Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Baby Quilts close-up

I can't figure out how to do some of the blogger things on my macbook, but maybe this picture will be better.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Baby Quilts

I finished the baby quilts for Brian's cousin Erin and her twin boys with a flurry of hand quilting one Friday evening. I was so intent on finishing that I arrived at Zella's Pizzeria with several pieces of thread and quilters tape on my shirt, pants and arms.
I packed them up and mailed them on June 22nd which happened to be the day the babies were born! Brian's aunt Michele brought them to the hospital so the parents could open them. I will post pictures with little John Kayden and Joseph Kellen as soon as I get some. For now, I think they're getting used to being at home and have not had time for proper photoshoots.
Since the boys are twins, I wanted the quilts to look similar but not exactly identical. Brian is an identical twin but he and Doug are very different and I think their mom did a great job nurturing their individuality, so I didn't want these boys to think I think of them as two of the same person! I used 3 inch squares (my new specialty, apparently) and tried to do blue fading to green on one and blue fading to purple on the other. I also included alternating white squares to make it look more classic and organized. The way they are arranged in the picture, the blue portions overlap so it should flow green-blue-purple.
One thing I didn't realize until I bound them and was packing them up is that the blue one is 13x18 squares and the green one is 14x18 squares so it is a few inches wider. Oops! Luckily, John Kayden was born at 5 lbs. 4 oz, while Joseph Kellen is only 4 lbx. 14 oz., so for now I think John Kayden gets the green one.
We're so happy for Erin and her partner Luke and of course grandma Michele! I'm glad these were done in time to help welcome them into the world.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wedding Present

I finally took a picture of the wonderful throw that Kathy gave us for our wedding. It looks great in our living room and we really love it.
The label says "For Emily and Brian, May 2010"

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wedding Crafts part 4

Everyone who reads this already saw the culmination of all of our efforts on the wedding crafts, but why not post about it anyway?

Big thanks to my bridesmaids who tied napkins, wrote table numbers, and did the flowers both in the hall and the tissue paper ones in the park! And Dan did an amazing job on the corks, ably assisted by my dad who cut the slits in them to hold the placecards. It takes a village, people!