Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stitched with love...

I only have a minute to post - Annie Louise is sleeping, and I am going to try and catch a few zzzz's before she wakes for her next feeding! I had to post this picture of our sweet doodlebug (that's one of her many nicknames) because I just think it's too cute for words...

After lots of rocking, patting and soothing, we finally got this angel to fall asleep during her newborn pictures. For some reason, my child would not fall asleep for her pictures, and I was just dying to get some of those "sleepy" baby shots. Thankfully, we had the most patient photographer, Joy Dement, and she was just so nice to stay with us until she finally gave it up!

Now for the story behind the picture...all of the quilts in the picture are very special to my family. Some of them were quilted by family members, and some of the squares in the quilts were put together by family members. Some of them were even quilted by Annie's namesake, my Great-Great Aunt Louise. The fabrics are very plain, nothing fancy - probably from old feed sacks, from an old shirt, some are probably from old dresses that weren't wearable anymore.

The very top quilt (the dutch doll) was quilted by my Great-Grandmother Harris, and I believe it was one of the last quilts she made. I still love to snuggle with that quilt, and the wear and tear on it shows. I had this "vision" of Annie Louise laying on the quilts because they are just so very sentimental to me. I am so thankful that Joy was able to capture it. I don't know why, but whenever I see these quilts (or wrap up with them), I am reminded of all the time and love that someone put into it. And it's beautiful. It's like our families - sometimes it's not easy, and we have to really put a lot of effort and work into our relationships, but it's all worth it when we have someone to snuggle up with. So, thank you, Joy, for capturing this all-too-beautiful picture for me. I will always treasure it.


  1. You are so very welcome Lena! It was a pleasure and Annie Louise is such a doll. I am super excited I get to capture her first year!

  2. THis is a great picture! My mother in law loved it last night when we were checking out your nursey!