Leaps and Bounds

Is is just me, or does it seem that life is calm and cool, then all of a sudden it races ahead? One minute everything is the same and then in a blink of an eye, everything is changed. I’m having one of those “blink” weeks. Exhibits 1 and 2:

  1. My almost 16-year-old son has found a girlfriend who is willing to be seen with him in public. I’m not sure why this took so long, since I can’t image that every teen girl on earth doesn’t think he’s just adorable,  but it is a fact that a couple of “girlfriends” turned into ghosts long before the first official date. This knew young lady seems like the more lasting type, which puts me in an interesting position for the first time. I realize that my time as the most influential “girl” in his life has come to its predictable end. It seems like this change of status has caught me more off-guard than I thought it would. I’m feeling a little odd and third wheel-ish. I’m guessing that this is a temporary state (for now), but will soon enough become the norm. What an odd feeling after all this time…
  2. My roommate’s daughter is in South Carolina, strapped to a fetal monitor and a pitocin drip. She’s been there since 3 am this morning (it is now 8pm EST). Grandma Ishi (Is she Grandma or is she not) is about to have another little one in her life. We know that we are (impatiently) waiting another little boy. Our family keeps growing. What a wonderful feeling after all this time…

Both of these exhibits are reasons to celebrate. I see our gifted-times-three-gbd pattern as a lovely baby gift to commemorate our new grandson’s birth. I guess I have to create a new pattern for Miss Bethany, the new young lady in our lives, since Christmas giving is just around the corner.

Debut–Gifted Times Three

Sandy and I have been working on a new  quilt pattern for most of the year.  The pattern for this wall hanging is finally complete, ready for you to use–and we are celebrating!  You can download it for free gifted-times-three-gbd.


We wanted to find a new way to celebrate milestones and events in a completely new way. 

The quilt depicts a tower of presents and a shower of confetti to up the fun factor for your gift. Another unique feature of this quilt is the three dimensional bow at the top.  The bow is really a girl’s hair clip but we decided it would look great on this quilt! We’ve had so much fun hunting for just the perfect bow for each quilt.

Bonus: the bow adds some pizzazz to the quilt and it can be removed for washing.

gifted_withlogoIt took us a while to figure out the best way to add our messages. Finally, we settled on a template made with a Cricuit(r) machine. They we used embroidery paint to fill in the template. I think it would be totally cute to embroider or free-hand paint a message for your quilt.

After Sandy made her quilt, I had to be a copy cat!  I made one for my son and his fiance for their wedding shower.  It turned out fabulously (she said modestly) so we hung it above the gift table!  Their wedding colors were sea foam green and coral, a nice combination for a wedding wall hanging AND I was fortunate to find a hair clip in just the right color.  This quilt is now hanging on a wall in their apartment above the kitchen table, way to score big with the mother and mother in law!


Tim and Morgan’s shower quilt was so elegant. 

Instead of a solid white background for the wedding shower quilt, I used a white tone on tone polka dot fabric.  It added some nice visual texture with the other colors and patterns.


But wait, there’s more!  I also decided to use up some scraps and make a third wall hanging out of some girlie prints that were left-over from another project.

THEN I found the most amazing hair clip to add–makes it look even more sweet and girlie, don’t you think?  All the static in the air almost makes it look like an octopus or something,  but it’s really a feather boa type hair clip!  I just love the colors in this one!


We hope you have some occasions in your life you can commemorate with this quilt.  We’d love to see yours, send some photos on the Gray Barn Designs Facebook page or on Pinterest.