Monday, September 2, 2013

Moms are Awesome (Part I)

My mom is pretty stinkin' awesome, folks! She came into town a week earlier than planned and stayed for five weeks. My house has never been so clean! My children so well-behaved! My garden so weed free!

The first thing we did upon her arrival was look at the stuff she had made for the new baby. I had originally seen these car seat wraps on Pinterest (naturally!) and sent her the link, asking if she could make one of these for me. She happily obliged-because she got to try out her new surger-and here are her results.

As you can see, the clasps for the car seat come through the blanket so you can wrap up baby but still keep them safe. It's still too warm here (and the baby is still a little small-I want her to have a stronger neck before I use this) but by the time winter rolls around, this will be great. Mom said this was pretty easy to make and plans on making another one for my cousin who is having a baby in a few months. The only change she made was she didn't use any batting-just two pieces of flannel. 

Here's my oldest daughter testing the whole thing out for me. She spent many a happy hour wrapping up her dolly and putting her in the car seat. 

I am very excited to use this in a few months!

She had this pretty much completed before she got here; all she had to do was see where the restraints were and then make the slits to accommodate them.

The other project she brought with her was a quilt that she was making for my son. There's some pretty cool things about this quilt but the best part: she started it 18 years ago! Procrastination runs in the family!!

This is what it looked like when she got here:
Twin size!

While here she added borders: 

I wish I had taken pictures of when she was cutting the striped border-she had this really cool way of sewing the fabric together and then cutting it so the pattern was now diagonal. You will just have to trust me on how awesome it was!

Look at how smart she was to make the patterns match! I never would have thought of that. 

Then she added the backing and batting and pinned all three layers together.

In the blank dark spaces she started to hand quilt stars:

She took it home with her and will finish it there. When I get it back, I will post the final product.

Anyway, it was great to have my mom here. She helped out SO much. She came away with 8 more projects to do (after making me promise not to let her buy anything more....that didn't work out really well) and I added five more projects to my list. 

At least this gives us stuff to do to keep us out of trouble!