My kids


Pocket Pixies Quilt Top

Posted on July 25th, by Amy in My kids, work in progress. 16 comments

Hey there!  Yesterday I finally had a chance to sit and sew — and it felt so good!

The methodical process, of piecing, pressing and making decisions as I work is like magic.  And I never tire of the process.  I know you can relate to that idea.  Now my little ones are gathering around, to ask if they can sew as I pull out my machine.  Yesterday, I had to tell them that I needed to sew, and they would have a chance later this week!  I’m so happy that they are asking though!

This is a commissioned quilt that I’m working on for a new baby.  Actually for now, I’ll be waiting to hear the baby’s name and birthday, so I can embroider the special details into the quilt top, then quilt … Read More »


Owen turns 4!

Posted on June 21st, by Amy in Celebrations, My kids. 21 comments

That’s right – my baby is 4 today!  Hard to believe, and he’s grown up on this blog, I thought I would share a few pictures  of his journey to boyhood.  It’s been a fun adventure!

He was such a happy baby, these pics represent his first year.  I’m shocked at how young the girls look too!

I loved this one of him learning to walk at 11 months – He was coming right at me!

His second birthday – apparently his sisters were being silly!

Walking with daddy, last year at 3, while camping. (a very favorite photo of mine!)  His hat was a new birthday present from his uncle.

Owen last week.  I’ve been asking him if he wants to get a hair … Read More »



My New Crochet Bag

Posted on January 18th, by Amy in bag, finished project, My kids. 9 comments

I’m so excited to see so many of you taking the challenge on!  I’m happy to report that I pieced a table runner for our dining table last night…just need to quilt, and bind it and I will share it with you.  I’m excited to have it together – already!

Over the weekend I devised a plan and made a crochet bag for myself.  I work on it in the car mostly, picking up girls from school, so I needed a bag to protect it, and keep it at the ready!  Turns out it is great for around the house too!

I used a half yard of Amy Butler coated cotton.  Not lined, but I used french seams so that there are no raw edges inside the bag.

Joe’s scarf peeking out – I actually have it … Read More »


Candied Apples

Posted on October 30th, by Amy in My kids. 8 comments

While I have been on the computer taking care of issues as they arise, I’ve also been hanging out with the kiddos!  I hope you all are enjoying the Festival!

It’s started raining outside, so we are watching Mary Poppins while we wait for the apples to set in the fridge.

Apple decorating is very serious work!

I dipped a few extras, want one??  Please excuse all the mess in the background… did not stage these pics!

***If you find a link that is broken, could you email me, with the url that should be popping up?  (right click, copy link address, then paste into email)  I just learned a bit of helpful information, for editing links behind the scenes!

Blessings,

Amy


And So It Begins

Posted on September 7th, by Amy in My kids. 8 comments

I took a few pictures before the girls were all off to school this morning.  I love the excitement on Sophia’s face!  She’s been ready for Kindergarten since last year, when Emmalie started.  And, my goodness Ella looks all grown up in this one.   I did my usual weepy mama thing taking Sophia to her classroom, but I know she’s going to have an amazing year, learning and making friends!  We have already picked her up and had lunch already too – the days are going to go by so fast now!

In the comments of the last post I was reminded about an appliqué quilt along happening with none other than Pat Sloan!  She’s an expert, and you can learn LOTS from her.  She’s just getting started, so hurry over and see what fabrics to go buy/pull!

I’ll … Read More »


Sewing with Linen & a New Quilt Top

Posted on July 13th, by Amy in My kids, work in progress. 74 comments

Hi!  I’m excited to share a new quilt top with you.  I sewed blocks into the wee hours of the weekend, and yesterday started sewing the top up with my morning coffee.  I really wanted to see this quilt top come together!

Sewing with linen….it’s kinda squirrelly and needs lots of pins.  As the weave is larger than the cottons we typically use, it has a tendency to not hold it’s shape.

  I carefully pressed and blocked each piece as I added it to the block, to keep things as square as possible.  This quilt top is not perfect, cutting was a challenge as well since it was 60″ wide and my longest ruler is 24″.  But the fluidity that it adds, and the heft are really nice.  It is slightly heavier than my quilting cottons – but I like it a lot!

 I know that there are a few … Read More »


Let Summer Begin!

