Archives for the month of: February, 2015

Once upon a time I fell in love with an adorable fabric, and I made the cutest baby quilt top I could imagine. Thanks to recent snow days (and encouragement to Finish-Along), it is now finished!



And it’s about time, too, because come August…



… Our family of two will become three!

Looking forward to lots of baby and pregnancy sewing to come! Oh, and the bun in the oven, needless to say, is a dream come true. We can’t wait to meet our tiny human soon!

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This past week had me iced- and snowed-in for several days. The few days I did get to work were a delight as our clientele (i.e. the city’s poorest 3- to 5-year-olds) could not be bussed in. Thus, I had days on my sewing machine at home and days with portable projects! Oh, such glee and delight! I have several completions to report!

I have been sewing through my quilt resolutions, but on occasion, some spontaneity is needed. With the wintery weather, I felt blue for my second home in Newcastle, England. Putting my heart into action, I decided to make something for my English mama, a thank-you for precious breakfasts of dippy eggs and buttered toast soldiers and proper tea.









The block “Love in a Mist” seemed perfectly reminiscent of moist, windy English weather. That bunting print was too apt to chop up, so I modified the block slightly to compensate. I made two small blocks for a tea cosy and a 12-inch block for the table topper. That table topper got bigger and longer spontaneously (there’s that word again!) but I couldn’t help using as much bunting as I could, and I couldn’t get enough of that charcoal grey dot!

Both gifts are tucked away with a handwritten note, ready for a stop at the post office. There is something so indescribable about making something for someone you love, but I guess that is the point of creating:  the creation speaks for you. These pieces are memories of kindness, appreciation for tenderness, a reflection of my DNA which now spans two continents in a way I could never have anticipated. It is a small thing, a small gift, but it is one more point of connection, and my heart feels so much in the giving.

Snow days are ideal for plumbing the depths of the heart and drawing it out into something beautiful, so many  more emotional makes to come!