Thursday, October 21, 2010

It took a year...

Pin It ... but I finally did it. :)

I finally made a quilt for myself.  And it is oh so pretty.

My Nicey Jane FQ quilt along top

True, it's not technically a quilt yet, but it will be soon, and there's a good reason it's not yet...

Because I made this quilt pretty big (it's 12 x 14 rows), my little machine can't handle it.  

Nicey Jane FQ Quilt along top

And because Jay (the hubs) was sitting next to me while I was quilting this quilt (to be posted Nov. 8), and thus he witnessed first hand my frustrations with free motioning when the tension kept going all wonky, I think I'll be getting a new machine next month!  

It'll be a stretch of the budget, but I'm a good rationalizer (won't have to hire a long arm for bigger quilts, have been hired to make quilts for some friends, and my niece's big girl bed, and we aren't buying any Christmas presents this year; I'm making them all, and quilting them on a new machine will go much more smoothly)...

Truth is, I just married a good man, who likes me happy... and though I want a Janome Horizon, I think Amanda Jean has sold me on the Juki TL-98Q (well, her review and the fact that it's $2200 cheaper).

I've already got 4 quilt tops waiting for it.  And I bought a large case of basting pins... so I'm ready to baste, baste, baste the next couple weeks. :)

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I'm a bit distracted while trying to write my one year post, and in a rather reflective mood.

Here's the post where I officially turned this in to a quilting blog.

And here was Steiger on my first real-size finished quilt a year-ish ago, 

And here he was yesterday.

a one year later picture

Getting so big.

S is getting big!

(tangent warning)

I'm having one of those days/moments where I don't know if I should venture in to the land of self-exposure or not... but I think I'm going to, because I'm finding myself unable to write a simple bloggiversary post due to being overwhelmed with reflectiveness.

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(getting a bit emotional)

This morning, I read one of those blog posts that re-cements the reality that on the other end of these computers are real people.  And when real people come in to contact with one another, they have the power and potential to be conduits of love and hope and blessing.

I'm crying like a baby right now while typing, and it's completely because of that blog post.  I watched it over five hours ago for goodness' sake!

I've only mentioned it once on here before, but Steiger's birth day was not an easy one for me (you don't even want to see the picture of me after I came out of surgery).  Many of you read that post and connected with me with stories of your own, but the truth is that a year and a half later, even though I'm feeling so much more sane about the idea of gearing up for round 2, I still have a lot of fears and regrets about how things went the first time.  

I'm stumbling over my words here.

The bottom line is that you all have helped me.  I am a sensitive soul, and was in desperate need of a healthy coping mechanism to help get me out from under some difficult emotions... and you gave me quilting.  And designing.  And swaps.  And comments.  And giveaways.  And pretty pictures of pretty fabrics. And creating.

So I thank you.

I'm still waiting and praying to see how that day will be used in my life, but I do believe I am loved and all things work together for good...

(And -- if any of you are on the hunt for a VBAC as I will be soon -- not pregnant yet -- don't hesitate to be in contact...and I think I'm going to need to make a story quilt here soon... though Angela set the bar pretty high)...

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Now for the appreciation giveaway!

I ♥ Dresdens, and I want to make one for one of you, in the form of a mini quilt or pillow cover...or even a quilt block if you'd like to add a Dresden to a quilt you're making (like the 3x6 Sampler bee for example).  

You can pick the colors and style (maybe even a link to a quilt or room you'd like it to coordinate with), and I'll make it up for you.  :)

Here are a few I've made... to help inspire you. :)

Dresden giveaway!

To enter:

1) Leave me a comment with either:
- an introduction (if you're new especially)
- a sewing machine recommendation
- a suggestion for how to quilt *my* quilt
- a link to/mention of something you've made recently 
- a link to/mention of something you've loved recently (or)
- some other friendly little word

2) If you like it here, and are a follower, you can get an extra entry.  Please leave the note in a separate comment.

I'll probably pick the winner randomly on Sunday, but I reserve the right to both be busy at the pumpkin patch that day, and/or use something other than random.org to decide the winner. 

