Monday, October 26, 2009


Today I am more thankful than ever for the man I married.

Ticket to Ride.  Best. Game. Ever.

Good food.  Lasagna.  Garlic bread. Enchiladas. Yum.

Two gorgeous sunrises in a row.

holy experience

Monday, October 12, 2009

1000 Gifts::A Beginning

After several weeks of inspiration from a friend's blog, I decided to take part of Multitude Monday by starting my own list of 1000 blessings.

My husband.
He is truly an amazing man.  No other person can encourage me, challenge me, and make my laugh like he can.

My health.
I am able to run several miles and I am thankful for that ability.

The fall colors that are starting to come out around Ann Arbor.

Truly beautiful.

holy experience

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quilt Festival

Amy at Park City Girl is hosting an Online Quilt Festival.  I had a hard time deciding which quilt to post about.  I decided on this one.

It was made using Plain Spoken pattern from Modern Quilt Workshop.  I made it for my friend, Sarah, for her first baby boy.  The colors correspond to how she decorated the nursery.  When I first started sewing, Sarah and I would talk about quilting and would occasionally sew together.  Once I learned that she was pregnant, it only seemed appropriate to make her a quilt.

I really enjoyed making this one.  It was one of the first quilts I finished-  the third if I remember correctly.  Looking back, it definitely had it's quirks.  The binding was a bit funky and it was my first attempt at free motion quilting.  But I still really liked it in the end.

Sarah's baby, Owen, was born 5 weeks early.  In fact, he was born the Wednesday BEFORE the baby shower.  I was actually running behind making the quilt and didn't think I'd have the binding on before the shower.  I had contemplated giving it to her unfinished and then finishing it before he was born.  Needless to say, THAT didn't happen.  I had to really rush finishing it up.  But in the end, it worked out perfectly because I was able to place a label with all of Owen's stats on it.

Sarah loved the quilt and she just celebrated the first birthday of her healthy little boy!  Perfect! :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Slow to Post

I finished my 9-patch quilt a couple weeks ago.  I love it!  This is the largest quilt I have completed so far at about 65"x88".  It's going to be a great winter snuggling on the couch quilt.  :)

I originally planned to quilt this similarly to the inspiration quilt.  I started that way, but after a several lines, I unfortunately realized my seams didn't line up well enough.  It looked terrible!  So I ripped it all out and went for the all over stipple.  The new machine was great for this!  I loved the extra room and quilting table.  It made it so much easier to maneuver the quilt.  I can't imagine doing this on the old machine!

For the back I used a light green solid and for the binding I used Kona Cotton Cotton in Caribbean.  I really love the color of the binding. 

Oh, one more for good measure.  :)