Juliette’s Hope Quilt

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The fabrics being processed.

The fabrics being processed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finally had a chance to cut the fabric for Juliette’s quilt into 5-inch squares. They are so beautiful. I noticed that LeLan, Juliette’s mother, ordered several fabrics from the same collection. This was really smart because it insures a cohesive look to the overall patchwork in the end.

I’ve come to know LeLan as a woman with good taste and high standards. With the first quilt I ever made for her, she saw the sample blocks and asked that I take out certain prints and add others. This wasn’t easy, but I wanted to please my customer, so I did it. In the end, LeLan was right–the quilt looked so much better than it would have had I not made the changes.

As humans, we need to trust that God has high standards for us as well. I believe, and I think LeLan does as well, that God has high standards for baby Juliette despite the seizures she is enduring. God’s way of looking at His precious child is different from ours, for he has created us and knows us in our inmost being.

I continue to feel honored that LeLan has asked me to make this Hope Quilt for little Juliette.

Stacks of beautiful fabrics, cut and ready for stitching into 9-patch blocks.

Stacks of beautiful fabrics, cut and ready for stitching into 9-patch blocks.

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Coming Soon

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Spring in Paris, letters

Spring in Paris, letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful new fabrics from Elizabeth’s Studio, http://www.elizabethsstudio.wordpress.com, are currently being printed and will be in the US, and in my shop, in early June. For PRE-SALE reservations, visit http://www.funfunfabric.etsy.com.

Future All Stars

Future All Stars

Spring in Paris, scenes of the city

Spring in Paris, scenes of the city

It’s Back Again!

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This fabric is VERY popular. The company has had to reprint it three times now!

This fabric is VERY popular. The company has now reprinted it a fourth time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth’s Studio, elizabethsstudio.wordpress.com, has a great sense of what customers like. Check them out. And shop at http://www.funfunfabric.etsy.com to purchase many of those prints for $9.50/yard and less.

Juliette’s Hope Quilt

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The box of fabrics arrived!

The box of fabrics arrived!

Various fabrics to be used in Juliette's quilt.
Various fabrics to be used in Juliette’s quilt.

I’m sure these photos seem hum-drum to anyone at first glance. Why shouldn’t they? There’s just a box with some fabric and then a display of the fabric on my front sidewalk.

To me, these photos are the beginning of a story, told here and in fabric, of a little baby named Juliette.

In July 2012, a customer who had previously ordered a custom-made quilt from me through my Etsy shop, http://www.secondsanctuary.etsy.com, told me she was 5 weeks away from delivering her 5th child. LeLan, the mother, was planning to have the baby, wait a month or so, and then get back to me on a second custom-ordered quilt she was thinking about.

In the third week of August, baby Juliette arrived.

By October, LeLan was asking for more time on the project, which was fine with me. She said the baby was fussy and wanted only her so it was hard for LeLan to go through her supply of fabrics to choose the ones to send to me for the second quilt. I remember making a comment that the baby was just going through her “fourth trimester.”

On November 28, LeLan sent me a message saying that the bay was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. LeLan was shell-shocked and on her knees praying. She also said that she needed to pull out of the plans for the custom quilt.

My response was to let her know that whenever she’s ready to go forward with this special quilt to just let me know. And, I told her not to worry about the cost. This one was on me. Making this quilt was one of the only ways I could be of any help to her and her family.

The other way I could help was to pray, and to get others to pray, along with her.

So, this blog post, and those that follow it, will be dedicated to little baby Juliette. As I show you pictures of the progress of the quilt, I will also share glimpses of this profound story.

It is my hope that you are moved by this experience at least half as much as I am. If you are, your life will be sweeter for it.

Eternal Hugs

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As I was quilting up a custom order this afternoon I began reminiscing about this project. It started with a message from a woman who was experiencing the one-year anniversary of her mother’s death.  The daughter decided it was time to go through her mother’s clothing and pick out the items that carried the most memories. She sent me the message asking if I could turn the articles of clothing into a quilt. After a few exchanges, the order was processed and the clothing items were on their way to me.

Once I opened the box and began looking through the tops and blouses and even a piece of wedding dress, I felt a connection with this mother. She had style and grace. And, she loved pink and purple! I wrote back to the daughter commenting that her mother must have been very special. The response, “She was always pretty stylish… She was an amazing mom and grandma. She would drop everything to babysit her grandchildren. I called her the momliest mom ever. I’m thinking that this quilt will be like a big hug from my mom. ”

It will be like a hug, Lori. An Eternal Hug.

BFF collection is HOT!

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Had to run down to the wholesaler in Paterson today and while I was there I learned that the Elizabeth’s Studio BFF collection is selling really well. One of the owners told me that they are almost out of their second printing. This sweet collection, designed by illustrator Tracy Lizotte, is just perfect for all things “little girl.”

BFF vignettes.

BBF dress up panel.

BFF rock stars panel.

My favorite–the rainy day panel.

What’s Selling Well

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I’ve noticed some trending happening with the fabric listings in my Etsy shop, www.secondsanctuary.etsy.com. The Tuscon print, in gold, from Elizabeth’s Studio is selling VERY well.  As is the Tribal Elements I have.

Tuscon Gold from Elizabeth’s Studios

Tribal Elements

I’m also pleased that the gorilla’s in Elizabeth’s Studio is hot right now.

Out of Africa from Elizabeth’s Studios

And, I happen to know that the ballerinas from Elizabeth’s Princess collection are going to become rare. They are selling fast, so get them while you can!

Ballerinas from the Princess collection, Elizabeth’s Studio

Touching Love

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The quilt on my long-arm machine.

A couple months ago a woman contacted me through my Etsy shop, http://www.secondsanctuary.etsy.com, saying that her now-husband had purchased one of my quilts for her as a gift last year. In between that gift and now the two of them were married. At the wedding, they asked guests to sign 5″ squares of fabric as their guest book. The bride sent the squares to me and asked if I could make a quilt for her and her husband using their wedding colors of green and gray.

These pictures show the quilt in its final stages. Soon it will be shipped off to the happy couple.

As I worked on this quilt I was able to get a sense of the love that the wedding guests felt for the bride and groom. Making a quilt like this is like touching love.