a new quilt model

Thank you all so very much for your comments on Max’s arrival! We finally arrived home Tuesday afternoon after an extended stay at the hospital due to an unexpected c-section. It was a real treat to leave the hospital on a beautiful, sunny spring day — and really really wonderful to get back home!

Since then, we’ve spent hours enjoying and observing every little movement and facial expression this little guy makes (and trying to commit them all to film – though don’t worry, I won’t share them all here!).

(he looks just like me, right?!)

He’s been doing a bit of this

and a bit of this…

And I think I may have found myself a new quilt model… doesn’t a quilt photograph better with a baby on it?

This one is a second small baby sized Flea Market Fancy strip quilt which I finished a couple weeks ago. It’s similar to the one posted here and it’ll be making its way to the shop when I find myself with a little window of time!

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159 Responses to a new quilt model

  1. 1
    Ruth says:

    He is gorgeous! What a star!

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    Flying Blind says:

    ‘Little window of time’? I check by the shop when Max gets to school-age then!!

    He is truly adorable though. Those teeny fingers…. I will not get broody… I will not get broody…!

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    Sandy says:

    How will you ever get back to your quilts? He is sooo gorgeous! What a true blessing. Congrats on a job well done! LOL!
    Oh, and if it makes you sleep better at night.. He is your spitting image!

    I feel you on that one. After my daughter was born I would tell everyone that I was just an incubator. You can imagine how closely she resembled me! UGH! Men with the strong genes! LOL!

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    Molly says:

    Congratulations! He’s the most beautiful baby in the world 🙂

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    Jan says:

    He is handsome; what choice does he have, with two great looking parents.

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    Sara says:

    Oh my goodness, he’s one of the most beautiful babies I’ve ever seen! So precious.

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    Katrina says:

    That little smile where he is stretching/squirming in the crib just made my heart melt, what a darling!

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    Jessica says:

    congratulations, he’s just gorgeous! he makes me want another one right now even though my little one is not quite a year yet. they grow too quickly!

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    Megan says:

    He is gorgeous. And he makes those quilts shine. Congratulations!!!

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    Sequana says:

    What a cutie! I just love all that hair. (this from a mother of 4 bald babies)

    Won’t you guys just have fun? Great job!

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    Terri says:

    Oh my goodness, he is SO cute! What a doll to have around the house. I think he looks so much like his daddy!

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    Anna says:

    He is gorgeous!! Congratulations!

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    Crystal says:

    He is absolutely adorable!! And don’t you just love to photograph a sleeping baby?? Congratulations!!

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    Megan says:

    What a cute bundle of joy! I love the expression on his face in the last picture!

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    Kate says:

    Oh. my. goodness. You guys made a beautiful baby! He is just too precious. Congrats x 100 for you and your husband!

  17. 17

    He is just beautiful. You have the perfect quilt model. Congratulations on your new family. Can’t wait to see the pictures of him growing.

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    Edamommy says:

    What a lovely family. Wonderful! ^_^

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    Amber says:

    Beautiful baby! Enjoy your time with him! Cat wait to see more pics!

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    Jackie says:

    Congratulation! I can’t believe how much hair he has. My kids didn’t have any hair until they were over a year old. And yes a quilt does photograph better with a baby on it!

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    Penny g says:

    What a fantastic quilt model. Congratulations on the little one and I wish you a speedy and complete recovery from your C-section.

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    Marion says:

    He is such a cute little guy! Congrats and thanks for sharing pictures.

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    Faith says:

    He is so cute!!! And so alert too, how wonderful! You’ve finally found someone to outshine those beautiful quilts you make. 🙂

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    Emily cUrfew says:

    Max is just the cutest sweetest thing!! Looks like such a happy baby. Totally makes me want another! (Pearce just turned one.) I, too, had an unexpected c-section. It took me a while to get over my disapointment- but I would just remind myself that it is such a blessing for modern medicine- otherwise my baby was stuck and who knows what would have happened.

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    Paige says:

    What a special little cutie!

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    Jennifer says:

    Oh my goodness…he is sosososo cute!!!! All I can say is enjoy each and every moment — it really does go quickly. My oldest LO just turned 17, but looking at your photos brings back (vividly!) memories of him as a newborn. I can conjure up the full sense memory of his wee little baby self; I hope I never lose that! My littlest LO just turned 2, but she looks gigantic next to a newborn…how did that happen?? Anyway, you have a beautiful family and I hope you have a beautiful, memorable spring!

