Sunday, January 15, 2012

newness and news!

All kinds of exciting things happening here at the Carestio household. First, I took the plunge - FINALLY! - and bought a new sewing machine. Take a looksee at my new Babylock Elizabeth - it has all the features I've been wanting and, well, it's green! At this point, anything would have been an upgrade from my old (much-loved, trusty) Singer, and it is pretty magical!

It will come in VERY handy this fact, I used it to finish up this quilt top that I started in December. It's an easy peasy little baby quilt, but I'm quite in love. Who is it for, you ask? A good question.... me! Well, not me exactly, but for my little bean! Billy and I are expecting a new little Carestio in early August! We are so excited and feeling so blessed and already feeling surrounded by love and support from our family and friends. Can't wait to start this next part of our journey together.... and Violet can't wait to be an aunty! Needless to say, you'll be seeing 100% more baby projects around here in the coming months. If you know of any good baby projects online, please feel free to pass it on!


  1. Congratulations on your new baby! And your new machine too :) Love the baby quilt!

  2. What a blessing! Good luck with your pregnancy, Amanda. I love the quilt top and your machine looks fabulous. I am sure you are going to put some miles on it before your little Bean is born!

  3. p.s. here are a few fun baby projects to get you started:
    the bapron!

    and little shoes:

    1. Thanks so much for the well wishes! Bapron - here I come!

  4. awww, congratulations, Amanda! And the quilt is awesome!

  5. Congratulations!!! That's big news all around. I hope you're feeling well and that you the baby sewing is abundant over the next 6 months!

  6. I can't wait to hear more about your new machine. I am in the market for a new one so I'm curious about your experience. And congratulations on the great baby news!

  7. Thanks for all the kind words...sharing the news with my online family has been a touching and wonderful experience! And yes - I'll keep folks posted on the machine and the baby project extravaganza...finally feeling to get rolling!

  8. I think this calls for a Pretty in Patchwork: Babies edition!

  9. Congratulations :) I have never seen a babylock, it looks great, and if you are in need of baby items you cant go past Pinterest :)

  10. lovely quilt top - great colours!

    I would like to pass the Liebster Blog Award to you - please check out my blog for the details - congratulations!


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