I think she likes her new smock, originally uploaded by Cathi O’Neill.

Aine is now fully ensconced in school, she’s got three party invitations for the next 2 weeks, she’s going home to play with her friend today and then being dropped off at ballet lessons…eek! Her schedule is more full than mine!

Her first party was last Friday and she was horrified at the thought of going to this painting party having to wear her dad’s tshirt! So what is a crafty momma to do? After dropping her at school Friday, I found this paint smock tutorial here, and whipped up a smock with some fabric and elastic I had in my stash. Katy tie dyed this fabric for a backing for me ages ago and it just didn’t quite match the blue on the front of the quilt, so I’ve been using it in other quilting projects ever since! She’s now got a stylin’ smock and I think she likes it :).

Also for party time, I have a birthday quilt finished for a friend, but since I haven’t mailed it out yet, I’ll only show the back. I’m pretty happy with the quilting I did, but not with the horrible tension issues I had with my machine, so don’t look too close!!
Machine Quilting on Secret Project

I did a clean out of my office yesterday while working on my projects, and thought it might be fun to do some swapping. If anyone is interested in any of these patterns or in swapping some magazines, let me know!! I’d love to swap for American or Australian magazines that you are finished with, any scraps of Civil War repros, Japanese taupes, or some yarn, esp. more Sugar and Cream cotton yarn for my plans for Christmas gifts !! But make me an offer, it would be fun to do a few trades and clean out my office of things I don’t need anymore!! Maybe you can do the same and we can both win out…
Patchwork Magazines
Knitting Magazines
Patterns to swap