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    Molly says:

    He is honestly the sweetest little thing. And I’ve had many of my baby quilt recipients send me photos with their newborns stretched out on the quilts. The quilts always look better that way.

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    Connie says:

    Really shouldn’t say this, I guess, but Wow! who sees the quilt when there’s such a beautiful Max to look at?! Still can’t get over all that hair!

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    tracy says:

    congrats, he is darling.
    pretty sure he is looking like his dad which i am sure you are ok with 🙂

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    nicke cutler says:

    i love his cute little smile smirk! so adorable!

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    Bessiemae says:

    Absolutely gorgeous boy. Enjoy these sweet, fleeting days–they are among life’s best.

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    Norma says:

    oh my, he doesn’t even look like a newborn. All that hair makes him look so old already! Congrats again. Bummer on the c-section. I hope you’re not in too much pain. Try not to laugh, cough, or sneeze! I’ll be having my third (kid and c-section) in August so I know how you must feel.

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    Beth Ellen says:

    He is adorable–congratulations! There is just nothing like a first baby…..

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    Stacie says:

    Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy! My Max turns one today. Enjoy the first year, it goes so quickly.

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    Dawn says:

    Oh my goodness! He is so sweet! And handsome! He makes a perfect quilt model…I totally want that quilt after seeing him laying on it!! Good luck with the c-section recovery. I had two, they’re not fun. Make sure to keep taking your pain meds, rest as much as you can, and don’t over-do it too soon! And don’t worry if you have some numbness/tingling/hypersensitivity around your incision site, that should go away after a few months, although I still have a little numbness. 🙂

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    Kaye Prince says:

    Omigosh! Look at all that hair, he’s too cute! Congratulations Ashley!

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    I can’t resist commenting on his hair again – it’s completely fantastic! What an adorable little guy!

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    Anita says:

    Congrats, now your adventure begins!

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    Ashley says:

    He is just beautiful!

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    Kar says:

    I think Max makes a wonderful quilt model. It will be quite handy to have such a cute model right at your fingertips. Enjoy every moment. I’m sure you already know that time with Max goes too fast. What a proud Dad to be helping you along while you heal. Lucky girl!

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    Kara says:

    Oh my gosh, I think he is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen!!! 🙂 Congratulations!

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    tayamg says:

    He is a doll!! Look at all that hair! Congratulations to your whole family!

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    Adrianna says:

    HO.LY. Moly!!! That is one cute baby. Excuse me while I go track my ovulation cycle now.

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    Kacey says:

    Look at all that gorgeous dark hair!!

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    Susan says:

    Congratulations and welcome home to you and baby Max! He’s just adorable!

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    Sarah C. says:

    What a sweetie! And you’re right – a quilt DOES look better with a baby on it!!!

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    Nathalie says:

    Il est magnifique !

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    Jazz says:

    Welcome to the world, Max!

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    Lou says:

    Congratulations, Ashley. He’s sooo cute… you surely found a great quilt model.

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    Millissa G says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

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    He’s so beautiful! Congratulations a million times over. My husband and I just had our first baby, a girl, three months ago. It’s amazing to look at a little newborn like your Max and see how much our Ginny has changed since then! Enjoy every minute that you can, let the really difficult moments go and don’t worry if you don’t get to sew for a while. It took me about six weeks before I figured out how to get some sewing done. But honestly, I don’t think I had it in me to work on anything before then anyway. My whole self was wrapped up in the baby, in good ways and bad, and it felt like I would never want to sew again, even if I could find the time. But things balanced themselves out in due time.
    Congrats again!

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    Alice S says:

    What a beauty! Seriously. Max is a gorgeous baby. I’m due with a boy in less than 5 weeks and your pictures make me very excited to meet my little guy. I hope you are feeling well.

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    Michele says:

    What a little doll! He’s really cute. I bet you’re having fun with him.

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    Liz says:

    What a beautiful boy, congrats again! And wow, another baby with as much hair as my 7-week-old girl… 🙂 (Cute pic with all that hair here.)

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    Suzanne says:

    What a little prince charming gift!

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    Suzanne says:

    Congratulations — he is beautiful — and most definately quilts look better with a baby on them!!

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    Renee says:

    congratulations!! he is gorgeous!!

