Q1 FAL Finish and February OMG Goal Setting

I have been ill since the Year of the Rooster.  Before Chinese New Year, I was busy rushing to quilt the commissioned pineapple quilt.  Meeting deadlines at work and staying up late at night to quilt weakened my immunity.  I caught the flu bug and ran a fever for the first few days of the Chinese New Year.  Urgh!  I cannot remember when was the last time I fell so sick before.

The good thing was I managed to finish the binding for the quilt before I fell sick.   The quilt measures 105″ x 93, about the size of a king-sized quilt.  This is the biggest quilt I have quilted so far.  Oh my, this quilt is heavy.  I think it must be the cotton batting adding to the weight.

My husband and daughter kindly helped to hold the quilt up while I took the picture.

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A close-up picture of the quilt.

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Let’s see how the quilt looks like using my king-size bed as a model.

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This is my first finish for 2017 Q1 FAL.  See my goals here

Ok now onto my February goal.  I have decided to do something simple using June Tailor’s Charming Circle ruler.  I bought this ruler with the intention to sew a denim tote bag.  Well I have started.  See my WIP.

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Now for some good news.  I won a prize for my 2016 Q4 FAL finish!  Thank you Fluffy Sheep Quilting for sponsoring the prize.  In December, during the Sew Mama Sew giveaway, I won a pattern by Sandra (yes another Sandra) of mmm!quilts.  These are all my Christmas presents. LOL.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts

Also linking up with Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

2017 FAL Q1 Goals

Since the beginning of 2017, life has been crazy.  On the work front, there are so many deadlines due in January. On the family side, we experienced the loss of an aunt.  One part of me is glad that she has gone to Heaven to be with Christ, where there is no pain nor suffering, but another part feels a sense of loss.  Perhaps I should have done more for her when she was alive, perhaps …  I was feeling rather down that I did not set any quilty goal for January’s One-Monthly-Goal.   These thoughts are not doing me any good.  I must get rid of all these negative stuff and focus my energy on creative things.   So here I am setting my goals for 2017 Q1 FAL.

Goal 1

I have finished the piecing of the scrappy pineapple quilt top.  Now to channel my energy to quilt it.   This is my No. 1 goal for Q1.  This quilt top is about the size of a king sized quilt. The great thing about this quilt is that 95% (not exact Math) of the fabric used was from scraps and my stash, including the beige fabric in the sashings and the fabric for outer borders (not in the pic below).  In the picture below, I had not attached the borders yet.  I had only purchased a dark blue cotton+ steel fabric for the thinner inner border (also not in the pic).  I am unable to show a pic with all the borders as the quilt top has just been loaded onto the long arm frame.  I really want to hand over the completed quilt to the gentleman who is donating to our church as soon as possible.  Praying hard that I will be focused when quilting it.

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Goal 2

After sewing the zipper gathered pouch, I purchased Sue Kim’s book, Boutique Bags, in order to sew more pouches and bags.  My second goal for Q1 is to sew at least 2 of her bags in the book.

Goal 3

I promised my husband’s niece that I will sew her a quilt this year.  My third goal for Q1 is to pieced a quilt top for her.  I found out that her favourite colour is blue.  Also my favourite colour ( at the moment).  The only thing I have not decided is whether to do a scrappy blue quilt or a blue colour coordinated one.  I’ll have to decide … Later…

Goal 4

I saw a Hunter’s Star quilt recently.  See pic here and I have this urge to sew a quilt for myself.  Hey, I have not sewn any quilt for our bed yet.  Those I have sewn were gifted away.

Goal 5

I would like to sew another tote bag.  Similar to this one. But not exactly the same.

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Well that is my list for Q1.  I’ll be very happy if I get to finish half of the goals.

Oh before I go, I thought I will leave you with a pic of my completed tatted doily.  I said that doily was completed in my last post but the pic shown then was not 100% completed.  That should not be the case.  I should have shown the finished product.  So here it is

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Linking up with FAL Q1 2017, Scraptastic Tuesday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop

 

Twinkle Twinkle Stars Quilt

This is one of the 2 commissioned baby quilts.  I had finished the top a month or two ago but did not find the time to quilt it.  Well, I took leave from work and spent a day at home quilting it.  I have to admit that I am not a fast stitcher nor quilter but I managed to finish quilting the baby quilt which measures approximately 45 x 45 inches within that day.  Then I spent the next 2 nights hand sewing the binding on.  The quilt top before quilting.

