Wednesday, June 13, 2012


While reading one of my favorite blogs yesterday I found myself inspired (and not in the usual way).   Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts has teamed up with Carin @ Margaret's Hope Chest to help donate quilts to children.  How wonderful is that?!?! 

Amanda Jean designed a super simple quilt block that anyone could make (seriously, if you can sew short straight lines, you CAN make this matter your sewing skill level).  I knew right away that I wanted to help and was instantly rummaging through my stash to find fabric. I quickly had 18 blocks cut out.

I am hoping to get all of these sewn up and sent off by the end of the week. 

If you would like to help put a smile on a child's face, you may find out how you can here.  I would be happy to provide the fabric if you live close by :)


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


We had family pictures taken not too long ago and thought I would share them here.  They were taken by the ever so talented April Yost of A Yost Photography.  I can't say enough good things about April.  She was amazing from the very beginning.  From working with me & our complicated schedule to calming me down when I realized we forgot the middle monster's orange tie to dancing while taking the photos to get just the right look from the boys to checking in to make sure I received our order ok.  And the pictures, well, they speak for themselves.

A big thanks to April for capturing these beautiful moments for us.  If you live in the Kansas City metro area I strongly recommend her for your next photo shoot.
(This is my personal opinion & I have not been compensated in any way)


Monday, June 11, 2012


I meant to get this posted before our Orlando trip, oops. I promise all projects were completed in May :)

When Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts posted her Small Projects Sew Along I jumped on board right away.  It turns out May was a little busier than I anticipated so I didn't get as many things crossed off my list as I wanted, oh well. 

1. Pincusion (for me)
2. Fabric trashbag for car (2)
3. Kindergarten Grad shirts (2)
4. Cut fabric for Nathan's quilt
5. Pillowcase for Sam
6. Mickey Mouse shirts for Disney (17!!!)
7. Skirt (for me)
8. Phone holder for when it is charging
9. Finish binding on Chrysalis DP quilt
10. Bind Dr. Seuss quilt
11. Zip pouch for special someone
12. Cape
13. Pillows for new couch
14. Money cuff (3)
15. Replace straps on Kristine's dress
16. Get t~shirt quilt top complete
17. Fix Nathan's jammies
18. Make 4 Granny Square blocks (I am SO behind!!!)
19. Cut solid rectangles for I Spy quilt
20. Table runner for kitchen table
21. Luggage tag
22. Pillowcase for Adam
23. Sleeveless bow shirt (for me)

1.  Pin cushion

3. Kindergarten Grad shirts

True color in the pic below.

Adam and his wonderful teacher, Mrs. Andrews

6. 17 Disney shirts

I don't have a picture of all 17 of us together but most of the group is in the pic below...see how easy we are to spot ;)  We were quite the bunch.

15. Fix straps on dress
The original straps were thin and broke after several washings.  I chose to braid strips of kona cotton together for the new ones and then added a little elastic at the end to ensure a good fit over the shoulders.

I am hoping to get a few more crossed off before the end of June but not putting any pressure on myself.  Summer break is in full swing along with baseball season so sewing time is limited. You can see other bloggers Small Project Sew along finishes here.