Best Quilt Moment of 2012

My quilt-y creations in 2012

With the start of 2013 many quilting bloggers have been taking a look back at what they finished during 2012.  I thought it would be too difficult to find it all, but it turns out I actually did a decent job at documenting things last year!  Above is a picture of 27 ‘quilt-y’ items I created during 2012!  There were more but I thought this gave you a good overview of what my year was like.

Another question quilters have been asking is

What was your best quilt moment of 2012?’

That was easy!  It was when my good friend, Kaitra opened the quilt I made for her.  She was so happy and joyous!  It was a response that made me want to make her more quilts!  If everyone I gave a quilt to reacted like that I would never sell a quilt again!

IMG_2553 I have known Kaitra since I was a teenager.  I worked at the place her father owned, Port Apothecary.  She worked up front with me one day (working the register and making curled ribbons) and was a shy, sweet, quiet girl.  I’m guessing you have all figured out by now that I’m none of those things.  By the end of our shift I had taught her to whistle.  We have been great friends ever since!IMG_2563Kaitra was a bridesmaid in my wedding and she was in charge of holding my dress when I had to go to the bathroom. She always came to visit and hang out with us whenever she could.  I have so many memories with her that I'll never forget...

IMG_2556Kaitra LOVES kids so she was so excited when I had my first daughter, Mercedi. You know how some friends tend to shy away once the kids were in the picture – not Kaitra. It was always nice when she came to visit. I knew that she understood that sometimes I had to put the girls in time out when they misbehaved and sometimes that meant I had to let them cry. Kaitra is now a 4K teacher and I often go to her for advice about my kids. She is also the godmother to our second daughter, Capri, and I know we couldn’t have picked a better person for the job. P8140119

Kaitra has always admired my quilt and supported my creativeness.  I told her that I would make her a quilt either for her wedding or for her 30th birthday…whichever came first.  I’m guessing she was around 22 or 23 when I first told her this.  Turns out – she has been excited about it ever since then!  This year I made this Celebration Quilt for the Quilts by Barb Quilt Retreat.  I found the fun printed fabric and knew that this would be the quilt for Kaitra.

Celebration Quilt

I’m no good at secrets so Kaitra knew right away it was for her and I shared photo's of it with her as it progressed.  What she didn’t know was that I decided to give it to her early.  I kept telling her that she’d have to wait for her 30th birthday but I wasn’t that mean.  This December she turned 29 and I wrapped the quilt up and gave it to her a year early.  She was so surprised and happy I’m really glad that I decided to do that!  AND now she can stop telling people that she can’t wait until she turns 30 because that means she’s getting a quilt!

I’m so happy to have Kaitra in mine and my families lives.  And now, every time she wraps up in her quilt she’ll think of us!

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