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We’ve been doing a lot of springtime things.

IMG_0390 Skiing at Mt. Bachelor in 60 degree weather, Me, Ethan, Jen, Madalyn, Eric.

IMG_0397Annual Easter egg dying & decorating, Dylan, Hannah and Madalyn.

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BEWARE of the rare Portland wind storm, it might blow over one of your trees and put your neighbors house in eminent danger. $$$$ Nuf said.

IMG_0351 IMG_0453Flowers are in full bloom around the house!

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Ethan’s nieces were in Oregon for their annual spring break trip and the night they flew back to Virginia we hosted everyone over our place for dinner. My parents and sister happened to be in town for the weekend so everyone got to meet (long overdue). After a takeout Chinese food dinner and entertainment provided by Hannah the girls decided they wanted to do a sewing project. At this point we only had 20 minutes before they had to leave so I grabbed a pile of fabric and my ribbon jar and paper and suggested that they make a pattern. I would then follow their patterns to make their creations. This is what they designed:

IMG_8859IMG_8857Hannah’s circle pillow!

IMG_8860IMG_8856Madalyn’s pillowcase!

Great job girls! Your patterns were much easier to follow than say some written by, Ms. Amy Butler.

A few more shots from the evening:

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The girls posing with the headbands I made them.

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Mouse Trap with Uncle Ethan!

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I love this photo (even though it’s a little blurry), Jo Ann, Madalyn, Hannah, Ethan.

Last December my friend Amber and I got a booth at a craft fair—our first. Here we are:

IMG_9369Modern baby and child dry goods.: quilts, onesies, blankets, crinkle toys, cards, postcards, snack bags, ribbon lampshades—oh my! The show wasn’t our demographic so we went home with leftovers and have since started up the our own Etsy shops.

Here’s a sample of what I have featured:

onsies-1Flower onesies! Seriously cute. Do you have a little one you’re shopping for?

Amber, Life In Color

Julie, The Ribbon Jar (This is Amber’s mom. I have one of her lampshades and they are oh so pretty.)

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Kourtany, Katherine and Tuesday enjoying the hanging chair—can we fit in another?

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Yes! But brother (Brody) isn’t a fan.

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Crawling Brody.

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Crawling Bennet.

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Frosted Cookies!
Cookie decorating was a success as always. Click on image above for the sugar cookie recipe.

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Kathy and Cody seeking down time.

Thanks to everyone who was able to come and we missed those of you who couldn’t. Next year can we please take a group shot?!

For a special treat I made this punch—yum, yum, yum:

http://blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com/2011/12/29/valentine-party-punch-giveaway/

Madalyn (9) is Hannah’s (6) older sister. She told me her favorite color is yellow, so away I went.

I’ve seen some pretty cool Wonky Star quilts in the past year and I wanted to take the pattern for a spin. I based my technique on this tutorial, I say based because my stars are wonkyier and much less contrast between the foreground and background (which I think provides more visual interest). Can you find the solid polka dot star?

PHOTOS:
front, back, closeup (awesome pattern that my mom quilted for me), Madalyn all snuggled up. 🙂

Madalyn Quilt front

Madalyn Quilt back

Madalyn Quilt closeup

Madalyn

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I don’t know what happened, but Ethan and I did not send out Christmas/New Year’s cards. Lame of us because I soo love receiving them. (I already purchased 2013s so you can count on us next year.)

Anyway, this will have to do. Happy New Year! Spend lots of time with your friends and family, they are what matters. Be safe. -xooo

Last Spring while Ethan’s nieces visited Oregon, I asked them what their favorite colors were. Madalyn had mentioned how all of their quilts/blankets are for babies. That was all the prompt I needed. We see the girls two times a year, Spring Break and Thanksgiving so the quilts had to be done in November.

I made Hannah’s quilt first and was inspired by this Kaffe Fassett quilt:

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But I wanted to see what would happen if I started the quilt from the center and built it log cabin style. So I cut a whole bunch of 1.5″ strips and separated my fabric into two piles, lights and darks. I measured my first strip based on the finished size I wanted (twin). Sew, iron, sew, iron, sew… until the strips were getting so long I had to add a step, pin, sew, iron, pin, sew, iron…. Luckily my mom is a long arm quilter and was able to quilt both quilts for me (time saver!). When I got on the plane both bindings still had to be hand stitched. Turns out I can hand stitch a twin size binding on in four hours, but only with a Thimble Lady needle (the very best).

This year we spent Thanksgiving on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama (see previous posts). The first morning we were there I set up one of the bedrooms with the quits for the reveal. (Note, this is a full size bed.)

hannah's quiltThen I took it outside for some beauty shots. Front:

hannah's quilt 2Back:

hannah's quilt 3I wanted to do something special on the back of each quilt so I added an element of the sister’s quilt to each. My hope is that they don’t grow out of these for awhile—I made them long enough (twin XL) for them to take to college, say if they wanted to bring it with them. 🙂

Quilt Con

And for some super exciting news, this quilt has been selected as one of the quilts that will be on display at QuiltCon! It will be part of the Modern Traditionalism category.

hannahposeHannah, age 6, is in a stage where she doesn’t want to get her picture taken, so this is the best shot I got of her looking at the camera.