Song’s Quilt + Pattern (and giveaway)

Last year, Ashley asked if I would make a quilt for her and her daughter that she was adopting. Of course, I gladly said yes. We looked over a couple of quilt patterns and then I told her I was wanting to make a herringbone quilt and to write up a pattern for it. She was totally on board with the idea and that’s how Song’s quilt was born.

Song's Quilt

I’ve “known” Ashley for a while now. About 3 years and a half. I kind of have a sense of of what her style is. I knew she liked bold patterns and bright colors so I based that on the fabrics I chose. She is also a lover of vintage which was how I chose the vintage sheet for the back.

Song's Quilt

Photo by Ashley Ann Photography

During the time I was designing and making her quilt, she sent me a picture of Song so I could see who I was making this quilt for. I always kept Song in my heart while working but mostly I thought of Ashley. I don’t know how it feels to wait for your child on the other side of the world. To know she is there for you to have but you can’t go to her yet. To yearn for her to be in your arms but the time hasn’t come for you to do that.

Song's Quilt

But in the midst of that pain when you are away from your child, such wonderful things have happened along the way. Thousands of dollars were donated to help fund life saving surgeries for children who were not able to afford it. Encouragement and prayers from strangers were said daily. And to read about the strength of a mother who continued on with her life of helping others and teaching her children to do the same was convicting, encouraging, and a blessing.

Song's Quilt

Photo by Ashley Ann Photography

I felt the herringbone pattern was the perfect metaphor of the “ups” and “downs” of waiting and being patient.

Rightfully so, I named the quilt “My Song”.

Song's Quilt

I am giving away 3 patterns to 3 lucky winners. You have up to the 3 entries:

1. Leave me a comment telling me what was the hardest thing you had to wait for (serious or funny).
2. Follow my blog
3. Follow my FB page.

Giveaway will end next Wednesday, July 10 at 11:59 pm. I’ll draw 3 names on July 11. Good luck!

And for those who don’t feel like waiting (haha), the pattern is in the shop and is set at an intro price of $5 for the first 5 customers. SOLD OUT! Now set at the original price.

And if you don’t sew and would like me to make you this quilt, contact me!

Thank you, Ashley, for allowing me a part in your journey. I hope you, Little One, and the whole family will love this quilt for ages and ages.

Anna Joy

Foodie {Baked Zucchini Fries with Cilantro and Green Onion Noodles}

For my lunches, I like to eat light. Like really like. Sometimes I’ll just cut up a Roma tomato and sprinkle it with pepper and garlic salt and eat that with some pretzels. This is my favorite lunch to make and it leaves me full but not too full where I want to go to sleep!

Baked Zucchini Fries with Cilantro and Green Onion Noodles

Cilantro and Green Onion Noodles
-A box of your favorite noodles (we used the mini wheels – G’s favorite)
-Fresh cilantro
-Green onions
-Olive oil
-Parmesan cheese

Cook your noodles as directed. I use the whole box. That way it’ll be ready to eat whenever I want! Chop up cilantro and green onions. Use as much as you like. I love both so I always put a lot in. Combine them in a big tupperware container. Then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and black pepper. Cover your container, shake it up, and there you have. Noodles whenever you need them!

ACK so simple but soooo good.

Baked Zucchini Fries

I used this recipe from Our Best Bites. Oh my. They are delicious.

Combine them both for a heavenly meal.

Have a lovely Thursday!