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What can you see in the pic below?

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Yes the letter A and r.  I was quilting the name of the baby who will be receiving this quilt.

And the picture of the full quilt

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My quilting inspiration for this quilt comes from another iquilt class by Bethanne Nemesh that I purchased.  I really enjoyed Bethanne’s class.  She is very clear in her teaching and her style of quilting speaks to me.  I hope to practise more of what I learnt in her class in my subsequent quilts.

This is my 2nd finish for FAL Q4.  You can see my list of goals here  Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL Finishes

I will update with the second commissioned baby quilt in the next few days.  I am linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop

2016 Finish A-Long – A Q3 Finish

I signed up for a iquilt class last month when they had a sale.  Iquilt has quite a number of classes on longarm quilting which caters to beginner and experienced longarmers alike.  The result of my class is this quilted Storm at Sea table runner.  If you remember, I posted about this quilt top, that it was constructed with leftover Storm at Sea blocks.

I incorporated ideas on freehand quilting that I picked up from the class and also from Lisa Calle’s blog.  She posted some ideas on how to quilt Storm at Sea blocks.

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This is my 4th finish for 2016 FAL Q3 Finishes.  This was one of my goals for Q3 FAL.

I am also linking with Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Storm at Sea Tutorial and A Q2 FAL Finish

In my last post, I mentioned that I did not complete a single FAL goal that I set at the beginning of Q2.  At that time I was quilting the last bit of the border of the Charlotte’s Baskets quilt.  I knew I would not be able to finish it by 30 June but with the weekend, I just might get the whole quilt bound and washed.

Well I did it!!!  Hoohoo.  I finished quilting it, sew on the binding and even washed it this weekend!  I am so proud of myself to finish one very important goal for Q2.  This quilt has been in the WIP list for a year.  I am so glad it is finally FINISHED and I can now gift it to my daughter.  You can read about the beginnings of this quilt here.  LOL.  Better late than never.

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After washing, this is how it looks, all crinkly

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There are many tutorials on the Internet on how to construct a Storm at Sea quilt top. Below is a writeup on how I sew up my Hearts Intertwine (Storm at Sea) quilt top.  I like to sew a slightly bigger unit and trim down to size as I am not very accurate in my cutting and piecing.  That is why I like to use Deb Tucker’s rulers.  If you click at the names of the rulers below, it will bring you directly to her youtube videos where she explains very clearly how to use her rulers.  I am not affiliated to her, just a happy customer who enjoys using her rulers.  The pic below shows the layout of the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.

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Please read through the instructions below carefully once through before starting on the quilt top.  I try my best to write accurate and clear instructions but please pardon me if there are inadvertent mistakes.  I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know of any mistakes that you discovered in the instructions.

Supplies

  1. Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler
  2. Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler
  3. approximately 2 yards of dark blue fabric (I used a mixture of blues from my scrap bin)
  4. approximately 1 1/4 yards of light fabric (I used whites, off-whites, cream and light blues from my scrap bin)
  5. approximately 3/4 yards of red fabric (this is one solid red fabric)

Blocks/units to construct:

You need to construct the following:

a) V block units

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Finish at 3 x 3 inches i.e. when sewn into the quilt top, they measure 3 x 3 inches.  Before sewing into the quilt, they measure 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.   I used Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to construct these units.  I will not go into detail as to how to use her ruler to sew the V block as you can view her videos.  To construct the Hearts Intertwine quilt, you will need

32 red V block units

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41 blue V block units

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b) Square in square units

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Finish at 3 x 3 inches.  I used Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler to construct these units.  Please refer to her video on how to cut and construct these units with her ruler.  You will need

9 blue square in square (you can obtain 2 triangles by cutting a 2 3/4 inches square once on the diagonal.  So you will need two 2 3/4 inches square to get 4 triangles for each square in square)

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4 square in square with 2 red triangles as shown below

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1 square in square with 2 red triangles sewn diagonally as shown below

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6 square in square with 1 red triangle sewn to the light colour centre square.

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c) Large Square in Square units

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For the larger Square in square units that finish at 6 x 6 inches (shown above), I had to use EQ7 to help me with the measurements to cut the centre dark blue square, the  white triangles and blue triangles surrounding the square.

