This quilt is very special to me. It was made for my husband's uncle who turned 96 on 9/28. A very special man who served in WWII and had a ship blown out from under him. He went to college after the war and practiced law. He worked hard for everyone and was a TX Supreme Court Justice. Sadly we lost him 10/13 and my husband brought he quilt home. He loved the quilt and put it so every one would see it. I miss him already.
This started out as practice ... for a halloween quilt I am making ... but I love the way the scraps came together. I made it into a table topper, it is a tribute to my Beautiful Boy ... Nick ... he was a Big Black Cat ... that adopted us .. believe it or not .. on a Halloween night ... we lived out in the country at the time ... Nick's owner our neighbor was gone on vacation .. he came running and howling up the road to get my attention .... if you have never heard a cat howl ... it sounded eerie ... like a baby cry .. When the neighbor got home ... she said we could have him ... she had too many cats !!! (she worked in a vet's office) ..... I couldn't believe it .... he was beautiful and it was love at first sight ... I love that big boy.
This double sided quilt started out as a bunch of 6 inch (finished) 9 patches from swaps that I participated in during the mid 1990s on the AOL quilting boards. They sat in my stash for 20 years, until I saw a tutorial/free pattern from Bonnie Hunter's "Quiltville" website for a "Scrappy Sister's Choice" quilt. There weren't quite enough center blocks for my layout, so I made more centers out of a stack of 5 inch charm squares in 30s reproductions purchased from "Stitch On", one of my semi-local quilt stores. There are three '1930s greens' in the star points and a variety of solid and tone on tone white, ivory, muslin, and cream fabrics in the background. I only included a limited palette because in an actual 1930s quilt, the background would probably have all been solid muslin. The backing is actually another 1930s style quilt top in the "Stacked Bricks" or "Chinese Coins" pattern. Reproduction and vintage 30s and 40s fabrics set with plain muslin (lightly tea dyed). Machine pieced and bound by me; long arm machine quilted by Pam Flach in an all over clamshell pattern. Size 74 x 84 inches (short drop double bed sized)
The staff at the Victoria Cancer Clinic are wonderful: quick to hold a hand, give hugs & answer any questions. One nurse is retiring soon, & I wanted her to have something to toss on her lap while she sips her tea. This is the first time I used the long arm machine at my LQS. I think it turned out fine. It has a nice flannel on the back for extra snuggling! Used Kaffe Fassett FQ collection I had (name unknown).
This was a MSQC mystery quilt a few years ago. I finished the top at the time, but only recently finished it. I am giving it to a lady in my cancer support group who is moving away. She gives such wonderful hugs & I want here to have hugs wherever she goes.
A very dear friend had a baby boy two years ago that did not survive. A new Surprise last Christmas, and they are pregnant again this time with a baby girl. This cute quilt and two burp cloths are for Melissa & her new baby girl. The fabric is Olive's Flower Market by Moda with a flannel backing. I stitched both sides of the jumbo ricrac to make sure it stays put after many washings. The applique for the two elephants were quick and fun as well as for the balloons. The embroidery was quick. I added the "Minnie Mouse" buttons on the balloons and buttons for the elephant's eyes. The Pattern "Mommie & Me is by Collette Belt.
I am currently working on a half square triangle quilt done in Sundrops. (Will update when it's done) I also wanted to share my new sewing table my husband made. It truly has been a labor of love. I still have my little sewing nook, but have grown out of it. I have now taken over my kitchen, where I used to have a table with six chairs. My new sewing table is a 4' x 6'. It has nine front drawers for all my fabric storage, and three back drawers for notions. My sewing machine is now a drop down, so I can sew/quilt with a flat surface. It also has a pull out/in ironing board. After it was installed, I was surprised with lights just under the top surface. My husband did a beautiful job, and I will enjoy it for years to come!