Good luck!  And from the bottom of my sappy heart... thank you for creating with me.

88 comments:

Dresden Quilter said...

I love Dresdens. That is what I am having my Bee group make for me. Right now I am making a quilt for my sister. I would love to own a Janome Horizon. I have a Janome 6260 and I really like it. I love your quilt!

Kelly said...

ooooh! I love your pretty dresdens! I have no sewing machine reccomendations, I'm too new to know the difference between them! I'm working on Cherie's blocks for our Christmas Bee now--I'm late!

As for the VBAC stuff, I have mixed feelings. I've had 3 C-sections since my first birth was an emergency vertical C. My feeling was that it wasn't worth the 8% risk of rupture and harm to my child/myself to go through a vaginal birth. We lost our first child so that colors my opinion some. I do, however, think doctors are quick to push C-sections on women who might not need it. It is major surgery and not a walk in the park. I guess what I'm saying is if it's safe for you and the baby, go for it!. I truly hope you get the birth you want--personally I was happy to be drugged up and handed a baby with no effort on my part. :) Steiger is such a cutie and he needs a playmate to help him hunt down the squirrels! Get to work!

Leah said...

I love your Nicey Jane quilt! And of course, I love Dresdens. Thank you for sharing your creative soul with the rest of the world! :)

Leah said...

I really enjoy your blog & have been following for a little bit. Happy Blog-iversary! :)

Freda said...

I love your new quilt! And how smart to rationalize a new machine. I'm taking notes now, maybe I can convince my hubby to do the same. One of my college friends has a Juki and she *loves* it. I'm not sure what model it is but I do know she has it mounted on a frame if that helps.

Freda said...

I'm a follower too!

Anonymous said...

I love dresdens, especially in reds. My dream would be able to afford a Bernina 820, it has a 12" opening, stitch regulator and many other things plus hundreds of decorative stitches, BUT the $12,000 price tag is too much. I do own a less expensive Bernina and absolutely love it.

Marie in Oregon
mariebeers@hotmail.co,

Melissa Corry said...

Ah Tracey, You are so amazing!! I can not imagine going through what you did in your first delivery but I pray that your next one will go smoother :) You truly are an inspiration to me and not just for your quilting skills. Thank you for being a virtual kindred spirit :)

Melissa Corry said...

And of course I follow you and get excited every time I see that you have posted :)

Anita said...

Good-luck with your next pregnancy. I only have one child, we would have liked to have another child but it didn't work out. I have viking 555 and I really love it.

Cat B said...

I love Dresdens - I can't advise re a sewing machine since I pay someone else to do my quilting and I still sew on a machine I brought 16 years ago (Janome)
As for VBAC's - I've privately shared with you my experience and how healing the VBAC AND the ability to B*feed where for me ~ I love BOTH my kids equally and have learnt to accept they just came into the world via different entries.
After losing 9 babies, I'm blessed to have my 2 earth angels xxx
Good luck with the conceiving and the VBAC - xxx

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

So exciting that you're going to get a new Christmas!!! :) I can't believe how big Steiger is getting! He is looking all grown up!
I just had to stop by and see how you are doing! Hope all is well! :)

ktquilts said...

Sniffff... As a nurse I wish that I had been there to say "I am sorry this has been difficult. Let me know how I can help." As a Christian, how often I forget that I can't feel what people are feeling, or know exactly how they are coping. I can only walk along and be a shoulder to lean on.

Would love a Dresden from you!!!!

Blessings,

KT

ktquilts said...

I am already a follower!!

deserae said...

I think quilting squares would look really nice! I love your dresdens too!

deserae said...

I am a follower

angela said...

After an emergency c-section with my first, I went on to have two successful VBACs.

For the first VBAC they induced at my due date. Didn't need it for the second. In either case, they monitored me a little more closely and I had no say regarding the IV at check-in, but it was a good and safe experience!

jeri said...

You are gonna love that new juki! :)

Tiffany said...

