So by now you've realized that the Churchills visited us in Da Plains a week or so ago. Good times. Here are some of my favorite shots of the week.
July 28, 2009
I got an email last week from K at the Christian Appalachian Project with a little update for us.
... that's how many have been received so far. And since her count, you ladies have shipped 50 more than that.
God is so good.
I am sitting here, absolutely stunned at the gravity this project has. WE ARE CHANGING LIVES, one set of toes at a time. God bless each of you helping with this project.
Remember, there is no deadline for the need in Appalachian Kentucky. If you still want to help by making a baby blanket, please contact me by way of comment here, or via email at racheljcox @ yahoo . com (close spaces).
Be proud of yourselves!
A little love from Springwater Designs.
Labels: Mountain Baby Blankets
July 24, 2009
July 22, 2009
July 21, 2009
I'm quite proud of this one. It's a coin quilt measuring somewhere between lap and twin size. It will be perfect for my BeckAY to cuddle under. And I suppose her dog Buckeye will love it, too. It's built to handle a good washing. I hope she cuddles it around her and feels me hugging her tight.
I tried something new with this quilt and I'm so glad I did. First, I didn't use a pattern. Well, that's not new with me, but I just decided how to do this coin quilt as I went along. I backed it with remnants and machine sewed the binding that I made. The big risk was topquilting a grid pattern on top. I didn't measure. I just...sewed, criss-crossing wherever I pleased. Some of the rows are straight. Many of them are not, but I don't care. I'll be doing this grid again!
In the interest of keeping it real, I should tell you that when I sat down to topquilt this thing the first time, I forgot to switch my presser foot to my walking foot. I didn't realize my error until I had half of the thing quilted. It looked terrible. I couldn't figure out why. So many puckers. Ugly. I was so disappointed. Then I was on the phone with Mindy and the dang lightbulb went off. CRAP. After I got over feeling stupid and screamed a hefty 'MATRIARCH AND FORNICATION!' (23 times) I started picking the stitches out. It took me almost a week to remove all of the stitching, re-pin, and get the guts up to try it again.
I'm so glad I did. I'm quite proud of this one.
Hope she likes it.
Is it wrong of me to love this second picture? Man, I love it.
To me this portrait says I am sexy, soft and delicate, but still funky. That I am patient, generous, and creative. It says I am a good mother and a strong woman. I think it also says I will kick your ass if necessary. I love it.