Friday, August 30, 2013

The Three Quilts

I'm referring to these quilts as "The Three Quilts".

I did a fabulous job on making them, if I do say so myself.  They are beautiful, they are custom and they were made by commission.

I have a sad spot in my heart when I think of these quilts.  It's a long story, but there were hard feelings when they were let go to their new home.

A woman who worked with my hubby emailed and asked me to make three quilts for her soon-to-be-born triplet grandchildren.  Her email stated that she loved my work and would pay whatever I asked.

She wanted them all similar but each different.  The boy's quilt should have turtles.  The girls' quilts could be whatever zoo animals I wished.  I had free reign to make and design them as I saw fit.  Just my style...hate taking direction when it comes to creating.

Anyway, when the time came and the quilts were ready, she kind of freaked out about the price.  To make a long story short, I got paid for materials only.

Each applique was digitally created (except for 3 giraffes, 3 elephants and 2 turtles.  That's 28 appliques, each taking 45 minutes or more to stitch.

To the right is the turtle quilt.

The quilt on the left is the elephant quilt.  Lots of time, effort, love and creativity went into each of these.

The back of each quilt is minkie...I love using minkie on baby quilts.  It just gives them such a cuddly, warm-fuzzy feeling.  (That warm-fuzzy feeling is a phrase I borrowed from my girls' kindergarten teacher.)

Elephant quilt is light pink and mint green.  

This last quilt is the giraffe quilt.  Different sashings and corner blocks from the elephant quilt.

If you click on the pictures, they get larger and you can see the quilting.

Anyway, "The Three Quilts" were given to the mother-to-be and a thank you message was received by me from the grandma-to-be on Facebook.

That's the end of the story, but I've learned a very bitter and hard lesson.  I will never, NEVER make another quilt for someone without giving an estimate and a down payment.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Quilt for Laney

Our neighbors had a darling baby girl just about a week ago.  I made this quilt (2 pictures of same quilt) along with the drag-along blanket at the bottom and presented it to them at a neighborhood shower in July.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pool time!

Sophie has more energy than a barrel full of monkeys, that's for sure.  One of the ways we get her to burn off SOME of that energy is to get out the kiddie pool and let her play.  She loves the water.  Once she gets wet and paws and splashes, she runs full speed around the yard and gets all dirty!  Then she's back in the pool to clean up a bit.

Rick then gets the towel and dries her a bit, then he brushes her.  She likes it, but she often thinks it's a game!

Then it's time to empty the pool and go inside for a little rest! 

Ah...the life of the pup!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sophie Grace!

This is Sophie Grace!  

She is the girl who was formerly known as Madison, but Sophie fits her personality SO much better.  As of today, she is officially, SOPHIE GRACE BURDETTE!!!

She's a smart girl!  She knows a few commands such as SIT, DOWN and COME.  Her best one is SIT...really good at that one for us.

She also likes to take us for walks.  She's now 10 weeks old and has grown almost 2 inches since she came to make her home with us on August 1, 2013.