Monday, October 28, 2013


I am so excited to share this baby quilt with you.  This was a commissioned quilt.  I tend to worry more when trying to meet someone else's expectations rather than when I am making quilts as gifts.  I wasn't given much direction, just a couple color suggestions, which took a little of the pressure off.
I came across this gorgeous print by Amy Butler at It was the perfect starting point. Definitely girly but not too 'baby'.
Alchemy, Queen Ann's Butterflies in Topaz
After receiving approval, I starting pulling fabrics and came up with this lovely stack.
Next, I went through my Quilt Love board on Pinterest and decided on this amazing tutorial by Amy over at Diary of a Quilter (thank you, Amy!!). I changed it up slightly by using a different print in each block.  I also added one more row of blocks on the bottom.
For the back, I appliqued baby's name, using prints from the front.
The simple straight line quilting was done on my home machine, a Janome 4900qc.
I had so much fun working with this color palette! I fell in love with it the more I worked with the fabrics and I am proud of the way it turned out. And I am happy to report that it was very well received...whew!
Hope you have a lovely day!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Today is my middle monster's 11th birthday. I couldn't help but pull out a few old (& 1 new) photos to embarrass celebrate him.  I am truly honored to be this kiddos Mom.


I couldn't pass this one is SO Sam!!

Taken by April Yost of A Yost Photography...thank for rushing to get it edited for me to use today.  Just another reason she is AMAZING!!

Just a few (or more) things I love about him...
He gives the best hugs...he holds on tight and rarely lets go first
His sense of humor...even if it gets him in trouble sometimes ;)
His smarts...this kid received a PERFECT report card last week (seriously,perfect,not even a 99%!)
He is the classroom & on the ball field
His kind heart...he is friends with everyone & doesn't leave anyone out
His confidence...he has just the right amount...he is proud but modest