Yesterday we had a women's craft day with church.  It is one of my favorite events we do!  Sadly, I have no pics because I did not bring my camera.  I did not bring it because I thought, Hey, I have my new iphone and can just take and upload some pics from there, but I failed to even get it out of my purse.  Baby steps.....

There were several stations set up and people were doing lots of different things: making coasters, making wreaths, making cards, knitting and sewing.  I was sewing.  I really wanted to finish my Christmas quilt that I started at quilt retreat back in February.  I had to leave the retreat early so I did not finish it.  Then, soon after, we had some family live with us, we went to Scotland, then we moved, so needless to say, my machine has stayed packed up until yesterday.  I stayed VERY late (thanks Mary!) but I did finish the quilt!  Yeah!  While I was there, another Mary suggested I do a gallery of all the quilts I had done so here we go:

This is the quilt top (it has yet to be quilted) that I finished yesterday.  Something I love about it (and true, I got this thought from someone else!) is that is has some black in it but its still Christmas fabrics.  I LOVE it!!!!

This next quilt I got as a kit which means it was several fabrics that were selected to go together and I just bought the bag, cut the fabrics and sewed them according to the directions.  Its my Halloween quilt and I love it!!!  The third pic shows the back fabic.

This quilt is very special to me.  Its the first one I did!  I was going through cancer treatment and Lori (Keen's mom) asked if I wanted to come and it was so fun!  I meet a wonderful group of ladies, ate wonderful food and got to make this Valentine quilt!  So far, all my quilts have been seasonal-- not all of them are, but right now, I am ok that most of them are!  Doesn't the brown fabric make you want to go grab some chocolate?!?!

After doing my first quilt I went to my local quilt shop (its closed now, boo!) and they were just beginning a mystery quilt.  That mean that they told me at the beginning the different types of fabrics (light, medium dark, etc) and how much to buy of each of it.  Then, each month I got a direction of something to make.  Maybe it would tell me to cut a certain fabric and sew it in a certain way to another fabric and I would do 40 of those.  They would send me a clue each month and it really wasn't until the last month (6) that I started to see how it would come together.  I learned SO much doing this and there were a lot of new techniques for me to learn (and to ask Lori about, ha!).  I also ended up picking each of these fabrics based on the border, which is just beautiful!!  And the more I look at it, the more I think about Emily Anne's nursery, which has a lot of these colors in it!

So, this quilt is special because it is the first one I did from start to finish by myself.  I was able to figure out the directions, make the cuts, sew and even troubleshoot on my own.  And, when I was making this one, my friend Bobbie was making her first quilt---yeah!

This was a quilt from my 2nd quilt retreat.  What was so neat about it was that depending on how you arranged the pieces you could make different designs.  This is the design I chose and then I also added a thin and thick border to make it big enough for a twin bed.  I can't wait to use it on a bed soon!

I also did a quilt for my parents for last Christmas but I can't seem to find a pic of it right now.  Maybe I can get one next time I head to Cartersville and add it on here.  Hope you enjoyed your tour-- I enjoyed making all of them!!!

So, this post is about 2 weeks late--- but better late than never right?  I had my very first baby shower on October 13 and it was hosted by Leah and Bobbie.  It was a couple's shower and it was so much fun!  Leah and Bobbie (and their very sweet husbands) made the shower look incredible!

The shower was at Leah and Aaron's house.

Kevin and April

There were flowers and banners and twine-- oh my!

And this beautiful swing!

This was set up for the gifts and cards.

They had made these diaper envelopes out of scrapbook paper because we were having a diaper shower.  In the invites was a little paper explaining that Keenan and I are going to do cloth diapers.  However, we are not sure yet what kind we will get and a local store here in Athens offers a program where you get to try the different cloth diapering systems for two weeks and then can buy which type you like.  So, we just asked for money so we can buy the type we like when the time comes.  We were so blessed by everyone in their generosity and we can't wait to try the different diapers!