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    Kellie says:

    OH Lovie…..he is sooooo cute! I could just eat him up!! (why do we say that??) Absolutely precious…feel free to post lots and lots of pictures!!


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    Stephanie says:

    Look at all that hair! He is absolutely darling! Congratulations!

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    mrs doodle says:

    I have been meaning to get on here and say congrats! My youngest just turned one yesterday so things have been crazy… so CONGRATS! He is so stinkin cute! really he is… oh yea you already know that:)

    And on the unexpected c section… I had to have one too. It wasn’t as bad as everyone made it out to be. I actually recovered really well and my scar is sooooo small. So chin up… you will feel awesome in no time.

    Again congrats. I read your blog on my rss feed so I usually don’t comment bc of time but I am a loyal reader:)

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    Gidget says:

    Just the cutest pictures I’ve seen.
    Max is adorable thank you for sharing your joy
    and making my day! Babies are a special miracle.

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    sheila pin says:

    I’m so, so happy for you! Having my babies was just the best part of my life! Congratulations!

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    Katie says:

    Congratulations Ashley, what a cutie!

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    Karyli says:

    What a sweet, sweet baby! Enjoy every minute!!

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    Kim says:

    Awwwww…he is so sweet!!!!!!

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    Melody says:

    Congratulations ~ Max is darling! I DEFINITELY see the resemblance between mom and baby 🙂 and you’re right, babies on quilts definitely make them look even that much better!

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    Barbara says:

    That is the most precious perfect little human being ever – makes my 60 year old ovaries yearn for one more. Love the grin on Dad’s face ! Beautiful photos

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    Jenny says:

    Oh, he is beautiful.

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    Karen says:

    Huge congrats to you both. Your little bundle is absolute perfection!!! Enjoy…..

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    Wendi says:

    oh, thank you, thank you, thank you for more pictures. He is just darling. And he does look like you. You will see! SOOOOOO precious!

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    Elaine says:

    Oh my, what a cutie! I love his little smiles.

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    Sarah says:

    He is absolutely beautiful. Huge congratulations xxx

  75. 76

    Yes, every quilt looks like a million bucks with a baby on it! How about those newborn sleepy smiles?!? Adorable!!!

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    Kelly O. says:

    oh such sweetness! Just sit back and enjoy this little bundle. your first baby is the only one you can truly just enjoy in peace and quiet–drink him in!

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    Janice says:

    He’s gorgeous and so smiley and focused already! I hope you are healing well. I had an emergency c/s and I think in someways I had it easier than some of my friends who had to heal in, uh…other places:) My scar is super small now.

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    Jill C. says:

    Oh my god, he’s so darn cute! Keep up the good work Momma!

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    Mare says:

    AWWW!! He’s adorable!! Congrats!

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    Patty says:

    Beautiful model you have there. perfect really, congratulations!

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    Liz says:

    Your most wonderful creation to date! And I love your quilts, but Max… he’s adorable. Enjoy him, he’ll be grown before you know it.

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    Laura says:

    he is so beautiful! Love all that hair!

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    Martie says:

    Congratulations! He is just absolutely adorable. Such joy, isn’t it. Nothing like hugging a baby.

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    Nova says:

    such a cute little bundle! you guys must be so proud. He’s adorable Ashley!

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    Angela Chard says:

    Max is the absolutely most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen (besides the 3 I gave birth to of course)! I could look at him with your quilts all day long : )

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    CJ says:

    What a beautiful boy. I have two of my own, and I absolutely love being the mother of sons. Enjoy this time. It is simultaneously magical and really, really hard. Congratulations to you and Mr. Proud Papa.

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    Maria says:

    I’m pretty sure Max is the best thing you’ve ever made. Too bad there’s not a pattern for him!

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    Collette says:

    Oh, thank you for sharing those photos! He’s so adorable!

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    andi says:

    He’s absolutely gorgeous!!
    Andi xx

    PS Good luck with that little window of time! 😉

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    Absolutly beautiful. So attentive, too.

  91. 92

    A hearty congratulations on your new beautiful baby boy. He is perfect in every way. =)

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    Jennifer says:

    He does make a great model!!! So cute! I LOVE LOVE LOVE his hair!

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    Sophia says:

    Ashley…he is beautiful! That hair! Can’t get over all that hair! My babies were bald forever 🙂
    I can’t wait to see what you come up with, quilt-wise, once he gets older and his personality comes shining through!
    Good luck with the c-section recovery. I feel your pain, I had two of them!

