Bienvenidos Andrew!

Sarah and Francisco had a baby boy on March 8th! Andrew is adorable. I can’t wait to meet him in person. He is an absolute cutie!

When Jake and I were out in Los Angeles for my job interview we went to a quilt shop, Sew Modern, in Hollywood. It was my first big splurge on fabrics (Of course I had to celebrate). I bought this great car print that looked totally “boy” to me.

I decided to make a zig zag quilt. I’d been seeing many of them in “blog land”. I followed a tutorial that I found here that showed how to do a zig zag quilt without using half square triangles.  I decided to alternate the car pattern with coordinating solids. I have to admit that I think the quilt looks a bit too “Charlie Brown”.

I couldn’t decide on any single binding color so I did a pieced binding with all the solids from the front. I love how it turned out!

I also love the backing fabric- I actually love anything with polka dots. I purchased it at Sew-Fisticated (a discount fabric store) in Cambridge.

It’s very cute folded up. 🙂

I met Sarah in elementary school. We lived about 6 blocks away from each other. We would bike to each other’s houses and “meet halfway” which usually meant that Sarah went almost the whole way because it always took me a little longer to do the dishes than I thought it would (optimist).  In 6th grade she called me on the phone and told me (about the best news I’d heard so far in my life at that time) that her family was moving only ONE house away from mine! That was the beginning of endless adventures together.

I couldn’t help but put in this picture from summer camp. I can’t actually remember how old we were in this but our permed hair is awesome.  Sarah and I are in the front row: Sarah is in the middle with a blue t-shirt on and I’m next to her on the right with the short “poodle” hair do.  My friend Anne is right behind Sarah in the red t-shirt.

This might have been halloween in Junior High or early High School.

For some reason I know that this isn’t halloween. We really loved these nun costumes.

If I ever was even slightly cool it was because of Sarah. She was homecoming queen in 1996! I actually sewed the dress I’m wearing in this picture. Back in high school I did a little sewing (clothes for me and clothes for my American Girl Dolls). I was starting the DIY-Handmade movement in the 90’s, before it was hip.

Here we are on the last day of high school!

The summer after high school we worked together on the overnight shift stocking shelves at the local grocery store, Hy-Vee. We had a lot of fun. We went on a trip together to Lanesboro and put up a tent, tiki torches and did daily biking trips, so fun! There was a tornado warning during our trip so we spent time huddled in the campground bathroom with the other campers. So Minnesota!

For college, we both went to the University of Minnesota. And we both studied languages. Sarah studied German and I studied Spanish. I got into Salsa dancing and Sarah came out a few times to First Avenue for salsa night. She met Francisco Naranjo and they got married, YAY!

So adorable! What a cute couple!

This blog post was so hard to write because my life is filled with so many memories of Sarah that I had no idea where to start…. this only slightly touches the surface of our lives together. Now we live a long ways apart, but Sarah is always in my heart. She is a big influence on who I am today. Sarah, I love you.

-erica