You will need

4 blue large square in square

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4 large square in square with 3 red triangles and 1 blue triangle

Large square in squre 3 reds

4 large square in square with 3 blue triangles and 1 red triangle

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Cutting fabric:

V Block units

1. From light coloured fabric, cut:

7 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

As specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler, to construct 3 x 3 inches V block, we need 4″ wide strips. From the strips of fabric, subcut to get the right and left wing triangles.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF (width of fabric) will yield about 11-12 right wing triangles and 11-12 left wing triangles.  You will need 73 right wing triangles and 73 left wing triangles.

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2. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF, will yield about 18 – 20 centre V triangles.  You will need 41 centre V triangles.

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3. Similar to step 2 above, from red fabric cut:

2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.You will need 32 centre V triangles.

Construct the required number of V blocks with dark blue, red or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her V Block ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Square in Square units

4. From light coloured fabric cut:

2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares using Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler.  Align her ruler on the strip to cut the squares in the centre of the square in square.  One strip, cut WOF yields about 10 – 12 squares.  You need 20 centre squares for the 3 x 3 inches square in square unit.

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5. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares. Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 64 triangles which means you need 32 dark blue squares, each cut diagonally once.

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6. Similar to step 5 above, from red fabric cut:

1 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares.  Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 red triangles.  You need 16 triangles which means you need 8 red squares, each cut diagonally once.

Construct the required number of Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her Square 2 ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Large Square in Square units

7.  From the dark blue fabric cut:

1 – 3 1/2 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (that is the centre square of the 6 x 6 inches large square in square).  You need 12 squares.

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8. From the light fabric, cut:

1 1/2 – 4 1/2 x 42″strips

Subcut into squares 4 1/2 x 4 1/2  inches.  Then cut this square diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles.  These 4 triangles (labelled 1 to 4 in the pic below) will be sewn to the centre dark blue square.  You need 48 light triangles which means 12 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

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9.  From the dark blue fabric, cut:

2 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 32 dark blue triangles which means 15 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

10.  Similar to step 9 above, from red fabric, cut:

1 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strip

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 red triangles.  You need 16 red triangles which means eight 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches red squares which in turn will yield .  Similarly, these triangles are slightly oversized.

Sewing the units:

11.  Sew two of the light triangles (from step 8 above) to the opposite sides of the dark blue square.  Sew triangles 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 (see pic above) .  Press the seams towards the light triangles , away from the centre square.  Then sew the remaining two light triangles (if you had sewn triangles 1 & 2 previously now sew triangles 3 & 4) to the remaining two opposite sides of the dark square. Press the seams towards the light triangles again.  Line up a square ruler that measures at least 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches so that the 1/4 inch mark on the ruler touches the diamond points of the centre dark blue square as shown in the pic below.  This ensures that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then trim the two sides. Turn the square in square block 180 degrees and in a similar manner line up the ruler on the block then trim. Now I have a square in square measuring 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.

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12.  Sew two of these dark blue triangles (from step 9 above) to the opposite sides of the     4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches square in square unit (from step 11 above). Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles.  Then sew the remaining two dark blue triangles to the remaining two opposite sides of the square in square unit. Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles again.  Line up the ruler on the block as shown in the pic below, ensuring that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around the centre square in square unit.  Then trim.  You will now have a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches block unfinished.

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Construct the required number of  6 x 6 inches large Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric.  Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

13.  Sew the V block units, Square in Square units and 6 x 6 large Square in Square units together row by row.  Sew the units in Row 1 first followed by the units in Row 2, Row 3, etc as shown in the pic below.

Hearts Intertwine without borders, rows labelled

Odd rows i.e. Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7 comprise of V Block units and Square in Square units.

Even rows i.e. Rows 2, 4 & 6 comprise of V Block units and Large Square in Square units.

For even rows, you will need to sew 2 V Block units together like this:

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before joining it to a large Square in Square

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continue joining to V Blocks then to large Square in Squares to finish the row.

