Smiles and Love for a Gifted Quilt

The baby quilt I spoke about here was lovingly received by the mother-to-be this past weekend.  I am always worried when being commissioned to make a lasting quilt legacy that it is or is not well received.  I am super happy to report that I was told that everyone LOVED the quilt I made.  And in making this quilt so much more special was that everything that was put into the quilt were either from the recipients dearly departed father or fabric the recipient held near and dear to her heart.  This was definitely a quilt made of love.


And I was just one cog in the wheel.  A local friend commissioned me to make the quilt, the mother-to-be’s mother gave me her husband’s fabrics, I purchased the fabric for sashing and backing, the quilter quilted it and I finished it by putting on the binding.  A true labor of love from all who put their hands on this beautiful quilt.

Thank you D.Z. for allowing me to be a part of this tangible legacy of the life of one man, to his daughter and to his soon-to-be first grandson.

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    Flashback Tuesdsay: FQS Cinnamon-teen Chocolate Figs & Roses

    Once again, I searched through the gazillion files of the quilts I have made in the past and on 2.25.2006 I worked on my original block of the month quilt that started my quilt designing and website fun!


    Oh my was this a fun quilt to make – and the kits sold very well for the shop who sponsored the design!  Find the FQS Cinnamon-teen Chocolate Figs & Roses FREE pattern here – and enjoy!

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      Quilted Lovies Website Launch

      Because of the amazing response when I first talked on Facebook about the Quilted Lovies I was making for friends and family members, I have decided to devote and entire website to my precious Lovies.  But, it’s not just MY Lovies – I want the Lovie world to grow and grow!  So, to my fellow quilters, I would like to invite you to join the Lovie Quilted Gifting Spirit!  Make a Lovie and share a photo or two with me so I can share the photos online.  There are even free patterns for two of the Lovies I have made with more patterns in the works.


      Let’s sew and quilt to our heart’s content while we spread Quilted Lovies around the world!

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        Grocery Store Packaging Rant

        Our oldest daughter LOVES berry fruit – raspberries, strawberries, blackberry’s, etc.  When she comes home for a weekend from college, I try to have berries in the fridge, just waiting for her.

        This past weekend, she was home and I needed to make a run for the grocery store.  White there, I noticed a disturbing thing – all of the berries had absorbent pads in the bottom of the packages.  WHAT?  When did this become necessary?  My usual MO for purchasing berries is to turn the plastic container over to make sure there are no moldy berries in the package.  With the absorbent pad in there, I could not tell.


        What am I supposed to do NOW?  How can I feel confident that I am purchasing something that isn’t already moldy???   Oy.

        Lucky for the grocery store, when I got home, I immediately opened the package, looking for mold.  I would not have hesitated to go back to the store and either get a refund or find berries (by opening the package) that weren’t moldy.  After making sure we had a good batch of them, we rinsed them in one part vinegar and three parts water…then rinsed them again in just cold water.  This is supposed to keep them from molding so quickly.  DD#1 was afraid that they’d taste like vinegar – but that didn’t happen!

        Do your berries have an absorbent layer at the bottom of your berries so you can’t see what you are purchasing and ensuring that there is no mold in the package/on the berries?

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          Another Fabric Shipment from! (and coupon code!)

          Oh wow.  WOW.  WOWSER!  I received another shipment of fabric from and gee, it’s tough to be me 🙂


          The blue and grey (with squiggles is a bit hard to see in this photo) will be used for the commissioned t-shirt quilt I am making.  I will also use the blue and red for a special quilt project I’ve submitted to The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  Oh my oh my, whatever shall I do with so much fabric at my fingertips?!!  I am excited about the possibilities of both projects – and the fabric that goes with it!  Thank you!

          You can get 10% off all of your purchases at by using the coupon code “tammy10” (without the quotes).  Happy shopping!

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