I love the dresdens, and have been dreading making one myself..so I'd love you to make me one! I'd put it in my quilting room, which is lime green and sky blue. But I'd probably hang it even if it was every color in the rainbow :P

Also - good luck, if it comes to that, with the VBAC. Stegier's a cutie! And what a difference a year makes!!!

Tiffany said...

Also, I'm a follower.

And yay for quilters! <3 I'm an even newer quilter than you, and I love it! Very relaxing after a stressful day! I think for me the best part of it is making it into something someone else can use and appreciate. <3

Jamie said...

The UR rate is NOT 8%. It is .04% which is the same rate of hysterectomy after an ERCS. VBAC is safe. I know you know this but others may not.

webmailaddress2 said...

Congrats on the quilt and new sewing machine! Your little one is not so little anymore!

As for the VBACs, I think it's just a matter of time before they become mainstream again. I've read some experts saying our C-section rates are too high, and not allowing VBACs is definitely a contributor.

On a lighter note, today was my day off, and I bought some great shoes for work as well as cute flats! Take care!

webmailaddress2 said...

Oh, I almost forgot. I'm a follower of your blog via google reader :).

Bree said...

great giveaway, tracey!
My sewing machine rec? The Janome 6600P. It's $1kish cheaper than the horizon, and according to my local Janome dealer, the horizon isn't $1k more amazing. The 6600p has a large throat that makes quilting larger quilts a breeze (I do say it would be difficult to cram a king sized quilt in there, but a queen should finagle nicely). I don't know much about Juki, but I can tell you I'm offically a Janome lifer. This machine is easy to use, completely smooth - it's like butter. Of course, i was using a piece of poo Singer before, so the jump in quality just has me drooling!

bmcelroy@tampabay.rr.com

Bree said...

and I'm totally a follower :-P

Sarah Craig said...

Talk about *sniff sniff*! Such a sweet post... I love your quilt - I just made one by the same pattern, and I quilted it in diagonal lines so that there is an X in each of the center squares. It looked really nice. As far as the sewing machine goes, I've been thinking realistically that if I keep making quilts at the rate I've been this year, I'm going to actually wear out my Singer. So I started looking at what was out there, and especially after Amanda Jean's recommendation, I'm considering the Juki TL98Q also. Of course, I won't be getting one any time soon, so I'm going to rely on you to give me a good review of the machine!

Quilt bloggers are absolutely generous, encouraging, loving souls! I am proud to be one, as I'm sure you are. You didn't receive more than you have given, I'm sure...... What goes around, comes around, and that goes for good stuff too!

I would love any dresden plate you wanted to make if you picked my name - I don't think I'll ever make one myself, but I love them! What a great idea for a giveaway!

Jenn said...

Tracey, you have always been a woman with a tender, loving heart. I am still learning how to live that way, but have come along enough in the past couple years to see how true this is of you and what a wonderful quality that is. (tears) When I think of sharing my heart with others I realize how poorly I did that in college, and wonder where I would be now had I learned from friends like you. May God bless you this next bloggy year in ways you can only dream. Jenn

Regina said...

This was the first time I read about Steiger's birth. My situation was similar so I understand EVERYTHING you feel. I am happy to say that I had a HBAC with Little Miss. It was completely and absolutely amazing. I didn't have the easiest recovery then either but it was 1000 times better than the C and I got to experience the joys of that happy hormone people talk about. You know, the one that doesn't happen with a C.

I think it's great that you are talking about it too. Not everyone knows their options. I've had 5 friends VBAC since Little Miss was born and each one told me that I was the reason they looked into it. It's pretty amazing.

Kelly said...

Ooops! I forgot to comment that I follow you, of course.

Mama Pea said...

What a nice, sentimental post. I enjoyed it. I have been feeling very sentimental about the few blog readers I have. I recently moved to a new state, and I have been really missing my quilting buddies. I haven't connected with so many people here yet. I started a blog, and the social interaction has really pulled me through a lonely time. I never would have imagined that "virtual" friends could be so meaningful to me. I am surprised at the community that it can build.

I had a C-section with my baby, too. The cord was wrapped around her neck twice. I was glad the doctors caught it before they had me start pushing so it didn't do any real damage!

