Thursday, May 24, 2012

just enough - instagram pic

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"At the end of the "Blended Family" quilt, this is all that was left of the thread I was using to quilt it. (that's called "dumb luck")"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Finished - Blended Family Quilt

Here it is! My quilt inspired (and made for) an amazing family I know who we're joined in marriage 18 months ago (yeah, their wedding gift is late). I've been friends with the wife for many years and was overjoyed that after a few years as an amazing single mom of three boys, she met a beautiful single dad with two boys and a girl. Their wedding was amazing and this quilt was in sketched form in my journals for over a year. Then I finally got to work on it and it's been in progress since January. Well, this week, they get it in the mail and they know it's coming, so I can share it here before sending it...
I knew this quilt had to be great because Laura is an unbelievable graphic designer and her mom is a quilter, so I needed to really go for it on this gift... I'm really happy with how it
came out.
Congratulations, Laura and Nate! Your beautiful family is an inspiration!!!! Check your mail!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mod Mosaic for a friend

You know how some friends are so extraordinary that everyone around them agrees on their fabulosity?
I have a guild member who is that awesome. She's so awesome that over 20 of us made squares to celebrate a special birthday she has coming up as a surprise. This was a huge undertaking, and I only submitted a few squares, while others made huge contributions, but it turned out so pretty that I had to share.

Baby Quilt

My friend, Eliza, recently came to a sewing date with swatches of an entire line of textiles she'd designed on - we stood around her, "ooohing and aaaaahing" over it all. The patterns are all based on the security patterns inside envelopes. I ordered it as soon as it was available for buying - and loved it when it arrived.
I used the cheater print she designed with 5" squares of dozens of different variations of patterns. Then I used a well known "charm square quilt" pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of the Oh Fransson blog...
(I used linen to complement the pattern and variegated thread to quilt it)
I took it today to Malibu for our Mother's Day festivities to photograph before giving it to its new owner.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A belated wedding gift

I posted about this quilt months ago. The top was completed in January...after being sketched out for months in every journal I own.
It's for a couple I know that got married on New Years in 2010... They each were single parents of 3 young kids (total Brady Bunch!) and they now have 5 boys and 1 girl... Including two boys with the same name. They're awesome.
I was so inspired by their love and story... Especially after knowing the wife's own story of "rebuilding joy" only she has a different poetic name for her journey... That I wanted to represent it in a quilt. Then of course I decided it needed to be hand quilted. (which means they now are getting email updates about their gift as it travels to parks and other adventures with me while I work on it.)
Getting close to done... I can't wait to finish it and send it off to them.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Phantom Tollbooth quote

We've been listening to "The Phantom Tollbooth" in the car after school each day. A number of times, we've paused it and had to write down awesome quotes. Here's one that really struck me last week.

Nest necklace - A gift in use

I think there is not much that feels better to me than giving a gift I handmade and then receiving a photo of it in use.
I received this pic today - announcing the birth of a precious Ruby girl. Her mom is a beautiful and talented friend of mine and I was so delighted to realize that the first pic of her also had the nest necklace that I made as a shower gift for this mom of two.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

housewarming gift

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"A very "libby" welcome to the neighborhood from our realtors (who are friends and new neighbors)"



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