Cutting fabric and sewing on the Borders:

14. From the dark blue fabric cut the following :

  • 1 – 3 1/2  x 27 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip
  • 6 – 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangles
  • 3 – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ squares

Top Border

15. Sew the 3 1/2 inches x 27 1/2″ strip of fabric to a V Block as shown below (the pic below shows the long strip of fabric made up of squares.  The length of all the squares add up to 27 1/2″.  Ignore the squares and just cut a strip 3 1/2 x 27 1/2″ to be sewn to a V Block unit)Border top 1.jpg

Then sew a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the V Block end as shown below Border top 2

Next sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowBorder top 3.jpg

Sew this border to the top of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Bottom border

16.  Sew a V Block unit to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle) Bottom border 1.jpg

17.  Repeat Step 16 three  more times and you have have 4 of the joined units shown in the pic in Step 16.  Join the 4 units together as follows

Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1

Then join a V Block unit to the end of the strip as followsBottom border 3

Sew this border to the bottom of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Left-hand side border

18. Sew a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ square to a V Block unit then join to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle)LHS Border 1.jpg

19. Sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowLHS Border 2.jpg

20. Sew the 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip to the V Block unit end as shown below (ignore the squares in the 21 1/2″ strip)LHS Border 3.jpg

Sew this border to the left-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Right-hand side border

21.  Sew up the right-hand side border as follows using the 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ stripRHS Border 1

Then attach it to the right-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

TaDa.  You have finished constructing the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.  LOL.  I hope the tutorial has been helpful to you.

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Ebony and Ivory Quilt (Black and White Quilt) – Finished

I can happily say that I have another finish to my quilting projects.  The Ebony and Ivory quilt is done.  I must say I really love baptist fans.  They give the quilt an elegant look.

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I quilted these baptist fans using the circle templates from Handiquilter.

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It was a good learning experience as I learnt how to quilt with circular templates and a ruler base.

I had finished quilting the Ebony and Ivory quilt a while ago but I did not unload it from the quilting frame because I did not use up all the backing that was pinned to the leaders.  The backing that I used for the Ebony and Ivory quilt was about 3 metres long but the quilt itself was only 75 inches long (approximately 2 metres).  I wanted to use up the remaining 1 metre of backing before I unpinned the whole quilt from the frame.  I had a Stained Glass Peacock machine embroidery which was yet to be quilted.  I sewed on another border to the Stained Glass Peacock and the size fits nicely into the remaining length of backing.  So I loaded this onto the frame, making use of the remaining backing and quilted it.  More about the Stained Glass Peacock in another post.

Now back to the Ebony and Ivory quilt.  I quilted the outer borders with feathers, long-arm feathers.

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I got this term from You can Quilt It by Deborah Poole.  I find this form of feathers rather forgiving and they look very pretty too.   To give it some oomph, I had added a red inner border to the quilt.  I wanted the binding to match this red inner border as well as the black outer borders so I thought of doing a red piping with a black binding. As usual, I turn to Google and Youtube for instructions on how to do this and viola, I discovered faux piping.

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I love Google and Youtube!  There are so many things out there that we can learn.  Well I did the faux piping but instead of machine sewing the binding down after turning it over to the front of the quilt, I hand sewed the binding down as I did not like to see a  stitching line at the back of the quilt.

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Ideally, if you stitched accurately, the stitching line at the back of the quilt should be just in between the binding and the backing of the quilt.  Well, let’s just say I am fussy.  Somehow I just do not like to see that stitching line even though I did try using invisible thread.  By the way, Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company just released a tutorial on how to sew this type of binding.  She called it Flange binding.

My husband’s niece will be home to attend a friend’s wedding.  She will carry this quilt back to London.  The quilt will keep her warm this winter. 🙂

Quilt stats:

Size:  60″ x 75″

Batting: 2 layers of Warm and Natural 80/20

Fabric:  From my stash except the red and black borders which were purchased from Sin Mui Heng specially for this quilt

Quilting designs:  Baptist fans with long-arm feathers in the outer borders and swirls in the inner border.

Quilt pattern:  from June 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting

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Quilted with feathers and straight lines

I could not decide on how to quilt the Chevron Baby quilt.  I browse the internet, watch youtube videos and after a seemingly long time, I made my decision. My inspiration comes from Natalia Bonner.  The quilting would be considered custom quilting. Custom quilting is time consuming!    Added to that, I changed threads which made it even more time consuming.  I have some Signature cotton threads and Metro embroidery threads in my stash. I had bought these for machine embroidery.  I wanted to see the effect on quilting when using different threads.  So I decided to change threads, different colours, different brands and different materials (polytester v cotton) I really admire those long arm quilters who do freehand custom quilting.  Those whom I see on the internet are good, really good.  Below are pictures showing the quilt in stages of being quilted.

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I think my feathers came out pretty good.  I had practised feathers on a couple of quilt sandwiches.  LOL.

The quilt is now ready to be sent to the baby sitter who used to help take care of my children when they were young.  Her son is at least 8 months old now.  Well better late than never.

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