7/20/2015

Quilts, dresses and mom life.


This last week I was able to spend 2 days sewing with my sister in law! We are doing a quilt block exchange with some friends and need to make 16, 12x12” blocks. Boston (my sister in-law) encouraged me to try a log cabin quilt, it is a more challenging than any others I have done but I am excited about it! I didn’t get much done we were having too much fun talking, eating, laughing and rocking babies. I had a great time, the best time!
 



I’ve started a Caroline dress by Mouse House creations for my nieces. The sewing has been extremely slow. It has nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with summer and all it entails. The kids have been home and we have been busy with doing yard work (a very little, ha!) , the splash park and sport classes intermixed with whining, fighting and  tantrums from being up too late and eating too many sugary treats. It’s the finer things in life, right? ;0)
 

All this time with the kids at home has really made me think and ponder about my home, specifically the cleanliness of it and my attitude. I often wonder if I let my home be messy if I would be a happier mom. Every mom I have ever met that allows their home to be messy and not be as uptight about the messes their kids make is happy, really happy. They seem to enjoy their hobbies more often than I am able to and their kids create without fear of being in trouble or the worry of how they are going to clean it up. At the same time I am perfectly aware of my own preferences, of what I can and cannot handle. I also don’t like to compare myself to others. This thought process helps me keep balance in my life and hopefully be a better wife and mom.  It’s a tricky balance isn’t it? 
 



I found out this morning that my Grandma passed away and it has me much more thoughtful about life today. She had 10 children and her first 5 were boys, I know how she must have felt when between her 5th and 6th she had a miscarriage and a woman told her “I hope it wasn’t the only girl you’ll have” and then the joy of finally having a girl! She was a first time mom during World War 2 and had to actually buy diapers because there wasn’t enough fabric with the rations to make them. Life is hard no matter what time period you live in, apparently. And yet isn’t the hard stuff what makes life worth living? Because when it’s good you relish it even more. 

5 comments:

  1. My condolences on the death of your grandmother.

    Those blocks you have pictured on this post are gorgeous.

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    1. She was an amazing lady and I miss her already, thank you so for your condolences!

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  2. Your log cabin blocks look beautiful! Have you ever tried paper piecing them? I'm working on a paper pieced pineapple log cabin quilt and it's so much easier just to sew on the lines and not have to worry about measuring. I'm sorry to hear you lost your grandmother; she sounds like a very special lady. Finally -- I can totally relate to your mixed feelings about housekeeping. On the one hand, I feel like I'm letting my family down if I let things get too out of hand and we're "living in filth." But when I focus too much on cleaning it just gets dirty again -- and I never thought I'd be one of those moms who is so paranoid about spilling paint on the furniture that no one is allowed to paint in my house. You just have to find that balance that works for you, where your house is clean enough that it's not a health hazard and you're not ashamed to have people over, but you still allow yourself and your family to enjoy living in it, even though living is messy!

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    1. I haven't tried paper piecing my sister in law was telling me all about it but I only just heard about that method on Thursday, lol! I am very interested in it though.
      Its good to hear I'm not the only one who struggles with the clean house balance :0) I think I'll always be changing our clean home ideals as my family grows up and our needs change.

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  3. Your quilt block looks beautiful! So sorry to know about your lost and thanks for your lovely comment....

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