Baby girl is on her way…quilt is ready

Quilty Hearts for our baby girl…name is still a secret for a few more hours but mommy is at the hospital…so soon we will know!!

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Pattern baby Quilty Love called Quilty Hearts by @emily_dennis_

I just found scraps in my stash and added a couple others to blend.  Isn’t it darling!  I will show you more when baby girl is bundled in this love of hearts.

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The rest of the story…

I am not sure I can tie this all together the way I feel like it should be, but here goes.  Number one…this was an easy peesy pattern right!  That’s one of the reasons I chose it, however, for some reason I could not get it right.  I unpicked these squares at least 3 times each.  I kept wondering to myself, “what is wrong with you that you can’t get these hearts in the right direction and lined up correctly”.  Of course that conversation was happening as I was UNPICKING!  Well as it turned out, I think that 2, maybe 3 of the hearts still ended up being turned the wrong direction, whatever, I am over this right!!  Did I mention, this pattern choice was not my first.  I had a completely different pattern picked out and fabric bought, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  That’s how I ended up with the heart quilt also.

Well little Olivia was born and a couple of hours later Donald and Emma found themselves in unfamiliar territory, as she was being life flighted to Cooks Children’s Hospital as they discovered 2 heart issues that were going to require emergency heart surgery.

Can you see the correlation to this quilt and the life issues in front of us?  My mind and heart were trying to understand and comprehend that the Lord had everything to do with what I thought was a simple baby quilt.  Olivia’s two heart issues and the two heart mishaps on the quilt.  Is that a coincidence?  First of all, I don’t believe in coincidences.  I believe 100% that God is in the details of our lives and His hand and influence is every present.

Olivia’s heart issues were repaired and she is doing great.  She has health issues that will be with her her whole life, but they are manageable.  She has Turners Syndrome, so as she grows, doctors will always be a part of her life.

We feel blessed everyday for modern medicine, talented doctors and nurses and the knowledge that God knows us and is involved in our lives.  So grateful for the knowledge.

Here are some sweet pictures of our miss Olivia…

 

 

 

My first attempt to paper piece

I was on instagram and if anyone is like me, I take a photo of quilt blocks or sewing projects that catch my eye and then keep them in mind for my “projects in between projects”.  This was one of those projects that I just had to try and I have to say, it was challenging in the beginning.  After my forth attempt, I had it figured out.  The pattern comes from aspoonfulofsugardesigns .  Give it a try, I think you will be hooked!  Here is my journey…

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This was my first block finished…I was just using this fabric by Bonnie and Camille as a tester.  I have lots of scraps because I own all of their lines of fabric!

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The fabric I used to complete was project is by 3 sisters, White Washed Cottage.  I love the soft subtle colors. If you go to etsy, you can still find it.   Make sure if you do paper piecing you use a small stitch length, as you pull away the paper the stitches won’t pop.

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The little tea cup and saucer was something I received when I was around 9 years old.  I loved playing make believe and those little cups and saucers were washed a hundred times even though they never had real food touch them.

I love how this turned out, its just so sweet and perfectly stitched.

Sometimes in order to get better at something you have to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  I felt like this project made me grow.

Love Letters Quilt

Better late then never to post this super cute Love Letters Quilt! When I came across this I knew I had to make it! FullSizeRender

It was perfect for my Valentine’s day get together with my friends! It was so easy and only took me a few days to complete. Partly because I like to work on multiple projects at the same time.  All the hearts are hand stitched with a blanket stitch onto 5 inch block.  It was so fun to do this part!

IMG_0304The  quilting was done on my machine. I traced each heart onto the fabric with a Disappearing Ink pen, and then used my machine and followed the lines. It was probably the most time consuming part of this quilt.

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The process was so fun all along the way and I just think it turned out so cute! Love the detail!

 

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From start to finish…I love a finished project!

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Pattern from Sweetwater.

Fabric from Thimble Blossoms, Bonnie and Camille Fabrics.

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