Friday, June 23, 2017

Anniversary/Vow Renewal Quilt

Last week I was honored to have been invited
to a vow renewal ceremony of two wonderful friends.
The ceremony was also the day before their 30th anniversary.


Of course I wanted to make them an anniversary quilt.

Their invitation was in reds and creams with just a tad of green for leaves.


I knew that I was going to make a heart...
and of course it is to be designed free.... and without a pattern.


a little wonky...  but good enough.  ;)

Choosing the fabrics for the milestone pictures to go along with the heart was a little tough.


But I think it turned out pretty okay.


The pictures I chose are of the two of them through the years.
Added by a couple of milestone events.


I know that they already received and opened it.
Which is why I am blogging about it now. ;)

It is quilted together with hearts and the word love throughout.



I really enjoyed making this quilt.

Even the binding wasn't too bad... LOL



 Here's the back.  I didnt cut off my son smiling at the top holding the corner.;)

 Turned out pretty good I think..

Not bad for not having a pattern!

Finished Quilt:   77" x 79"


 
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Monday, June 19, 2017

M J G Custom Quilt

As you can see by his birth date, 
he just received the quilt for his first birthday.

I think he likes it!
What do you think?

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 This quilt order started out as an email as so:

Hi Ellen!
Here are the pictures that I could find of him as a little baby (only 4 of him by himself) 
 and then the 1 picture of XX and I with him can be used on the back of the quilt.
His full name is XXX  XXX  XXX and was born on June 13th 2016.

Colors navy blue, Kelly green and gray please! 
Let me know what else you need :)

Thank you!


I then printed out the photo transfers 
and chose the fabrics based on her color request.

Then decided on the design layout.
As you can see, I had a couple of layout options.


When I decided on what looked pleasing enough
then it was time to piece and then on to the quilting.




Here's the back.
Sorry for the smudging but I wanted to honor their privacy...  ;)
 



Finished Quilt:  ( I lost dimensions! Will post as soon as I receive. )
Special shout out to the hubs for being patient 
as he stretched and tip toed while he held the quilt for my photo shoot!
 
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Friday, June 16, 2017

From Uganda

Received a surprise today all the way from Uganda!  ;)




Thanks PO!  It got all the way here safe and sound!!
Glad you stumbled upon the post office!!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Love and Passion Completed!

Do you remember when I posted this inspiration piece?
I talked about it click here.
(I'm sorry I cannot credit the designer as it was a picture that was sent to me.)

When I received the picture,
I was not surprised at all with the colors that she chose.
As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought of love and passion.
Very "her".
So here is my interpretation.

For those that don't know, 
I have been making keepsake bouquets for a while now...





This one was especially fun since it is not the typical colors.




She got married the past weekend.

Congratulations C and O!!!
Many, many blessings to both of you! 



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Friday, April 28, 2017

Alexander Quilt

The nursery colors are blue and green to mimic the globe.
The theme is "Oh the Places you will go!".


I started with a light background
to contrast the purple letters of his name.
I wanted his name to stand out
 so I wanted it different from the rest of the other letters.

Then I started on the globe.
The actual sphere and map was not difficult.
But the metal stand that holds the globe was crazy hard!
I wasted about 2 yards of fusible stabilizer and fabric.
I did it 3 times before I finally got it to look decent.

The red lettering was another issue.
I learned my lesson.
I will never again have so many letters in a quilt.
and at that small font size!  O_O

Then the quilting.
Just a simple meander stitch.
Here's the back.
(name crossed out for security reasons) 
 Don't mind the hubby at the back. LOL!

Finished quilt:  51" x 45"

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Guess What's For Lunch... and for Dinner?

Remember the garden survivors from the brief frost we had?
I talked about it on my last post (click here).

Well look how GINORMOUS (yes, it's a word.... in my dictionary.  ;oP)
they are now!
... and they are in containers!

To give you perspective,
here is how large the leaves are compared to my hand.
 
 ...and its babies?...
these don't look like babies...


..and no folks, these aren't watermelon.
(at least that's what the nursery said!  O_O)
 

But for dinner tonight?
We are having broccoli!
 

The florets are a little on the small side...
But it's plenty enough for a family of 4!

S2 loves it with melted cheddar.

...and for lunch?
I'm going to satisfy my udon craving...
After all, I just harvested my first ever bokchoy!! 
 

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

They Survived!

Ahhh  Florida!
I really thought that my veggies that I planted 
before the last frost were not going to make it!

And although my okra did not make it
and my more mature basil, my squashes survived!

and so did my tomatoes.  ;)

and the broccoli!
Did you know that brocolli leaves are edible?
Can't wait to make some broccoli pesto!  YUM!

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