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    Sheridan says:

    Congratulations! He’s absolutely adorable!

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    Jessica says:

    He is definitely the best model! Such great photos.

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    Emmmylizzzy says:

    I agree – baby’s make the best quilt models, and you’ve got yourself a super star!

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    TracyB1122 says:

    He is a handsome guy! What a cutie! Congrats!

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    Kate says:

    Enjoy the early days, they are so precious. He looks gorgeous and you both looked thrilled to bits!


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    Allison says:

    Congratulations! I am so impressed that you already posted photos. Max is absolutely gorgeous. Adorable! Babies have a funny way of looking like dad at the beginning then morphing into looking more like mom. Someone told me that it is biological….to keep the lion from eating its cub sort of thing….heh heh. To keep the cavemen dads to stick around, nature tends to make the newborns look more like dad. Not sure if there’s anything to that, but it was true for me.

    I’m a loyal reader who never posts, but Max warranted a post for sure. Gorgeous baby and great name!!

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    Kristin says:

    Congratulations! He is absolutely adorable! 🙂

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    Sarah M says:

    Seriously. Cute. Baby. Thanks for all the pictures!

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    Janelle says:

    Amazing. Babies make me melt, and little Max is absolutely perfect. Congrats, and good luck with the sewing time! We’ll be ready when you are. 🙂

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    Ann says:

    You made my day. I have to now sit and do report cards (not my favourite thing in the world) but I will now do them smilling. He is simply too cute for words. And the older model isn’t too shabby either. have fun with the wee one.

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    Wendi says:

    So precious and beautiful!

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    Christie says:

    Congratulations on the arrival of your handsome man!

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    Debbie says:

    He is adorable! Thanks for sharing those cute pictures. I can’t believe you are capturing so many expressions already! He is very photogenic and I agree, the perfect model for your quilts. Enjoy!

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    dls says:

    Precious little bundle….. love his expressions!

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    Lana says:

    oh how adorable! Your post made me chuckle…I hope you are feeling well – you look GREAT!

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    Valerie says:

    My goodness he’s a handsome fella with all of that hair!!

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    Darcy says:

    You’re absolutely right, there is nothing like a sweet baby to make any quilt look better and it looks like you have an utter sweetie there – hope you’re getting some sleep!

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    Look at how wise his eyes look! Such a darling baby and you guys look simply radiant. Congrats on your new little guy. What a cutie!!!

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    Courtney says:

    He is ADORABLE! Congrats Mom & Dad 🙂

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    Susan says:

    What a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations!

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    Karen H says:

    He is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing photos of him. Congratulations!

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    Audrie says:

    He’s such a sweet boy!!! And all that hair! So happy for you both 🙂

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    margaret says:

    He’s completely adorable. Congratulations.

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    Adele says:

    Congrats on the arrival of your beautiful boy. Are you ready for the most incredible, scary, wonderfully rewarding, confusing, amazing ride of your life? Go with your gut every time. Enjoy x

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    Linda says:

    I can smell that baby smell clear over here in San Diego! Too bad Morgan doesn’t like him much…..lol. I love the one where you’re holding him up in front of your face. It makes him look so teeny. I have 5 sons of my own. My oldest would have been 46 next Tuesday. I remember his babyhood like it was yesterday. Kisses from me.

    xoxo Linda

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    Beth says:

    Precious!! ALMOST makes me want to have a 4th (almost!!) Enjoy!

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    Kim says:

    He is soo adorable. I can’t wait to meet my little man in 7weeks! Enjoy your time with him. They do grow up very fast but some days will feel like forever.

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    Jennifer says:

    He is so cute!!! All that beautiful, soft hair! I bet he smells so good.

    Quilts do photograph better with a baby on them. Or wrapped up in them. But good luck on getting any sewing done…

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    Ethne says:

    It always amazes me how quickly babies change – he’s newborn looks are gone already

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    Toni Coward says:

    Um…Hello little cutest baby EVER!
    Hope you are doing okay Ashley and getting rest.
    Don’t bother replying to this message…just wanted to say a big congratulations and looking forward to more baby-on-quilt photos 😉

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    londonleo says:

    how sweet… goodness… you must be so proud!
    so much hair … made me smile…

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    Ruth says:

    What a happy, handsome little man you have there, adorable. Congratulations to your family, enjoy this time.

