If you are reading this, I must thank you for not giving up on me! I refuse to claim being 'too busy'. Everyone is busy. But I did have a pretty productive year as far as quiltmaking goes.
Not having my own grand kids (yet) I have enjoyed making little quilts for other people's darlings.
I've used the Hourglass pattern for a number of quick and easy crib quilts. This one is for Beatrice.
I gained some confidence in my free motion machine quilting in the process.
The big project of the year was a wedding quilt for my son and new (as of September) Daughter-in-Law. I decided to go with something more contemporary.
I found the idea in a book called Block Party (The Modern Quilting Bee) and did it with mostly batik scraps, many of which were donated by friends who work with batiks more than I do. I used mostly 'earth-tones' and went for organic shapes such as rocks, trees, stars, leaves, water, sky, stars. I mixed in regular prints, too.
It made a complete mess of my sewing room for a long time but it was so much fun.
I even had the two of them come over and sew some of the strips, not showing them the pattern. Dueling sewing machines facing each other - they really got into it. I had hoped they'd just make a strip each to be part of it - but they wouldn't stop, making six each.
" I thought you might just be humoring me!" I said. Heather replied, "I was at first!" Then she offered to come back and do some more.
With the magic of long-arm quilting I was able to give it to them at Christmas time.
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