Thanks for the nice give away. :-) I would LOVE to have a longarm. How exciting. I love my Janome sewing machines, so I would guess it's a great machine!

Mama Pea said...

Oh, I am already a follower!

Duff said...

Hey mama, I just read your post about the C-section and watched the video at Triumphant Birth (oh yeah, chills). I went through 27 painful, drugless hours of labor only to be told I had to have a C-section. I dreamed of a natural birth for months and tried so darn hard! I cannot have anymore children and truly, the only thing I regret in my life is that I could not give my son a sibling his age. Everyone should have a brother or sister to turn to in good times and in bad times.
I was going to say, "Pray & you will get a sign!" but something tells me you already have so stop resisting! ♥♥ (see? two hearts are better than one)

momto2wasd said...

That is such an amazing thing to give away something you've made. Time is so valuable, and to give away that bit of time that goes into something you've created--so kind!
I have 3 boys, to w/autism, so that's what "momto2wasd" means...mom to 2 with asd. Since I created that name, I added a 3rd son, who doesn't have autism. So there's a bit about me since I know a bit about you.
I have Pffaf that is about 12 years old. Rather a workhorse, mechanical type with the built in walking foot. I really like it although it's not the most wonderful quilting machine. My advice is go to a place that will let you try them all out. And visit several places--don't let them pressure you. It's great if they'll give you free classes on your sewing machine after you buy it, too. I've always wanted a bernina, although I know they aren't the be-all-end-all.
I hope you get your VBAC, too.

Weatherbee ;) said...

Where to start?? :) Congrats on the beautiful quilt and the prospect of a new machine...how very exciting! And thank you for sharing so much of yourself, I read all the linked posts and watched the video and am moved in my own way. Mostly in ways that can't really be put into words.
The Dresden blocks look amazing, and I would LOVE to have one of these as a beautiful pillow or mini quilt.
If you'd like to visit my blog, I recently wrote a post introducing myself and listing some of the things that make me...me. Come by sometime if you'd like. :)

~Teresa
www.sew-aneedlepullingthread.blogspot.com

Weatherbee ;) said...

Almost forgot to do my second entry. :) I follow your blog! Actually one of the first blogs I started following.

~Teresa
Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Jewel said...

I have a TL98Q and I can say that it isn't a miracle... but it is very nice... try a supreme slider you will be glad you did.

Jennwith4 said...

I've been following you for a little while now and I love reading! Thanks for sharing. =)

Jennwith4 said...

I'm in the process of making a flamingo table runner for a friend of mine. Haven't done much quilting on my own so no recommendations on a machine, sorry. =)

Jenniffier said...

Congrats on making it so close to your goal. You should be very proud of yourself. I have lot 20lbs since last Dec. It feels great even though I know I have a lot more to go. By the way. I am Jenn and I totally enjoy your blog. Your dresdens are why I first started following. Right now I have two quilt tops waiting to become quilts and a lot of other fabric waiting to be cut up. I don't blog but when can check out some of my most recent quilts on flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/31559063@N06/sets/72157624452659136//

Thank you so much for sharing so much with us!

Jorie said...

Tracey, I just read the post where you go into Steiger's birth and how you felt after your cesarean and it really hit home for me today. While I personally did not have one, my sister (almost 15 weeks pregnant) was told by her midwife that due to some preexisting health concerns, she most likely will require a cesarean---a far cry from the all-natural birth she was hoping for. Although all she mentioned to me was not wanting to be cut open, I hadn't even thought about all the possible emotional responses she could be having now. Time to call my sister... Thanks for sharing all of that!

Jorie said...

And on the giveaway side of things, I am a constant follower ;)

pinksuedeshoe said...

Psst.... I'm following you....

pinksuedeshoe said...

So today Creamie found the box of jeans under her bed that she has yet to grow into. And when I told her that they were still too big, she said "Tiger wear it. For Tiger! Tiger jeans." In that order. And then she put a pair up on the kitchen counter where we wrapped up the last pair.

