Friday, June 3, 2011


Well it's Friday afternoon, and what a busy week I have had.  I am "trying" to keep myself on a schedule everyday so that I can get all my projects done on time.  I will admit that it has been quite the challenge, as I am not used to MAKING myself be this timely anymore.  Makes me wonder if I usually am not doing much, or what it is that I keep myself so busy with ordinarily, but it feels like old times.  I don't want to become "stressed" with all my plans, and I am thinking the key is to set goals for each week, and do my best to meet them.  If I don't, well, I don't.  But so far, so good.  My goal this week was to have all 4 crib sheets made, and the crib skirt.  It was a REAL push (I am out of practice a little worse than I thought, haha) but I did get it done.  I am VERY anxious to take one of the sheets with me to San Diego on Sunday and see how it fits Donatella's crib.  The pattern was supposed to be for a standard size crib mattress, but they do seem a little big to me.  But then again it has been 24 years since I was changing crib sheets, so hopefully I am just not remembering right.   They came out very nicely other than that.  As for the crib skirt......on my goodness.  Again, I used a standard sized crib skirt pattern, and I checked every one I could find and they were all the same depending on the style you chose, but the thing has YARDS AND YARDS of fabric in it.  Each side of the crib has 3 yards of fabric, and each end has another 2.  Sooo, that makes 10 if my math head is working right.  All I can say is imagine gathering 10 yards of fabric to fit on a somewhat small base.  It took me forever!  However, I guess I should admit the truth and tell you that I made a mistake (misread the directions again) and squeezed one set of panels into a very small place...sigh....When I figured out what I had done (and I had double stitched, AND finished the edges with a zig zag stich) and knew I was going to have to rip it all out and start over, I wanted to burst into tears, haha....But I took a small break instead, and pressed on.  Once I got going on it, it went a lot faster than I thought.  I LOVE the way it came out.  I can picture it in the room.  I am anxious to see it there.  Here is a pic of it, though as usual I don't think it really does it justice.

It seems a little long huh?  I am thinking I am going to take my sewing machine with me when I go in August to help Mel put the room together, in case any adjustments have to be made...I am really hoping this won't happen, haha.

A little closer view...I love these colors.  This fabric was selected by Noreen from Life's Blessings as she is making the matching quilt for me.  This is the fabric for the back of the quilt.  Mel just told us the colors she wanted to use in the nursery, and she found this.  It is PERFECT!  And I am soo grateful she is doing this for me!  Can't wait to see it.

Next week I will hopefully make the bumper pads, and the valance for the window.  I don't have the fabric for the window yet, so while I am waiting for it to come I think I will make the burp cloths I want to do.  My sister Diane found a wonderful blog online that had a tutorial for these, and they were not only just darling, but also quick and easy. (right up my alley, haha)  I am kind of scared to do the bumper pads.  I am not sure why as they really shouldn't be that big of a deal.  I think it is because I do tend to be somewhat of a perfectionist and I want them to be perfect.  I have never made these before so I don't know how it will go.  I have researched a countless amount of information on doing this, and have probably got it way out of proportion (imagine that?) but guess we will see.  I have done soooo much sewing over the years you would think there is nothing that would really stress me, but they have all been clothing items.  I have not made home deco items (except for window valances) or what I would consider to be crafty type things.  I want to make a pillow for the rocker, and 4 stuffed animals out of the left over fabric....I like patterns and directions, I don't wing it well either, haha.  I still have a couple of more nighties I am going to try and squeeze in, but I will NOT buy the fabric until I have the rest of this done I have promised myself.

I am soo looking forward to this week-end.  It is my son's first time behind the pulpit in his own church on Sunday, and tomorrow we are hoping to go to my nephews baseball game.  They are in the finals and in first place.  He has gotten the game ball the last TWO games which is soo exciting.  How I love a baseball game on a lazy, sunny afternoon.   Tonight should find us playing cards as always, depending on if my hubby makes it home in time.    Hope you all have a good week-end. 