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    Dana says:

    You can keep those pictures coming, I don’t think any one would mind looking at his adorableness.

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    tisha says:

    ADORABLE!! Congrats on your new model.

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    Michelle Ray says:

    Congratulations on the safe delivery of little Max. (Which is the most important thing to remember). He is an absolute Darling. I am amazed at all of his hair, Wow.
    Your quilts will be extra special with their new model, and will be dated ‘Before Max’ and ‘After Max’.
    Concentrate on all of the happy moments, and forget about things you cannot change.
    Best wishes to you both, Mummy and Daddy, proud parents now 🙂

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    elsa says:

    Glad everything went well and Max made his delivery to you safe! He has great hair and definitely looks just like you!
    Enjoy his littleness!
    Congratulations Mommy and Daddy!

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    Cynthia says:

    Not that you need another random stranger telling you how cute your baby is…but seriously…cutest baby boy EVER! Congrats!

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    Jennie says:

    awwww, he’s soooo adorable!! love his sweet little smile 🙂

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    Eva says:

    Cuteness overload! What a beautiful baby! Congratulations! 🙂 The quilt is beautiful, too, but Max steals the show!!! 😀

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    Gretchen says:

    can not wait to meet the new guy… looks very happy…and so much like you Ashley…:)

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    He is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I am seriously, as my son’s Australian nanny says, “clucky”! Meaning, I WANT ONE, I WANT ONE! My son Finn is now almost 18 months old, and we have a steady slideshow that rotates all his wonderful baby shots on our computer as a screensaver. Oh, those were the days…but it actually only gets sweeter.

    He is a love! Enjoy…


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    Mary says:

    Thanks for sharing during this busy and precious time- I think many of us feel a small hole in blogland when you are absent….Your son is absolutely beautiful, enjoy every little moment.

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    Max is so darling! My older daughter was born with lots of hair too. She is 18 now and about to graduate from high school. Hard to believe she was ever that small 🙂

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    OH ASHLEY! I’m a little late to the party but CONGRATULATIONS! He is just GORGEOUS. Isn’t a new life the most wondrous of things.

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    Berta De Leon says:

    I started quilting last year. I love your quilts and tutorials. I look at filminthefridge every week to see what is new. I have to say Max is super cute. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him on your quilts. Enjoy your sweet baby boy.

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    Jenean says:

    Ashley, he is so beautiful and these photos are wonderful!! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

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    kathy says:

    oh my goodness, Max is beautiful. I’m all teary. Congratulations!!!

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    I thought I only really liked super chubby babies (my own ridiculously chubby babies may have something to do with that… my younger girls thunderthighs have thunderthighs, ha) but he definitely makes a good case! I just want to squeeze him and smell him and cuddle him forever! Well I mean, until bedtime, when I hand him back. 😉

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    Sue. says:

    What a beautiful and alert looking baby! You all look very happy!

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    Karen says:

    Copy on the unexpected c-section. Did you drive home from the hospital a bit more cautiosly than you used to drive?

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    laura says:

    he is ridiculously cute! hope you have so much fun these first couple weeks!

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    Fran says:

    Max’s photos make us smile. And remember.

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    carol says:

    He’s a precious little boy…don’t you want to just schlubber him up!
    I know firsthand that C-sections are tough…when you have really good days, don’t overdo…it’s so tempting. All the best to you little family!!

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    Jessica M. says:

    Oh Congratulations! Max is beautiful and perfect! And just look at that head of hair! *swoon*

    Enjoy your new little man!

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    savvy stitch says:

    Max is sooo cute! Congratulations!

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    Lieve says:

    He is so itsy pitsy tiny.

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    Karley says:

    Oh my, he is very, very cute!! Congratulations x

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    I am a little late here, I’ve been busy in the studio, but I have to say your baby is BEAUTIFUL. His face is so full of expression & I LOVE the name Max. Good luck, rest up, and make sure the batteries on your camera are charged – you’re going to need it. Carolina

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    Sooooooooooo cute. Congratulations!

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    Heather says:

    Congratulations! He is adorable! And so alert for such a young baby – what fun!

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    nicole says:

    I for sure never will complain seeing too many pictures of your beautiful work or your adorable baby. Congratulations!

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    Cary says:

    He is absolutely perfect!!! Congratulations!!!

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    Mishka says:

    He is gorgeous! Congratulations.

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