Sunday, February 14, 2010

Jenny's Quilt

One of the first quilts I made (2001 or 2002) was this Snowball Quilt for my older sister Jenny. This is machine pieced but entirely HAND QUILTED. That's right, I'm proud. Can you see me strutting my stuff? Ahhh, those were the days before children...

I LOVE this quilt. I love the colors, the design, and the fact that it was lovingly stitched for someone so important to me. I love knowing that this quilt has been on her children's beds, thrown over the sofa, and smushed under toys. I love that this quilt is being used the way it was meant to be.

When Jenny moved from our South Carolina hometown to blustery Minnesota, we thought she would surely freeze to death. I love that this quilt is symbolic of keeping her warm while she's so far away from me.

The snowball blocks are quilted with a snowflake design:

Jenny's three boys (Alex 6, Corey 5 TODAY!, and Robbie 3) are the ones posing with the quilt. On this Valentine's Day I hope that they know just how much I love them!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I am a dummie.

Several bloggers have mentioned recently their inability to contact some of their followers. They have thoughtfully instructed their readers on how to correct this in their Blogger settings by selecting "show email address". I kept thinking "ah, there must be a bunch of newbie dummies out there who haven't caught on to this whole internet thing". Hahahaha.

And then I realized that I'm one of them.

...palm to forehead...

Friday, February 12, 2010


Talking to a two-and-a-half year old never gets boring.

Audrey: it’s snowy.
Me: yeah, it’s pretty isn’t it?
Audrey: where’s James?
Me: he’s at school.
Audrey: where’s Rhine?
Me: he’s at school too.
Audrey: oh.
Me: who do you like better?
Audrey: uhhhhhhhh… me.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Quilt Top Finishes!

Yes, I am one of those slow bloggers with lots of excuses. The main one is intimidation. I spend time everyday savoring all of the wonderful blogs out there about parenting, quilting, etc and am amazed at people's creativity and prolific productivity! I can't keep that pace so I feel like I rarely have new things to share.

In November and December I added a part-time retail job to my full-time mom-of-three job so the quilting projects went on major hold. Now that I'm done with the job, my machine is seeing action again. I've finished two quilt tops and several blocks for others.

First of all, here is a quilt I am making for MYSELF:

A closer look at a block:

This is a basic log-cabin using Moda Glace' by Three Sisters. I LOVE this fabric. The colors are lovely but the feel or "hand" is scrumptious!

Next we have a quilt kit I ordered after seeing in the Summer 2009 "Quilts and More" magazine:

You'll have to excuse the bad pics and wrinkles! Here is a close-up:

Finally, some pinwheel blocks because I LOVE the Moda Rouenneries line by French General:

So there you have some updates to my progress finally. I have to admit, I spend way more time admiring quilt bloggers' projects than working on my own but it provides wonderful inspiration as well as delicious eye candy!