Friday, June 29, 2012

Find me at Quilt Story today

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today you can find my sawtooth star quilt featured over at Quilt Story. Hooray!

What's Quilt Story, you say? Quilt Story is a pretty little blog run by two sweet sisters, Heather and Megan. Every week, you'll find gorgeous quilts featured from around the web as well as adorable projects of their own.

If you're visiting from Quilt Story, welcome! I hope you like what you see and decide to stay a while!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I won!

I can't believe I'm even writing this...

My pin cushion won first place in the Bags and Accessories category in Jennifer's Summer Sewing Contest over at Ellison Lane Quilts!

I had to re-read the post several times to check that I really had won. That I wasn't somehow reading it wrong. (And to tell you the truth, I even double-checked the list of winners this morning before I wrote this post... just to be sure I didn't dream it all up.) I'm still floating over the idea that a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop will be arriving in my mailbox soon.

Many, many thanks for your votes! You're awesome!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Cozy up: 'The Mushroom Center Disaster'

We spend a lot of time at the library, so I don't often feel the need to actually purchase books for my kids. Well, to be honest, by saying "a lot of time" I really mean that we make a trip there every week. And it's not a leisurely one by any stretch.

Here's a look at an average library trip for us: Miss C. and I spend the entire time speed reading the spines (she can't read yet but knows where to find her favorite authors) as we comb through the children's stacks. Then we stuff as many books as we can into our bag before Master W. runs off... or starts shouting... or finds some other way to cause the library staff to look our way with disapproval. 

Please tell me I'm not the only mother this happens to. Everybody else's toddlers always look so well behaved when we're there, while my little guy can barely sit in the stacks long enough for us to chose a single book.

The library may not be stress-free, but it is wonderful. I have found, though, that when it comes to sharing my favorite childhood books with my children, a library copy just won't do. I must have a copy for our own little home library.

Case in point: 'The Mushroom Center Disaster' by N.M. Bodecker. I have very fond memories of my own mother reading this charming story about Beetle and the other residents of Mushroom Center.
This small community of insects must gather their wits and rally together after disaster strikes one night when a group of careless humans toss their picnic trash to the ground. The smelly mess lands right on top of Mushroom Center, wreaking havoc on the tiny insect village.
Beetle and his friends come up with some very creative solutions, though I won't spoil it for you. The pen and ink drawings by illustrator Erik Blegvad are exquisite and really add to the charm of this lovely little story.

I hope you get a chance to get your hands on a copy of this wonderful book someday. I promise you'll love it!

Friday, June 22, 2012


It's been four years since I started this little blog.

So much has changed since that first post. I had another child, and now have a third on the way. I'm sending my oldest off to Kindergarten in the fall (eek!). I started quilting. I closed up my first Etsy shop and often wonder if it's time to close my second. I bake. I dream of decorating.

And so maybe it's time to take a step in a new direction.

Welcome to needle and nest. A little space for us to sip tea and chat about sewing, quilting, books, decorating and other delights.

I hope you'll join me!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A new master or miss.

I love seeing so many posts recently from bloggers who are expecting new babies. Baby announcements make the best kind of news, don't you agree?

Well, I have a bit of baby news of my own. I'm expecting the arrival of Master or Miss #3 (we're going to be surprised) in mid-November!

I had my second trimester ultrasound yesterday, so I just couldn't resist sharing a few shots of my little sweetie. The first shot is a profile of the wee one's head and the second shows the baby's foot.

Here's a little known pregnancy fact for you. Did you know that sewing can make a newly pregnant woman nauseous? Yeah, me either. I sure missed my sewing machine, but we're back on friendly terms again so hopefully I can get moving on a few projects soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm a finalist!!

Holy moly! I'm super excited because I am a finalist in Jennifer's Summer Sewing Contest over at Ellison Lane Quilts. Eep!

If you have a moment, I'd love it if you'd head on over to vote. You don't have to vote for me, of course, but I'd love you forever if you did! My armrest pin cushion is #2 in the Bags and Accessories category.

Thanks a million!