I began this quilt in early October, for my granddaughter Zoe's elopement! She and Ethan have been friends for many years, and decided that 2020 was the perfect year for a quiet, private ceremony!
I made one side of the 92" x 104" quilt of rose print fabrics, for the bride, and the other side of woodland fabrics for the groom. It took two and half months, but I finished it a few days after New Year's Eve. I brought the unfinished quilt up to Maine on Winter Solstice, so she and Ethan would know what their present was, but had to take it back to complete the outer sashing and the binding. My trusty domestic Bernina 125 handled the piecing, the quilting and the sturdy Kona fabric binding ... and once I get the label onto it, I'll bring it back north to the couple.
And yes, we did 'socially distance' during our Solstice visit ... with just the six of us present.
Finished this quilt for a Navy veteran just in time to give this to him tomorrow for Thanksgiving Day... my neighbor asked me to make this for him, and I am happy to be able to do this during this difficult year.
A most important little lap quilt for my two year old grandson Ian has been in the works this busy week, too. It is a two sided quilt... North Pole on one side, and South Pole on the other. Both panels are from Quilting Treasures; the polar bears are a full 42 x 36 inch, while the penguins are only 28 x 42, so I added a border to the penguins of the bears' blender fabric called Aurora Borealis ... Northern Lights. I bound the quilt with that blender also. I wonder if the South Pole has Southern Lights??? Oh well... they do on his quilt!
|North Pole Family|
|South Pole Family|
March 4, 2020
I spent the end of February and the beginning of March working on this beautiful two-sided quilt, and last night I brought it to a friend at the library meeting ... I featured floral fabrics on one side, and birds on the other. Each block is 8 inch finished, (8.5"cut) with sashing of 1 inch (1.5" cut.) I used a soft green petal print for the floral sashing, and a warm yellow calico for the birds. The quilt has seventy squares in all, thirty five on each side, in seven rows of five. The overall measurement is 46" x 64". I also used the yellow calico for the binding, and quilted it on my domestic Bernina, using the serpentine stitch on the bias (diagonally through each square.)
All of these fabrics are available at Quilters' Quarters, of course. I'm so spoiled to have all of these fabrics at hand! But I do share them with all of you, too.
|Fifteen floral bolts, cut to 8" squares, and sashed with 1"green petal sashing.|
|Can you find the hummingbird amid the morning glories?|
|The bird squares sashed with yellow calico|
|Closeup of the birds' side of the quilt ... shared with some butterflies, of course!|
|The back with its its 5" x 7" border blocks of blender fabrics.|
|The finished front|
February 22, 2020:
I finished one and one half quilts this week.
The first: a baby quilt for a friend's great-grand-niece ... I used three fabrics - a panel, a floral and a sky. I backed and bound it with the sky fabric, and free motion quilted it on my Bernina.
|A sweet bunny panel from the Wilmington Prints'|
line titled Garden Gathering.
And the second is for my neighbor who moved to Maine this year, and shortly after arriving, lost power and heat in an ice storm ... I promised her a warm lap quilt, and want to get it to her before winter ends! The top is finished, but it still needs backing, batting, quilting and binding ... and a label! This is a 3-yard quilt in book called Easy Peasy, available in Quilters' Quarters at a discount.
|Quilting Treasures line of fabric called First Frost;|
This one features our local birds, with
blue snowflakes and light green fern puffs.
|Cardnals, Chicadees, Sparrows and more...|
New year, new quilts, and some continued goals ... The emergency comfort quilts will continue, as will the veteran's appreciation quilts. But I've started the new year with a new style ... the 'stained glass' look, using a black on black sashing and batik blocks.
|Of course, Pretty Kitty will judge block placement.|
|three more rows to go to finish the center of the top|