Hi there. I'm getting started on crafts for the Heart of Texas show in October in Plano. I'm going to make a couple of these cuddly, rag quilts for babies/toddlers. I wish you could feel them, they are sooo soft. I love the blue flannel print! It's hard to find stuff for boys :)
She's young. Just 33. Beautiful, healthy and fit. With a sweet husband and two precious preschool-aged children who think she hung the moon. Happy and hopeful.
And then her world crashed. Fast and hard.
Seven weeks ago, the day after Sara Paige's birth, my dear friend was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. No family history.
In less than two months, she's endured three chemo treatments and its hateful symptoms. In the next few months, she will have more chemo, a double mastectomy and possibly radiation.
It still surprises me how quickly life can be rocked to its core..
I wish I could take an eraser and make it all go away. I want to squeeze her tightly and not let go until this nightmare is over and she's in remission. But I can't. It might become a little intrusive, you know? :) All I can do is walk beside her.
And when I'm not there, I hope she'll wrap herself up in this quilt and feel a sense of comfort knowing how much her family and friends love her.
I wanted this quilt to feel fresh and cheery. Like I said before, this is a great beginner's project if you want to try your hand at quilting!
If you've been thinking about quilting but aren't sure where to start, I have the perfect project for ya: the 2009 Coin Quilt Piece-a-Long. Coin quilts are a great because they piece together easily and can look fresh and modern.
I took both girls to a quilt store the other day to choose fabric. Sara Paige slept and I bribed Kate with a lollipop while I meandered. Don't judge, it worked ;)
I chose Moda's Wonderland line for the coins. I can't wait for you to see all the fabric in the line, soooo cute!!
I just finished cutting the coins while watching Mama Mia. Not impressed with the movie but it did make me want a great tan and a vacation. By the way, Pierce Brosnan is a miserable singer. Why didn't they do a voice-over? He should never sing. Ever. Not even in the shower with no one else in the house. Listening to him sing was like watching the American Idol trainwrecks pre-Hollywood. You know what I'm talking about.
Enough about that ... Brad's out of town, Kate's fast asleep, and here's what Miss Sara Paige (one month old today!) is doing while I type:
I think I'm going to lay out my coins in the order I'll piece them, burn send back the movie, pop open a Diet Coke, and watch Top Chef.
I have been hand embroidering a lot lately since I have to stay put on the couch/bed. This quilt is for Baby Garlando. The front is entirely scrap fabric and my lovely neighbor Lisa went to the craft store to get me the backing (THANKS, Lisa!!!). It's bright and funky, but I have a feeling Baby Garlando will be too :) Thanks for looking!
Kate loves playing with baby dolls, especially "Baby Mommy." I made this cute doll quilt and matching pillow for one of Kate's Christmas presents. I think she'll love it! If you're interested, here's a great tutorial.
This is the first time I've done free motion quilting and I really like how it turned out :)