Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter 2011

We had a great day! After church we went to my brother's house to enjoy a cookout with my family. We didn't let the never ending rain spoil the day. We are blessed!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Returning the Gift

For my birthday in February, my Mother-in-law surprised me with a wonderful gift. She used to make quilts, but is no longer able to work on them. She said she was waiting for the right person to come along to appreciate all of the fabrics she had collected when she was quilting. I am SO BLESSED that she felt that person was me! When my Handsome Prince came home with this trunk FULL of fabric I was like a kid in a candy store! The trunk is so full that the lid won't even shut. I had so much fun just going through the trunk and folding the fabrics, sorting by colors and stacking them back in to the trunk. There are so many BEAUTIFUL pieces to work with. I could hardly wait to get started. I knew what I wanted my first project to be - a quilt for Lois, made from some of these fabrics.
It turned out very pretty I think! I purchased a little bit of new fabric to help tie in the color scheme, but the majority of this quilt is made from scraps I found in the trunk. It is just the right size to keep your legs warm while watching tv or reading a book.

See how pretty the burgandy, brown and green works together? (The cross and fish fabric was new, the others came from the trunk)

This is the back of the quilt. There were two large pieces of this fabric, so I was fairly sure it was a pattern that Lois would like. Sure enough, when I gave her the quilt and she saw that fabric on the back she said it was one of her favorites.

I loved how the quilt turned out and so did my Mother-in-law. It was the perfect way to return the gift that meant so much to me!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Quilt for Drexel

This past weekend I was honored to be invited to a VERY special baby shower. Our Niece and her husband are expecting their first child next month, a wonderful reason to CELEBRATE! Saturday was a beautiful day, warm temperatures (for a nice change!) and sunny skies made for a perfect Spring day to celebrate Misty and their new little addition. I found the perfect gift bag to coordinate with the nursery theme!

This is the bedding that Misty chose for Drexel's nursery. (Sorry, I don't know who to credit for the photo) This was all the inspiration that I needed to get started on my gift for them.

I think I came pretty close matching the fabrics with the look Misty is going for.
I made Drexel a rag quilt to snuggle in! It is washable, so he and Mommy can be fashionable on the go. The nice part (I think) is that every time you wash it the "rags" get a little fluffier.

A little closer view, ready to give to the Mommy to be!

And a little extra surprise for Mommy! She had seen photos of the first quilt I did for her - I was too excited to wait! So I purchased some lime green flannel and added it with the extra fabric I had left and made a smaller 5 square quilt for her too. I think you can tell that she liked it!

Congratulations Mike and Misty! I can't wait for that baby to get here now.