The best thing I’ve made!

Well this was going to be a post about our nursery for our soon to arrive son, but on Tuesday night, things all started happening and he arrived on Wednesday! A couple of weeks early, but big and happy and health. 7 lbs, 15 oz and 20 inches of boy! We’ve named him Gabriel David and we’ll call him Gabe.


Pretty much no question that he’s the best thing I’ve made so far!!

Now on to some photos of the nursery that I took on Tuesday, just hours before I went into labor. It’s a small room, so it’s hard to photograph but we’ve had a great time putting it together.


The quilt you see here was made by my friend Liz Harvatine and it’s so beautiful… It works perfectly in the room and we’re thrilled to have it.


Next amazing quilt in the room is made by Jacquie Gering and boy do I love it.


Not to worry – there will be a post in the future showing more detailed shots of all of the handmade goods this kid is lucky enough to have received. He is seriously one lucky lil’ guy!


He’s so lucky that these little feet…


…already have their first pair of Cons!


So now that he’s here… I’ll really need to find the time to get started on making him a quilt!

Winner of the Quilting Modern giveaway is Bronwen – congrats!  Keep a look out for an email from me.

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  • Raven

    June 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply

    Congrats Alissa!!!! I’m so happy for you! You(and dad) have just embarked on the best journey ever!
    xoxo-Raven 🙂

  • Liz Harvatine

    June 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply

    Hooray!!!!!!! Congratulations, he’s so beautiful! I can’t wait to meet him. And the nursery looks great!

  • Erin M.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply

    Congrats. For some reason when I saw an email of yours in my reader I wondered if it was baby related and it WAS!

    Gabe a favorite name. Great choice. And beautiful nursery. Enjoy the snuggles.

  • Denise

    June 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply

    Congrats! Babies are the beat thing ever!

  • Anne

    June 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply

    Congrats! He is a beautiful little guy!

  • Heather Mentzer

    June 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply

    What a beautiful baby! And a wonderful nursery for him to be in. Indeed he’s a lucky boy to have all those handmade treasures.

  • CitricSugar

    June 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply

    Oh, congrats! He’s absolutely gorgeous. I think my womb just skipped a beat!

    So that’s the baby that ended up with the round quilt… Lovely nursery.

  • Maureen from Ventura

    June 9, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply

    Congratulations!! He is such a beautiful precious little guy!! Great nursery.

  • Vanesa

    June 9, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply

    Welcome Gabriel! Congrats and blessings for the new family!

  • Charlotte

    June 9, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply

    congratulations!!! He is so beautiful! Enjoy the quiet moments xx

  • Byrd

    June 9, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply

    Best post ever! He’s beautiful – enjoy your days! Take care!

  • leslie keating

    June 9, 2012 at 3:49 am | Reply

    oh, congratulations!! and well done, mama : )

  • Ann

    June 9, 2012 at 4:26 am | Reply

    Congratulations. You’re right. Best thing you’ve made, and you’ve made some pretty amazing quilts and such. Enjoy those feet, they will be size 14 before you know it —-ask me how I know 😉

  • Nicole @ Mama Love Quilts

    June 9, 2012 at 4:52 am | Reply

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful. And you’ve created a lovely space for him. Enjoy these newborn days! There’s nothing like them.

  • Linda H.

    June 9, 2012 at 5:04 am | Reply

    Congratulations, Alissa! To both you and your husband! What an exciting time. Your nursery pictures show a darling, well-planned space for a sweet boy. Cherish the days ahead, and get your sleep whenever you can find snatches of quiet time. Bless you all.

  • Elizabeth N.

    June 9, 2012 at 5:54 am | Reply

    What a handsome little man!! Congrats!

  • Nikà

    June 9, 2012 at 6:06 am | Reply

    Congrats Alissa for your lovely little boy !

  • elsa

    June 9, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy!
    I feel the same way about my son ~ best thing I ever did in my life!

  • ruth

    June 9, 2012 at 6:46 am | Reply

    congrats – what a beautiful baby boy! enjoy a fun summer with that sweet one.

  • Fran

    June 9, 2012 at 6:54 am | Reply

    Many congratulations!

  • sandra

    June 9, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply

    Congratulations! He is beautiful!

  • Kathie

    June 9, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply


  • Carolyn

    June 9, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply

    My goodness, he’s beautiful!!! Congratulations to you all!

