I was broken hearted when Melinda called and told me she was having a lumpectomy. Even more so when she called less than two weeks later telling me of her upcoming second surgery. She's back at school already and the two surgeries and month of daily radiation have take a toll on her. I was so excited when I finished the quilt, I forgot to take pictures. Luckily, her husband took some for me! She loves it and that is all that matters to me.
My husband has been so supportive of my quilting hobby. He has outfitted my sewing room with shelves and tables, and never bats an eye when UPS delivers yet another package of fabric from MIssouri Star. So when he asked if I would make a quilt for him, I was more than happy to accommodate. He chose the fabrics and pattern and I got busy. I let the talented quilters at MSQC machine quilt it with the design of his choice. He loves it!
I made this panel many years back and never found a good place to hang it. This year it is at the end of our hallway on the linen closet door, which has some sewing stash by the way. The stocking was made by my granddaughter when she was about 8 as she wanted grandma to show her how to sew, cut and put a pattern together. She has a eye for design and does lovely art work. A good memory for our family.
We found out this year while decorating that our Christmas wreath did not fit properly on our front door. I decided to take the left over fabric from my tree skirt, my double wide dresden ruler, and made one myself. The bow was made using Rob Appell’s bow tie tutorial on YouTube.
I purchased some fat quarters to make pot holders with, but they changed my mind and said, no...we want to be in a quilt. I didn't have quite enough, so had to purchase some fabric by the yard for that side, and also for the back side. I used plain white for the shasing on one side and all red for the other. A simply wavy quilted line completes this top. Flannel in the middle.
Don't ask why I decided to make smaller paper pieced hangings for the front door. I guess I was bored that day. Anyway, October- Jack-O- Lantern, November- the Mayflower, December- Santa Snowflakes, on to January of a new year and a BIG 12" paper pieced snowflake. All the patterns were free on line, and most were made with scraps from my stash.
I took a photo from my garden and had it made into a fabric panel (at spoon flower). I then quilted it TO DEATH. I used double batting and 6 different colors of thread. I could not rip out mistakes because it left terrible marks in the fabric so it was a one shot wonder. Kind a cool look, almost 3D. It was a fun way to practice FMQ, but the pebbles were a bit tiring, There is so much thread in this that it can stand up on its own.....