This is Ella. She came into our family at three months of age from the county social services system. Our son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Christa, are wonderful parents with huge and loving hearts, and from the beginning it was their hope that the placement would eventually end with Ella being adopted.
We are a family of readers. After seeing Ayumi's Books for Baby block in her book, Patchwork Please!, I knew that was the quilt I wanted to make for Ella.
At the same time, it was my turn to request blocks from two different bee groups, the Mid Century Modern bee, and the Sew Sisters bee. I only requested one book block from each member, but for some reason, several of my bee mates, many of whom had followed this nearly two-year journey with us, made more than one block.
Blocks started arriving in the mail.
One of the two blocks made by meShe was kind enough to let me copy her quilt, and oddly enough I had the same fabric in my stash that she had used.
Amy invited me to be part of a blog hop as her new book, Intentional Piecing, had just been published. She chose the "Tell Me a Story Quilt," where each block can tell a little story with some fussy cutting. I decided to make 12 blocks, intentionally choosing fabric that would represent me, so Ella would know a little more about me. If she looks closely at the blocks, she will know that I love art, drink a lot of coffee, play the piano, love to read, think a day at Disneyland is the best, love opening snail mail, like to knit and crochet, would prefer to dress nearly always in denim, love to sew, like to eat pizza and Mexican food, prefer real clocks and watches, and love rainy days.
Also, nearly all my friends sent signature blocks so I added them around the story blocks.
backing fabric, I knew it was the perfect choice for this quilt, with words like family, friends, warmth, love, and most especially, chosen.
I'm linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio.