Friday, February 26, 2010

This very moment::

handquilted.dreams

:: my sweet boy is slumbering under the "sixth time's the charm" quilt that I made for him (and the book) a few months before we ever saw his sweet new face. I am glad. And you might have guessed this already, but I'm going to tell you why I'm glad.

I have found myself somewhere between writing a book and not writing a book. And even though the writingabook part finished up a while ago I am just now settling in to the relief of notwritingabook. I take a lot of joy in designing and putting together ideas in a book format, but I am feeling very glad right now that I am at a place where I can just await the fruits of my labor and enjoy the items that I made during the whole process of it.

When I was very pregnant, I spent hours piecing this quilt and hours writing the instructions and then we photographed a 3-week-old Roman on the quilt between the very frequent newborn nursings. And that was way back when nursing still hurt so badly that my eyes would well up with tears and I'd bite my bottom lip to get through the first few minutes and getting him to sleep when I needed him to sleep was only a dream. And now? Beautiful nursing and sweet dreams. It took me until a few days ago to realize....oh I can use this quilt now. An extra layer of love over the knitted blanket from my mom. I don't know why I've had this quilt folded neatly and tucked into place with so many other studio samples and hadn't put it to use yet. I do so much sewing for work, its like I forget to take pleasure in my own handmades and then I suddenly snap-to and give myself the gift of all those hours of trial and toil. Thank you me. That was so thoughtful of me. I shouldn't have. This must have taken me hours. I will treasure this forever. I'm welcome.

I am glad. xoAM

66 comments:

  1. Awe, thats lovely!!! :)
    Vivienne x

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  2. Beautiful picture. Beautiful post.

    It's amazing how far away those first INTENSE weeks with a newborn seem afterwards (my second was born in April).

    ENJOY this time.

    http://debajounboton.typepad.com/blog/

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  3. Hmmmmm... and how about that sweet knitted blanket underneath the quilt?

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  4. I was just thinking to myself--love that quilt pattern and of course the precious babe sleeping underneath. I need to get a copy of the new book! Maybe that will be my prize for completing my first quilt--other than enjoying my trial and toils.

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  5. This very moment I am home from the hospital with my 3rd little guy...born on Monday. Such a tiring yet precious time. And yes..I too am biting my bottom lip and making it through these painful first days of nursing. Thanks for the post that reminds me that I am not the only one.

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  6. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Hey you, good job. Nice choice on the fabric!
    :) Aren't sleeping babies won-der-ful!!!
    margie

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  7. Sweet! Oh, to have a sixth child. Of course, I'd need the third, fourth, and fifth first, but, oh, to have the sixth!
    -- michele

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  8. Sweety :)


    Nice weekend full of colors and love :)

    kiss

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  9. Lovely little post :-)
    I'm getting ready to bring home a newborn boy in about a month... and I really look forward to USING all hand-made goodies that I've made, as well as my friends&family have made... all with love~
    Cheers!

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  10. you're wonderful. <3

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  11. Oh so sweet and a lovely quilt, yes you should use it. I'm amazed all you can fit in a day.

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  12. Nothing's more precious than a sleeping child!

    This quilt is beautiful! I guess if I had a job like yours, I'd probably forget that it's "ok" to use my stuff too!

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  14. what a beautiful quilt and it goes without saying...your son is such a precious little bundle. looking at the back of his sweet little head while he's sleeping reminds me of my daughter's days in her crib..truly a "moment" in time.

    i watched your video for the new book...it's awesome!
    I have enjoyed "seams to me" so much(blogged about it over at my blog).
    although we are not going to be having any more babies in our little family, your new book will definitely be one i go to to find the perfect sewing project to welcome the new baby of a friend or loved one.

    congrats on the new book and of course your beautiful baby.
    xo

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  15. So sweet - and I can remember the agony that was those first few weeks (and sometimes longer) of nursing - ouch! What a cutie and how wonderful that you were so thoughtful to make such a nice quilt for yourself :-)

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  17. Baby sleeping! How sweet!


    ....always... enjoy where you are!!

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  18. You design, you sew, your write books and you make beautiful babies-- AND you take the time to enjoy it all. YOU. ARE. MY IDOL.
    Fantastic post my dear!

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  19. lovely fabrics together!!!!

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  20. Loved the ending to your post. Well done. Wonderful.
    Dana

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  21. Your posts always make me smile. Thank you for taking the time:)

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  22. Your blog is one of my happy places, because I always come away smiling and a little gushy. Gorgeous quilt, and gorgeous sentiment!

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  23. your blog and your work it's so nice.congratulations....Kiss

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  24. your description of early nursing brought back vivid memories for me...What a beautiful quilt...I think the blend of colors is simply wonderful. Thank you for sharing...

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  25. That's a beautiful photo: cute baby and wonderful quilt!
    I'm new around here and planning to explore some more. I see your grandma is Greek, so am I.
    Take care!

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  26. Beautiful baby & quilt! May I ask what kind of tread you used to do the hand quilting? I've never tried hand quilting, but I really want to! I just have no idea what thread to use. I want to achieve the look in this quilt. Everything you create is so lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. i get a kick out of your posts! love he quilt. love your eye for color and design.

