Friday, May 20, 2011

Another gum graft

Ugh. I had to have gum surgery again yesterday. This is the second one in two years, and the third in my life. I have to say that the lead-up is pretty much the worst part. My periodontist (Dr. Richard Verderame in Rio Rancho, N.M.) is pretty awesome.

The problem is that I have very thin gums, probably due to genetics. They have to be shored up so that I don't lose my teeth eventually. So they take tissue from the palate of the mouth and transplant it to the thin or receded site. It's a longer recovery than many oral procedures have, because it's rather delicate. But I just don't know how this guy does such it so that I don't have pain afterwards. I mean, if I went and bit into a hamburger, it would hurt and cause all sorts of damage, but I feel pretty good.

Lucky for you, I'll spare you any photos with this post.

Brock doesn't know boundaries

We went to the zoo the other day with some other moms and babies (uh, a few years ago I would have never imagined I'd be the type of person going on play-date outings.)

Whenever Brock meets another baby, he is delighted. He goes crazy touching and grabbing. Poor Maya felt a little accosted, I think.


Then the next day, he met another baby girl and Mark says at first they were happy to meet and touched hands and stuff, but then Brock again got a little aggressive and made her cry.

Folks, lock up your daughters.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Mother's Day quilt

I made my mom a quilt for Mother's Day. Actually, I made my mom two quilts, but the first one was really ugly, so I started over.

This is the good one. I got the idea from Film in the Fridge.


It's the Rectangle Squared block pattern.


I used Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 fabrics - one pack of fat quarters. I believe there were eight of them. I sashed it with white.


I used one of the Aviary fabrics, the purple one with the birds, for the backing. I didn't have quite enough, so I pieced it with scraps. I like the effect better than an all-one-fabric backing anyway.


And, finally, I stippled it. I love the texture of stippling, so I almost always use that form of quilting on my projects.

Here's the quilt top I originally made. The pattern was Oh, Fransson's Mixtape pattern (although this link is to an updated version of the pattern), and I was so proud that I selected a dozen fabrics to go together. Only, they didn't. And my sashing choice was just awful, it turns out. Oh, and I made tons of cutting and sewing mistakes, so it was quite wonky.