For a years I had a blog called Bitten by the Quilting Bug, but it was more than a mouthful and didn't really capture who I am.  Yes, I love to quilt!  And I share lots of pictures about the projects I'm working on.  But more than that, my life really revolves around my faith in Jesus and my love for my family and friends.

I'm a 43 year old wife and currently mother to 4 four-legged children (three cats and one usually malodorous dog).  My husband and I were married in 2000, and I am truly blessed with a wonderful, God-fearing man.

I've named this blog 'mike & gabby' after my 2 little angels - Michael and Gabriel.  They were named after the 2 Archangels in the Bible.  Michael went to live with the angels back in 2010, but Gabriel is still very young and brings such joy to our lives.

Michael & Gabriel
When we built our first house back in 2000, I bought my first sewing machine to make curtains for it.  I had no experience sewing (except for a pillow I made in Home Ec back in the 8th grade).  While in JoAnn's that December, I noticed one of their Block of the Months on clearance.  On a whim, I decided to buy an entire years worth and make the quilt for my mom for Christmas that year.  This happened to be 2 weeks before Christmas, but I managed to finish the top in time to wrap it and put it under the tree!  And I was hooked.  I loved making that quilt (which coincidentally took me another 2 years to actually quilt.)  That was back in 2003 and I've lost count of the quilts I've made since then.  My quarter inch seam allowance has certainly improved though!

In all my years of quilting though, I think my favorite quilt is one I made for a challenge on the HGTV Quilting & Needlework Forum.  We were given random squares of fabric from each participant that we had to incorporate into our design.  My idea came to me pretty quickly, but I was concerned the whole time I was working on it that it wouldn't translate well to fabric.  However, in the end, it looks exactly like it did in my head.  It just makes me smile to look at it.