Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Baby Kate's Quilt

I've made a quilt for all of my grand children (except sweet Delylah, and hers will be an extra special one when the time is right!)  But I thought I would share a little bit about the thought and love that goes into these quilts.  {I'll try to go back into the archives and see if I can find a pic of each one!}

I like to consult the mom's and see if there is a special something or color they have in mind for their room.  I decided after I made Liam's that they should be more of a throw size that they can use longer than a crib quilt.  They have all been roughly about 60" square. 

Once I decide on a color family to work with I start collecting fabric and then deciding on a quilt pattern.  It take a lot of time to find something that feels just right.

Lindsey and Jake had shared a few ideas they liked on pinterest so that was really helpful!

I decided on Star Gazer because the pattern is so fun to look at and Miss Kate's middle name is Ember and can you see the similarity in Star and Ember :)  I did!!

The blocks are all cut from templates and the curve piecing looks tricky, but I really enjoyed it!

And the best part of making these quilts is thinking about the darling little people I get to make them for.  I feel so blessed to have been a mother and now as a grandmother... its pretty extra special!!  I hope they will treasure the love that goes into making them more than anything else.

  It's so exciting to watch it grow.  
It takes some time to get a balance of color and value.

But finally the time comes to start piecing it all together.

Then choosing the back comes next. 

This back seemed just right.  It's a way to share my love of flowers with her, too!

My dear friend, Carol Armstrong, did the machine quilting for me and she did a beautiful job!

I got the little diagonal striped binding on the day I picked up the quilt 
from Carol and now its all ready for baby Kate!!

She is absolutely darling and I think the quilt suits her perfectly!

Enjoy lots of snuggles in this, Kate!  
I love you to the moon and back!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Grandma Marie's 80th!!

She didn't want a big to do for her 80th.  
She was thrilled with idea to have a pancake at Herm's,
because sometimes the pancakes she gets at her place are not so tender.

She wasn't sure to what to think about the size of this one though!!  
We loved watching her reaction!

And just to keep things extra sweet... a little lemon cake for later. 
Happy Birthday to a lovely lady who has the biggest heart of anyone we know.  
We are so lucky to have you!!

You make our hearts smile!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cozy February

This month has been a snowy one and I have loved it this year!  So very beautiful. We are so blessed to have an amazing neighbor who does the lions share of keeping our driveway cleared.  We love Brian!

Kimberly came out from Massachusetts for a visit that happened to fall on her birthday!
She is a lot of fun and we love her visits!

Our cute niece, Sharah married her love, Andrew.  They have a pretty sweet story.  It was a beautiful evening and we were so happy to share it with them!  Wishing them all the best in their journey!

As I said earlier, I am really enjoying this winter!  One gorgeous snow storm after another.

My very gifted, photographer friend Jessica, squeezed in a photo shoot to celebrate the marriage of these two!!  It was so fun to watch her in action.  Can't wait to see what she did.  Our days are numbered with J and B.  They will be leaving for Great Britain before we know it! Bittersweet - but we are so excited for them.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Currant Fish and Oyster

We call this Camber's restaurant and love to have a meal here!  

Grandpa and Grandma had never been before so Camber invited those 
of us who could get away to come for lunch. 

 These stuffed oysters were a special treat from the kitchen

Next time I am ordering the Grilled Tuna Sandwich... it was amazing!
(So is everything, really!)

 It was fun to share a meal with her and not just watch her work!  

Current Fish and Oyster!  We highly recommend it!

Hurray for family lunch dates!! And many thanks to you, Camber!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sleep Over @ Papa Neil and Grandma Joan's

A few candid shots with my cell phone

Cuddles with baby Kate

Chitter chatter at breakfast

There is always a show going on with Layney in the room :)

Papa Neil shows them how he can wiggle his ears!
That's some talent to envy right there!

A visit to the Bean Museum at BYU.  
The elevator was so ginormous... 
you could play ring around the rosies or tag!  
And we did!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017!

Happy 7th Birthday to our New Years Girl!  
Definitely a chocolate lover, this one!
She is beautiful and we love her so very much!

pArTy HaTs and B I N G O with prizes!
Looking forward to fresh new year with growth and happiness!