I started a quilt in November 2021 and did not like the secondary block that went with the starts. I deconstructed the blocks I had made and chose instead an Irish chain block to alternate with the stars. It finished at 60x60--so a nice throw. I'm either pretty late for Christmas 2021 or pretty early for Christmas 2022. Either way, I'm happy to have it off my sewing table.
Usually I am too OCD about mystery quilts, need to see it and decide if I like it enough to even work on it, and color placement…oh, that’s a killer isn’t it! But decided last year to give this one a try; so I picked my colors and a friend posted them for Roxanne to weigh in. (I don’t use Facebook, not a recent choice. A since the beginning when teachers were told don’t do it choice). I got each week’s clues from my friend and waited until the end. Which I was very happy I did. Because I had two of my colors reversed and the stars never would have shown up. Then it sat all sandwiched and ready to quilt while I tried to come up with a way to quilt all that busyness of the piecing. I never could, so it is just what I call my nickel sized meander. Something I tell myself as I’m quilting…I do a pinky toe nail size, (tiny), dime sized, (small), nickel sized, (medium), and quarter sized, (large) meanders - where those items can be placed in the swoops and loops so it stays consistent. Enough of my goofiness. I backed it with flannel and will put it on my chair as my iris blooming time of year throw.
After moving Mother to assistant living facility, I wondered into her sewing supplies and found this panel. Not sure what she had planned, but did find a chunk of fabric, right size for the back, so I used it for that purpose. I tried to follow some details with my quilting. Sorry that the photo is sideways. I'm going to surprise her with it when we see her over Memorial weekend, 2022. I hope she's surprised and happy to receive it.
I have wanted to learn for years, so I started buying but - not doing. In late 2020 after a year of enforced retirement, thanks COVID, i finally cut some blocks and sewed them together, again, thanks COVID! I didn’t know what to do with the blocks so I out them aside and started cutting and sewing again. Last week I came across a Jenny tutorial and went to work with the original blocks. Even though this is technically my third top, to me it is the first because these are the blocks that got me started. I sewed my columns together and then my rows but next time I will do rows then columns. And, with no fear at all cut that thing into three pieces! After sewing them together I had a hard time finding all the mistakes and just sat and looked at it and cried-for a long time! I let fear of not being perfect keep me from making anything at all. Now at almost 78 I have fabric and kits to make about 20 quilt tops. I haven’t tried the actual quilting part yet but I now have a goal, I want to make a top for each of my children and their children…only seven to go.
I purchased a bag of scraps several years ago, left over from Nancy Davis Murty making samples with her fabrics by Andover, at her studio in Palmyra. Lots of triangles, squares, and parts of the border fabric (larger strips which I put on the back). I added a few more pieces from her line and came up with this child's quilt.