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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Manly Men & some Quilt Blocks

Well, even though still sick, this past weekend was a lot of fun! My brother and his wife came up for the weekend to visit.  The hubs and my brother went up to our property and cleared some trees where the well will be going.  So exciting! This is the first bit of work that has been done to the land so far and we are excited to make some progress (at least as much as we can-which isn't much at this point).

Aiden wanted to go with the guys.  He was very excited to chop up trees and do grown-up work with the guys.

He even had his carhartt overalls like Dad and got to use an axe.  He was in heaven.  

Meanwhile, Aunt Caitlin and I decided to take the little guy to the Zoo that morning.  He just loves the zoo and wandering around looking at all the animals.  It was a very enjoyable day for everyone I think.

He was pretending to be a wolf pup in his den.

After the zoo we met the guys at the land to see their handy-work.  Odin got a chance to try out the axe.  

Uncle Kris helped a bit when asked.

the hardworking men
After wandering some of the land for a bit longer we all loaded into our vehicles and met at a local restaurant Kelly's, which is a favorite of ours.  It was a fun day for all of us and after being outside walking around and working hard all day, we all slept very well that nite.  

After such a good nite's sleep and a very enjoyable weekend, I finally made some headway on these low-volume blocks I'm making for the new little boys quilt. 

Please forgive the poor picture quality.  It is nearly impossible to get good pictures in my house (the lighting is terrible) and it was pouring buckets of rain this morning so nice sunny outdoor pictures were obviously out of the question.  

I really love this block.  I have seen a few similar versions around blog-land but adjusted this one to my needs.  I have so very many strips of fabric in my scrap bins and wanted to use them up so this was the perfect block I thought.

The little houses? How adorable are those right? And the owls.  I do love owls.  Since the nursery theme is going to be soft spring greens, aqua and navy and bits of grey, white and yellow to compliment I had fun pulling from my scrap bin one morning to find all these beauties.  

I still need to make several more blocks before I have enough for the quilt but I felt very accomplished to even have this much done given my lack of energy the past month or so.  

Most of the fabrics used were from my scrap bin, some from my stash that I cut into strips and some really great fat quarters I purchased from Westwood Acres.  She has some really fantastic low volume fabric bundles that I just love.  If you're interested in purchasing some for yourself you can visit Amanda's shop here.  She has a limited availability on her low volume bundles, but if you're interested and can't get one, keep checking back! She is always listing new ones with different fabrics and every one of them has fantastic fabric choices.  (I actually just went and purchased my next bundle for fear of them being gone after posting this! There were still a few left).

If you do purchase one of these bundles and make something with them, I'd love to see it!  I'll post more pics later this week of the rest of the blocks as I finish them.

Happy Crafting! 

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