works he is inspiring. I thank God for my living child and my ones already gone, because without them I know I would not have the close relationship with Him that I have. 

Most especially, I thank God for giving us the most precious gift of Jesus, so that we can know death is not the end for us, but only the beginning.

Tomorrow I will finish up the applique on the quilt top and get it quilted. I'm going to ship it this week to a very special family I will never meet on earth, but I'm praying I get to hug them in Heaven.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Mustard Post

I need to catch-up, but do like some variety in my condiments!

1. Naps are back. With a twist. Little A likes to have herself a nap now, but in having her nap also likes to stay awake until around 10pm at night.  Yes, that's right, my 18 month old toddler likes to stay up later than most adults. Le Sigh. 

2. I have yet to quilt. My days are taken up with baby chasing and apparel sewing. Obviously, I don't have any downtime at night to sew. I put A to bed and then go to bed myself right after. Hubby thinks this is funny.

3.  The apparel sewing is going well. Not so much on sales, but hopefully that will come. I am finding that I enjoy sewing clothes even more than I though. I used to get so frustrated at my lack of skills, so I stopped sewing clothes for a few years. The quilting has helped my sewing skills so much. Thank you quilting!

4. Yeah that's all!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Breastfeeding in Style!

So in my 18 1/2 months of breastfeeding A, I've worn every type of shirt I could think of.

Maternity tops (ugly, and made for round women, not to mention hideously expensive)
Regular tshirts (bulky, unflattering, difficult to pull up)
Nursing tops (mostly ugly and even more expensive than maternity wear)

I've been wanting to sew my own nursing clothes for a while now. Uhm, like a year now. In fact, last year I told my mother-in-law that I wanted to start a clothing line of pretty, affordable nursing clothing.

FINALLY I got to it this week! Well, one top, at least. But we all have to start somewhere, right?

Introducing my first nursing top: Milky

And the requisite shot showing the nursing access (which I hate, it's so embarrassing!):

I also realized I have red highlights in my brown hair. Weird.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Naps are for Wimps

Today I am making it official. Naps are for wimps and babies. Apparently, 18 month old A is neither. I will sorely miss the few hours of nap time a day that I used to enjoy.
Not to sleep, but to sew. 
Why is it that kids don't value sleep like adults do? If someone told me I could sleep as much as I wanted every day, I'd be all over it! I can take a nap at 10am and go to bed at 8pm? Oh yeah!

Oh a happy note (because A dropping her nap makes me very, very sad) I finished a few pieces this week.

Lace leggings:

Valentine's day crushed velvet dress:

and a wallet made from duct tape and fabric.

I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon that A will actually sit with me and sew without pushing the buttons on the sewing machine! It could be that the machine I have set up on the table doesn't have an automatic thread cutter, and thus the buttons are so terribly boring to push. But she happily sat on my lap for about 10 minutes before getting bored and pulling something apart out of view.

I didn't have a chance to photograph them, but I did get two blocks of baby clothes finished for my sister-in-law's quilt. Will try to get pics of them soon. The quilt is going to be a surprise and I cannot wait for her to get it. 

Friday, 6 January 2012

My Blogger's Choice

This Blogger's choices are....

Man was this hard to put together! It took me two hours to figure out how to get the collage thing to work in Picasa. I feel so dumb!
Thanks to Quokka Quilts for the fun!

And did I mention these fabrics are all from organic lines? I'm trying to go green. It's a looooong process!