Happy Easter!

I love this time of year. I love dying eggs. It must be the same “playing with colors” that appeals to me with quilting too. I am trying to do a better job each year letting go of Martha Stewart expectations and just enjoy the process. The results are still pretty, right?

I love Spring. I’ve been getting out on my bike again (yay!) and I love finding hidden gems like this one pink tree in an old fruit orchard full of blossoms. It’s so nice to see the world turning green again and the gorgeous contrasting colors everywhere.

And I love Easter especially. I hope you don’t mid if I get personal for a minute. As a chronic worrier (in a long line of chronic worriers) Hope is an action that I love, but find that I need to make a constant effort to choose. Because of Easter and Jesus, I know that I always have a reason to HOPE. Peace can come during hard times, I can be more patient and forgiving with myself and others, and the separation of  death is only temporary. This brief video is a gorgeous reminder of that Hope!
Whatever your faith or beliefs, I hope that you have a sweet and happy Sunday with those you love! 

It’s “Spring” Break

So, supposedly, it’s Spring!
And it’s Spring Break this week for the kids, which means time to visit with friends we don’t see very much, lots of outings and adventures, and probably not much computer time.  All good.
Saturday afternoon our kids were going stir crazy, so we bundled up and headed to a new park we discovered in the foothills of the mountains close to us.  I thought it would be fun to share the views. They are spectacular!  There’s a bench swing under an awning up the hill from the playground.
 
This is the view from the swing.  The scenery is all a little gray right now, but still beautiful. (The one good thing about the cold weather, I got the chance to wear my new mittens!)
 
And here are my eggs, Kona Color Card style.  Ours aren’t Martha Stewart worthy, it’s just fun to let the kids ‘express their creativity’.  Okay, and me too. I love dying eggs and mixing colors and shades. Part of the reason I love that Kona card, I guess.
Our Easter weekend was great.  We had Grandma come from Maryland for a few days last week, then an old friend of my husband’s from New York, and yesterday two special friends of mine from the Isle of Man where I lived for 6 months during my time as a Mormon missionary in England. It’s been 15 years since then, so it was a happy reunion!  Especially meaningful because it was on Easter. Once again, felt like no time has passed.  And I loved hearing those accents! My brother-in-law joked that our kids were all much more responsive and obedient while Tanya and Joan were there because they sounded like the “Supernanny.” Maybe they’d like to come be my own Mary Poppins.  My little guy loved doing his Thomas the Tank Engine puzzle with Tanya.  Did you know that the Isle of Sodor is based on the Isle of Man?  A little bit of trivia for all of you. 
Hope the weather is actually ‘springy’ where you are!

Easter Baskets

I designed this quilt for the store where I work three years ago, mainly to sell a Moda line we carried.
It’s kind of a pastel, Andy Warhol, look for baskets.At the time I made this quilt I was 8 months pregnant. It was going to be my last project for the store before I took a couple months off with my baby. I was also putting together kits, and writing the pattern. I had just enough time to get this all done and in the store before Easter and before the baby came.

Well, at about 8 months along I wasn’t getting bigger, so the doctor ordered non-stress tests to check my amniotic fluid levels. My levels weren’t looking good, so I drank water like crazy, and tried to take things easy (tough to do with three other little kids.) I went to my first non-stress test and things were looking better.

Then a few days later I went back for another. I asked a friend to come sit with my kids in my messy house while I went over to the hospital for an hour. Which turned into four hours at which point I was told, “You’re having this baby tonight.”

I was so unprepared. I still had so many things I wanted to get done before the baby came, like clean out my laundry room, which did not get done until 9 months later. I also had this quilt to finish, (and I knew it would NEVER happen after the baby came) so I took it back with me to the hospital that night and sat binding it in the delivery room while they hooked me up to everything. How’s that for dedication?? (Or else pregnancy-induced lunacy.)

So every time I look at it I not only like the baskets, but I think about how glad I am to have my healthy boy. And I laugh at how those nurses must have thought I was such a weirdo.

More Easter decor

This is a little wool piece I made-up for the store 2 years ago to sell a pattern we carried. Last year, I finally got it framed, but it took me until this year to attach the little nail hook and hang it on the wall.
Why do I get hung-up on such small things?
My favorite part is the robin’s-egg blue basket. I could not find wool in the color that I envisioned, so this was my first attempt at dying my own. It was REALLY fun and I loved the colors that came out!