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It’s a girl! And some playtime in the sewing room

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She took her sweet time, but our newest granddaughter has arrived! I’m sure my daughter would take offense at the word “arrived”. She was delivered at home and completely natural, so she gets full credit for the birth of a healthy baby girl. Her name is Delaney Lorain, and I can’t wait to meet her in person!

Delaney has two older sisters and one older brother who are excited and curious about this new family member. I’m sure there will be no shortage of hugs and cuddles, and they’re already learning what it means to keep those germs and viruses to themselves. There will be plenty of time to share those later!

I’ll be flying out next week to help out, so I’m going to be busy! Amelia, the oldest, and I will are going to work on a special sewing project when she gets home from school. At her request, we’ll be making little backpacks for her dolls. So, today, I spent some time finding an easy pattern for a drawstring backpack and I found the perfect tutorial at Doll it Up.

Drawstring Backpack Tutorial at Doll It Up

I made a prototype, so I could make sure it was easy enough for Amelia to make. It took me about one hour to finish, so that should be just right for her. It’s so cute, we might have to making a matching one for each of us!

Playtime in the sewing room

Next on the agenda is a baby quilt. Since we didn’t know the gender until now, I wanted to wait before starting anything. I’ve chosen the Metamorphosis quilt pattern by Lo & Behold Stitchery. It has a modern look with simple butterfly shapes made of half circles, so I’ll get to practice my curved piecing. I have a color palette in mind; just waiting on fabric for the background. I’ll be using some of the pieces from a fat quarter bundle I just received from Monaluna Fabrics.

I resized the quilt block from the original pattern so I had to make a sample to make sure the templates were accurate (third time’s a charm). This is a 9″ quilt block, so I’ll make 9 butterflies total. I used my abundant scrap supply for the sample, below. The actual colors will be an assortment of corals, greens and yellows.

Quilters love to play with beautiful fabric, and that’s what I’ve been doing. Last week, I received some yardage from the Nutmeg Collection by Basic Grey for Moda fabrics. This collection won’t be released until October of this year, so I’m super excited to work with these for an upcoming Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along!

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I love it when I receive a photo of a quilt made with one of my patterns by a customer. Recently I received this beautiful image of my Arrow Stone Quilt Pattern made by Carole Schmidt. She added borders to make it larger and it’s ready for gifting. Her Brittany Spaniel, Elli, looks like she wants to claim it for herself! Thanks, Carole, for sharing your lovely quilt photo with me!

Arrow Stone Quilt made by Carole Schmidt

That’s my latest news and activity! Since it’s back-to-school “season”, I’ll be back soon with some organization tools and ideas for you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. Congratulations on your new grandchild. I thought your daughter was going to have a boy. Maybe like you she will have three daughters and a son.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS to you and ‘Mr. Crafty’ … you are creating quite a dynasty! … Welcome to the world young Delaney and well done Delaney’s Mum … not forgetting Delaney’s Dad in all this x

  3. Julie,
    Such a beautiful new granddaughter you have! Congratulations! Give her lots of hugs and kisses on your visit! And enjoy sewing with Amelia. She is going to love those cute backpacks! I hope to one day sew with my granddaughter. She is only 15 months old, so I am going to have to wait awhile!

  4. Congratulations on the arrival of your new granddaughter. I love you fabrics and pattern for her new quilt. Cheers to your daughter for delivering at home.
    Enjoy your time with your lovely family.

  5. Congratulations on on your new granddaughter to you all. Nothing better than a new grandchild. Enjoy your time with your family and safe travels.

  6. Congratulations on a beautiful granddaughter! I am excited to hear that your travel to see the new member of the family soon. Wishing you have wonderful time together!
    I love your butterfly block! It is so cute and the color and fabric combinations look so sweet.

  7. Congratulations on grandbaby number four! How wonderful for you and your family!
    The weather has turned a little cooler here in Austin, so you’ll be able to get some lovely time outside with the littles! Have a wonderful time visiting with your daughter and her family.

  8. Congratulations Julie, to you and your family on sweet baby Delaney Lorain!! She is precious.
    Those butterfly blocks are so cute. How perfect for a baby quilt – the fabric you selected too!! Your Arrow Stone Quilt Pattern made by Carole turned out lovely and her dog is cute! I love photos of quilts with baby’s and pets. Looking forward to seeing the completed quilt you are making for Delaney Lorain.

  9. Congratulations on your new granddaughter!! Babies are wonderful! I’m sure she will get plenty of hugs and kisses when the time is right! Your daughter is a brave woman to have had her at home…and without assistance. Wow! Enjoy your time with your new (and older) baby(ies!) Those doll backpacks are so cute!!

  10. Congratulations! What a beautiful, healthy little girl; love her name.
    The little “dolly” pack back is so sweet. Brings back memories of sewing with my granddaughters when they were little. Taught them both on my little featherweight! Now the oldest – 19 – off to 3rd year university is sewing on my Bernina 790! I told her when she leave residence and gets in an apartment she will get one of the machines in my “stash”. Enjoy those little ones – they grow up so fast!!
    Hope to finish my Arrow Stone table runner when the golf season ends.
    Enjoy your time with family and keep your inspiration coming – love to see the email come.
    Carol Anne

  11. Julie, Congratulations on your new granddaughter Delaney, am sure the family is delighted.
    Have a lovely time with them all. Looking forward to new post and ideas.

  12. Congratulations on the newest grand baby!!! Your daughter is falling in your footsteps… 4 kids 🙂 Love the butterfly block. Had not seen it before. What a clever design! Have fun making the quilt and mostly, having with the grandkids!!!!

  13. Congratulations to entire family on the new precious little girl, she is darling. So much fun for her siblings to welcome her arrival, she’s everyone’s new baby I’m sure!! The butterfly block is perfect for her welcome quilt, can’t wait to see it finished. Dolly backpacks such a perfect launch to sewing for your granddaughter; lots of fun there. Thanks so much for all the inspiration you provide us quilters. Enjoy family time! Blessings, Dawn

  14. Congratulations to all. Love the doll backpack and the sweet fabric palette for the baby quilt. Have travels and enjoy precious family time.

  15. Congratulations on a sweet new little one!! Congratulations to your daughter, Wow! What a lovely family. Have a wonderful visit next week, lots of busy-ness, but all fun. Enjoy!! ❤️

  16. Congratulations on your new granddaughter!! Your family is so precious and looks like there’s alot of love in the family. The quilt you picked out is really cute, don’t remember ever seeing that one before. You are truly Blessed.

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