This quilted pillow was my first finish of 2020. It was commissioned by a coworker for his 30th wedding anniversary. Pink and grey were their wedding colors. I was super excited that I had this grey print w/ “lovey dovey” sayings on it such as sweetheart, dearest darling, and cherish. I couldn’t find anyone local w/an embroidery machine who knew how to use it, so I sent it to my good friend Sue in Goodyear AZ w/a note that said “Please do this asap and mail back in the self-addressed stamped envelope!” Thank you Susie Q! His wife loved it!
The next finish is a quilt I’ve been meaning to make for approximately 8 years. It’s for my great niece who turns 9 yrs old in April. I started quilting in 2011, the year she was born. I gave her mom a very basic quilt made out of 10 inch blocks w/the promise that I’d make her a “better” one in the near future. Well, you know how quickly time flies…and here we are in 2020. I think mom will agree, this beauty was worth the wait. And now my great niece is actually old enough to love and appreciate it for herself. Neither of them have seen it, and I’m kind of taking a risk putting it out here, but I’m pretty sure they don’t follow my blog.
I started working on another quilt that I’ve wanted to make for myself ever since I saw Katy’s Sea Sick Scrappy Trips 3 years ago. I’m following Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trips Tutorial and I plan to make a king size. I’ve made 25 of 80 blocks so far. But this is taking the back burner while I work on a barter project and two baby quilts for my expecting nieces.
A Thread for Life
For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13
As is, the quilt will finish at 72.5″ square which is not quite large enough to fit a queen size bed and have some drape to it. I don’t want to add ultra wide borders so I’ll be adding sashing between the blocks and narrower borders.
I auditioned this light purple, which would work, but my customer prefers something in a blue tone.
Honestly, neither the pattern nor the fabric would be top choices for me personally, but I LOVE the way these blocks are turning out.
There are a bunch of HSTs which means a lot of marking. I picked up this handy dandy board during a shop hop. It’s covered w/sand paper and prevents your squares from slipping around when you mark them. It’s basically a large emery board.
I’ve been chain piecing and cutting. There are also a bunch of cut-offs, or leftovers or whatever you call them. I know there’s a proper quilting term for them, but I just can’t think of it right now.
Whatever they are called, they’ve made A LOT of leaders and enders. Are they bonus blocks?
I’ve made 8 of the 16 blocks. When it’s finished it will look something like this but w/a border.