I purchased this laser cut pattern by Edyta Sitar and switched it up a bit. Border is my creation. Sold this one and sent the money to Uganda and the money was used to build a water tower in a small village. I was sent pictures of the building of it and the people who received it. Very moving.
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.
I bought the kit from Craftsy during a heck of a sale. I didn't look at the size, I was just intrigued by the colors. It sat on my cutting table for several weeks in its unassuming package, tempting me. I decided to challenge myself to see how quickly I could make it. I sorted out the colors (28!) on Thursday, and started cutting pieces on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. I finished the center on Saturday evening, the next row by Sunday evening, another row by Monday evening and more by the end of Tuesday. I then went back to my regular job, and worked on it evenings and weekends for another two weeks. I was completed piecing by the fifteenth of June. For the back, I like using extra wide backing - but this quilt is a monster at 108" square. I ended up taking every leftover scrap from the front and making several long 10" wide panels that I inserted into the backing. I took it to the longarmer. We decided that the colorful piecing on the front was more than enough to catch the eye - so an unobtrusive all over quilting would be best. For the bobbin, they used a colorful variegated thread, so it has the same colorful feel as the front. I was quite thrilled with the results.
This project started out quite awhile ago. Got it all cut out and then packed away(mistake number 1) due to time constraints. When I picked it back up, I went directly back to construction (mistake number 2). After all, I remembered what it looked like, lol. Well I was close...Instead of making one block 36 times and turning it so there were virtually no seams to mach, I made two blocks, each eighteen times. Assembled them with tons of seams to match (yep a skill builder there!) All creative opportunities are not bad!!!
We will be relocating from Colorado to Missouri soon - we have some great friends here on our cul-de-sac, but the very best is the couple across the street...we will miss them a lot! For all the nice things they've done for us over the years...I made this quilt for them.