Month: September 2011

Collecting Color: A Custom T-Shirt Quilt

custom t-shirt quiltLast winter, I told a touching story about a  custom t-shirt quilt that I made for a lovely lady who had lost her husband.  This summer, I made another custom t-shirt quilt for one of the daughters.  I feel honored to have been able to make this family heirloom for her.

What a special remembrance of her father.

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custom t-shirt quilt

I love the fabrics that this client picked out.  I think it is really stunning how the gray compliments the bright chartreuse color.  It’s just lovely.

custom t-shirt quilt


This post is part of a Collecting Color Link Up hosted by Cyn of RiverDog Prints. Anyone can participate! Collecting Color is a bi-monthly post to share what you’re working on, photographing, DIY-ing, reading or making. Anything goes, as long as it’s colorful, creative and you share a link.


For the past 5 months, I have sewn for everyone but my family.  The work has been wonderful, and I have enjoyed making every piece, yet at the same time I have longed to sew for my daughter, and the little boy in my belly.  This past week, I took a day off and did exactly that –I made a few skirts for my daughter.  Here’s the pattern I used (it’s a great free pattern from Oliver + S).  I’m so happy with how the skirts turned out, and I’d be lieing if I said I didn’t love all the compliments we get in public.

I have one more custom quilt to finish this weekend, and then my work will be done.  I have about 10 other projects I can’t wait to jump into, including the baby’s quilt.  And so officially, I think “the nesting” stage has kicked in.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…


om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

My Kitchen is Getting Lots of Action

garden tomatoes and zuchinniWith summer comes tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, carrots, herbs, and zucchini.  I love gardening, and reaping the benefits of having fresh veggies, yet at the same time, it can sometimes be overwhelming.  A few weeks back, I posted some of my favorite recipes that use both tomatoes and zucchini.  And again today I’ll be posting similar recipes.  Here’s what will be happening in my kitchen this weekend:

Ratatouille’s Ratatouille

This recipe calls for one cup of tomato puree.  To make fresh tomato puree, pass quartered tomatoes through a food mill.  If you do not have a food mill, blanch, peel, core, seed, and chop tomatoes.  Place in a colander and let drain.  Discard liquid and puree tomatoes in a food processor.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad

We top this salad with a yummy Asiago, Parmesan, or Pecorino cheese.  We just use what ever is around the house.  Also, the other day we made it with toasted cashews instead of toasted almonds, and it was delicious!

Carrot Cake Jam

This will be my first time making this recipe.  A neighbor and friend of mine highly recommends it.  We will harvest the carrots from our garden, and get the pears from farmer’s market.  Yum, I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Lastly, we will also be freezing peaches, making a Chiles Rellenos dish of some sort, making and freezing basil pesto ice cubes, and making some of my famous sugar verbena pesto which we use in margaritas.

Would you like to come over and help clean my kitchen after?

Another Custom Applique and Embroidered Walking Bird Quilt

custom applique and embroidered bird quilt

Today, I’ll be shipping another custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt –this one will be going to Australia.  My client, Meg, is a bit whimsical, which ironically always takes more communication when it comes to selecting all the fabric prints.  As we were corresponding via email, back and forth, we accidentally became friends.  What a pleasant surprise!

Here are a few pictures I took the other day after I had finished the quilt-top, and the last few photos are shots of the quilt after I quilted and bound it.

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt
custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

I have truly enjoyed making both a friend and a quilt over the past few months.