I'm baaaack! And with a really good excuse...

Wow.  It's been a really long time since I was here.  I have thought about my blog (re: felt guilty) for the last few months, but I was really sick last November and December, and I could barely brush my teeth much less make stuff and write about it!
Wanna see what was making me so sick?

That's right folks - babyitis!  We are expecting a little girl in July!  It was quite a surprise - I mean, we were trying but I sure didn't expect it to happen the very first month!  I'm not exactly a spring chicken anymore (38)!  In fact, I was so sick we actually found out in the emergency room!

I never thought I'd say an ultrasound was cute - but look at those little lips and tell me I'm wrong!

Thankfully I am feeling better now, and back to crafting with the very specific goal of making things for my little one and her bedroom.  My neighbour Roberta is also pregnant, due in mid-March, with a little boy, so the first baby quilt I tackled was for her.  I have been really loving all the pretty plus quilts I've seen in blogland recently, and so I decided to do one of my own.  I did it in a record 3 days and finished it yesterday!

For Roberta, I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Creative Thursday's Meet the Gang (from Fabricworm) in the green colourway.  I thought it was a really cute collection, and honestly I'm so tired of Aneela Hoey's red and turquoise colours.  I bought Sherbet Pips too, but her last three collections have basically been the same colours!
I also got Meet the Gang in the yellow/grey colours for myself, since I didn't know I was having a girl when I ordered it.  I am going to back it with some lovely grey Minky to make it a winter quilt.  I hope Minky isn't too tricky to sew with.

I embroidered the baby's name, and backed it with some Michael Miller Ta Dot in Celery - I thought it complimented the front nicely, and showed off the quilting lines too.

I am also almost finished the ripple blanket in boy colours for my new little neighbour as well.  I was inspired by Lucy at Attic 24 and used her pattern.  I used Patons Canadian acrylic yarn and it is lovely - soft and warm and wonderful to work with.  As you can see, someone didn't have to wait till it was finished to enjoy it!

For those of you who remember, I brought home another little girl in November (Nina), and she's been growing quickly and becoming a wonderful addition to our family.  She is totally in love with her big sister Ginger!

So I guess we're all caught up now.  Again, please forgive me for temporarily abandoning the blog (those 4 of you who read it I mean!).  I'm going home to Canada next week for about 4 weeks - my last vacation of freedom!  My family wants to see the bump and I want to do some baby shopping!  I will be looking for some sewing patterns and other special things for the baby, as well as getting some more Patons Canadiana for a ripple blanket of my own.  So I promise I will have lots to show you in the coming months to make up for lost time!
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