Sunday, May 24, 2015

40 Years of Wedded Bliss!

40 years ago today we married!!  We had a small wedding with a cake/ice cream reception. Followed by a quick one night away honeymoon.  We were so young......
First it was just the two of us, and in a blink of an eye we became a family of six......
Along came the weddings and grandkids, and now we are a family of 20........
We were lucky enough to have all of our immediate family plus more celebrate with us a few weeks ago.







We had a great time!  Thanks to everyone for coming to celebrate with us.
We've changed....Just. A. Little.......
Here's hoping for many more happy and healthy years!

Monday, May 18, 2015

You Are My Sunshine

Our newest grandchild, Evalie, was born in March but planning for her quilt began much earlier.  Her parents always have a theme for the nursery.  They originally decided upon The Wizard of Oz.  After looking at the fabric available I alerted them that there wasn't much kid friendly fabric for a baby quilt.  After searching on their own they agreed.

So they decided on the song....."You Are My Sunshine".  They had an idea in mind for the quilt, so we sat down and I sketched it out with their input.
They told me they wanted the clouds to be something more three dimensional rather than just flat, and they wanted bright colors.   Without a pattern I had some trial and error to do to figure it out.  And I forgot to say that I didn't know if I needed a boy quilt or a girl quilt, so I planned to do both.

Because I was hoping for a girl, I decided to make the girl one first. A first look while still on my design board......
And a final project......
For the clouds I made it chenille by using four layers of fabric on top of each other, stitched about 3/8" apart, then cut three layers between stitching.  
The raindrops are appliqu├ęs , and I tried to make the quilting around them look like more raindrops. 
The letters are machine stitched using a blanket stitch.
I hope Evalie will cherish it forever!