Monday, November 30, 2009

More surprises for Carissa

What is more fun than surprises? I brought a few quilt tops home from Carissa's unbeknownst to her and decided to finish them up to surprise her.
I love this quilt! It is so fun and cheerful and full of Heather Bailey's prints. I quilted each block with a big flower.
Luckily she had given me her scraps to make me a quilt top so I had them to piece together a back. Loved how it turned out!
Tyler had picked this fabric out so I found a yummy micro fleece throw at Walmart for $5.00 for the back. I used regular batting so it is nice and puffy - but it was a total pain to stipple because of bulk.
And of course I had to make something for the youngest munchkin so Meili got a doll quilt out of some scraps. I finished everything up and shipped it off to Carissa with the hope she would receive it on "one of those days" and I think today fit that bill exactly. Enjoy Cris!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Great Quote

This quote comes from the book "The Christmas Sweater" by Glenn Beck. This is great wisdom that comes from a little boy's grandfather and the story teaches about gratitude and the real value of a gift. I loved this quote and think it would be a great sentiment to go along with a special handmade project you might be giving someone this Christmas.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We pulled off a really great SURPRISE

Two weeks ago Grandma, Mom and Sister showed up in Omaha to surprise Carissa. We were afraid she had got wind of us coming but nope, she was surprised. We had the best "Girl's Night Out" for 4 whole days. We checked out all the antique stores (Carissa will have to post the darling quilt cupboard she bought once it is painted)
I can't just sit around so I had Carissa put me to work on some of her UFOs. She has even more quilt tops that need to be quilted than I do - Scary thought! I had seen a cute tree pillow on another blog ( (thanks Lauren!) so I made one up for her to go with this . . .
This is Carissa's favorite quilt ever. It is Camille Roskelly's pint sized Wild Thing pattern. It was one of her UFOs so I quilted it.I haven't done a small stipple for a long time but I must say it turned out pretty good and the quilt is darling.
There was not quite enough fabric for the back so I just added a strip of coordinating fabric. Cute, huh?
And when I put the quilt and the pillow together I realized they were from the same fabric. I know, it takes me awhile sometimes.
We visited the 2 quilt stores in Omaha.
I helped her with her "Dental Wives" quilt. All the wives of the dental students got together and made 24 of the same quilt block and then exchanged them so they had 24 different ones. This just needed to be quilted too.
We got her autumn table runners bound.
And we made a flannel chenille baby quilt. I'll have to get the pictures off the other camera to show you how easy it is. All in all, we had such a great time doing projects, shopping, staying up late, having her husband cook for us (what a nice guy to let us invade him and then he cooks for us!), playing with the grandkids, painting treasures found at antique stores and meeting all of her wonderful friends. Soooooo fun!

I finally finished this quilt and gave it to my friend and neighbor Karen. She lost her husband to cancer. She is such a sweet and loving person and was right there for me when my husband was going through radiation treatments for his cancer. She is a great example to me and I wanted to give her something to let her know that. I made this out of a jelly roll and loved the bright springy colors.

Good News!

My good friend Julie has been battling Inflammatory Breast Cancer for the past couple of years - not once but twice. She had her full body scan last week and was pronounced cancer free. YEAH!!! She is an amazing person who is so upbeat and positive all of the time. I made her this quilt for her chemo treatments and it's nice to see it just draped over a chair now instead of seeing it wrapped around a very sick Julie. Congrats friend!

Friday, November 13, 2009

ADORABLE Appliqued Quilt!

Well I can NOT take any credit for this masterpiece. My good friend did this- and it is so cute. She didn't even keep it for herself- she gave it away! But It is so cute I just had to share! I am very impressed! (you may know her.... Bonnie) Yes, This is HOURS of work! You go girl!