Olivia for Olivia!

Ella was invited to a lovely 6-year-old party for one of her best buddies named Olivia and I just couldn’t resist making her a “namesake keepsake” to bring along…  The girls dressed up in their princess attire, had their make up, nails and hair done, and they flaunted down a run way of sorts for good ol’ fashion “best friends forever” fun!

Ian Falconer rules! Ian Falconer is an award winning author, illustrator and stage designer. He is also the creator of Olivia, our favorite piglet. Olivia has been the subject of many of Ian's books including Olivia (for which he won the Caldecott Honor in 2000), Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia's Opposites, Olivia Counts, and many more including this year's Olivia Goes to Venice.

Check out Olivia's website for more fun!  http://www.oliviathepiglet.com/

BFFs rock! 

Aunty Linda to the rescue…Thomas the Train birthday quilt

Unfortunately for the last few weeks I have not been able to quilt much, finding myself under the influence of lots of work, family and friends visiting from out of town, and preparing for my son’s birthday party. 

Every day for the two months leading up to his 5th birthday, my son would repeat his wishes just to be sure we were clear on what he wanted.  “I want a new scooter, a bounce house and Boco and Stepney (Thomas the Train engines)”.  Well, as the day approached we were able to find a scooter, got the bounce house rented and delivered to our backyard, and my husband tracked down the train engine named Stepney.  We discovered, however, that Boco the Train, which our son had spotted in one of his classic Thomas movies, had been discontinued.  By the time we found our way to track it down on Amazon, we had missed the deadline.  “Oh well” we thought. It would be a good opportunity to talk to our son about counting our blessings for the gifts we do receive.

The infamous Boco

Little did we know that Aunty Linda had a trick (and her talent for quilting) up her sleeve.  She used the beauty of technology and her inkjet printer to find pictures of Boco the Train and created a wonderful birthday quilt.  I gasped as I watched my son open the gift, genuinely surprised and awed at the perfect gift.  The next morning our son turned to my husband and I and smiled saying, “I got everything I wanted for my birthday!  Im so happy”.

Thanks to Aunty Linda for her thoughtfulness, creativity, and her great stash of materials and cool quilting techniques.

The birthday boy

 

Cheers, Kelly

Handprints to make it extra special!

Snuggling with The Camp Quilt under the influence of CNN’s hurricane coverage

I’m not quilting this morning.  I’m snuggling with a quilt while under the influence of CNN’s coverage of the hurricane. Usually, in Hawaii, we are the ones facing the hurricane, but somehow it’s even more nerve-wracking watching and worrying for those so far away.

As I sit here in my pajamas watching coverage of Hurricane Irene, I find myself praying for the East Coast as I snuggle a little closer to one of my favorite quilts. Linda made my mom a tremendous gift earlier this year. We call it The Camp Quilt.

My mom is an angel who dedicates her free time to volunteer for various organizations that help people in critical health. Through her work she’s volunteered at an annual camp. Each volunteer get a t shirt and when I mentioned this to Linda I think I actually saw a light bulb go off over her head.

“Aha! I’ve been wanting to learn this new t shirt quilt technique. I want to make something special for your mom!”

So in true ‘life long learner Linda’ style, she signed up for a quilting class, and in no time she had completed an amazing memory quilt. When my mom showed the quilt to her fellow volunteers, they made it even more special by signing their names and words of appreciation to the quilt with fabric markers. Now all of the volunteers want a quilt, too!

Linda’s enthusiasm reminds me that quilting allows us to try new things each time we create something.  For me, a girl who likes consistency and routine, I love that quilting helps me to experiment and break out of my box.  It’s exhilarating!

Here’s to great memory quilts, trying new things, and to wishing all of those on the East Coast well today and in the days to come.

Cheers, Kelly

Friday night coaster

I realized that I was officially hooked on quilting when I got home one Friday evening after a very long week of work and I felt a craving to turn on my machine and do some sort of quilting to help me wind down.

For a moment I thought about just randomly sewing fun stitches onto scraps of fabric, but it seemed a bit wasteful and unsatisfying.

So I got an evening cocktail pondering what to create to relax myself and immerse myself into the soothing quilting zone. While my husband cooked dinner (his fantastic cooking is one of his many talents) and my son was busy reenacting a Thomas the Train story, I decided to make one of the most simple, relaxing projects possible. A coaster. Within a half an hour I was able to pour one more glass and now had something to set it on!

Cheers, Kelly at QUTI

PS: Coaster works with a variety of beverages.  This was a quilting under the influence of a latte day.

HELP! Need to stop. step away from the computer. stop. focus. get back to work!!!

All I want to do is refine my blog on QUTI.org.  Stop Linda, Stop!  Get back to work, focus, focus, just one quick peak, no Linda, stop, focus, get back to work… Ugh!

Wait… does that mean I am “under the influence” of my blog?  Eeek!

Is it just me or is there a 12 step program for bloggers out of control???

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