Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Long-awaited Wedding Quilt

A year and a half ago, a mother commissioned a wedding quilt for her daughter. And then the wedding photographer ran off with their money and their pictures. This summer they finally got the picture they were waiting for, and (after a morning sickness leave of absence) I finally got to make their quilt!

It's been a while since I made anything shiny, and I do love shiny!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Super Reader!

One very lucky first-grade classroom in Maryland will soon feature this Super Reader cape. Every day the student who has done the best in reading will get to wear this prized cape. Yea, literacy! (I want to be in first grade again).

Friday, September 05, 2008

Back in Business

I'm happy to report that my infertility struggles seem to be over, and I am a growing mama-to-be of twins. To see pictures of that creative feat, see

Now I'm back to my original creative pursuit, throwing my (increased) weight into the fiber arts again. I wanted to share a picture of a quilt I made recently for a friend who is working in Malawi. Her mom passed away recently, but not before she got to spend a month with her daughter in the wilds of Africa. After her death, I made this cuddly throw-quilt for the daughter, using the mom's clothes that she wore or bought on her trip. We also included a few photos of her wearing those clothes, making the memories that fill her daughter's heart and make the quilt a special heirloom.

Here is what the daughter wrote me when she received the quilt:

"I want to thank you ever so sincerely from the bottom of my heart thru the tips of my toes… The quilt is amazing! Beautiful! Creative! I am soooooooo happy to have it! I cried for about an hour after opening it. I kept touching each piece, remembering where we were when she wore it, wishing I would see her again… I loved the windy picture making her look like an angel watching over my heart… Then a day later, I noticed the central compartment in the heart… I love that picture. I cried again, of course. I am crying now as I am snuggled under it. I loved how you made the backing – super soft for cuddling and with a slot for hanging easily. I really cannot thank you enough. I only hope that someday I can show my gratitude!"

This is why I do it.