When one of your very best friends is getting married, you know you have to make a quilt. Katie and Andy have been together many years, and despite efforts to get her to say yes, Katie never did in fear of her health condition getting the worst of her. In 2019, Andy surprised Katie after getting home from an evening with us. He had twinkle lights hanging from a tree with pictures of the two of them suspended on twine. Andy had the ring in his pocket the whole night. When they arrived home, he asked her to go on a walk with him as they often did. Katie almost said no to the walk. When they approached the tree, Andy turned the lights on by remote, pulled out the ring, and she said yes. Their wedding was planned for 10/10/2020 because of the uniqueness of the date. Their theme: A fall outdoor wedding with the reception in their empty barn. The moment I watched the Night Sky tutorial, I knew I had to make this quilt for them as their wedding gift. The name reminded me of the night Andy proposed under a clear, starry sky and twinkle lights. I chose an end of summer/early fall fabric collection, Last Bloom by Sandy Gervais for Moda. It was the perfect combination to represent their engagement and their marriage.
Update: I just finished hand binding. I quilted with Urban Elementz "Celtic Curlz" pattern. I added a black batik border. My son wanted it quilted to death. :-) --- I just finished piecing this GE Designs "Taylor" pattern memory quilt. This is the third quilt that I have made using ties from my friend that passed away in September 2019. This quilt is for my son. Eleven ties were used in this quilt along with MODA "Home" fabric by Kathy Schmitz and Kona Snow. 100" x 105" posted 7/27/2020
I love watching Jenny's videos and have made a couple of her quilts. When I saw her "Road Trip." I knew it was a must make. I purchased 10" state flower squares and narrowed my states down to 21. Beginning with my dad's birth state, I selected all of my family's birth states (5), every state where we have lived (7), and the most important states where my children and I have made memories. To top it off I found some abstract state material for my backing. What a treasure of state memories I made. Thank you Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I recently completed a Rainbow Star Baby Quilt as a custom order in my Etsy shop. This quilt is so fun to make, and the rainbow spectrum is totally dazzling! A white background is always sparkling with the rainbow, but the gray is more practical for a bouncing baby boy! Now that I have figured out EQ7, I was able to show the quilt to my customer with both a white and gray background, and she chose the gray. If you can't wrap your brain around EQ7, just hold onto it and wait a few years and then try again. That's what I did, and I just get it now! My brain just needed to age more, I guess! The quilt measures 40" square. You can read more about this quilt on my blog: http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/2015/05/custom-rainbow-star-baby-quilt-finish.html
Meet Rainbow Streak! She's made from the leftover HSTs from the Rainbow Star Baby quilt! Rainbow Streak is sparkling rainbow quilt that is quick and easy to piece. Quilt Stats: Pattern: Rainbow Streak, an original by Busy Hands Quilts, inspired by Shannon of The Flemings Nine; Size: 40" square; Fabric: 17 different Kona solids; Batting: Hobbs 80/20 cotton poly; Backing: Multi colored paint boxes; Quilting: Allover medium meandering stitch in gray thread on Mrs.Bernina, my old 830 which was my grandmother's; Binding: Double fold with mitered corners, attached by machine; Value: A flash of fun! You can read more about this quilt on my blog: http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/2015/05/rainbow-streak-baby-quilt-my-bloggers.html
July 3, 2018 was the anniversary day of cancer free for one year. I received a photo that afternoon of my friend, a cancer survivor, giving a gift to this young lady. Yes, it was the Bee Quilt I had finished. I was asked to make a quilt label saying “New” and the date. This year the the word for her journey is “New”. I was so proud to be a part of the celebration and I will get to meet her on the 15th of this month. Yes, my heart is full and more than ever I feel this is the reason I quilt.
I am so thrilled my high school friend from way back asked if she could purchase the Bee Quilt to give to a cancer survivor. She gave me so many compliments and told me the quilt spoke to her. We can't wait for this brave friend to receive the Bee Quilt!
I lost my mom in February and she was from Scotland and had a Westie she named Shug. She got him to keep her company at night while my dad was at work. She had cancer and her little dog comforted her. When I saw this fabric I just knew I had to have it and use it to make my dad a quilt to remember my mom and to comfort him. This is my first quilt from start to finish including quilting it on my machine and making my own bias binding, which I hand stitched on. I enjoyed mking it and will definitely be making more!