2015 a little late and baby!

2015 Recap

I’ve done so many of these year “re-cap” collages from past years I couldn’t help but do another even though I’m 12 days late!  

My only fabric shopping over the holidays was buying a little bit of the Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmist re-print.  It was really popular when I first started quilting, and was partly what started my obsession with fabric.  I made my very first quilt with it, and so many quilts since then (like this one, and this one). 

Katie Jump Rope fabric

Unfortunately my two favorite prints/colors weren’t re-printed (aqua basket weave and green ribbons!) but I still bought a few loved favorites to add to my stash. 

If you’ve noticed my absence here and on instagram I have a good reason…  


we have our 4th (yikes!) baby coming in May. We found out yesterday it’s a girl and I cried happy tears that Sophie will get a little sister.  I was convinced it was a boy because I’ve been sick like I was with my boys…so this was a happy surprise.  I started plotting matching quilts for the girls room right when I got home.  I’m finally starting to feel better and less drained…and I’m excited to get back into my sewing room!

Here’s to a happy and pink 2016!!  

104 Responses to 2015 a little late and baby!

  1. Hildy January 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Congrats to your baby girl and good wishes to both of you!

  2. Ann January 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Hooray! Here’s to a wonderful year of excitement!

  3. Erica January 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    Woohoo I’m so excited for you! Congrats!

  4. Vicki January 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Yaaay! Best reason ever for not sewing! We have four, too. It is the greatest. Really. A few weeks ago, we were all in the van together singing Christmas carols and you really get a nice resounding “FIVE GOOOOLDEN RIIIINGS!” with a family of six.

  5. Sinta January 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    Congratulations to you and your family! What exciting news!
    Where did you find the Katie Jump Rope? I have been hording my last pieces of that group! I would love to get my hands on more!
    I have my list of projects for 2016 made… and it seems that I have at least 3 of our patterns on the list!
    So, it should be a fun year! I am working on Morning Glory now. Oh, and I have Hazel fabric for another project! Yeah!

    • Allison January 13, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

      I bought it from fatquartershop.com and westwoodacresfabric.com They re-printed it but it’s a little tricky to find! You might find some on Etsy too!

  6. Shelia January 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    Blessings to you and your family!! I am very happy for you.
    Shelia stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

  7. Joan January 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm #


  8. Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge January 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Congratulations! And 12 days late is not late at all for a mama of 4!

  9. Sigi G January 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Congratulations – this is exciting. We too have four. Wishing you all the best and glad that you are feeling better.

  10. raniss January 12, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Congrats! I love baby girls.

  11. Debbie January 12, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    How exciting! I’m very happy for you!

  12. Hilary Jordan January 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    Congrats on the baby girl!

  13. Penny G January 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    Congratulations. Wishing for a year for you that is filled with happiness and pink.

  14. Anja @ Anja Quilts January 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    Congratulations! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  15. Katharine January 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm #


    My favourite from the Katie Jump Rope collection is the green ribbons print – and I can’t believe they’re not reprinting it! I’ve got one small piece, (5 x 2.5 inches?) left – which I’m saving for the perfect project!

    • Allison January 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

      Me too! The green ribbons and the aqua basket weave…they were the best ones! I’ve heard that from a lot of people that are kind of disappointed in the re-print. I’ll take what I can get and I still love the greens and the aqua ribbons!

  16. C January 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    Congratulations!!! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!!

  17. michelle h January 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    Oh big congratulations to you and your family!! How exciting!!

  18. Carolyn Sands January 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    What a happy surprise for you!

  19. Susan Moroney (SoozeM) January 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

    Oooh how exciting, I am so happy for you!!!

  20. laura January 12, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

    Congratulations! There’s nothing like a sister…

  21. Kelly O. January 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I have 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys–it is wonderful!

  22. Scooby Saunders January 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    How exciting! Congratulations!

  23. kshackabq January 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    Wow! Congratulations!! I remember when you had your lovely Sophie. So fun she will have a baby sister. Maybe another red top!!

    • Allison January 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

      Oh I hope so! Love the little red heads!

  24. Netta January 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    What wonderful news. Blessings to you and yours!

  25. Remnant Quilter January 12, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Congratulations — all things pink to sew!

  26. Kellie January 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    I SO knew it!!!

  27. Helen LeBrett January 12, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Congrats!!!! You’re pregnant AND you got so many quilts done? What is my excuse for not finishing many?!! I’m so happy for you! I was just thinking when I saw the last picture of your little girl that she had grown so big: I guess Mommy and Daddy were thinking the same thing…. we don’t have a baby now: maybe time for another! :-) Hope you feel all better very soon!! Hugs, H

    • Allison January 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      Oh I haven’t been quilting much since being pregnant! Baby did not like mom sewing apparently because literally the smell of my sewing room and cutting mat made me so sick the first few months!

  28. Jana January 12, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    Congretulations, what a perfect excuse for not much blogging ;)
    I missed your posts, I really like them, so I am happy you’re back. Here is to more pink girly quilts!

