Last year I lost my daughter to chronic illness. Quilting is truly therapeutic, and without family, prayer and sewing, I wouldn't have survived. My Father-in-Law passed 2 months before my daughter, so I decided to make a quilt for my Mother-in-Law. Other than losing her Husband and Granddaughter, she fell & broke her leg, and lost 2 dear friends... all within about a year. I felt we both needed this quilt. Her favorite color is red, so I knew it was "her" when I saw the French General fabric line. It's a simple pattern of rectangles with a creme background. For the quilting, I free-motioned the stitches in a flower pattern (as best I could; I'm learning). It took almost a year to complete since I work full-time, but every minute of it was a joy to sew. Like I said, many prayers and thoughts went through my mind while making it, so this quilt is very special to me....(and my 11 year-old Chihuahua, who thought it was for her! ) Its a large throw size....about 60x60 with coordinating gingham for the backing and binding.
What happens when you start fixing bowl cozies, but get interrupted? You end up with 4 bit hot pads. What happens when you've already made Rob's hot pads and really don't need more hot pads to go in that gift bag? You make them into little baskets for some delicious Peterbrooke Chocolates.
I had this cool canvas material and I wanted to make purses for my sisters. This tutorial was perfect for the fabric. So I made a Dresden panel and used that to fussy cut the canvas and lining. I also added 2 6” pockets to each side of the lining and a magnetic snap.
It took me a long time to decide on what to make for A. She has so many different likes and preferences I had to look carefully for something that would suit her. Luckily I had purchased the perfect fabric (just didn't know i at the rxact moment i put it in my cart) and I knew it would be perfect for her. I used Villa Romana Peacock Colorstory Metallic by Studio RK for Robert Kaufman. Just needed a pattern. A is very cerebral and though she likes this that have traditionally been labeled feminine, she's not a froofy ruffle girl. Clean lines seem to suit her best. Since I do not own a long arm set up, I needed something I could do QAYG. When I saw Jenny do Tranquil Triangles in a tutorial, I knew that was the one. Once again one of my sisters was going off on an adventure, not as far as H but still a few hours away so I wanted to get it done before she left for Grad school. Didn't quite make it but it was done by the time she came home for Thanksgiving .