This summer my niece, Lyra, married the love of her life, Jesse. Their wedding was held on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, at the home of Jesse’s grandparents. It was a most beautiful location and created a background setting that is normally only seen in movies. Our family came from all over to enjoy a week of activities and then the wedding celebration.

"Here Comes the Bride"

The Newlyweds!

So lovely...

So, my gift to them was a quilt created from a collection of fabrics they chose. They live in Cambridge, MA, where the winter days can be short and cold, so this bright, cheery quilt should warm their home and give them something to snuggle up with together! Congratulations and many blessings to Lyra & Jesse! Love you!


A week after this special day, Janelle’s Orlando roommate got married! Kara and Eric had a wonderful wedding event, even though it poured down rain and the ceremony had to be moved inside. Here’s a few photos of that special day.

Since Janelle is also a quilter, she had the privilege of creating this cute quilt for K&E:


Then in September, Janelle’s roommate from college, Kara (yes, the same name) and Joshua got married. Their wedding was held at a refurbished Trolley Barn outside of Atlanta. It was a beautiful day and the event had all of Kara’s special vintage, artsy touches. So fun. What a great celebration.

The quilt I made for them reminded me of Kara’s dainty ways and her love of vintage styles. I hope they have many happy memories snuggling together under it!

Love in a basket for J & K

Kara & Janelle

The Newlyweds - Kara & Joshua

Many happy wishes, blessings, and prayers to Kara & Joshua! A very special couple indeed! Love to you!


End of spring… hot times in Florida

I spent the lovely months of our Florida Winter & Spring finishing up projects and creating a gift for my niece’s wedding gift. I’ve even sold a few of my quilts on Etsy, which has been very exciting!

At the beginning of the year, I shipped off my favorite quilt of all times to a lovely lady in Pennsylvania. She purchased the “Garden Gate” creation.

Around Valentine’s Day, my pinwheel quilt that I created with many others through Rachel Griffith’s P.S. I Quilt, was bought on Etsy. It was one of the funnest quilts I have made. It’s fun pink, red, white, and some green, fabrics. Isn’t it so cute? It went to a home in California… hope it’s happy out there!

Next, I finally completed a batik quilt I started over two years – before Melody & Derek’s wedding. It is a unique pattern, made with semi-circles. I love this one, but have it for sale on my Etsy sight. Secretly, I hope it never sells.

The patterns & colors in this next one, are my absolute favorites. The fabric is “Botany” by Moda. This one is also for sale on Etsy. I’m enjoying using the scraps to make napkins for my niece’s wedding in July. And napkins:

And, here’s a sneak peak of the wedding quilt – with kittens!

Christmas Eve is Past, New Year’s Eve is Future

This year, the week before Christmas included many hours of machine quilting. I had to get my Mom’s gift done! I had presented it to her on her 80th birthday in August – at that time it was only the top, without the appliques and embellishments. On Christmas Eve eve, I completed the machine quilting and embellishments, and applied the binding. All I had left was to sew the binding down. But, the quilt is big – 6.5 feet X 5.5 feet. I knew it would take me many hours. I was too tired to start then, so determined that Christmas Eve and Christmas morning would be enough time.

Our family gathers with friends and family every Christmas Eve morning at my brother and sister-in-law’s for a great pancake breakfast. My brother makes his pancakes from at least seven different grains and adds bananas and strawberries. And, of course, served with warm maple syrup and hot coffee and/or brandy alexander’s. On our drive out and back, I was focused on completing my mom’s gift, so I brought it in the car and worked on the binding as my husband drove. A funny thing happened after the breakfast that required my husband and I to drive my mom home! Oh, dear, the huge quilt was in our car and I had to “hide” it. Fortunately, she didn’t pay any attention to the huge purple blob of fabric in the back of our SUV.

For dinner, I made a pot of chili, as it’s one of the easiest, yet comforting, foods I know how to make, and I needed every minute to work on finishing the binding. I couldn’t miss our church’s Christmas Eve performance (even though I had already seen it the previous Sunday), so off to church at 7 PM  to see the “Toy Story Christmas” again! It was so fun and joyful! The toys learned the real meaning of Christmas as they traveled back in time to the birth of Jesus.


After church, I headed home to get the job done! At midnight on Christmas Eve, my gift to my mother was complete. Hand sewn binding accomplished with the help of my dear friend, Julia. She worked on one side, me on the other, and we met at the end as we watched old Christmas movies on TV! My mom was so impressed! She has chosen to put it on her bed, which is just where I thought it would look really beautiful.

I thank “P.S. I Quilt” for motivating me to get this blog done – even if I don’t win the prize from The Fat Quarter Shop!


HAPPY NEW YEAR… it’s coming!

Very Merry Memories – December 2010

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Florida Fall and Holidays In the Air

I can’t believe I haven’t made a single post since May. Summer was long and hot here, but I did keep sewing and quilting. Then in late summer, my dear friend, Julia, came to stay with us for awhile and she is a super creative seamstress and artist. So, we enjoyed many nights sewing together in my sewing room with a nice glass of Merlot or Shiraz. Right now she is visiting her 91-year-old mother in Arizona, so my sewing time is alone.

This weekend is the first annual Christmas Market at my church, Northwest Community Church, in Orlando. Janelle and I are both vendors and are busy reading the final touches on the items we will have for sale. I’ve been having fun creating note cards and gift tags with quilting scraps. Also created some cute, little quilts for little ones. Pot holders are another easy way to use up quilt scraps. I’m hopeful these smaller items will be creative gift solutions for many that come to support the artisans. In this economy, money is tight and I realize that many will have to spread the dollars they have very carefully. I look forward to the day – a time to participate in fellowship and, hopefully, blessing others with the items I have created to sell.

Pink, red, & white pinwheels

Christmas Batik Table Runner

Mother’s Day Love

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I missed being with my daughters. However, both of them sent such sweet, loving words of appreciation and love to me. I am blessed. Janelle even put it up on her blog, along with photos of a quilt she made for part of her final senior project… and it’s a gift for me.

Why so long since I posted anything? Mainly because I haven’t been working on anything too special. Sadly, FAWN had to close in February. They are still open online, but my quilts are no longer on display in that very cute shop. Maybe the future will open another opportunity.

Here’s a few photos of some little projects I’ve been doing:

Cloth napkins for Janelle – – made from scraps from her “Janelle” quilt that I made her a few years ago.

Cloth napkins for Melody & Derek – made from scraps from their wedding quilt.

Table Runner and napkins for Lauren & Ben Strombeck – wedding gift.

Fun little pinwheel sampler I’m making along with p.s. I quilt.

That’s it for today. Have a great week!

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