Take Another Little Piece of My Heart

by Stefani on 28-January-2008

Good things happen under quilts. (get your mind out of the gutter please, this is a family blog 🙂

I mean things like dreaming, and imagining.

Quilt Fort

.. things like comfort and warmth, and the knowledge that oatmeal is on it’s way.

Warm and Cozy

When I was a little girl, staying over with my great-grandmother, my Momo, my cousin Alison and I had this game we’d play under the cover of Momo’s quilts. We’d lie on our backs in the bed, and extend our legs up, straight as we could, and then pretend that the sunlight coming through the colored patches was really streaming though stained glass. Sometimes the glass was in a castle, and we were trapped princesses. Sometimes we were in some gothic cathedral, living out our days as sisters of the cloth (think Hayley Mills in The Trouble With Angels). We’d whisper and giggle and hear no end of “SSSSSH! You girls’d better hush now!”

Those memories are the reason that I simply HAD to have this print from Emily Martin’s lovely shop. It’s like looking in a mirror… only one that shows how you look in your happiest, coziest moments.

Sweet Dreams

So, it’s kinda natural I guess, considering this family’s deep love of quilty bits, that we’d piece together our Valentine sentiments.

My boys have been busy, choosing fabrics, stitching patches, crocheting chains and cutting out paper hearts.

Chain Chain Chaaaaain


They are making wee quilts for their loved ones. They are meant for keeping bread warm on the dinner tables of our favorite folks, but we’re pretty sure, as with all quilts, that they will come in handy for all sorts of imaginative ventures.


As for the mama, just watching my little men take up a craft that plays such a treasured part in my own childhood is a love note all it’s own.

Sarah Jackson January 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Those are so lovely, Stefani. What treasures.

Aimee Greeblemonkey January 28, 2008 at 8:55 pm

How lovely.

And I totally treasure memories of the forts we made with my grandmother’s hammock. Kind of our version of a quilt.

Anne January 28, 2008 at 9:25 pm

What a lovely idea. He looks so sweet sitting at the sewing machine.

brit January 28, 2008 at 10:02 pm

there it is the turtle quilt that brought me here on my very first day. I LOVE THAT FREAKING QUILT. I love the colors and the patterns and the knowledge that mine is slowly in the works as I make small turtles from scraps. LOVE.

happy Valentine’s you clever woman.

Zelia January 29, 2008 at 1:27 am

uau… how lovely… i guess quilting runs in the family:)

Eren January 29, 2008 at 3:10 am

Oh, be still my heart. Boys who crochet and quilt. If I had a girl, I would arrange a marriage immediately.

dianeinjapan January 29, 2008 at 3:19 am

What a precious idea! These will be treasured.

dianeinjapan January 29, 2008 at 3:20 am

What a precious idea! These will be treasured.

dianeinjapan January 29, 2008 at 3:20 am

What a precious idea! These will be treasured.

prairie daze January 29, 2008 at 4:52 am

just plain sweet.

Autum January 29, 2008 at 5:06 am

Those valentines will be treasured and I’m sure they’ll melt hearts before they warm any bread! The pictures of those little hands crocheting and sewing have melted mine.

misschris January 29, 2008 at 5:25 am

Love this whole post. From the turtle quilt, to the memories of childhood, to the sweet gifts… I’m all kinds of ‘aawwwww’ right now. XO

emily January 29, 2008 at 5:54 am

i have a girl!

Sarah January 29, 2008 at 6:19 am

Oh nice.

(Plus I got to see my favorite turtle quilt again. Man, I love that thing.)

Crystal January 29, 2008 at 6:22 am

Gorgeous photos! That quilt up top is wonderful. Such bright colors. Love this post.

Julie @ Letter9 January 29, 2008 at 7:00 am

Oh, that last picture is just the sweetest. What a great kid, making gifts like that.

Also, I LOVE the turtle quilt. I’d start quilting just so I could have one of those. In fact… I just might.

lina January 29, 2008 at 7:34 am

I love seeing those little hands at work at a sewing machine!!

Tracy January 29, 2008 at 7:42 am

That is just so sweet.

Meg January 29, 2008 at 8:37 am

Awww…looks at those little hands working so hard. I just love it!

beki January 29, 2008 at 8:38 am

Such a sweet post! That turtle quilt is to die for!!

capello January 29, 2008 at 8:39 am

my husband thought i was completely crazy when, pregnant with our first child, i *insisted* on us getting a king size quilt for the living room. you know what? some of our best family memories are made with that quilt thrown over the lot of us.

Jade January 29, 2008 at 8:42 am

I have one quilt. My papa’s quilt and it’s my new lovey. Is it bad for a momma to have a lovey?

Lynn January 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

There is just something about a quilt.

Lori January 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

ah, love those little quilts!

the trouble with angels ! ! ! ! ! i *loved* that movie .. i’ve seen it so many times! i squealed when i saw the mention! lol

erin January 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm

so funny…i just mentioned that turtle quilt in my blog post this afternoon.

i love the little quilts you are making. so so great!

meg January 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm

very sweet! and i have that same print from emily.

Sandollar aka Barb January 31, 2008 at 8:59 am

You are such a good mom…teaching your boys to sew! Your blog convinces me that everything is still “right with the world” 🙂

Steph February 1, 2008 at 1:17 am

That is precious! I love the photo of him sewing, he’s so focussed!

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