Recent favorite thing I've made? Creamie's Halloween costume. Hands down. But, I finished my MIL's dresden a few days ago and I need to email you a pic. It turned out SOOOOO pretty!

Love your blog, Love your dresdens, love your quilts, love you. And my daughter is very concerned that your son have her jeans. Ha!

Elizabeth said...

Your Fat Quarterly quilt is so pretty! I love it! I also love your dresdens (but don't worry about putting me in your drawing -- I have a Go! and I got the Dresden die -- wohoo!). I did want wish you a happy blogiversary. Steiger is adorable and your first quilt is so pretty.

xo -El

Lynne said...

Hi there. Firstly, congratulations on making yourself a quilt - all quilters are the same - make for everyone else, think of everyone else!

Well I was given the Horizon for my birthday, largely because there is a £500 off deal on in the UK at the moment and I love it more than I can tell you but I have gone from an ancient machine that was falling apart so I can't tell you how it compares to other machines that are out there, just that I love it. Ask me any questions about it if you would like to!

And thirdly, I was very moved by your story. I hope you get pregnant, have a natural birth and I'll be popping back in to follow your progress if you do. Life throws us so many curveballs - although I had four natural births, my twins were born prematurely - Eve at 26 weeks and Amy at 32 weeks (go figure, they have birthdays 6 weeks apart) and Eve in particular was a very sick child for the first few years of her life but time is a great healer and kids are great healers too. I hope things work out for you the way you want them to and you get a chance at a VBAC. XXX

Poppyprint said...

Ahhh, Tracey where to start. I'm so glad I found you out there in the lovely world of quilting bloggers. I love your sincerity, your ♥ right out there on your virtual sleeve, your beautiful and inspiring work, your adorable boy and your generosity. I am sorry you have fear around birth. It sounds like faith and friends and your family will all be there for you. I hope your dream of a different experience comes true next time, my friend.

It seems weird to switch to sewing machines now (sniff), but I'm quilting on a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0. I've had it a year and not without challenges, but I think now I've found the thread it likes and the needles it likes, so I am liking it, too. The massive 10" harp is fantastic and I love the auto footlift for pivoting.

Thanks for all you share Tracey.

Poppyprint said...

You know I'm right here, following.

Crystal said...

Love the quilt and would love for you to make me one of your beautiful dresdens! Watched the video you posted...so amazing! God is so good!!!

Peach Rainbow said...

I am a sensitive soul too - TTC for 8 years :)
you've got a beautiful son may god bless you with another baby soon (with a normal birth)
Thanks for sharing your story.

Peach Rainbow said...

already a follower :D

Patty said...

I'm Patty and I've been quilting for almost 5 years; that is hard to believe. I like working on smaller projects because I want to be able to make every pattern I see. Some quilters love fabric. I love patterns! I have told myself no more until you get what you have to be made,made. Last night I went to JoAnn's and about a book on jelly rolls; BUT I'll use it becuase I've got about 5 jelly rolls and no patterns. Well that is what I told myself anyway that and it was on sale.

My sewing machine is a Singer I bought at Walmart on clearance for $125. It does everything I need it to do! I've even been able to quilt a full size quilt with it. Although I would love a new machine with a wider throat, I think that is what its called. More expensive isn't always better!

amber said...

I found you through flickr, because I LOVE this quilt top! I have a pile of Nicey Jane waiting for me to decide how to piece it.

If this were my fabulous quilt top I'd straight line quilt it on the diagonal. Around the center squares, by going from corner to corner of those center cuties. Make sense?

Oh, and I LOVE my BabyLock. My favorite part is that the LQS owner is the service woman for it, so when I have an issue she clears it up in a matter of minutes instead of waiting for the machine repair guy to stop by once a week and then take it for a week.

Thanks!

ambernoel226 at gmail dot com

Rachel said...

