Lavender Lime

Mother-in Law and Daughter-in-Law Share a Life and a Quilting Design Business in the south.

We landed in the book publishing business on a whim. We had a beautiful big print come in and needed a pattern to showcase this big print. I looked but didn’t find exactly what I wanted. I thought, “hum, maybe I will just create a book for a large scale print, in lots of different quilt sizes.” Voila, “Sweet and Simple with a Lime Twist” was created.

Original version published in 2007.

I created the pattern, wrote the directions, took the photos, and created the layout. I received help on getting the quilts made. I took the book to the printer and had printed 100 copies. I was afraid I was going to be stuck with the extras that did not sell. We ended up selling most of the books in 1 weekend during a shop hop. And Designs by Lavender Lime was born.

We later worked with a graphic designer and changed our look up a bit. Sweet and Simple includes different settings, in 5 different size quilts all using 1 block.

Once a customer told me she made 12 Sweet and Simple quilts to give as Christmas presents. She said how much fun it was as each of her family members opened their quilt at the same time. She had taken special care to pick fabrics that would mean something to each of the family.

Bekah and I do almost all the work ourselves. But we could not make it without our editor, Joan Thornbury. She is amazing and catches almost everything that needs to be corrected before going to print. We are so thankful for her.

Years later and thousands of book sales later, Sweet and Simple is still one of our best selling books. Check out our website if interested.

As I lay here next to my sleeping 3 year old, it is so hard to wrap my head around the fact that 1 week from today I will be napping with him for the last time before he becomes a big brother. Harrison is going to be such an AMAZING big brother but my heart can’t help but worry about how much his world is about to change.

Maternity photo session 3 weeks ago. You can tell in his smiles how excited he is for Carter to be here!

We always take a quick trip right before Christmas either to Atlanta or Athens. My husband Ryan is a basketball coach so it’s a perfect little break almost halfway through his season. This year his schedule was too crazy so we were unable to take one. Delaying the trip ended up being absolutely perfect because we were able to turn the trip into a final trip for Harrison as an only child. The weather ended up being cold and gloomy the first day but we didn’t let that put a damper on our trip. We went swimming in the indoor pool, ate at our favorite restaurants, took a walk through campus and finished the weekend shopping. It was a wonderful weekend full of memories that will never be forgotten. It’s so hard to believe that our next trip will be to the beach as a family of 4!!!! I’ll post some pictures from our trip below 🙂

Harrison’s favorite fountain on campus. He always wants to go see it

Ringing the victory bell with daddy is his favorite

We love visiting the campus bookstore

He loves just watching the fountain

Eating at The Varsity for the first time

The weekend definitely wore this sweet boy out

Kathy asked me to write a little something for the new blog. I began to think about our leap into the quilting industry. Over the last 15 years, she has put me in a lot of positions and situations in the quilting world in which I had not a clue.

At the Bernina Factory in Steckborn, Switzerland.

Looking back on these times, I probably bluffed my way through a few, excused my self away from the situation on several and maybe even got the job done a few times. However, don’t ask me to cite a “for instance”.

With fellow Moda Sales Reps- but not sure why we are sitting in a tree while wearing masks??

Being a self proclaimed short story writer over the last three decades, I thought to myself, how tough could it be to write an entry in a quilt blog?

So I confidently go to my study, sit down at my desk and officially and unequivocally get a total writer’s block.

She finally did it. She has led me to a place I am totally stumped.

I love real LOVE. I love happy homes with happy endings. My Valentine has been my valentine for more than 25 years. Our life isn’t perfect but it is blessed.

Our Honeymoon in 1996.

He has followed me and led me into many adventures. Including opening a Quilt Shop in 2005.

Our life then revolved around our 3 kids and it still does. And now we have added beautiful grandchildren that have our hearts. (With 1 more coming in 2 weeks.)
We’ve had way more good times than bad, way more happy than sad. He always has my back and my and our kids and their families’ happiness and well being are always front in his mind. We laugh together “almost” every day and still sleep holding hands. And he still brings me a Diet Coke and sits it on my bedside table every morning like he has done for 25 plus years.

