My sister and her husband purchased a lovely piece of property in the country, with a barn as the only building. For several years, they have been converting the barn into a home, which they recently moved into. Unknown to her, I started a couch throw for her in 2020, using Donna Jordan's "Ribbons" pattern and two packages of precut 5-inch squares from a line called "Urban Farmhouse". My sister told me that her new home would be decorated with neutrals (browns, greys, and black), which are her favorite colors. As I lay out the fabric pieces, I decided to add more variety with browns and blacks from my fabric stash. so I ended up with a larger quilt. When I finished quilting and binding the throw, this year, I named the quilt "Farmhouse" and mailed it to my sister as a surprise housewarming present. She declared it "perfect," and is using it as a topper over a neutral, solid-colored spread in her master bedroom. I am pleased that she loves it!
I purchased these fabric ends from a quilt shop that opened a few years ago. I had also purchased the "Mini Twister" and wanted to try it out...and this is the result (I did use some vanilla 5" charms for the border). Again, this was pieced in Nov 2019, but quilted and bound today (Apr 2021). I did put rod pockets on the back so that it could also be used as a wall hanging or something different to hang in the window of my front door. I'm starting to feel better about cleaning up the UFOs.
Our father contracted WNV back in early 2000s. He was hospitalized for some time. He lost the use of his legs. Being 6ft and weighing around 165, he was fairly thin anyway. He would get chilled easily and had asked me to make a lap quilt for traveling back and forth doctoring. He wanted it narrow enough to just fit in the wheelchair. I used old pants, batting and a chunk of leftover flannel. He worked with therapist and at home to try and strengthen his legs. He was fitted for leg braces and was able to finally walk with those and canes. Soon after his eyes started macula degeneration till he was so bad, he couldn't see. His mental health went downhill after that. He passed away in 2015. As a Cowboy all his life, we thought ranch life would have done him in, instead it was a mosquito.