Seriously, I just had one of the best weekend's of my life. You know the moments when you feel like the stars align and miraculously nothing goes wrong?!? I know, I sound completely annoying but this was a MUCH needed break for me and everything was perfect.
Last Tuesday night I took a late flight out to SLC and met up with Mom and Spring (and 48 other women) in Midway, Utah at The Homestead Resort for a Quilting Retreat. It was so inspiring and so much fun! We quilted all day, every day from at least 8am-11pm. We chatted, we ate yummy food, we enjoyed the scenery and we got soo much done! (collectively, I mean. Personally, I didn't get as much done as I should have. :) ) I got to meet my Mom's friends and soak in the glow of thier crazy, CRAZY talent. When I grow up, I want to be them.
I got to go to a few cute quilt stores and stock up on supplies that they just don't carry here in the South (supplies for 6 quilts and a Block of the month club!!). It was wonderful to see two of my favorite people on earth all weekend and I was lucky enough to be able to spend Saturday afternoon/evening with my neices and nephews. (It made me wish my kids lived closer to thier cousins!) before flying out Sunday night.
While I was off on my own, Husbandface was expertly taking care of things here at home. He took on role of teacher, cook, chouffer, Lego designer, maid and builder ON TOP of being WORLD'S BEST DADDY... Wednesday morning I woke up to these texts... It totally set the tone for a PERFECT weekend knowing I had nothing back home to stress about.
(Thanks Babe, for the most perfect birthday present ever. You're the best.)
This is one of those things... what happened first? The Boy or the Bear? Owen has always been a bear lover. We've called him Baby Bear since the day he was born and it's you don't have to look very far to see why. (Owen and his Bear Blanket - Summer 2003) -sidenote; seriously could 2 brothers look anymore alike? it's like I gave birth to an Owen clone when I had Cameron!
My Mom designed and made Owen this AMAZING Bear Quilt while I was pregnant with him. (using THIS paper pieced bear as inspiration) My only request was a quilt that was 'Waterton-inspired." She nailed it. It's named "Bear's Hump" after a favorite hike. I love the colors the contrast and the textures of the bears in the woods.
(Owen and his Bear Blanket - Fall 2010)
After 5 years of extreme night-night love, this blanket has been through 20+ states, Canada, twice, it's started a HUGE bear collection and it has had to have the binding completely replaced because he scratched/chewed it and loved on it too much.... it may be faded and worn in and dirty most of the time but it's still his most prized possesion.
(Owen and his Bear Blanket- Feb. 2013)
You can see more of Mom's Quilts HERE, HERE and HERE. I should really go back and post picts of Lorali and Ethan's baby quilts too... because yes, they're just as amazing. Joanna
I started THIS project in Feburary. For a Mother's Day/Birthday Gift for my Mom.... Her Birthday was in July.... Yeah, I'm a little late but, holy cow it's going to be totally worth it!! Mailing it today!
You know those new years resolutions you give yourself that are dropped off the 'to-do list' before Feb. 1st? I mean you really want to do them, accomplish that goal but actually doing it seems next to impossible?? Yeah, I have had the goal to learn to quilt for at least 5 years and even made it an official resolution for a few years now. Even though I took a class last year, I didn't even finish that project or go to the last few sessions of class so that didn't count as actually accomplishing it but this year? This year I did it! I am officially deeming myself a quilter! I have caught the bug and am completely addicted to this new hobby. In January I started working on a brick quilt thinking that 'if I start now, I'll be done by Christmas.' But I worked almost every week on it and made sure to get it done before Mom came out in March. I wanted to be able to show her what I'd done and get a couple lessons from her while she was here and holy cow did she ever keep me busy! We made curtains and pillows and fixed clothes. (and by we I really mean MOM) But after all that my lessons started. She brought me a great Jelly Roll Quilt Book and after a quick trip to the quilt store We were rolling.
(ignore the sade, saggy table and beat-up mismatched chairs... we will have our dining room put together very soon!)
We made up 2 quilts over Conference Weekend and I love, LOVE them. After she left, I sent them off to the quilter and got to work on 2 more quilt tops.
The first one is a baby quilt I made for my bestie's baby. She had her baby the same week I had Cameron and I had been seraching for the perfect baby gift for months and really as soon as I saw this fabric line from Moda I feel in love with the colors. I made a throw for my garden/deck and a baby quilt from it. Piper's Baby Quilt is simple 4-2inch blocks making a square alternating w/ a 4inch block w/ pink sashing.
I embroidered her name in the corner and had it long-arm quilted in the girliest pattern I could find... hearts and daisies. I wasn't able to get the binding just perfect but, I'm still learning and in the end I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!
and it looks like she does too!
Yeah, I'm pretty sure my Mom created a monster because I'm not stopping anytime soon. If you need me, I'll be sitting at me sewing machine for the rest of the day.
