Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I love me some bullets.... so here are the bullet details of the "whys" of the quilt choices.

*****This is my favorite side*****

  • I am not a quilter, I do sew occasionally though. I did sew this together, but sent it out to a person for machine quilting...... Thank you to my mom who paid for this.
  • When you are given the overwhelming task of putting 104 squares of unmatched fabric together, it could make a person into one crazy MOMMA! I tried to separate the squares into categories.... Asian inspired, animals, ladybugs.... tons of ladybugs, baby type, floral, yikes.... you know what I mean? I thought how stupid it would look lumping squares of the same together in each area of the quilt. Then I was unsure how to use the special handmade family pieced squares. At the suggestion of my SIL, Michelle, she hooked me up with a wonderful artist/seamstress, Colleen, who had this mash of squares orchestrated beautifully into diagonal rows of flowing colors ... dark to medium to light to medium to dark. If you squint, you just might see what I mean on the pictures.

  • On the front side I placed the "family" squares... front and center. Aside from the top right square from me.... The other hearts are from my SIL, Michelle, nieces Sparkle and Twinkle Toes. These hearts were lovingly stitched including initials from the givers. The solid fabrics are from my adult niece, Beautiful, my sister and niece Amanda, and Tate's Nana.

  • On the top right is my square. I am planning on sewing Momma Loves You on the heart. The blue floral fabric is the main fabric I sent out as my and Tate's squares along with the wishes. I have saved one of these wishes to add to Tate's 100 wish book.

  • Representing the foundation of my adoption, along the white borders, is the fabric I received from Tana. Tana was my original inspiration and driving force in my decision to adopt. She and my Heavenly Father played a huge roll in this decision.

  • Colleen suggested I add to the quilt by picking some fabric I just LOVED. I love the tone of the blue and the cherries in the fabric. This is also the fabric I ended up running out of and had to go to plan B.

  • Plan B ended up being a good thing. I had planned on binding in red and white dots. I figure the red and white would represent China. When I was faced with having to come up with another fabric, I went right for this white and blue floral. Red and White (China) and Blue..... AMERICA!!!


Details of the front of the quilt.... I ended up with 8 squares that did not fit on the back. I used them for corner squares to tie the fabrics together.


Here is the details of the back of the quilt. At first when I was receiving all these real funky not traditonal fabrics, I thought this quilt would be way too weird. As I pieced together each square, I thought, "what were they thinking sending this?".... now that the quilt is machine quilted and done, I love the funky or the plainer fabric squares.... You can see if you find your swatch in the details here...... if not here, check the few that ended up on the front corners.....

Thursday, September 27, 2007

COUSIN Square (and last) #104

This is a square from Tate's oldest cousin, Crystal. It is a welcome to the family.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


You trace a soft finger across tiny, sleeping eyes and wonder.....

"God gave you to ME????"
From Catherine Ryan, another great single momma from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada!!!

Saturday, July 29, 2006


What a cute square and wish..... My mom was visiting at my house when the mail came around.... SHE just freaked how cute this wish was, the fabric and colors and the way the wish sheet was prepared...

"Life is a daring adventure.... or nothing at all"
~Helen Keller

From Krista G Dayton OHIO... waiting for Mia

Friday, July 28, 2006


This square is from my grown-up niece Amanda who is Kelly's daughter..... Amanda is a dog lover and as a young girl wanted to be a VEGITARIAN (too cute... Veterinarian) and take care of sick animals.... She since has changed her mind to Electricial Engineering where she will start at FSU in Tampa this fall!!!
She wishes Tate to follow her dreams... Amanda P from Valrico FL.....Tate's cousin!!!


#100 !!!!!

THIS IS FROM MY SISTER KELLY.... Tate's aunt!!! I have only one sister and I hope that Tate will have a special relationship with her even though she lives across the country from us.....

Sugar and Spice and everything nice that is what little girls are made of.... and the best part of being a girl are all the fun things like nails, lipstick, dress-up....
Thank you Aunt Kelly.... Valrico FL!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I was so in need of a pick me up the day I recieved this quilt square... It was such a welcome sight from the bills and credit card offers. I love the brightness of it and the saying...
"a bird does not sing because it always has an answer. It sings because it has a song"
~Chinese Proverb

This is a wish and square from another brave single momma and blogger Connie Rudolph who is waiting for Jadyn.... Cinncinnati, OH.

Monday, July 24, 2006


From another Brave Single Momma..... Kim....

Wishing Tate to "Shoot for the moon, Even if you miss you'll land among the stars!!!"

from Kim Bowes Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada


Wishing Tate that each day will bring love and beauty to her life.

From the DosSantas from Victeria, BC CANADA

Saturday, July 22, 2006

BABY GIRL #95 and #96

For Twenty years the Richins have been part of my extended family... they are such loving and sweet people. Never a gossiping word from anyone. Lois is the mom to my sister-in-law, Michelle, and Grandma Great is the grandmother to Michelle thus great grandmother to my nieces and nephews..... Leah. Right now Michelle's dad has been so sick. Somehow Lois and Leah took the time to make this wish......

