Today Gabe is 13 days old and I feel like things are starting to settle down! I’m managing to get into the sewing room a little and I know that with a bit more time I’ll find myself there more and more. That makes me very happy as I got very little sewing done over the past few months. The combo of being pregnant and having the full time job just wiped me out too much. (By the way,  the best part of having Gabe other than Gabe himself?? I’m not pregnant anymore! Hurray! So great to feel more like myself in my body again.)

I got the next round of the Traveling Quilts bee done yesterday. This one is for Ashley. I received this pieced panel from Amber:

Traveling quilts - Ashley
(Photo by Amber)

Ashley wants the focus of her quilt to be improv piecing, but I thought there was a need for it to breath some… So I added some borders, one of which included a bit of improv-ing in it.

Traveling Quilts

Hope Ashley likes the direction I’ve gone in!

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  • Missy

    June 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply

    Love the picture w/ the borders and little Gabe admiring from below. Congratulations Alissa!

    • Jenny

      June 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply

      I didn’t even notice him! Thanks for pointing him out. Too busy checking out the quilt . . . .

  • ann

    June 19, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply

    Ugh I hate you! I’m 38 weeks, it’s 95°f where I live, and the ob-gyn told me yesterday at the last appointment it doesn’t look like I’m gonna get an early birth! I can’t WAIT to have my body back! (and my baby girl of course!)

  • Dan Rouse

    June 19, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply

    The borders look great. The improv bits really pop. And such a handsome model!

  • Jenny

    June 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply

    Aren’t you clever, because I agree that’s exactly what the quilt needed! P.S. I have three more weeks ’til I get to have my body back. The last bit is so uncomfortable — now I can’t even sleep so I woke up at 3 and sewed.

  • Kell

    June 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply

    Borders were a great choice for some breathing room! Gabe is growing so fast!! Being pregnant was enjoyable for me, but I have to admit, it was nice to only have me inside of me, you know. ;)

  • ashley

    June 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    I love what you’ve added. The borders are perfect (and to be honest, I was hoping that someone would add a bit of solid space to this quilt!) And of course I love that Gabe is just hanging out under the quilt… what a cutie!

  • Audrie

    June 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    Love the border you added! Amazed that you’ve found time to sew… kudos! He’s so cute just hanging out with momma while she sews :)

  • Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    June 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply

    I totally agree about the quilt needing a bit of room to breathe – your borders look amazing! Gabe looks adorable hanging out near your design wall :)

  • Sarah from habibtiathome

    June 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply

    I love the direction you took the borders, calms it down a lot. I am so happy to read this post. I am due in five weeks with my first baby and I think about quilting a lot but rarely sit down and make anything now. I have no energy. I am hoping when the baby arrives that during my maternity leave I will have some time for sewing like this, even if just a little. Thanks for the encouraging post! Your little man is adorable!

  • Mary Jo

    June 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply

    the very best part is that little baby.

  • claudia @ machen und tun

    June 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply

    you did great on that block, the borders are awesome and really shift it up!!

  • Kelly

    June 20, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply

    i love that you added borders to it! by the way, we have that same bouncer, and so when cami (my middle one) saw the picture, she said, “is that tucker?” too funny. :)

  • brenda

    June 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply

    alissa — enjoy your time with gabe! and, i love the borders — i’m just finishing a wonky log cabin for a friend and am going to add borders on just two sides — after seeing your i think i will add a little more color too! thanks again for another inspiration!

  • Jodie

    June 21, 2012 at 6:12 am | Reply

    love it! and congrats! i am 35 weeks… and can’t wait for my body back!! and energy (to sew!!LOL)

  • Heather Mentzer

    June 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply

    The quilt looks great (and so does your little one). I agree, I think that’s exactly what it needed.

  • Cinzia AlloccaCinzia

    June 28, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply

    Love what you did. Great call on adding that border to calm things down a bit!

  • Douglas

    June 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply

    Really beautiful piece y’all have going around :-) Such a big responsibility to add to others’ work; I’d be a nervous wreck! How did you feel the first time you contributed to a traveling quilt?

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