I love following you Tracey! I thank you for being so open and honest with everyone...not everyone is :) I can sympathize with you and your quest for a VBAC. My first pregnancy also ended up in an unplanned c-section. Not only a c-section, but I had to be put under given the pain medication would not numb me for the surgery (my epidural never did take very well). You're post brought back so many memories...the feeling of failure, not being able to see my baby for over an hour after birth...and even then being out of it. I was in love with my son from the very start, but having a c-section was sooo not in the plans. Luckily I had a great support system and help from my husband, mom and MIL during the first few weeks. My second son was also a c-section but luckily I was able to stay awake for his birth (mostly his size prohibited me from trying the VBAC...and the fact my body just doesn't dilate...uggghhh!) I wish you the best of luck on your next delivery! I know we'll all be praying for you...when the time comes of course :)

live a colorful life said...

Thanks for sharing. I've been reading for a while. A Dresden would be fabulous!

live a colorful life said...

also a follower

Brooke said...

I love your new quilt. All that Heather Bailey fabric is lovely!

I've had two C-sections and thought the second one (planned) was much nicer than the first. But, my first wasn't terrible either...just 12 hours of labor with no progression and a little guy whose heart rate dropped way too low with every contraction. Good luck finding a good VBAC doc (I know a good one in Utah in case you want to move out here - tee hee). I think it's really important for your delivery to be the way you want it whenever possible.

Your dresdens are darling! I haven't been brave enough to try them yet, but I love how they look. I was brave enough to try cathedral windows this week and LOVED how it turned out. Check it out here:
http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com/2010/10/cathedrals.html

Brooke said...

I'm a follower!

kelly lautenbach said...

Dresden's ROCK. Seriously. :)
If I were going to buy a new machine (and I just did!) I'd get a Janome 6600. (that's what I bought!) It's a great machine for the money and it's got a larger throat so quilting on it will be a dream. :)

kelly lautenbach said...

And of course I follow you through Google Reader! :)

Lovie said...

Love the dresden design, currently working on one. As far as machines go - if at all possible give them a test drive. I cut several squares and went to 3 different friends and checked out their machines, and two stores and explained what I wanted. They had no problem letting me use their floor demo model. For me the deciding factor was visiblility of the needle area, I went with the Designer 1, and have not been sorry.

Lovie said...

I am a follower. And as a follow up on last post - make a small coffee mug quilt for the friends (guild members) who allow you to play with their baby. I turned the squares in pot holders for my friends and we both had a good memory.

Peris said...

Just some encouragement...I have two really good friends who had c-sections first time around for similar reasons as yours...they demanded VBACS second and third times around and succesfully acomplished so!!!!

Peris said...

I love your dresdens...I have never done one of those...but each time I see yours I get anxious to make one...I am too new to have any sewing machine recomendations...however I am partial to Janome...I love how real you are in your writing..thank you!

Melissa said...

Oh, don't worry about sappy. It goes with the mom territory! I don't comment often, but I read here all the time. I think I actually "met" you a few weeks ago at Natalia's talking Tuesdays. I too love the look of the Janome Horizon, but as someone who owns a Juki (the Exceed series- F600) I can tell you, I am obsessively, completely in love with my machine. I don't think you can go wrong with a Juki. The nice thing about the one you are looking at is that you would have the ability to put it on a frame as well to use it for quilting. I often see frames on the classifieds very inexpensively. At least you would have that option in the future!

Melissa said...

Oh, and I'm a follower, of course!

Marcia said...

I follow your blog.

Sara said...

You are an honest soul and such an inspiration. Blogging is THE best way to meet people isn't it:) Congrats on your new machine! The best of luck in enlarging your family too:) God speed!

Sara said...

Follow you and glad to!

Marcia said...

1) I am a relatively new quilter, though have sewn for many years. I live with my mother who is a wonderful hand quilter and teacher. 2)We need a new sewing machine too, so am interested in what you experience. 3) Tonight I finished a whole cloth baby quilt for one of the 2 grandnieces we expect this year. Used Safari So Good and outline quilted the animals with high loft batting so they pop. Because hand quilt, don't have a suggestion beyond outline quilting. Lastly, I like your blog because you write well. And, I keep hoping for a GO!ahead.

Diane said...

I am a follower!

Diane said...