I am one of the lucky ones. I have a Mom who does everything in the world that she can to support and be there for me in everyway no matter how far away I move. When I had to deliver a little early she was able to hop on an earlier flight and be there for me, holding my hand while I cried, making me laugh through the frustration or pain and comforting my babies when I couldn't. I've had four kids and I am possitive I couldn't have gotten through the delivery (or first weeks) of any of them without her.
I've loved having her here for the last 2 weeks. She's encouraged me, she's cleaned, she's calmed me, she's worked on projects and taught me.
She's kissed on our babies, she's read to them and entertained them, she's woken up in the middle of the night nights with them, she's been more then an extra pair of hands, she has been the best example of motherhood ever.
Mom, I love you. I know you sacrificed so much to be here with me during this time and I am so grateful for every second. I hope someday to be even a tenth of the Mom you are.
It hasn't been enough time at our house for me to be able to laugh about it quite yet but, I can now at least see past the anger and see the irony of posting this and the next day disovering our Little Miss did this....
Good thing her Grandma has some amazing home-fixes up her sleeve because otherwise we'd have a daughter grounded for life. So how exactly does one get out ball-point pen out of heirloom quilts (or any other fabric for that matter? Good question. According to Mom you soak it in hairspray for 10 minutes, then scrub it out with a cotton rag and repeat until it's gone then you wash it as usual adding a splash of vinegar to the load... guess what? it works!
Now the quilt is clean and the punishment begins.... this little girls room makeover I mentioned last week has been put on hold until further review of her behavior.
In an effort to get every room in the house settled in before Baby Cameron comes, this week we're focusing on Lorali's room. We have big plans in here for both organizing and decorating but we're lucky because we have some key pieces to the room that are perfect and staying just the way they are. Her Quilt is another amazing treasure we have from Grandma that we're designing the entire room around so I'll start there. It's my favorite quilt pattern ever... Double Irish Chain in just pink and white. The details on this one are just as amazing as the details on The Hudson Bay Quilt. The fabric Mom chose is white/pink flowers and pink/white polka dots and so the quilting is daisies (another favorite) in each block. Mom alsop names all of her quilts. This one is named 'Dardanelles'. The Dardanelles is an area in Waterton, Canada that we go to often to picnic or for a quick hike, my favorite memory of the area is going for Canada Day with my Grandma when I was about 8 or 9. It's an area known for the amazing wildflowers growing in the fields and she walked me through the fields teaching me/quizzing me on all the names of the different flowers growing there. It's the perfect name for a perfect quilt for a perfect little girl!
I have been planning Owen's Room since before he was born but as soon as we moved into this house I already had a lot of the decor ready to go. The thing I didn't have was the perfect quilt. Owen's room has a Waterton/Canadian Parks theme and the only appropriate blanket I could think of was a Traditional Hudson Bay Point Blanket. (When talking about it to friends hereI learned that most people in the South have never heard of them. Seriously!) The problem with the Hudson Bay Blanket was that 1) it's wool... which means it's not only harder to clean with a 3 year old using it regularly but it's also itchy and frankly it's not until you're an adult that you start to really like it. 2) Thos puppies are expensive! I had to hold back and remind myself that this was for a 3 year old and spending $200-$600 on a non-washable bedspread might not be the brightest of all ideas and 3) we don't live in the canadian rockies (huge problem), we live in Georgia... the need for a super warm (HOT) wool blanket is pretty much zero. So with my heart set on a real/authentic Hudson Bay Blanket I had to get creative.
The month before we moved in my Mom come out for a visit and I had her help me bring my idea to life.
Just a 1/4 yard fabric in the classic Red, Yellow, Green and Black with a cream Queen Size sheet and The Hudson Bay QUILT came to life in just one night. (Remember? I told you my Mom was amazing? This is just more proof of how insanely talented she is.)
This was another one of those projects that made Husbandface feel like I was crazy or he didn't get the concept of it until it was actually done but 1) that's becomeing a trend and 2) he doesn't have the same love for Hudson Bay Blankets as I do so of course he didn't get quite as excited. (We actually did this the same week as we refinished the chairs and we were packing so to his credit, the timing was a little bit questionable.) In the end I'm pretty sure Doug loves it just as much as I do.
This quilt was super simple in concept/design but it's the little touches and small details that make it perfect.
Like the Custom Gold Embroidered Patch... (that name it an official Wallace Point Blanket from the Boundary Bay Company)
And the 5 points added to it, making sure everyone can see the authentic quality/status...
And the AMZING quilting done by the BEST machine quilter I know. ... Mom came up with the idea of maybe putting a reference to bears in the quilting and Dixie (the Quilting genius) came up with these!!
Hundreds of 'hidden' bears quilted onto the entire quilt! It absolutely made it spectacular and now not only do I love, LOVE the finished project, but so does my Baby Bear!!
There you have it! My First Custom Designed Quilt.