  29. kimberlier January 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    Congrats!! Exciting news! Can’t wait to see what awesome quilts you make your little one.

  30. Sheila January 12, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news!

  31. Mary January 13, 2016 at 12:23 am #

    A new little one to expect in a few months – wonderful news!

  32. julie714 January 13, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    What a wonderful new year present. A baby girl. congratulations and hope your morning sickness soon passes.

  33. A menina cos(z)e? January 13, 2016 at 1:34 am #

    Congratulations! <3

  34. Francisca January 13, 2016 at 2:21 am #


  35. Angela O'Rourke January 13, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    Congratulations!! I had two girls, then two boys. They’re all adults now but still great friends. I’m so happy for you all. I hope you’re feeling much better now. ❤️ From Australia

  36. Vicky Barrouquère January 13, 2016 at 2:41 am #

    Congratulations!!!! I’m so happy for you

  37. snapdragonstudios January 13, 2016 at 3:01 am #

    Wonderful news! Congratulations! -Elizabeth

  38. Cheryl Saunderson January 13, 2016 at 3:34 am #

    So happy that your daughter will be getting a sister! I never had one and really miss it now that I am much, much older. My girls were so close growing up as I am sure yours will be. Congrats!!

  39. Erica Johnson January 13, 2016 at 3:54 am #

    Fantastic Allison!!! Congratulations!!

  40. Heide January 13, 2016 at 4:07 am #


  41. Kim January 13, 2016 at 4:10 am #

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see what you do with all the pink because I need an idea for a pink quilt this year.

  42. kathy o January 13, 2016 at 4:36 am #

    SO happy for you & your little girl. Sophie will have a little sister to “dress up” and play with. LOVE Katie Jump rope – I have a very small stash that I still haven’t cut in to.

  43. Material Girl Quilts January 13, 2016 at 5:09 am #

    Congrats Amy!!! I’m so happy for you all :) Can’t wait to see the matching quilts! Also, your post reminds me that I NEED to get some of those Katie Jump Rope reprints…one of my all time favorites as well.
    Congrats again :)

    • Material Girl Quilts January 13, 2016 at 5:11 am #

      I don’t know why I typed Amy! Of course I know your name is Allison (too early in the morning I guess)…sorry!

      • Allison January 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

        Lol Amanda! I get called Amanda and Amy all the time! I’ll take it…both are good names too. :) Thank you!!

  44. Terry January 13, 2016 at 5:14 am #

    Happiness is having a sister – congratulations to all of you!

  45. Paige January 13, 2016 at 5:31 am #

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  46. farmhousequiltsblog January 13, 2016 at 5:59 am #

    Awww, congratulations!! What an exciting time for you all! We have 4 kids too and we love it! You take it easy and rest up before baby arrives :)

  47. Peggy January 13, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Congratulations! Hope the morning sickness passes soon.

  48. Donna January 13, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Congratulations Allison!,best pink wishes to you!

  49. Carol January 13, 2016 at 6:02 am #


  50. Lori Smanski January 13, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    wow this is very exciting news. a big congratulations

  51. Kim January 13, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Congratulations! That’s so awesome; and extra exciting for Sophie to be getting a baby sister!

  52. bigmamaquilts January 13, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    Yeah!! This is so exciting! Little sisters!! As a mama of 5, I found that I really enjoyed baby 4 and 5 in ways that seemed so foreign because of our experience and knowledge of the first 3 babies. Congrats!

  53. Michelle N January 13, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Congratulations! Babies are so wonderful (as you of course know). I’m hoping to get to making your heart quilt for my own baby before she is no longer a baby. <3

  54. grandmagordy2 January 13, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    Congratulations! It’s been many years since I had my babies but you never forget that feeling of excitement. I wish you the very best in this new year.

  55. dynnamae January 13, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    Congratulations! I love your website and I sew for my great granddaughters, Skylar, Sadie and Sophie. They are 2 1/2 yr. old triplets. I am happy your Sophie will have a sister this year. All yhe best to you and your family and thank you for all you share with us.

    • Allison January 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

      Triplets!!! How fun and exhausting! I think my husband would have died if he saw triplets on the ultrasound!

  56. Linda January 13, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Oh such happy news. Congratulations of your growing family. Thanks for sharing, I
    have missed you.

  57. Kari ramsay January 13, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    I’m very happy for you! Congratulations on having a sweet little baby girl in May. That will be do much fun. Love Denise Schmidts Katie line too. It was a hit with me then too.

  58. Elaine Satterfield January 13, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    We are a blended family with eight children! The more the merrier! So happy for you and glad you are feeling better! I LOVE everything you do!

  59. Frances Welch January 13, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    Congratulations and May is a lovely month to welcome a new little one.

  60. Julie January 13, 2016 at 9:45 am #


  61. Tammy January 13, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    Congratulations! Very happy news! Wishing you an easy pregnancy and delivery.

  62. Beech Tree Lane Handmade January 13, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    What a happy surprise! Congratulations and I look forward to all the cute little pink things you will probably be sewing.

