Friday, December 27, 2013

The Start of a Beautiful Thing

My husband, Tobby, me (Amy), and our three children (left to right) Zoey, Reuben, and Lily. 
Hello, and welcome to my blog!  My name is Amy Harward and I am really excited to be able to share with you my current projects, as well as share tips and tricks to quilting and sewing.  I want to first share with all of you how my love affair with sewing started.

Almost four years ago, I came to the realization that my second child, Zoey, did not have a blankie that she would just drag around the house with her everywhere she went.  So I decided to make one for her.  I know, it's crazy to think that I would make a quilt as my very first sewing project, but I am pretty ambitious!  Seriously, I had NEVER used a sewing machine before.  Luckily, my mom had a sewing machine, and with her help and the internet, I was able to piece together my very first quilt.  This is the specific tutorial I used, brought to you by my friend, Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique, called  Quilting 101.

YAY!  I couldn't stop there, though.  I decided, "Hey, I just made a custom quilt for my second daughter, what about my first born?"  And so, I made another quilt for my daughter, Lily.

Then, being the busy mom that I was, I worked on a few more projects here and there, but wasn't able to juggle sewing at that time.  While pregnant with my third child, Reuben, I made another quilt for him.  
And since he is a busy, busy boy, I had to put sewing on hold once again.
Fast forward to this summer to when my baby brother, Trevor, was getting married to his sweetheart, Mckena!

Aren't they cute?  I really wanted to get something special for them as a wedding present.  Something that you couldn't just go to the store and get.  So, I thought, "Hey, why don't I make a quilt for them?!"  I found this gorgeous quilt pattern by Camille Roskelley named "Swoon."  Can I just tell you I looooove her patterns!  And this is on my list of top 5 favorite quilt patterns!

 The pattern was really easy to follow and soon I had all my blocks pieced together. 
At this point I was almost done with the quilt top and called my favorite long-arm quilter to see if she could tackle the baptist fan design I was envisioning for the quilting. She said she couldn't do it. What was I doing to do?  We'll, being the determined girl that I am I decided to teach myself how to machine quilt this 80" x 80" quilt in this beautiful baptist fan design shown here:
Not the easiest design for your FIRST quilting experience!  Again, with help from the internet, I was able to make their quilt exactly the way I envisioned it. 

I love the way it turned out!  The process of making this quilt was so fun that I started thinking about how I could make a career out of this.  Sew in Love Quilting was born soon after, and I have to say that a little love truly does go into every stitch I make in creating my projects!

Had to throw this picture in.  He is so adorable!

So, join me here to share ideas, see what I'm working on, and to hopefully get inspired. If you are interested in finding out more about the quilts, accessories, and baby products that I make, head over to my etsy shop by clicking here.