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  28. Beautiful quilt.
    I love that you gave yourself the gift of using it now.
    I find that if I put a finished item away for a bit I can get it out & marvel at it like it is new another day. & sometimes even tell myself I did a good job!
    I don't think that is a bad thing. Enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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  29. Oh, thank you . YOu made my Friday. I've been delighting in giving stuff away the last week. I like selling off my samples, but at a certain point the coffers need filling less than my heart does, you know?

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  30. I love how you and Amanda had practically the same post this morning. I want to snuggle up and take a nap with that cuteness.

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  31. My 4yo son loves his quilts. He still sometimes has a nap and the second thing he wants is a quilt over him, even when its way too hot for a quilt. This means once he is asleep you have to carefully extracate it off him so he won't overheat. The first thing he takes is his teddies. Priorities.

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  32. And please tell that girl who made you all those wonderful things, again for me, that I just don't see how she does it all! (I think I say this every other time I post) And thank her for doing it all--I love it all, that's all!

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  33. just absolutely gorgegous!!! i love ur work!!! you inspired me to start crocheting and now i cant stop!
    Thank You

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  34. You are so right about using the things we make! A few weeks ago I was looking at a pile of quilts I designed and made for a book, all neatly folded and stacked. And then I looked at the ratty fleece blankets - corporate gifts from my last job - folded over the back of every chair in the house. It was like a light bulb went on over my head. What was I thinking? I put out the quilts, donated the fleece blankets, and my family has been happily snuggled under my own work ever since. Ah. . .

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  35. Roman's a lucky little guy! Your quilt is gorgeous!

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  36. you are hilarious and that quilt is downright dreamy!

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  37. I always find myself smiling and crying a little at the same time when I read these posts. Yes, those early days are something else.

    I like the idea of thinking of handmade things as gifts to ourselves...somehow that escaped me. Your quilt is lovely and I called my two boys to come look at the photo of your sleeping little one (much "awwww"-ing).

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  38. Oh sweet sleeping baby boy under handmade items full of love from his mama and nana. I too love the BIG hand quilting stitches. Dare we ask what thread you used??? xo,

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  39. Oh I just had to add my little comment here. I just finished sewing together the quilt top of my very own lovely Little Folks quilt. It's for our couch - our family time... It has taken me nearly two months to overcome the fear of ruining the fabric by cutting it. Done. :) AMAZING! My husband looked over as I'd layed out the squares and said "That's AWESOME!" I agree. Thanks!

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  40. Such a beautiful shot, baby and quilt. I'm pregnant, babe coming in May and my three year old, watching the screen over my shoulder said, "OH Mommy! Look at that cute baby!!! Could we have that baby?" Hee hee. I had to explain that baby was a bit taken already but, I told him that if we were as lucky our baby would be that beautiful too.

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  41. Laura7:17 AM

    When will your new book be released? I can't seem to find that info anywhere and I just found out that I am pregnant again, so I MUST have it :)

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  42. Beautiful quilt & baby! Wish my little guy would sleep like that all through the night :)

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  43. glad you are enjoying your gorgeous works & loves (quilt & babe)!

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  44. Such a wonderful riot of color in your baby quilt! What really tugged at my heart is the soft, pink curve of Roman's cheek . . . cheeks that are made for kissing! This picture reminded me of days long ago when my two grown adult children were oh-so-sweet and tiny . . . I loved lifting them out of the crib after their naps, watching as their tiny bodies uncurled from a warm comma into a nice big stretch in my arms.

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  45. sweet baby.
    even though the nursing years were many years ago, I still remember those times when the "latching on" was so painful.
    Then, I remember when my daughter and son both would play with a long strand of pearls that I wore back then...as they nursed.
    Georgeous blanket!
    Isn't it nice to appreciate your own efforts? You should!
    Hoosier hugs,
    Cheryl in IN

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  46. what a beautiful website and a beautiful baby quilt. i loved making my baby a quilt when i was pregnant, it was certainly the most detailed i've ever made...the joy of making things ickle:)

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  47. So precious!!! I love how you use color.

    I am super excited that your book is available for pre-order!

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  48. It is certainly all worth it, isn't it?!

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  49. I think he likes it! And thank the Lord for mamas who will work past the teary-eyed lip-biting pain of early nursing to give their babies a healthy start.
    Anna

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  50. Love the quilt! I received one of your fabric stacks for Christmas, so now I'm feeling inspired to whip up a quilt!

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  51. Over the years your son will have many of these treasures and you know what - those are what he will remember fondly and forever. Many Blessings, Janet

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  52. What a sweetheart! The colors are so bright and fun, and bet he's so cute smiling with it in hand! I just fell upon your work and designs, and what an amazing woman, mother, wife, homemaker you are! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

    PS I also think I notice the Baby Gap copper mountain plaid top on him? I LOVED this line for winter! We had our family pictures taken in these, my twin boys wore them :) SO CUTE!!!!!!! GOOD Taste!

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  53. Awwww, what a sweetheart!

    Love the quilt too.

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  54. commentary priceless.

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    I have enjoyed "seams to me" so much(blogged about it over at my blog).
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