Friday, March 30, 2012

sew & tell v3.25 - a frenzy of finishes

Hey friends! I'm really sorry about the linky issues last week. I'm really glad so many of you came back to link up once it was fixed. It was an issue even the linky provider wasn't in control of! So thanks for being awesome.

Just to let you know, this was the week that mrlouwho left. It was hard leading up to saying goodbye and the actual departure - but now we can move on and get it over with. I'm thankful for my kids who give me an opportunity to focus on something other than my own sadness. We are all doing pretty well and I'm optimistic that I will be super productive the next several months. If you are interested in reading an article in our local paper about his unit and a little about what they are doing you can read it here.

 I'll spare you the pictures of the kids clinging to his neck as they said goodbye.  :(

Moving on....
The day before he left I was all about staying busy in the sewing room.  I needed to make him a little zip pouch to keep the camera, charger, and cord together (so they wouldn't get misplaced, i.e. lost).  Luckily I even had something sort of manly!
manly zippy pouch

And I lined it with some Marine Corps fabric that a friend gave me.
manly zippy pouch - USMC edition

It turned out so big that he was able to fit in the rest of his cords, headphones and iPod.
manly zippy pouch - for camera, cords, chargers, etc


The other thing I was able to finish was another dresden plate mini.  I made one a year ago for the Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap I was in.  I loved making it so much I had to make another!  I may or may not have plates cut up to make more.
i {heart} dresdens!

I did a little free motion flower in the center.
flower quilting

And I tried my hand at machine binding again.  I'm not very good at it. And not sure I want to use it on mini's where the binding is easier to see.  But it's finished, and right now, that's what I needed.
machine binding

It measures about 18"x21" and the pattern is from the book Material Obsession.

I also made a hooded towel, stitched down some appliques onto onsies, mended some socks, quilted more placemats and started another binding.  The sock project is not exciting but I'll share the others when I'm finished.

Thanks for everyone's support and kind comments through the last few months it is cherished and appreciated and truthfully has helped so much. xoxox

What have you been up to this week?




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20 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the pouch you made for your hubby. It really looks like a guy thing :-) I hope your time will pass quickly and soon you will all be reunited again. Hugs.......

Grandma G said...

What a nice photo! Thanks for sharing that. And yeah, the kids-clinging one would've brought tears.

You seem like a very strong person, and I'm sure you'll do well while he's gone. But it'll be hard, and you'll have your "days". Speak out when you need extra prayers or encouragement!

I love the pouch! Definitely manly! And your little dresden plate mini is so pretty!

Nicole said...

I hope the next eight months goes by fast for you. Will we get to see you at the beach in July? Hope so... :)

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

great finishes. I hope the next 8 months finish quickly :)

diane said...

Great finishes and I love the sweet photo of your family. Thanks for the linky again this week. Thinking of you, always

MB in MI said...

Thankyou from our family to Mr.Louwho and your family...hope the time flies by!! Love the manly pouch for all the 'stuff' and your dresden is picture perfect :-)

Leslie said...

I bet your hubby loved his pouch! sorry he has to go :( hugs to you and your kiddo's!
lovely projects!

Heather said...

Aww, sweetie... that's just so hard. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, to your sweet hubby and to you and your kids, for making such a sacrifice for all of us. {hugs} I'm glad you have your babies and your sewing to lift you up and keep you busy. Hopefully you'll find so much to do that the time will fly by before you know it!

Alisa said...

Be strong in the Lord. Ask for help when you need it! You have a sweet looking family. :-)

Katy Cameron said...

Glad to see Mrlouwho went off in style there, and love your mini

Heather Cartwright said...

Cute family! Its nice that he will have something like that to take with him.

Tammy said...

Please tell mrlouwho I appreciate his service to his country and on behalf of my freedom! I've been in your shoes and it's not easy. If there is ever anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Keep the faith!

Shontelle said...

Your mini dresden looks lovely - so bright and cheerful.

I hope that you have an easy eight months until your husband returns safely. I am full of admiration for you and for the sacrifice you make. It must be hard going with three kids on your own.

Sandy said...

What a beautiful family! Prayers for you and your family over the next months. Have fun with your creativity!

Debbie said...

Love the manly pouch you made & sent with hubby! Bless you as you are separated....

Kim said...

((((HUGS)))))) You did a great job on that pouch! and the DRESDEN>>>>>>GAH>>>>>>> LOVE !!!!!! I need one now ,LOL!

pinksuedeshoe said...

I have been thinking about you all week. And everytime I do I tear up, your pic of your sweet family started it all over again. Love you, so much. And I can't wait to see all the productiveness that comes out of that sewing machine of yours! Love the dresden too, so happy!

amy smart said...

Sending you and your kiddos big hugs. I wish I could come hang out in your sewing room or whisk you away on fabric shopping excursions to make the time go faster. Know that I love you and I'm praying for your little family.

Jenny said...

Amy, you look SO great. Guess MaryKay and good genes really are a great combo. ;) Miss your guts. Hugs to you and your sweet family! Love you all.
-Jenny Stath-Math

Funky Kim said...

Here I am, letting you know that I shall be supporting you in spirit here in Salt Lake City. I'm a former soldier and a former military wife and I empathize with both sides of deployment.