I have twenty-six grandchildren, 13 boys and 13 girls. For each I made receiving blankets from flannel and then crochet around the edge. I kept the scrapes from those blankets. Now the great grandchildren are coming and here is what I am making for them. Taking the scrapes that were from that grandchild and cutting hearts and appliqueing them on the flannel charm packs I can get at Missouri Star Quilts.
My mom wanted a square box bag for her coffee bar. I have made a few of these bags already, they're really fun to make, so I picked out some fabric and I think it just turned out beautiful! The pattern is free from Yoan Sewing Studio and the fabrics I used are a charm pack called Fiorella by Robert Kaufman.
My husbands baby brother died , losing his battle with cancer, April 27th. A day or two after the funeral, my sister in law Jenny, asked if I would make her a quilt from his western shirts. So...this is it. Most of his shirts had stripes and usually had a red or burgundy in the stripe. Jenny wanted just plain squares blocked off, so I bought the red blended for the sashing and blue blended 108inch for the cornerstones and backing. I felt it was too busy trying to put the squares together because of all the stripes. Also, Jenny didn’t want to sash with a lighter color and since the squares were mostly dark I went bright with the sashing so you could see some division. It is 90 inches x 96 and I just stipple/ free motion quilted. I used a dark gray thread. She has not seen it yet but I plan on giving her this on Fathers Day. I also made something for the daughters and will give them all that day since it will be a hard day for them. Maybe this will give them all a little happiness on their first Father’s Day without him.
During our Covid lockdown in 2020, I decided to attempt to use up some of my twenty years worth of scrap fabric. The end result was 10 quilt tops destined for the NICQ ward at Vancouver Women's hospital. They are all 36 x 36 with flannel backing. The tops languished in my sewing room when I was unable to get batting and flannel backing. I now have those items so no more excuses. Here are six finished quilts I managed to work my way through quite a lot of fabric and thread and found I had to be creative when I didn't have quite as much as I needed. It made me think this must be what quilting was like in the past when we couldn't just order what we wanted online from 1000's of choices.
October 2019 my Mom, two friends and I made a quilt shop safari across two states to go to a Jenny Doan trunk show. This is made from the 5 inch squares that were in our swag bags. We “hit” four quilt shops on the way to my Mom’s house! 3 more on the way to the show! Next morning we headed back to my mom’s via another 5 quilt shops, a candy store, and an amazing yarn store. For good measure after leaving my moms we hit one more! It was an amazing trip, the trunk of the car was stuffed to the brim. I did a medium sized meander in all of the background squares the pinwheels would pop up. Likely will be a shroud but will let. Y Mom decide.
After collecting purple fabric for several years, I had one UFO I was not pleased with in the color palette. When I saw the Lemon Star tutorial by Jenny, I loved it and thought I might be able to do it. So I just got started with whatever purple fabric I came across in my sewing closet. As I saw the fabrics coming together, I browsed MSQC and found the sashing, cornerstones, and border that brought it all together.
I've had these charm packs sitting and WAITING for something this fun to put together. I held my breath as I sliced up the nine patches in hopes that I didn't encounter regret or ruler slips. So happy this quilt surpassed my reservations and came out super cute. 51" x 51"