Wednesday, October 08, 2014

a few quilts

Over the past two weeks I've finished up a few quilts that now need to go to the quilter.
I only started this Buggy Barn Friendship Quilt 6 or 7 years ago!
I did decide its my claim to fame though.
My friend Jen and I wanted to make a friendship quilt together and we found this pattern and wanted to have one more gal in on the project.
There was a new quilt guild member that we decided we would ask to do it with us.
Her name is Natalia.
THE Natalia of Piece N Quilt who is now a published quilting author, national award winner, pattern designer, quilting magazine contributor, and on and on and on.  She is incredible.
And so now I think I'm awesome because she made some of these blocks with my friend Jen and I when she was just starting this wonderful time and money sucking hobby! 

She has built an amazing business and career with her quilting talents and I'm still trying to find enough time to piece together quilt tops!
But its good, its what I can handle.
So, thanks Jen and Natalia!  Its finally finished!

Last winter at one of our guild meetings my friend and neighbor Debbie gave a fun fun lesson on log cabin quilts.  I have always loved the pattern of log cabin quilts, and I've always wanted to make one, so Debbie gave me the inspiration to finally get busy.
I pieced all the blocks together last winter and I couldn't decide which layout I wanted to go with, so I put them all away.

I got them out last week and sewed them up in the Streak of Lightning arrangement and I really like it.  I love traditional quilts in boring deep, dark colors, so this is perfect for me!
These pictures were from quilt guild last week with crazy lighting, and the picture below is crazy lighting in my bedroom.  The real colors are something in between.

I made it plenty big!
Now I need to get a backing ready, and then I'll have another quilt to bind in no time.
I love fall sewing weather!


Sunday, October 05, 2014

She melts my heart

This pretty gal is growing up on me.
It hurts.
I put a shirt on little Kenna today that Kelsey used to wear when she was two years old. I swear that was just a few months ago. 
Its so cliché, but where has the time gone?

These two pictures were taken exactly one year ago, to the day.  

And here she is a month ago.
So much growth in just a year.  Physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, socially, in every way.

Holding her chubby little hand years ago melted my heart.  Everyone loved this cute little social bug girl of mine from the very beginning. 
We used to go to the grocery store and she was so friendly with everyone.  When we passed another mom and daughter duo shopping she used to say "Mom, look at that pretty girl.  She's my friend!" Even though had never met them.  She has always been a social little butterfly, full of compassion, smarts, and laughs.

She still melts my heart.
When I see her longs legs spread out on her bed as she sleeps, when we laugh at her morning hair, when she comes home with the highest midterm score in her honors science class, when she sits down at my sewing machine to make her cat a bed, when she helps me in the kitchen with dinner, when she reads Kenna a Dora book that I used to read to her, when I find crazy-faced selfies of her on my phone, when she sings in the shower, when she accepts her fate of watching the kids with a smile while I run an errand, and even when she suggests I change my shirt into something nicer, she melts my heart.

Sometimes I get too caught up in mourning that the summer is over so much that I miss the beauties of the fall season.  Sometimes I get so caught up in missing my little Kelsey girl that I forget she is still here and mine to enjoy.
And I do enjoy her.  So so much.
She is growing up, but she is growing into a pretty incredible person, and I am lucky.

And, just a little photographic evidence of the 162 or more crazy girl photos I get to find on my phone.
She melts my heart.


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