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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Recipes for an Abundance of Garden Zucchini and Tomatoes

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Lately, tomatoes and zucchini have been overtaking our kitchen, as each day we bring a new batch in from the garden.  It’s been one of those situations where we don’t have quite enough to can, but we do have enough for them to be the focal point of dinner most nights.  I have tried a lot of recipes lately, and today I’m going to share my favorite four with you.  Enjoy!

Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Enchiladas Recipe (I make my sauce with tomatoes from the garden –you can also use canned tomatoes.  Also, I highly suggest using fresh corn.)

Zucchini Patties Recipe (I put a little mayo and then sliced tomatoes on top of mine and it was yummy!)

Blueberry Zucchini Bread Recipe (I love this recipe since blueberries are fresh at the farmer’s market –or try substituting with fresh peaches.)

Zucchini Tomato Salsa Recipe (A great recipe if you are also growing peppers in your garden)

Give these a try, and let me know what you think!?

Last Bunch of Interactive Play Quilts

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I’ve been working around the clock these days, trying to finish up the nine interactive play quilts I was commissioned to make.  I’m happy to report that I finally finished the last bunch.  As of Saturday, they are in the mail.  Would you like to see?

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The bugs in this piece are interactive and there is a hidden pocket behind one of the grasses.

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

This interactive play quilt is a map of downtown D.C. –all the vehicles are interactive and stick to the road.

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There is a hidden pocket, to hold the play patches, behind the water.

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This piece has play patches of apples and birds and the pocket is hidden in the apple basket.

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They also wanted one of my tic-tac-toe quilts, with a pocket and play patches of X’s and O’s.

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The very last piece I made was an applique scene of a library, meant to hang in their reading area.

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I’m happy to be finished with this order so that I can finish up two other custom quilts this month, and then finally, hopefully I’ll be able to do some nesting and get ready for the baby boy who is growing rapidly in my stomach and kicking me constantly.  I have his quilt completely planned out, and I can’t wait to start on it!

Interactive Play Quilts x 2

Interactive Play QuiltsI’ve been busy working on the custom interactive play quilts I mentioned to you earlier this week.  I just finished an additional two.  This first one, of the record player, is for the medical facility’s music room.  It comes with felt records that can be placed on the record player –I still need to finish hand embroidering those.  The record player is also a hidden pocket so that the extra records can be held out of sight.  Go ahead, turn it on…

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interactive play quiltsTwo more down, and only 5 more to go –I’m almost half done.  I hope your sewing machine is getting as much action as mine is these days.  Happy sewing!

More Interactive Play Quilts

interactive play quiltsI’m currently working on a large custom order –nine interactive play quilts that will be displayed in a medical facility for adults with disabilities.  Today, I’m going to share two of the pieces with you.  This first piece is for the facility’s entertainment room.

interactive play quiltsAnd this second piece is meant to represent the Potomic River, since the facility is near Washington D.C.

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The bridge in this piece is actually a pocket, and the sails on the sailboats are removable and interactive in nature.  My client really wanted the pieces to be bright, inviting, touchable, and interactive, so that the residents could do more than just look at them.

Only seven more pieces to finish.  I better get back to work!

An Urban Garden with Egg Laying Chickens

Urban Garden Raised Garden Beds

Every morning, around 8 a.m., you can find me and my daughter outside, visiting our egg-laying chickens, and walking through our raised garden beds to check for ripe vegetables.  Our back yard is a haven, an escape from the city –I think that’s why urban gardens are so popular these days.

This morning, as we enjoyed the cool morning air and our morning routine, I took some photos that I thought you might enjoy.  If anything, maybe this can be your escape too!

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Oliver + S Lazy Days Free Skirt Pattern

Oliver + S Lazy Days Free Skirt Pattern

I’m teaching a sewing camp in my home this week and one of the items my students made was this adorable Oliver + S Lazy Days Free Skirt Pattern.  I made one for my daughter and used it as a sample for my students.  The pattern was well written, super easy, and the results were adorable.

Oliver + S Lazy Days Free Skirt Pattern

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Here are my students:

Oliver + S Lazy Days Free Skirt Pattern

This pattern is a keeper for sure, and so here’s that link again:  Oliver + S Lazy Days Free Skirt Pattern.

Happy Sewing!