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Thursday, July 8, 2010

happily home

We spent the last ten days in Northern California (where I'm from) visiting family. We had an absolutely wonderful time. I'll share some favorite memories when Lynn downloads the last of the photos on my computer.

Between the ten hour drive and relaxing at the cabins, I was able to complete some projects. One was Ella's baby quilt. Yep, she's four. I started it when she was born and then lost the quilt top. How do you lose a quilt top? I decided to finish a different quilt from a class I took forever ago, and unrolled a large piece of batting to see if I had enough. Layed neatly on top of the rolled up batting I found Ella's quilt top. I had looked everywhere for it--three times!

So here it is:

I did a bias binding from gingham. So sweet.

I love the back as much as the front. My friend Maggie, added a pieced strip to the back of one of her quilts and I loved it. I'll never make another quilt without it.

This is my favorite part. My friend Jen Ostler (who did the quilting) added Ella's name on one of the gingham squares. I love it.

Jen's signature touch is that she hides a shape in the quilting. She quilted the most darling whimsical flowers and loopies throughout the quilt and border, then hid a heart shape. Can you see it? Makes me think of her when I see it. I happened to find it right away because of the way I had the quilt folded.


  1. beautiful!! a skill I wish I had, so much patience and talent.

  2. It turned out soooo cute! I love it & can't wait to see it in person.

    Hope you had a nice vacation:)

  3. Thanks, girls. It's nice to have it done.

  4. Absolutely SUPERB!!! You did a fantastic job, Kim. Love the colors and the choice of quilting is wonderful. What a treasure.

  5. Thanks, Carol. Coming from you that means a lot! I've got another quilt made from Gracies that I love that only needs the binding sewn. Can't wait to get started on it. It takes longer to sew on the binding than I thought. I thought I'd have both done by the time I got back from California.

  6. Oh my goodness. That is awesome. I love it.

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous. My daughter-in-law just delivered a precious baby girl, Lennon Alexandria. I would love to make this for her. Where can I possibly find these fabrics? I noticed you mentioned Gracies so I will try to research that a little. Thank you for sharing this. I will try not to lose my quilt top and not finish for several years, although this would be completely like something I would do. :)