I meant to post this last week and didn't quite get around to it amid preparations for the arrival of my sister and baby Anna-Banana. We had such a fun time, Anna is super-duper adorable. She is crawling all around and has so much fun playing with her rattles and chewing on things. She has acquired a consonant (B) so we were excited about that too.
I recently participated in the Hoop-La-La swap being hosted by Sew Allegorical. The swap was for a piece of hoop art involving piecing. Since my partner (the lovely Jessica at Plum Patchwork) received the hoop I made for her, I thought I'd go ahead and share it here. On the entry form you could specify whether you wanted a purely decorative hoop or a functional one (such as a clock or notions pocket hoop). Jessica said either was fine so I jumped at the chance to try making a hoop clock, since I'd been wanting to attempt one for a while. I figured a 12 point compass would be fitting for a clock and included some fun quilting around the edge. It's hard to tell, but the outer hoop is wrapped in the same fabric as the stripes on the front. I embroidered "time to sew!" on it since I figure we all need more of that! I also included the pouch on the left below (which is actually more of a purple-blue rather than the bright blue the picture shows) and some yummy scraps as extras. All in all a very fun swap and thanks so much to Sew Allegorical for hosting it!