  • Lisa Billings

    June 9, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply

    Congratulations to your and your husband! He is beautiful, I’m so happy for you!

  • Rebecca

    June 9, 2012 at 7:48 am | Reply

    Congrats on your beautiful baby boy…and he sure is lucky – that’s a gorgeous little nursery! Great name choice…my firstborn is Gabriel but we call him Gabe too. 😉

  • Tamie

    June 9, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of Gabe. I love his nursery- and quilts.

  • Holly

    June 9, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply

    Congratulations, Alissa! Gabe is just beautiful!

  • Lauren Hawley

    June 9, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply

    I. Can’t. Wait. To. HOLD HIM!!!!! He’s gorgeous. And the nursery looks awesome too.

  • Dan Rouse

    June 9, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply

    Congratulations! He’s so beautiful!

  • Allison

    June 9, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply

    He’s so handsome Alissa and I hope everything went smoothly and your recovery will be quick and easy! Boys are so much funnnnnn!

  • Michele

    June 9, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply

    What a cutie! Have fun with your little bundle. His nursery looks awesome!

  • Norma

    June 9, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply

    Congratulations! A baby is a miracle of God! Enjoy every second and rest whenever you can.

  • Gretchen

    June 9, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply

    congratulation alissa! he’s precious and i think he’ll never be cold for lack of a quilt.

  • Alisa

    June 9, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply

    Congratulations! Truly the best thing!

  • Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    June 9, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! I know the two of you will enjoy many happy hours in his lovely nursery (Dad too).

  • Sibylle

    June 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply

    Oh I did not expect this today:) He is a really cute boy. I wish you and your family all the best. Congrats, well done 🙂


  • Anne

    June 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply

    Congrats!!!! He’s precious and I totally agree the best thing yet. You’re in for so much joy and happiness. Take time to enjoy each and every little moment as they go by way too quickly. My “baby” just graduated college.

  • Kati R.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply

    Congratulations Alissa! Wish you joy and happiness with your cute little boy!

  • JO P-S

    June 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply

    congrats! how lovely x

  • Nell

    June 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply

    Congrats! Little Gabe is just beautiful. What a treasure and gift little boys are!

  • Anne

    June 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply

    Congrats. He is gorgeous.

  • Alice R.

    June 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply

    Congratulations to you both! He’s wonderful!

  • Claudia @ Machen und Tun

    June 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply

    congrats!!! he is so adorable!! all the best for you and your family from

  • Audrie

    June 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! He’s gorgeous!!! And he’s the exact same weight I was when I was born! Let’s hope he surpasses my 5ft… hahaha! 🙂

  • Claire - Matching Pegs

    June 10, 2012 at 3:12 am | Reply

    Congratulations, he is beautiful, and so is his name.

  • Arita

    June 10, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply

    Congratulations, a gorgeous baby and very beautiful handcrafted gifts.

  • Lori Lober

    June 10, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply

    The nursery is perfect and the little man is mesmerizing…especially the toes! I look forward to counting them in person 🙂 xoxo

  • Connie in California

    June 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply

    I’ve recently discovered your Blog….love, love, love it! Congratulations on your absolutely beautiful son. AND his nursery room is gorgeous. Connie

  • beth lehman

    June 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply

    oh, alissa, congratulations and all the best in the sleep-deprived milky goodness and surreal-ness of the next days, weeks, and months!

  • Lindsay

    June 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! This baby is going to have an early appreciation for all things handmade. 🙂

  • Jacqueline in Australia

    June 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!


    Can’t wait to see more of Gabe and his room.

  • brenda

    June 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply

    welcome gabe!!

  • Karen

    June 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He is gorgeous. I love his room. My son’s name is Gabriel too. If anyone asks him his name he always says ‘its Gabe’. That’s why we picked Gabriel too because we liked Gabe. In Australia your name always gets shortened. When my son was at daycare they went through a phase adding a ‘y’ to the end of everything, so he also got Gabey. Me gabe is 6 now and his friends from daycare still call him Gabey.

  • Sarah

    June 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! And welcome to little Gabe. 🙂

  • Kristi Van Os

    June 11, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply

    Congrats and welcome baby Gabe!

  • Andy

    June 11, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply

    Congratulations! He’s adorable.

