Saturday, September 7, 2013

Baby Blues - How Appropriate!

The September color for our Rainbow Scrap Challenge is BABY BLUE.... and I couldn't help but smile when I thought about how appropriate that color is for me, because we just found out that our little grandchild due in December is going to be a little BOY!!!

So sweet!!!  .... little fingers and toes to kiss.... little fluttering eyelashes to watch in fascination ...... little bellybuttons to gaze at in awe ..... little cries for Grandma to hold him ....

a future little Baby Boy knitting project???  LOL!!!

Okay, pulling myself back from the edge of the Baby Love precipice!  
Suffice it to say, we are very excited!!!

Sew ........... to get back to quilting..... 

Even though we have a new little boy on the way, I do not have very many BABY BLUE scraps - anyone surprised by that announcement?  No, I didn't think so!  LOL!!!  Actually, I don't even have very many BABY BLUES in my stash either.  But I did pull a few fat quarters to add to my scraps to make enough different fabrics for my RSC blocks this month.

A lot of my chosen fabrics are not technically "baby" blues.  Some veer off into the lavenders, some are more aqua.  But all of them are more pastel than bold colors, so they're going in.  I suppose I'll have to call my blocks PASTEL BLUES-ISH rather than baby blues :*D

And of course, I saved the selvedges for another project, another day :*)

I'm in love with those sweet oriental fans!

And how appropriate is this fabric?  Backyard Baby in baby blue - too cute!!!

With all that being said (I know, more than you really wanted to wade through, right?) here is my first block for September....  Fantasia in PASTEL BLUES-ISH!

Angela pointed out in her post that a lot of us tend to want to stick to the bright rainbow colors - and of course you know I'm all about bright colors, right?!?  But I also think those bright colors pop so much better when they have the lighter colors to back them up and let them take the spotlight.  I think these baby blues will really help the bright colors shine so much more brightly in the finished quilt :*)

On a final note, I'd like to introduce to you my newest member of the family - although she is definitely not a baby and she is not blue, I really think she is gorgeous!!!

I haven't yet named her, but she is a 1957 Featherweight - a very proper, well-behaved older lady with impeccable manners.  I'm in love!!!  My first Featherweight died in March - she just decided to grind to halt at a retreat and refused to sew another stitch.  I guess you could say I sewed her to death LOL!!!  So I have been without a good working light-weight machine for sit-n-sews since then.  I'd been keeping my eyes open for an affordable Featherweight in good working condition - and this one exceeds all my hopes!  She is a beauty with hardly even a scratch on her pristine surface.  This little lady has been keeping herself for me it seems :*)  We sewed together very happily today, and I couldn't be more delighted with her!

And lest I forget the other "little lady" in this house - not so well-behaved and with slightly less impeccable manners - this is what Gypsy was doing while I was working so hard on my RSC blocks....  do you think she has enough pillows there?  LOL!!!

In case you can't read cat expressions, she is telling me to go away and mind my own #@*&^% business!!!

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Oh, I read cat--loud and clear!!
    What a lovely featherweight. Can I be jealous? I'm still trying to find my first. : ) I am so tired of lugging my heavy machine everywhere.
    What beautiful shades of blue in your pretty block. So soothing!

  2. I don't have baby blues either - not even in FQs. Lovely featherweight - sure you will have many hrs of enjoyment together. And I speak cat too, although mine have chosen the upstairs spare bed for the day.

  3. Not much baby blue here either. I guess it's time to go shopping!

  4. Oh, I didn't realize your FW had died. Mine was born in 1955. Her name is Annette. That was the year Annette Funicello first appeared on Mickey Mouse Club. So glad you were able to find another one. She's a beauty!

  5. Congrats on both your coming grandson and your new featherweight. Both are wonderful additions! Your Fantasia block is beautiful.

  6. Congrats on the soon-to-arrive baby boy!
    And on the recently arrived baby Singer...what a beauty!

  7. Congrats on the little boy and the featherweight. I agree - those soft hues really do make the others pop. Sounds like this month you might need to do some stash building in baby blues.

  8. I LOVE the featherweight!!! I'm wanting one - so will keep my eyes open!! I must apologize - I've been so lax in commenting - but your projects are just lovely - as usual!!! Congrats on a baby boy coming!!! How fun, fun, fun!!! I know you love the brights - but that baby blue block is just wonderful! Your quilt will be gorgeous!!


  9. A little grandson - how exciting for you! So many of my blogger friends are becoming grandmothers this year, and ours is due in about 9 days! Won't find out whether boy or girl until the birth, so the baby quilt is green and white! So, do you still have your old featherweight? Sounds like the motor may have burned out, but that is replaceable! Your new one is gorgeous BTW!

  10. Well from one gramma to another---congratulations! Perhaps not the knitted beard......
    Enjoy planning for this precious baby

  11. Congratulations on the new baby boy coming to your family. And what a beautiful little FW. How in the world did you find one so pristine?? You are one lucky lady.

  12. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! Nothing better than a new grandbaby to hold and love on!

    Love that pastel blue-ish Fantasia block!

    And congratulations on the newest member of your family! She's beautiful!

  13. I really love your blue block...and congrats on having the chance to sew lots more blue things in the coming months! Blessings, Marlene

  14. Oh baby boys! I have 4 grandsons two who are new this year, and a new nephew. I have not made any of them a quilt, but all the girls will have a quilt by the end of this year. Love the featherweight. I have 2, I had 3 but I gave one to my mother and sister to go to quilt group.

  15. That one picture is way tooo funny!

    Love the block!

  16. A grandson is a nice bundle of joy to look forward to during the holiday season! Congratulations! The baby blues was so appropriate and the block is just so pretty!
    I also love the Featherweight! They are so nice to sew on! Best of luck with her!!!

  17. You are going to have fun, fun, fun between quilting and knitting for that little guy!

  18. Congratulations... have fun sewing with adorable baby blues too! I've seen that look from Tucker too many times...

  19. Have you tried a new motor for your old Featherweight? Sew Classic (google it) sells motors for vintage machines. That 'beard' on the baby made me laugh. Too cute!

  20. That Featherweight machine looks brand spankin' new! WOW! Congrats on EVERYTHING!

  21. Congratulations. A new little boy on the way : )
    Love your blue block. Beautiful fabrics.
    Cool new machine.
    Cute kitty picture :D


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