I love your dresden pillows! I love seeing these, but it is something I would never have the guts to try myself. .... I have been sewing for the Marching Band recently, a big deal here in Texas... flags, costumes and the like... but can't wait for time to work again on my quilt along!

Katie B. said...

I love this post, Tracey! You are awesome, and I love seeing what you create and hearing about your life. (And that Steiger is such a cutie!!) I can't wait to hear about your new sewing machine. I need a new one too, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Katie B. said...

I'm a follower, of course.

Stray Stitches said...

I recently began making some of the blocks from the Designer Mystery BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop. I love the bright colors and the blocks go together so quickly. Here is a link to the first block: http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2010/10/cookie-swap-block.html

Stray Stitches said...

I am a regular follower! I love the quilt you just completed. Happy blogiversary!!

MoeWest said...

I just found your blog via AccuQuilts FB page. I am a mother to one daughter and a grandma to two. What is most important about the birthing process, I think, is the amazing end result.

MoeWest said...

I am a new follower. Happy blogiversary. Your quilt is very pretty. I love the colors and the square in square pattern.

Trisha said...

What a great idea to make a little something for one of your readers. Dresdens are so wonderful! What a great idea!

Trisha said...

I am a follower. :)

Kate said...

I'm kate (swimbikequilt) and I think I've commented here, but perhaps just on flickr. I'd love a Christmas themed dresden. Hm. I'm a double c-section girl. Its brutal. But sometimes, that's the way life happens. I hope yours happens the way you want. :) And I noticed the Redskins quilt--I'm in the dcmetro area. Are you as well?

Brynn said...

Your Dresdens are lovely! I'm just getting into quilting, and am loving it. My three little ones under the age of four (the first via an unplanned c-section after thirty-two hours of labor and four hours of pushing) keep me busy and away from my sewing machine more than I'd like, but I'm working on finding that balance. Good luck with everything, and I'm loving your Nicey Jane quilt - my current favorite fabric!

Katie said...

I love dresdens, but am new to quilting, and haven't tried my hand at one yet. I've been having fun making your chubby stars--made one into a pillow for my niece's wedding, am making another for my big brother (with a fun corvette print), and have plans for more. Thank you for sharing with us!

cvdnurse said...

I love your dresdens, and bought a little ruler to make some with a few of the charm packs I've accumulated. I'm currently working on my first quilt for me, and it's similar to yours. I had a stack of coordinated FQ's looking for a pattern, and just decided something simple which would show off the many little prints would be the easiest to do and complete. Good luck with trying for #2.
Susan in NC
susie.galasso@gmail.com

cvdnurse said...

I'm a follower, and I love to see the pictures you post of your little boy - my little boy just turned 26, and is in grad school in LOs Angeles. Time really flies!
Susan in NC
susie.galasso@gmail.com

A Plain Path said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog. A few weeks ago I finished a quilt based on your Bricks in Bloom pattern for Moda Bake Shop. I changed it up a bit, combining it with 2 other projects I liked. You can see the result here: http://kellysplainpath.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-latest-quilt.html

I also know what you are feeling with the VBAC. I'm a military wife and had a bad experience with a c-section with my 3rd child in Germany. That was 3 1/2 years ago and I still have very raw emotions about the experience. Currently, I am 6 months pregnant with our 4th baby and I'm terrified of having another c-section. My dr. is supportive of VBACs, but I have criteria to meet in order to get it. It's nerve-wracking, but I keep reminding myself I'm in the Lord's hand and under His tender mercies. Anyhow, just saying all this because I know very well the emotional struggle one can go through.

I love your Dresdens...gorgeous! Glad to have found your blog and become a follower. Your work is beautiful!

AllieKatMom said...

How the heck did I miss this giveaway...so when are you going to try for another?

Em said...

I have missed you! Thank you for this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meghan said...

What a wonderful post! I am glad you finally made a quilt just for you! Funny how when you sew, knit, craft, scrapbook, or whatever you never seem to make something just for you. Thank you for sharing your birthing story, so brave, made me finally decide to blog about something that I felt should be said as well.

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