It was such a sweet night and it was fun hanging out with some friends.  We also had a relay race for the boys- and that was incredible.  Not going to lie-- I saw a video of this posted on Bobbie's wall some months BEFORE I found out I was pregnant and knew I wanted a couple's shower and that relay- so as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I asked them to do it!!!  Here are some pics from the relay-- the boys were split into  two teams and they had to down a baby bottle of milk, one boy had to spoon yogurt into another boy's mouth, another had to put a cloth diaper on a baby, then another had to put the baby into a car seat and put the car seat into the car- correctly!  It was so fun!

It was a very fun relay and a very fun night!!!  Thank you to Bobbie and Leah for a perfect first baby shower!  I love you two so much and I am so thankful that you are in my life!!!

I had my second baby shower (I still need to get pics from my first so I can do a post from it too!) today and it was so beautiful.  Keenan's aunt, Liz, hosted the shower.  We had our wedding reception at her house so some of you may remember that.  She is such an amazing hostess!  This shower was with a specific group of women- the quilt retreat ladies.    This group of ladies have been getting together for a quilt retreat weekend once a year for some time.  Each year varies just a bit, so one year we may all give Lori some money and she purchases enough fabric so that we all have enough to make our own quilt- though it will be the same or at least similar to everyone else's.  Other years, she tells us how much of each type of fabric to buy and we give it to her, then she will cut it into pieces that will go in each of our kits.  A few years ago, when I was going through chemo, I was at home since I couldn't work that year and Lori invited me to quilt retreat.  It was so fun!  I used one of Lori's machines and hung out with 15-20 fun ladies.  We ate amazing food, quilted, talked and ate chocolate!  Sadly, though, that was the year that we had an ice storm in February, so our retreat was cut short.  Too late for me though- I was hooked.  Soon after this, Lori got me my own machine (Baby Lock Grace- and its all about the machine!!!) and I did a few more quilts over the course of the year.  I have since been to two more quilt retreats and they are SO. MUCH. FUN.!  Delicious food + amazing ladies = one of my favorite weekends of the year!  I am really looking forward to this year's retreat because Emily Anne will be able to attend!!!  This group of women have blessed me in so many ways- I love being able to spend time with them!  So, today's shower was with this group of women and it was wonderful!

When I first showed up, Lori grabbed me and said I HAD to go in the front door and this was why:

Yes, that's a pumpkin-head baby!  It is now on my front porch!

The food table with a beautiful canvas painting Liz had gotten at a craft festival.  It is hanging in EA's room already (just not in its final place yet!).

My amazing hostess!!!  Seriously, you talk about having the gift of hospitality!

Cute table decorations!

One of the games: identifying what's in the "dirty diaper".  There were eight diapers with a different kind of chocolate candy melted inside and we had to guess.

If anyone knows my gag reflex right now and how I can just think about something gross for about 45 seconds and lose it-- this was quite a feat for me to complete!

And just for the record- I went 8 for 8!

Shirley (Keenan's grandmother!) and Annette

Renee, Jacque and Randy

Pam and Lynda

Fran and Mabel Anne

Dottie and Becky

Kay and Liz

Me with some of the goodies!!!!

This was from a funny game we played.  There were about 10 items in this bag (some baby related, some not) and I had to make up a story that included the items as I pulled them out.  It was so funny!

Some items were pretty easy- like these pacifiers....

Some not so this canned dog food (shout out for Boone!).

Two hardest items to put into my story- the Butt-Aid cream and the dog food!

 This next thing may have been the sweetest thing EVER.  When Liz sent out the invites for the shower, she included a pattern and the white pieces for each person to create a quilt square with pinks.  Each person included it in their present and they had signed it.  This is so special!  Two people could not be there so those are the two missing squares but isn't this just the sweetest thing?!?!  They are going to put a border on it for me and quilt it!  I am so glad each person has their name on their square-- it is just such a wonderful reminder about how invested this group of ladies is in my life and now in EA's life and I LOVE it!  I really cannot truly express how much this means to me--I just love it!

 Lori (Keenan's mom), Shirley (Keenan's grandmother, Liz and Lori's mom), me and Liz (Keenan's aunt)

Truly a wonderful group of ladies and I am so blessed to have them at my shower today!  Thank you to Liz and to everyone else who helped out- it was a wonderful day!