Mackenzie’s Here!

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Mackenzie made her appearance, weighing in at a tiny five pounds.  She felt just like a little baby doll—I have never held a baby that small.

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For her first gift, I made her a pair of stuffed elephants with fabrics that match her baby quilt.  I added the name and birthdate—these were sewn up in a mad dash the night before we visited her in the hospital.

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The pattern for these little guys is free and can be found here.

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Mackenzie’s Second Quilt

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‘’ Because I’m apparently into overkill, I decided to make a second baby quilt for  my new niece.  My oldest son was the ring bearer in Mackenzie’s parents’ wedding, and I had been holding onto the bridesmaid dress fabric since I had made his little vest to wear in the wedding.  I had always thought […]

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Mackenzie’s Baby Quilt

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  This quilt is for my new little niece.  I asked my sister in law to choose the design and the fabric, and she loves pink and elephants, so we settled on this cute Robert Kauffman fabric as the starting point.         It’s really a fairly simple design, and I’ve used this pattern multiple times […]

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Evelena’s Baby Quilt

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My friends have been trying to adopt a baby for a while and were finally chosen by a birth mother who was carrying a baby girl.  Once they were chosen, I told my friend I wanted her to pick out the quilt/fabrics so I could make her exactly what she wanted.  She found this gorgeous […]

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A Swap Package—More Divided Baskets

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  This is the first swap I’ve participated in for quite some time.  I’ve been working more on my own things lately and spending less time online.  Also, it seems like most swappers are using Instagram now instead of Flickr, and I haven’t jumped into that yet.  Perhaps I should move with the times. Anyhow, […]

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Jodi’s Divided Basket

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  This is the birthday present I made for my good friend, Jodi.  She likes to sew herself, and I’ve been having fun with Noodlehead’s Divided Basket pattern lately.  I bought it a while ago but had never sewn it up.  They are addicting, though, once you start.  I think they would make great baby […]

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A Naked Cake

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Last weekend I decorated my first naked cake.  Honestly, I wasn’t terribly crazy about the cake to start with, but I ended up loving how it turned out, and it was absolutely perfect for the setting—it was a barn wedding. However, the barn was NOT perfect for the cake.  The first thing I noticed when […]

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Laura’s Birthday Gift

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My best friend, Laura, has an early January birthday, and if I don’t shop for that along with Christmas, I’m always late.  I had something sent to her in late December, but it was only a partial gift, and I wanted to make something to go along with it. Since I had such a crazy […]

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Secret Sister Quilt

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Every year some of the ladies at my church draw names for a “secret sister.”  We’re supposed to do something or give something, send a card, etc. to our sister at least once a month.  I absolutely love it!  I’m a big gift-giver, and I have so much fun picking up or making little things […]

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Christmas Pillows for Teacher Gifts

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Over the summer this year, I made nine Christmas tree pillows.  You can find the pattern/tutorial at From the Blue Chair.  I always give teacher gifts to my son’s Sunday school teachers at church, and I knew he would have a teacher or two at his preschool who I would give a gift to as […]

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