  • Deborah

    June 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply

    Congratulations!! He’s totally beautiful–and so is having your baby two weeks early! Our first was early, and so was #2, and with a summer baby, it’s awesome. He’s gorgeous, and has such a happy room! So excited for all of you!

  • Sandra

    June 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply

    Awww so adorable! Congratulations Alissa! I took a quilting class from you 2 years ago, and have been sewing steadily ever since, so you’ve also probably made many sewers out of beginners. All the best to both of you 🙂

  • Josie

    June 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply

    Congratulations!!! What a sweet boy.

  • QuiltNut Creations

    June 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply

    Congrats! He is adorable.

  • Wendy

    June 12, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply

    Congratulations!!! You are going to have so much fun with your little boy.

  • amy smart

    June 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply

    Congratulations, Alissa! He is a keeper for sure. Enjoy the snuggles and that sweet new baby smell for me.

  • jacquie

    June 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply

    i’m so happy for you…i had to drop in and see another picture of him. can’t wait to meet him in person!!

  • Francine T from Nottingham

    June 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply

    Well Baby Gabe is a doll, congrats!!

  • Susie Bree

    June 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply

    Congratulations – the most gorgeous thing in the world – a little Babe…

  • Carrie

    June 13, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Congratulations. So happy for you. Welcome little Gabe.
    I highly recommend that you get a Belly Bandit. Shrinks the belly seriously fast. I know it sounds vain. I didn’t do it the first time b/c I thought it sounded silly. But it really, really works. So get it today—put it on and keep it on for 6 weeks. 🙂

    And other than that, enjoy your bébé!

  • Carrie

    June 13, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Congratulations. So happy for you. Welcome little Gabe.
    I highly recommend that you get a Belly Bandit belly wrap. Shrinks the belly seriously fast. I know it sounds vain. I didn’t do it the first time b/c I thought it sounded silly. But it really, really works. So get it today—put it on and keep it on for 6 weeks. 🙂

    And other than that, enjoy your bébé!

  • Cheryl Arkison

    June 13, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply

    Just gorgeous! Congratulations to you all.
    PS Make him a quilt for his first birthday. You don’t need to do anything before then.

  • Sew Create It - Jane

    June 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply

    Congratulations!! Enjoy these precious early days as you both get to know one another…such a special time!!

  • Bronwen

    June 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! I guess Gabe couldn’t wait to meet his family and see his lovely room.

  • Jan

    June 14, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply

    Congratulations! He is beautiful!! Enjoy these early days!!!

  • Valerie

    June 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations! What a sweet boy you have. Our son has the same name- Such a strong name, I feel:). Enjoy your new little guy and hope you get some rest!

  • Mariana

    June 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! Your baby looks lovingly healthy. Did you know Gabriel means ” Gods Strength? We named Gabriel our son, five years ago. And we call him Gabi too (we are in Spain). The nursery looks beautiful. Enjoy every second of him! Congrats again!

  • Tina

    June 15, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply

    Congrats, Alissa! He’s gorgeous!

  • Hollie

    June 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply

    Congratulations Alissa! Gabe is beautiful. I can’t wait to meet him!

  • Hollie

    June 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply

    Congratulations Alissa! Gabe is beautiful. I can’t wait to meet him!

  • Sarah from habibtiathome

    June 17, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply

    Congratulations!! What a bundle of joy and a beautiful nursery! I m so happy for you. Enjoy and hope your recovery goes well.

  • Lysa

    June 17, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply

    Hee, hee! Congrats, he’s BEA-U-tiful!

  • Lindsay

    June 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! Little Gabe looks adorable.

  • leanne

    June 18, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply

    congratulations Alissa – he looks gorgeous and love the nursery 🙂

  • Krista - Poppyprint

    June 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply

    Congratulations!! I love his cozy room and lovely quilts, but his tiny feet even more.

  • Amelia

    June 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply

    Gorgeous! I love the photo of his little feet. There’s nothing better. Congratulations!

  • ashley

    July 2, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply

    Oh Alissa! Congratulations! Gabe is gorgeous and I’m sure you couldn’t be more pleased to have this new addition to your family! (I sent a little something your (his!) way a couple weeks ago – did it arrive? just realized I should have checked to make sure I used your current address!)

  • Cheryl

    July 26, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply

    Yay!!!! Congratulations, honey. He’s adorable! xoxoxo

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