Graduation Girl and Graduation Quilt

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Last week was a whirlwind!  Our daughter Cali graduated from Brigham Young University with her Bachelor’s of Art!  How is it possible that I now have three children who have graduated from college.  We couldn’t be more proud.

cali grad

Cali is going to be an amazing theater education teacher.  There is some lucky high school or middle school that is going to be blessed to have Cali as one of their staff members.  The kid’s she worked with during her student teaching adored her.  It is so gratifying and rewarding when your children  become who they were meant to be!

It seems like just yesterday she was that cute, spunky little girl (she is still that cute, spunky little girl) graduating from preschool!

Play group Graduation

And waiting for the bus on her first day of Kindergarten with best friend Hannah.  They look a little nervous, don’t they!?

First day of Kindergarten

And those two best buddies graduated from high school together what seems like just yesterday!


Hannah was able to go with us to graduation – here are the two best friends with 20 years of friendship.


Our whole family and Hannah were able to be together in Provo for Cali’s celebration.


Since we were all together we even had a family photo taken on the BYU campus! Every member of our family bleeds blue and has graduated from BYU (Tessa will in two years), including both Clark and Jessica from BYU Law School too.   So we thought the BYU campus was a very appropriate place to have the picture taken.  I can’t wait to share some of the photos with you.  Of course our color scheme was blue!

We are so proud of our Graduation Girl and all she has accomplished!  We can’t wait to see what is in store for the next chapter of her life.  Things are never dull when Cali is around!!


This photo got Cali front and center on BYU’s Facebook page!  Guess the photographer liked her craziness on top of the rock!

_dsc0678 The day after graduation we drove 13 hours home and early the next morning flew out to enjoy 12 days in England and France.  Tessa will be staying in London to do a study abroad program through BYU.  Of course I’ll be sharing a bit of our trip when I get back. If you’d like to follow along on our adventures be sure to follow me on Instagram.

A graduation tradition I started when my boys graduated from college is that I made each of them a “college quilt.”  You can see the boy’s college quilts here.


For the boy’s quilts I just picked out the pattern and fabric but Cali picked out her own and I love it.  It is so reflective of Cali’s personality – fun, bright and cheerful!   Good thing I had a 13 hour car ride to Utah before graduation so I could finish sewing on the binding!  I am totally in love with it and so is she.


Since it is graduation time of year you may have someone you are looking for a special gift for.  I highly recommend White Lillie Design for a fun, personalized graduation gift.  I purchased this lovely and inspiring necklace for Tessa when she graduated from high school from White Lillie Designs.


And she personalized the one for Cali too for her college graduation.


White Lilie Designs is offering all my readers a special 10% discount code.  She doesn’t do this very often so be sure and take advantage of this opportunity to buy a gift for any graduate in your life.  She has lots of other pretty things too so be sure and check out her shop.  Just use the coupon code HOMEBASEDLOVE when you check.

 For other fun graduation gift and party ideas check out these:

Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation Money Lei

Graduation Gifts and Announcements

Sail Away Graduation Party

Smart Cookie Graduation Party


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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Vicki says

    Beautiful family, graduate, quilt..etc! Loved this post. Looking forward to seeing and hearing all about your trip.
    One question… you do your own machine quilting or have someone who does it? I am looking for a recommendation, since I don’t do my own….looking for someone to help me finish up a few quilts. Thanks!

  2. Heidi says

    I did BYU Study Abroad in London WAY back in 1998 and I loved EVERY SINGLE SECOND of it. I’m still completely IN LOVE with LONDON–it’s my favorite place on Earth. Tessa is going to have the time of her life! I know I did! :)

  3. Mary Kathryn says

    I am going to keep my fingers crossed that maybe she will want to venture down to Southern Utah to put some of her amazing teaching skills to use. 😉 Love the quilt and love it all. Look forward to the family pictures and hearing about your trip!

      • Mary Kathryn says

        There is always Tuachan!! And if you don’t know what it is you need to look it up ( it is a must do in St. George. It is amazing!! My kids are just in elementary and that’s where I would love to have drama but they took it away this year. So sad.

  4. Cathy Barnes says

    I can’t believe we have the same idea. I’ve been saving game shirts and school stuff for years for my boys quilts waiting for them to graduate from college. I’m afraid my children are taking a little longer than yours. Our first one is graduating in June. Give my best to Cali.

  5. Valerie A. H. says

    I’m late with a response to this post. My computer kept doing weird things each time I’d get onto this page. I want to give Cali a big CONGRATUALTIONS!!!!! I’ve been “watching” her from her blog posts and on YHBM and know that Cali is such a great girl. So fun and funny! 😉 She
    will go very far and I wish her many, many blessings! Love the quilt Leigh Anne. Please let Cali know that if she really hates it, I’ll take it off her hands. LOL!!! Seriously, I love the colors and prints. I love the tradition of making these quilts for your kids.

  6. Sally says

    I’m new to your blog & love it! I also would like to have the quilt pattern you used for Cali’s quilt So if you don’t mind sharing?!?!…..when you return. Thanks!!

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