Silas is turning seven on Friday. (You can see him holding his seven fingers up in one of the photos. He’s got serious birthday brain right now!) We have big birthday plans for him, and I think I am ready as far as food and gifts go. I’ll talk more about that next week!
I spent last weekend working on a gift for Mabel. She turns two next month, and I want to finish a small quilt for her. Beatrix, Silas, and Job all received first birthday quilts that were collaborate efforts between me, Keats and Gabe, and while I did buy fabric intending to make one for Mabel’s first birthday, I never got around to it. I’m determined to have a quilt made in time for her second birthday. Last weekend, I started cutting fabric on Saturday and by Sunday afternoon I had a quilt top and back ready. I haven’t decided yet if I will turn it or bind it, but I’ve got a few weeks to finish. I chose gold as one of the main colors in honor of Sarah Harkins, one of my friends whom Mabel is named for. (It was one of her favorite colors). Mabel loves yellow too! Oh, and most of the fabrics were purchased at Hobby Lobby, though a few came from my stash, including scraps from Mabel’s 1st birthday dress.
p.s. Photos of that little chicken coop were mixed in with my quilt photos, so I thought I’d show you. That was a free Craigslist find! Folks had given backyard chickens a go, and decided it wasn’t for them. We got that sweet little coop complete with a solar operated door and three lovely golden comet hens. Our rooster, Wattles, and his two hens that survived our big predator attack a few months ago haven’t assimilated into our big flock well, so now they have a new spot to call their own. They are living within our goat pasture and will be able to free range there after they adjust to their new home.
p.p.s. Something new (for me) that I used while making the quilt top were these (affiliate link) sewing clips. So much easier than pins!