  63. Katie T January 13, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Glad you’re ok – noticed you hadn’t posted in a bit, hope baby girl’s treating you right.

  64. Amanda Planetta January 13, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Congratulations! I’m new to quilting and an avid reader from Canada. I absolutely LOVE your blog and your book :) I’ve missed your updates and seeing new projects. Hope you are feeling better these days.

  65. Jean Burke January 13, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    Congratulations!! All the best in this new, exciting year!!

  66. Patty January 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    Having a baby is wonderful news! Congratulations!

  67. RuitFarmNorth January 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Mazel tov! All the best to you and your family.

  68. Heather January 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see pictures of that beautiful baby in the spring!!!

  69. lorindadavis January 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Congratulations! It’s going to be such a great year for you!

  70. Judy January 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Good for you! Two of each!! I’m happy for you and your family. You will need to take it easy! Do you have a new fabric line coming out? Blessings to you!

    • Allison January 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

      I do Judy! I’ll show the new fabric really soon!!

  71. Vickie January 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    Congratulations to you and your family!

  72. Pat Kelly Chubb January 13, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Congrats! Happy Dance in ballet slippers and a tiara time!

  73. Kate January 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    Congrats! That’s lovely news.

  74. Meg Nelson January 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Congratulations and good to hear you are starting to feel better. I’ve always heard that even numbers are easier than odds. We also have four (all girls) and it’s worked out amazing for us. They all get along and love each other.

  75. Kristin January 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    Congratulations!! :)

  76. Antigone January 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    Hey, congrats!!!!! Looks like your girl will have a great best friend for life…..

  77. Charlotta Norby January 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    Congratulations. I’m very fond of my sister, and think every girl deserves to have one!

  78. allisonreidnem January 14, 2016 at 12:12 am #

    Congratulations! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and the nest building ☺Great opportunity to play with lovely fabrics!

  79. Terri Arnold January 14, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Congratulations on the new baby! Enjoy your little ones while they are still under your roof! Too soon, they grow up and move away! My four are all grown and gone. The one thing I regret is not spending more time with them as children! I let my career get in the way! So, love those babies and enjoy every moment with them and make no appologies! I’ve been following you for a few years and have most of your patterns and book. Thanks for being the creative quilter that you are!

  80. Sara January 14, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    So happy to hear the great news..Congrats.

  81. Debbie Rogowski January 14, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    I usually just read your blog in my mail box but when I saw the great news I had to come to the site and congratulate you!! Enjoy the quiet time you have now for planning and then nap time when the baby arrives

  82. Donna Murdock January 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Yippee! What a wonderful reason to be sick! I had to be hospitalized twice for dehydration on my last pregnancy. On one of those times, I was wheeled by the room of a woman in my church who was about my age. She was terminal with cancer. She was sick but at the end of her sickness there was not going to be a soft, warm lovable baby but her death. That made me so grateful for my circumstances. I’m so glad you get a happy ending after that miscarriage!

  83. pomegranateandchintz January 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    Congratulations!! What delightful news.

  84. Kate January 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Happy for your baby girl news!! Sending you oodles of wonderful wishes for your daughter to be and gobs of love to her big sister!! You take care of yourself…God bless you. K

  85. Janine Allen January 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    Congrats on the coming baby! I have 3 brothers & always wished for a sister, such a good thing for your daughter. Glad you are feeling better. :)

  86. Cindy January 15, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    Congratulations!! So happy for you and your family! And a little sister for Sophie- how wonderful! Can’t wait to see your quilts- I love them all and you make the greatest patterns ever! Take care!:)

  87. Kerry January 15, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Congratulations! Yay for pink fabric and girly dresses to make!

  88. Emily January 15, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Congratulations to you and your family!!! Glad you are feeling better! PINK!!!

  89. Beth January 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    Congratulations to one of my favorite inspirations in the quilting world! Take care of yourself, and enjoy these precious days!

  90. megan January 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

    Congratulations. Love the little ballerina fabric, can’t wait to see what you make.

  91. Shelley January 16, 2016 at 2:32 am #

    How exciting!!! Congratulations!!! Glad you are feeling better! Hope 2016 is a wonderful year!

  92. Anita January 16, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Congratulations on the baby! Glad to read you are feeling better. :)

  93. Lara B. January 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    Congratulations Allison on a new family member to love and cherish! Hope you get to feeling a lot better!
    A beautiful collage of beautiful projects – it certainly is an inspiring way to start the year!

  94. Rosemaryflower January 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    I am so excited for all of you. Another baby and a girl.
    Just wonderful.
    I always love all of your creations and that you share with us.
    I hope you have an easy pregnancy, oh you will with all of your helpers.♥️

  95. Patrycja January 19, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Congratulations for you and your family! :-) I have two sons – Piotrek: 2 years and Szymon: 3 weeks ;-) Your quilts are beautiful. Take care :-)

  96. Susanna February 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    I so love the pink ballet girl fabric – what line is it from? Best wishes from Australia:)

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