A Quilt for Owen

I fell off the sewing bandwagon for a while (darn full-time corporate job), but I’m back! First on my list was finishing a sweet scrapbook quilt for some friends. Their son, Owen, is almost six months old, but it’s been hot and who wants a quilt in the summer? (Great rationalization of my procrastination.)

Family and friends all contributed to the quilt by designing blocks in the color palette that matched the nursery. I appliqu├ęd all of the blocks and then assembled the top and finished it with super soft minky fleece and gingham binding.

It takes a fair bit of time to make one of these quilts (this is the eighth one in the last five years), but it’s worth it. I love hearing the stories of how people are enjoying their quilts. I hope that they are enjoyed for years.

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Summer Salsa – Crowd Source Fashion Design

Last year I came across some fabulous fabric at JoAnn’s and thought that it would make a great dress for a local fundraiser called Summer Salsa. The event raises funds for EOA Children’s House, a therapeutic preschool for abused and neglected children. I’ve volunteered for the agency for a number of years and was excited to support it.

The fabric sat in my stash for a year before I decided to whip something up. I pinned it on my mannequin and asked for feedback from all of my Facebook friends. It ended up being one of my most popular posts. People like online fashion designing! Here were the options:

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And here is the finished product:

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It was fun and I loved the look.