I made this king size quilt for my daughter for Christmas. I designed a 10" tree block to alternate with the MSQC Irish Change block. I used "O Christmas Tree" fabric by Sue Zipman for Clothworks, Stitch fabric by Lori Holt, Seaglass Sahara backing by P and B Textiles. I quilted it with Wasatch design Modern Christmas Tree 2013. 111" x 101"
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 wanted a new quilt for my bedroom and wanted something where I wasn't cutting up the beautiful prints so I could actually enjoy them. I found Jenny's "Irish Change" and decided that was the one for me. This photo is prior to sending it to my LAQ to be finished. I added the piano key border with various width "keys" just to grow the quilt to king sized.
This is part of this years sprint to Christmas. I had a matched pair of layercakes that had been in my stash for over a year. I came across this old tutorial and thought I'd give it a shot. When I'd made it through the first layercake I hated the outcome. It just didn't look right. I felt as though I was committed at that point and soldiered on. Now, I find I like it.
My sister passed away in 2020 from Covid . She was my quilting buddie who loved strawberries. Now I'm teaching her daughter. She loves bees. So, finding bee and strawberry fabric by Strawberry Honey fabric from Riley Blake. I wanted it to be cuddly and comforting for her daughter, so I backed it in Shannon Cuddle banana Hyde. With very light wt. batting, it is perfect. She loves it and brings happy memories of her mom.