Saturday, July 6, 2013

In the midst of

fireworks, Major League Soccer games, homemade ice-cream 
(chocolate with golden Oreos - my fave :) 
and Monster's University


I've managed to squeeze in lots of sewing time.  I've had a few projects that all needed to be done, like yesterday, so I was sewing every spare minute I could find this past week.
 

I've slowly been working on a little apple wall hanging using Lori Holt's apple pattern from her Bee in my Bonnet Row Along.  It's going to be back to school time before we know it and I thought it would be a fun display for the quilt shop I work at.


Yesterday I finished up two quilt tops.  One was this heart quilt.  It's a really special project ~ one that I'm glad I can be a part of.  Several friends of mine (from high school) sent me some heart blocks to compile together for my friends 3 year old daughter who just found out she has stage 2 Burkitts Lymphoma.  It's our way to show our friend and her daughter that we're thinking of them and hopefully this little girl can use her quilt to wrap up in during her chemo treatments.  I'll show more pictures when it's all finished.  


The other quilt I finished and dropped off to my quilter was this Spin Cycle pattern (designed by Allison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew).  My daughter is turning 8 and will be baptized in a few weeks.  I wanted to give this quilt to her as a gift.  She doesn't know I've made it yet, but she picked out this pattern about a year ago when I was checking out at a quilt shop (I was secretly thrilled that she found this pattern all by herself and that it was one that I loved too!)  

She collected all the fabrics from different quilt shops over the last few years.  Picking out one fat quarter each time was a fun tradition.  I finally had to start cutting her off though.  Apparently we go to a lot of quilt shops (especially since I work at one).

I can't keep staring at this picture of her.


It's a special time in her life.  She's growing up so fast and I'm so thankful for her.  Sometimes it feels like she's already sixteen.  She's a little diva, a major smartie pants and has a good heart.  She's a daddy's girl, idolizes her big brother, loves her dog and is a social butterfly.  I love this girl.  She's beautiful inside and out.

Now, if we can just get through the next few weeks 
I'll be able to breath again.

July checklist:
M's Baptism announcements/invitations mailed: check
Baptism quilt: almost done
Birthday party: still working on that
Getting M's ears pierced: can't she wait a few years???


What happened to the lazy days of summer?
How are they for you?  Lazy or Cray Cray?
Hopefully you're enjoying them.
~ Amber

9 comments:

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Your daughter is so precious! It makes me think of mine and how I will be there in your shoes before I know it. I love the quilt you made for her. It is turning out beautiful and she is going to love it!

Christine M said...

Your daughter's quilt is gorgeous. That is a lovely photo of her.

Jen said...

Have avoided Blogger for several months - decided to check in today, and yours was the first one I went to! What a beautiful blog post! Beautiful fabrics, talents, and your girlie is darling! Congrats!

Dawn said...

I made Spin Cycle last year. It looks so different from yours due to color choices but they are both beautiful (if I do say so myself!).

Sarah said...

Your quilt blocks are looking very pretty. Good luck for the baptism day. Is it a tradition to do that at 8 in your church? Ours are babies when baptised then confirmed as early teens.

Amber said...

Sarah,

Yes, the tradition is to get baptized at age 8 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We feel by that age they're able to make their own decisions :)
My little girl is very excited and has been learning a lot about it at church and at home - especially this last year! :)

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello...
Happy quilting!
Amber

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Amber, you're a busy girl this summer! I LOVE that quilt -- SO cute. It will be perfect for your adorable little daughter!

Anna said...

Congratulations for a big day!!!
Anna

mindingmomma said...

Love the heart quilt. I'm sure it will be a treasure to have during those treatments.