Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Quilt That Started It All

Hi there,

Remember me? I used to blog around these parts :)

We've been so busy.  Incredibly, mind-numbing busy and the problem is I don't see an end in sight.

I've heard the high school years go twice as quickly as the grade school years.  I believe it!

Abby will start high school in the Fall and I've already planned her high school graduation in my head!

Anyway, awhile back The Hawaiians turned Alaskans that I have affectionately dubbed the Hawaskans came to visit us on their way to their new home.

You can refresh your memory with these posts: The Coconut and The Chicken Pox

Okay, so what I forgot to post in the Chicken Pox post was that Tammi decided a week-- yes, seven days, before she was moving to another STATE, to make me this...

She made me a quilt! A beautiful quilt that I really don't like to share with anyone ;)

Well... as you know, we are just finishing up year four of the five year cycle.  So this year we studied early American History.

One of the things we studied was quilting and our assignment was to make a simple quilt.

I said I would never quilt.

You know, like I would never live in Oregon, drive a mini-van, or home school.

*shakes head*

Ahem, back to school... I taught Charlotte and Elijah how to use the sewing machine and they each made a simple quilt square that we turned into a pillow.

In keeping with the historical aspect, I had them choose their fabrics from fabric we already had in the house.

Charlotte made hers first: ta-dah

Didn't she do a great job?

And here is Elijah's pillow (that he keeps on his bed):

I'll post pictures of Abby's quilt pillow just as soon as it's completed.

Papa's mom was an amazing quilter and all it took to wake-up the genes was helping these two make simple pillows.

Yes, one more "I'll never" has bitten the dust.

This is my very first quilt, but definitely not my last.  In fact, I've already started another...
the Lord, He sure is funny.  I never realized I would enjoy it as much as I do. Crazy.

Anyway, here it is... it was a birthday gift for a special friend...

( I used the "Around the Block" pattern by Sweet Jane  and the fabric was Moda's Just Wing It.  All purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop.)

It's been very fun.

What about you?  Have you done anything new and exciting lately??


RachelT said...

Hi Lainie! It is beautiful! You sure have been busy. What a great new creative outlet to teach your kids.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

such a gorgeous quilt! i can't wait until my sewing machine gets here, along with my stash of fabric from my friend randi's shop ( i packed up my entire stash to motivate me to use-it-or-lose-it before we return stateside. but then again, i wasn't anticipating a baby in the picture! ha! definitely thought i'd have much more time on my hands. :) well worth it though!

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