This is adapted from a pattern by Esther Aliu called Hold On To your Heart. I made it my own by adding more birds to honor the love story of me and my husband of 56 years. It was juried into Road to California Quilt Show this year, 2022. A lifelong goal of mine was to have one of my quilts accepted into a show this big and even though it didn’t win a ribbon, I couldn’t be more proud! Machine appliquéd and quilted.
So just playing around with scraps. I do a lot of baby quilts. But the next baby will get a quilt and this little changing pad. Measures 24 x24. Lots of times the changing table is across the house or upstairs. I thought this would be perfect to keep in a little diaper basket in the family room. Edited to add: This went out today to a new baby girl along with a very girly quilt. I told mom that for now it was a changing pad but little lady can use if for a doll quilt later on.
This pattern is from Melissa Corry's book Charming Baby Quilts. It goes together easily and is 51 x 51 when completed. I used 2 Thirties charm packs called Playtime. https://smile.amazon.com/Its-Sew-Emma-Charming-Melissa/dp/1733960856/ref=sr_1_2?crid=35QGC4T5NJ4YG&keywords=charming+baby+quilts+by+melissa+corry&qid=1647289224&sprefix=charming+baby%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-2
Another from the fabrics my Mom sent home with me. Scraps from my Grandma, Mom, and my stash that I cut into squares and put into bags by color. More in that later. Then wondered what to make, I did try to make other things from them, I think there is a blue one posted here. Then I saw Jenny’s tutorial called Checkered Dresden on the scrappy Dresden plate. So I stacked a 2.5 square and two 3 inch squares and then cut my “feathers” for the plates. And boy, did I not really care about colors other than it shouldn’t be the same or really clash. I appliquéd them to a giant piece of white. Then went on a mission to find a border print that was reminiscent of these older fabrics. Since I had all these big white areas I really wanted to try some of the big “arty” designs in my quilting. I sat and drew with my chalk pencil right on the quilt until each part of the design came together. What I learned, well as I hinted above, I won’t whack my scraps into squares, it really limited what I could do. I will drag out my sheet of stiff plastic and my water soluble marker and design on that.
Well, that was always the name in my head! Blocks that I liked from other projects and plenty of blank space to do more “arty” quilting. Fabrics were left from a lady I helped finish her quilts before she passed away last summer. Just needed to find backing. And feeling more confident after the Dresden plate quilt, I whipped this one out in half the time and it is much bigger. Those cross hatch designs are slow! This one was just a play on feathers! And I turned the “rings” into roses via the quilting design.