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Gifts of Life & Love

Slowly I am finding my way back to blogging. It’s been a crazy week of getting back into the swing of things. Vacation sure does take a toll on you. Work has been hectic with a huge event we’ve been planning that went extremely successful on Friday evening. Amongst all of that planning, I had to cram in a baby shower gift that I needed to make sure was perfect.

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Piecing the quilt top together

Growing up The Lion King was and continues to be my favorite movie of all time. There is no wrong with the story of honor, pride, and hakuna matata. When I received the invite from my former supervisor (TW) about her impending arrival of a sweet baby boy and his nursery theme of The Lion King, I nearly died. I scoured the internet for fabric to no avail.

I was distraught, but managed to find a vintage flat sheet that I intended to use for the backing of this quilt on etsy. The last minute push for this project was because after receiving the sheet and sitting down to draw out the project, I realized that quality of this sheet was less than stellar. I’m a perfectionist and neat freak. My meticulousness gets the best of me and as I worked further with the sheet, I realized how unhappy I was with the quality of it. Tuesday night, I went to sleep with no idea where I was going to go with this quilt.

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Rust binding

Fortunately, I have a very vivid imagination and went to sleep pondering this quilt. By Wednesday afternoon, I had enlisted WareBear to cut out fabric baby Simbas and knew exactly where I planned on going with this project. Arriving home from work on Wednesday evening, I pieced together the entire quilt top, stitched baby Simba into place, and was ready to move on to basting.

By Thursday evening, I had this project basted and quilted – after much deliberation and debate with WareBear on how to even quilt it! He was useless and told me to ask Gidget (who was sleep by the time I

could even entertain the idea). I successfully made my own binding, but it didn’t contrast well with the colors of this quilt top – so I used some from my stash. Friday evening, after a long day at work, I binded and washed this sweet baby quilt for my dear TW.

More pictures on my Flickr account. See link below.

More pictures on my Flickr account. See link below.

The shower was yesterday and TW loved the quilt. Everyone was quite shocked that I made it, which was flattering. Homemade gifts slowly are making a comeback. The sentimental value of having something that someone has put so much thought and love to is monumental. It was great seeing the look on both parents’ face when they looked at the quilt. It made all the late nights worth it.

This was my soul project. I know the movie by heart, seen the stage production, and have plans to see it again this October. To devote my time to this creation was worth it. I am so happy that I get to share my own take on The Lion King.

I adore new babies and am very excited that I had the opportunity to celebrate with TW and family. Not only was yesterday about celebrating new life, but I had the pleasure of celebrating new love! Remember that half marathon that I ran with my dear friend and co-worker Melissa – well she got married yesterday evening in a beautifully simple ceremony. As her bridesmaid, I IMG_5530had the opportunity to give a brief toast at the reception and crack a few jokes. I did manage not to talk about myself so much, which can be difficult for me. The reception was nice, casual, and all fun and games until MeL somehow entertained the idea of a triathlon for this fall. More on that when and if I decided to do it.

This weekend was magical. It was grand. It was a time of celebration. It was a time to just live.

I can only explain it with one of my all time favorite quotes….

“This time, like all times is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Reply Heather

    Love that quilt! You are a crafting machine my friend 🙂 WareBear did a great job on the baby simba too!

    May 20, 2013 at 11:11 am
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