  1. I like those colors too. It turned out fantastic. Have a lovely weekend. You have been very busy. I wish I sewed as well as you do. :)

  2. You are so talented Deb! And you gotta love that Noreen; she's a gem. I love the fabric but I would be lost making anything like this. You go girl! I will pray that this Sunday goes so well for your son. May he be emptied of himself and filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit.

    Blessings and love,

  3. Hi sweetie, I so understand how busy the week gets-best laid plans etc. Hey girl, I love the bedskirt-the fabric looks fantastic!!!! You asked about quilting and yes, I do hand quilt-I love it and for me it is so much easier. Wish I could come hear your son-I know it will be spactacular sermon.
    Have a wonderful Sat.-you know what I'll be doing!
    Love you lots.

  4. Best wishes for your son this Sunday.

    The colors are beautiful ... and I really like the fabric for the bedskirt. I can't wait to see the quilt!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  5. You have such a gift...Your sewing projects are BEAUTIFUL. I can't wait to see pictures of the baby's room with all of your creations added to it. That makes it so very very SPECIAL.

    I've been reading your postings. Your babies clothes a post or two back...the little sleepers...oh my so sweet.

    We are heading into the final stretch with our daughter-in-law. She is due August 13. My daughter-in-law and son just bought a house and will be moving in at the end of July...the time when she will be really ready to go, but ever so exciting.

    Love you my friend.


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  7. Oh I love it...and it has only been five years since I did all of this and I am sure I would be so rusty! You are doing a great job.

    Remember the bed is up high when they are little and then as they grow you lower the skirt will be moving down with the first it won't touch the floor and then when the bed is totally lowered (they are now standing) then the skirt touches the floor...I know I am not telling you anything new.

    I love it all....and I need to sew again when we get to our new place. Still quoting the verse you sent me and that I attached to your really is a life verse isn't it.

    Have a great scheduled week...go girl.

  8. Hi Debbie, I want to comment on your last post since I have been gone this week. best wishes to James and Larissa on the new pastorate, And how proud you and your dh are, I so related to reading of how you dedicated him back to the lord.
    And Mel is more beautiful than ever.

    You did such a beautiful job on the crib skirt, and I love the colors, Noreen did a great job in helping with them. I know you are enjoying sewing every stitch, and thinking about the arrival of the baby. It will be here before you know it.
    I am anxious to hear of how james' first day as pastor, went, you will probably be more nervous than him~smile~

  9. This looks beautiful, Debbie. And to think... a precious bundle soon to be added to make it all really shine!

    So excited for you all.


  10. Hi Deb! Love this skirt! And I LOVE how long it is! It will look absolutely fabulous! You do such lovely work!

    Hope your week is fab! Sam and fam moved to their apartment, so we can slowly get back to normal...but miss them already!

    Love ya,

  11. Hi Debbie!
    You are moving right along with the baby's bedding!
    The crib skirt looks GREAT! I would actually prefer them to always be longer than what is standard. I bet it will be perfect.

    Also thank you so much for your nice comment on my blog. And your genuine excitement for us and our motorhome! We are so excited to go use it we can hardly wait! I know we will have many memories with it. I told my husband I know this is our first motorhome, but I have a feeling it will not be our last. :)
    Also, thank you for telling me about your son and his poor cavities. I believe that the health of our teeth is totally genetic. Jake has had lots of cavitites and issues because his teeth are close together just like Hannah's. And just like you said, her cavitites are in between the teeth, causing both teeth to be affected. I know she'll be okay, but as a mother you just wish your child didn't have to deal with that don't you?!

    Sorry for my longwinded comment today!
    Good luck with the rest of the bedding. Looks like you are moving right along.

  12. Debbie, this all looks so great! You have quite the talent! I'm sure Mel will be so excited to put all of this in the baby's room!

    I hope it's working out for your son at the new church! How exciting!@


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