Posted on June 9th, by Amy in My kids. 19 comments

As of noon today my girls are officially done with Kindergarten (Emmalie) and 4th Grade (Ella)!  I’m really excited to have them home for the summer :)

No rushing to get them out the door in the morning, and no need to constantly watch the clock for the pick up times.  I plan to consolidate our errands into a once daily trip out, from the usual three – the school is not far, but loading and unloading kiddos is a CHORE no matter how you slice it!

The weather has finally been cooperating, and I’m thinking about putting my winter coats away for a few months.  Afternoons in the back yard with the kiddie pool are here at last!

This all sounds good right?  There’s just a tiny bit of me that is sad.  Both girls had GREAT teachers, they … Read More »


Weekend Spotlight

Posted on April 24th, by Amy in give away, My kids. 462 comments

Hi there!For this weekend, I thought we would stay here . . . it’s my 500th post, and I’m giving away a Blush Layer Cake to celebrate!!

I’m always amazed at how fast the posts add up!  I’m so thankful for each of YOU, my readers, for being here with me through it all :)

For your chance to win –1 – Leave a comment2 – Become a fan on facebook, and leave a comment3 – Subscribe to this blog, and leave me another comment

Hopefully that’s quick and easy enough for all of you to want to play along :)—–My Thursday was spent with these little guys :

Ella, Emmalie, Sophia, and Owen’s kitty’s – notice Owen trying to get his back?

At breakfast I asked Ella if I could make her a kitty.  I told her I knew it wasn’t the same … Read More »


My List

Posted on April 20th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival, My kids, random. 7 comments

My must do list, continues to grow and shrink!  Never seems to go away though.  I know I’m not the only one  with this issue – am I?

I have two additional quilt tops pieced for my book, need to add borders to one and get them to Natalia, so she can work her magic!  So my list this week includes prepping the backs and writing the rest of the patterns, and all that goes with those.  (I’m loving my new pins!  The little patchwork set are so teeny and work great!)

I’m also making plans for the next installment of Blogger’s Quilt Festival – facebook friends were telling me yesterday if they have a quilt ready.  Do you!?  I’m getting things together for the end of May – I’ll let you know when we can start spreading the word.  It’s going … Read More »


Bits and Pieces & A Winner!

Posted on April 12th, by Amy in give away, Me, My kids, random. 15 comments

I’m feeling a bit scattered!  I have lots of things that NEED to get done and a few that I really want to get done – isn’t that how it usually goes?  I had a couple of hours to myself Friday evening and decided to cut into some fabric for this bag -

The fabrics are Amy Butler Love, and I love it!  Sadly my machine has been overused in the last 6 months, and needs a tune-up. I have no problem piecing, but multiple layers of fabric and interfacing – not happening.  So that’s going back on the bottom of the list, until I can part with my machine long enough to have it serviced.  Just imagine no pins holding the lining in place and that polka dot strap attached on the sides :)

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This is the big news in the … Read More »


Special Moments

Posted on April 5th, by Amy in My kids. 13 comments

Hi there!  I hope that you all had a great weekend with friends and family.  With an extra day to our weekend, I have been busy sewing.  Hoping to get a quilt top finished – but not quite yet!  Hopefully today I can get to all the pressing, pinning, and sewing that needs to happen :)

After church, before play clothes, we got a couple of good pictures of the kiddos -

Owen, Sophia, Ella & Emmalie – April 2010

Emmalie has lost two teeth in the last week!  Quite a milestone – she enjoys sticking her tongue in the space her bottom front teeth no longer need.

More of the pictures are like this!

So I did it!  Got pictures of the girls in their dresses!  For details on the dresses – see this post and this one.

These pictures are the happy moments … Read More »


Excuse Me, Please!

Posted on March 24th, by Amy in My kids, sewing. 11 comments

I was hoping to have a finished dress to show you again today. . . I caught Ella’s cold, and have been taking it easy.  I’m hoping to be feeling much better today!  And then finish it :)

I’m itching to have a quilt or two to post here!  I love looking through flickr and seeing beautiful creations – there’s just not enough hours in the day!  You all understand that one!!

I have posted a poll in my sidebar – I did the same one a long ways back, before the inception of Blogger’s Quilt Festival, before most of you were readers.  How do you press your seams?

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