Writing and illustrating childrens books has a lot of "hurry up and wait" time which sums up the last few months of my latest edeavors. I'm working on an exciting new project which has entailed a lot of hurrying to meet deadlines and then... waiting for the next step. I haven't gotten the green light on when I can share it or when it will be realeased... soon... I hope. So.... in the meantime, I've tended to a task that's been a long time in the making. When my oldest daughter Bevin was born, I made her a quilt with lots of embroidered squares that symbolized everyone who loved her. When my second daughter Avery was born, I embroidered a few squares and then life happened and there it sat. When my nephew Jake was born, I was recovering from sinus surgery (no fun) and made him a crazy quilt with my father's old shirts and lots of embroidery. You can probably see the unfairness in this whole equation... especially from Avery's point of view. So, now it's been Avery's turn. The first two were baby sized and manageable and I had complete artistic liscence. However, now that Avery is 11, I couldn't get away with a small one and she had opinions. There were parameters- it had to fit a double bed AND have at least 1 more embroidered square than either of the other two AND include the colors orange, yellow, and turquoise. If the size and quantity of embroidered squares didn't deter me, the color combination did. How could I justify spending so much time on something she'd probably outgrow? Anyway, given the window of opportunity, I surrendered to it all and went with it. I even caved to the orange rug she wanted. I took her to the fabric store and with a little mom and grandma guidance, she picked out a beautiful palette of fabrics for me to work with and the end result- a perfect combination of Avery and me! In the years to come, I hope she'll see it as worth the wait! (And... the orange rug is really really cute!)
On a side note, it's been really cool to learn about some of the folks who designed some of the fabrics- a special thank you to Ann Kelle (backing fabric), Kate Spain (pillow cases and many of the squares), and others for making this color palette manageable, fun, and keepsake worthy!