Lois and Bob are from Kaysville, UT and Leah is from Roy UT

Thank you so much for be supportive of me and my quest for Tate....

Monday, July 17, 2006


This is a personalized wish from Tate's Nana and Gramps....

Tate's middle name will be after her Nana because I always wanted to name my daughter after my mom.

Even though Tate's Nana is not a crafty person and does not scrap, she was able to do this for the wish and square. I know she spend lots of time selecting the perfect fabric... this fabric is so much like my mom.... "SUNNY"... Although it is written by my Mom, the sentiment is also from my dad.... Tate is welcomed into the family Tree as our Sparkling Gem... NANA and GRAMPS Farmington, UTAH...

Saturday, July 15, 2006


People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

My your inner light always shine brightly..... From Mariah Coffel Greenville SC waiting for her little gal Sloan!!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I just got the call from my little niece Sparkle.... "they are working on their wishes and squares.... three of them!!! And Sparkle's cousin and Aunt from my SIL side is sending one also!!!" I think that they must have had a get together doing the squares and wishes!!! I also got an email from my sister from Florida that theirs are in the mail!!! Now I am waiting for my mom's which will be maybe a poem to Tate since she does these kinds of writings for special occasions!!! I have put a deadline on this collection by the end of the month of JULY!!!! I just might have over 100 wishes and all is loved and appreciated!!!


FISH #92

Sorry... can't spell the fish (KYOY???) and can't seem to find the spelling in the good old dictonary.... Your guess is as good as mine so fill in with the right spelling...

This is from the Martin's Batavia NY... Nicole send me my first scrap book pages for the LadyBug Finders group I belong to. Both the pages and the wish are personalized to Tate!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


I am a sucker for pink and feminine things these days... Wonder why???

This wish I Hope You Dance, is from a fellow blogger buddy and brave single adopt momma, Joannah who is waiting for her gal.... JILLIAN!!! She just got LOGGED in in July 5th!!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


This wish is from a fellow blogger, soon to be momma and friend... Donna, is an avid scrapbooker and has made this most beautful wish and darling fabric! Thank you Donna and Joe for giving me such a nice memory and giving me your friendships!!!
This printed ribbon was done with alphabet stamps... I asked Donna how she could print this on ribbon.... Indeed I am a beginner scrapbooker and everything is just wonderment to me!!! DONNA AND JOE, Chandler AZ... Waiting for Lauren Elizabeth....

Saturday, June 24, 2006


this quilt square is the second one sent to me from the Rice family. Melissa is helping me reach my goal to 100 squares!!! What a thoughtful sweetheart!!!! the rice family have two pups.... Jeter the PUG who just happens to look just like these pugs on the square and Zeus who has a thing for and with Mesa......

The Rice Family from GEORGIA... LID for EVA just one date after I am for Tate!!!! We will be seeing each other in GZ!!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006


So cute and colorful!!!! These are little prairie girls in their little bonnets. The wish is to remember that "Into everyone's life a little rain must fall, but just remember that God is the umbrella tha protects us all".....

FROM LISA AND RUSSELL PEEPLES, Carrollton, MS.... DTC March 2006....

Monday, June 19, 2006


Butterflies and Peach Flowers


Saturday, June 17, 2006


From the Great State of TEXAS.... A wish for Tate to shine like a star in her own special way. And to add beauty and light to this world.....

From the Blossom family.... Keller TX.... Kaylee from Jiangxi China and waiting for Emily....

Friday, June 16, 2006


This is a personally written wish for Tate. It is from a friend of mine and one of the inspirations for me to chose to adopt. The meaning in Heidi's words touch me. Thank You so much for being such a positive part of my JOURNEY for Tate.

From Heidi, Terrall, Katie and Joy..... Ammon ID....

Thursday, June 15, 2006

ANIMALS and KITES #83 & 84

I love the words in this song by Martina McBride.... In My Daughter's Eyes.

Two squares from the Hearn family Katy TX..

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Wishing Tate days filled with laughter and joy and nights filled with sweet dreams!!!

From the Cathy and David Korb.... PHX AZ..... Waiting for Barbara!!! Rae.


Blue clouds.... Wishing Tate with a life overflowing with wild and precious moments.

from The Pape family.... Mashpee MA.... Waiting for Gracelyn Feb DTC group.

VARIED # 78, 79, 80

I received three squares and seperate wishes from the Desmond Family from Geneseo NY... They are waiting for ZOE. Each square is uniquely different for the other but same theme of Asian inspired... dragon, lady bug and dragonflies. There was also a RED THREAD ribbon in with the squares and wishes.... It is symbolic of the Red Thread that connects Tate and me together!!!