Happy Valentines Day 2019.

When I look at this square I find so many imperfections. I see several squares that don’t quite match up. I also see something I’m incredibly proud of. This block right here is the first sewing project I ever took on!

I have so many amazing women in my life past and present who I have looked up to because they are incredible sewers. I have beautiful quilts from my great grandmother, my grandmother and also from Kathy that I will forever cherish. The thought of being able to sew always seemed so overwhelming and something I thought I may never be able to learn how to do. That all changed one day when Kathy asked me to help her with a project for Market.

Now I will be the first one to tell you that I am FAR from a professional. But helping Kathy make those little 12 inch blocks reminded me that big things can happen if we just take a couple steps out of our comfort zone and try. After helping Kathy with those 12 inch squares I even took on a couple small projects for our little guy who is set to arrive in 2 weeks. I’ll post a picture below of the bib I sewed together.

Front of bib

Back of bib

These are all definitely baby steps but I hope to share with you all my sewing journey and hopefully over time my skills get better and better. I’d love to hear from each one of you what your first sewing project was.

My first little area to sew. I put it in our living room so I’d be close to my family while I sewed.

Have you ever said “I will never do that”? I remember saying many times that I would NEVER be a stay at home mom. I enjoyed being a nurse. I loved having 4 days off every week. I loved the relationships I formed with my patients and their families. What more could I ask for????

My 2 South nursing family

That all changed July 22, 2015 at 6:20 a.m when Ryan and I welcomed our little guy into the world. As soon as I held our sweet Harrison for the first time I knew my life would never be the same again. I know every single Mom out there knows exactly how I feel.

The morning we went to the hospital to have Harrison
Our sweet boy!

I wasn’t sure how we were going to make it work but I prayed every single night for God to provide a way. I will never forget the March afternoon that Ryan sent me a text asking if I wanted to help Kathy with shipping for Lavender Lime. I knew immediately that was Gods answer to my prayers. I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am for Kathy and the fact that she trusted me to take on this endeavor with her because being a stay at home mom and also working a business with your MIL is the best thing ever!!!!

I just realized how “old” I am when I began a conversation with “Do you remember back in the day…. Really? I already have lived a back in the day period of life?? Well, I do remember back in the day when January was freezing cold and February was frozen cold. Back when Christmas presents always included heavy jackets, gloves, hats and scarfs in anticipation of the upcoming January and February. But what has happened?? Why are the flowers blooming in February?

My Nanny was a quilter (are you surprised?) In fact have you ever mentioned to anyone that you are a quilter- that you were not replied to with, “Oh funny, my grandmother was a quilter”. Didn’t you want to say, “are you serious? Wow, never heard that one before”.

I so vividly remember as a young girl sleeping in Nanny’s big bedrooms, which often held multiple large beds for family visitors, under layers and layers of quilts. So heavy you were automatically a back sleeper because no rolling over was possible. And can you imagine the myriad of sounds of snores traveling through that air? No Mr. Pillows or adjustable beds in those days. The air was very chilly as the fire in the fireplace often didn’t make it through the night. Thank goodness for those piles of quilts.

Nanny became Big Nanny when the great grands came along and my mom became Little Nanny. So a generational reference and not a size reference. She made lots and lots of quilts. We lost many of those quilts when tragically a tornado destroyed her home. But that will be for another post.

Me and Big Nanny

I am not sure if those were the good old days. Just simple existence was a little tougher and certainly many of our conveniences were not available.
No drive-throughs or beds in a bag that I can remember. The garden we had was huge and the days of canning and quilt making were long.
Wait, yes, I am sure, those were the good old days. Take me back to growing a garden and making utilitarian quilts any day. And January and February were cold and the flowers didn’t bloom. At least as I remember.