Monday, April 15, 2013

The Cuddle Quilt


I learned recently that one of my colleague (J) and his wife (M) have been dealing with her breast cancer ... it's been a long journey and she's doing great right now after a little bit of a scare.  Given John and my history with cancer and our positive outcomes, I wanted to do something to put a little sunshine in their day.

These scrap strips have been hanging in the closet for about a year -- blogged here last January ...


So I decided to give it a whirl.  I saw this cute block a couple of weeks ago which was my inspiration.

I'm making a quilt for a couple, but I've never seen their home, so I felt this was a nice neutral way to prepare a quilt with a neutral background multiple colors in the strips.

The back is a mix of a bunch of colors ;-).


I am happy with how this came out ... M is big in to paddle boarding ... and the colors on the front reminded me of the beach -- both colors from the sand, water and sky.

It's a cuddle quilt ... for them and their tween girls to relax and enjoy a good movie.



The plan is to give it to him tomorrow.

Today is a reminder of why these things are important ... my friend L called me 16 months ago, ecstatic that she had qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2013 ... it seemed a life time away.  Today, when I heard the news, I wasn't worried, L was one of 26,000 runners, the odds were too low that she could have been there.  Then I looked her time up on the internet this afternoon 4:09:11 ... she crossed the finish line 36 seconds before the bomb blast.  She is ok ... I had to speak with her tonight to make sure ... but she really is ok.

Life is too short ... I am thrilled that L is OK and that I have something to share with J and M tomorrow to let them know that someone else cares ...

Hope you're having a good week -- thoughts across America go out for those families in Boston today that have suffered so much.

All the best
Lisa

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thank you tote

I've definitely got a thing for this tote!  

Market Tote Bag
First ... it's sooooo easy to make!  Second ... it's fun to bring to life with different prints and combinations of colors.  Third ... it is extremely practical in Seattle where plastic grocery bags have been outlawed and it costs you a nickel for a paper bag.  But most of all ... it's a GREAT gift!

And ... btw ... you can find Bijou Lovely Design's tutorial here ...

This one is a thank you gift ... we had a hardwood floors in our city house refinished last week.  While my retired husband could stay out at our cabin for a week with the dogs ... I lived a nomadic existence out of the back of my car for a week as people were kind enough to let me stay with them so that I could get to work on a daily basis.  

This one is for Sharon to say thanks for the hospitality ... really, really, really appreciated!

Hope you guys have been having a good week.

All the best!
Lisa

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