Church craft day

Yesterday our church had a craft day where a bunch of the ladies and older girls brought whatever craft they wanted to work on, and we all had fun talking and snacking, and even did some of our crafts! It was a really nice time, and very productive, too. I hauled my Janome over to the church and did some sewing with my two daughters and Hazel. An organization called … Continue reading

Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

These awareness magnets are one of the new projects that I have been helping DD#2 with. She designed the car magnets, and I created them in Photoshop. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. And, of course, Anencephaly Awareness is a topic near and dear to our heart. The footprints are from my grandson, Amalya. He had anencephaly and on … Continue reading

Happy birthday to me!

Isn’t she just adorable? Happy birthday to me! Today is my birthday, and I’m thankful for every year I’ve been given. So, I haven’t been doing much quilting the last month, but I’ve been busy with many very valuable events. To begin with, I got to cuddle the little bundle of joy shown above almost every day. She’s almost five months old now and she always wakes up with a … Continue reading

Miamisburg Material Girls

Miamisburg Material Girls

On Thursday I had another opportunity to talk about one of my favorite subjects: color! Sweet hubby and I went down to Miamisburg and I did a lecture for the Material Girls quilt guild. Doesn’t this look like a nice group of ladies? Yes, they really were nice and friendly! I gave them the option of doing the lecture with a PowerPoint presentation or just from the quilts themselves, and … Continue reading

Documentary about Amalya

It’s time for a “proud grandma moment!” (This post is not quilt-related and it may be emotional, so feel free to ignore it. And if you’re on my Facebook page, you may have already seen this.) Some of you know that I have a grandson, Amalya Nathaniel (his name means “Work of the Lord, Given by God”). He had a neural tube defect called anencephaly. This is a 100% fatal … Continue reading

DIY growth chart for the grandbabies

Amalya and Hazel's birth measurements are marked

I love chasing rabbit trails, especially ones that involve internet exploration and research. I recently saw a growth chart on Pinterest, which made me realize I wanted to get one so we could record our grandchildren over the coming years. I thought that it might be a fun activity to do with the grandkids each birthday. I browsed Pinterest and Etsy to get ideas. I wanted something creative, but simple. … Continue reading

In Memory of…

Today our family remembers two very special people. My grandson, sweet little Amalya Nathaniel, was born and passed away on September 10, 2012. God used him in such amazing ways. We were blessed that he lived for one hour and twenty minutes, but he’ll be in our hearts forever. My quilt, Surrender, was made as a memorial to Amalya’s brief but very meaningful life. Our daughter wrote a short memorial … Continue reading