My heart is happy❤️. A nice lady wanted one of my flat wool felt doll sets to give to her mother suffering with Alzheimer’s. I told her I would make a pouch for her to put the doll in too. The feel of textures and the memory of childhood toys gets her through the day. I added a note too. I hope in some way I helped.
Way back when, I purchased two Timeless Treasures Kitty Cucumber panels in two different colorways, plus some coordinating fabric, with the intention to make two separate quilts. Well, I didn't care for some of the printed squares in the blue colorway, and some of the squares in the green colorway were so pale that they just disappeared. Furthermore, when I prewashed the panels, I found that the blocks were not all square. I tried adding the red heart borders to frame the blocks and give them some character. I tried different arrangements of piecing and sashing with the coordinating fabrics....nothing clicked. When I pulled this out again this year, I decided it was "finish it or donate it." I also decided that I didn't want to purchase any additional fabric for this quilt. When I found the soft butter yellow fabric in my stash, everything sort of fell together. I used the scattered Kitty C fabric (originally purchased for wide borders for two quilts) for the backing, using up the green coordinate fabric to extend the width and length. I quilted this with a walking foot. (Side Story: One of my granddaughters examined this quilt and asked me, "Where's the cucumbers?!?" Kitty Cucumbers are a group of collectible figurines by Schmid Merrimack from the 1980's, collected by my three daughters for birthdays and holidays. They are now Vintage.) No pattern used.
Ladies...I didn't do this. Darn! beyond my skills. One of my good friends is self taught in FMQ and has been doing it for 18 years. She wanted to give it a whirl...She is now addicted to doing these big panels and it has been great for her business as I let her hang it up for a couple of weeks in her shop. This is just beautiful and will hang in one of our guest rooms with the quilt I'm almost done with.