This quilt started as a way to use up some of my stash. The solids were from a charm pack and the background was left over from another projects. I decided to build on half square triangles and played with various layouts. It is such a cheerful quilt, I decided to give it to my dad for his 95th birthday. Then I decided to make it extra special by having all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and various spouses, sign it. I think there are 30 signatories.
I made a quick lap quilt for my mother after her hip replacement surgery in 2021. I named it “Strong”. It took a long time to talk my mother into having surgery. Finally at age 87 she agreed and was willing to be strong. The quilt label has a small message embroidered on it.
I cut and pieced the 60-degree triangle pieces of this quilt entirely from blue pieces and scraps in my stash. The quilt contains pieces from more than 40 years of quilting, including pieces of a fabric from the quilt I made in 1979 for my first child. I realized that nearly all of the fabrics were florals. When I decided on a blue solid for the sashing between the diamonds, I was drawn to a blue with the name, "Mediterranean." My mother, who was from southern France, was born on a ship at sea in the Mediterranean, and a teasing story perpetuated by my French grandmother said that my mother was actually a naughty mermaid baby who was tossed into her arms by a frustrated Mermaid. I just mailed this quilt to one of my sisters, who spent many years tending my aging mother's flower gardens, before our mother died in 2019. It's named Mermaid's Garden in honor of Mom. The quilt is pictured crosswise on a Queen bed.
Our club occasionally does signature quilts. This one sat in pieces until it appeared in a UFO night. This is when you bring unfinished projects and other things you would like out of your stash. We sell tickets for a quarter and all money goes to the club. A friend got this and decided to send it back to the next UFO Night. I thought it might be better if it was finished so rescued it from her. When laying it out I found that two of the blocks were too small, which is probably what stymied others to finish. I took the blocks apart and resewed them. The picture makes it seem like I didn’t know what I was doing when I laid it out, but there are some really nice appliqué blocks and hand embroidery that I tried to spread out and make the focus.
Jenny made a quilt using this block and an Irish chain. I thought the flowers were such a neat idea I had to try them. Such a great use of all the scraps in the batiks bins! I matched up all the wildest colors and patterns I could. Then decided to go bigger and matched up some more. It has a bright green backing so I quilted the whole thing in Celery green glide.
While on a vacation trip, I discovered a gem of a pocket-sized quilt store tucked on a hillside overlooking a quiet area of Honolulu. Every inch of the store had treasures to explore. I purchased a Hawaiian Sunbonnet Applique Quilt Kit, Size 41 x 49 Designed by Donna Fear Originals by HITOMI.com from email@example.com The fabrics are authentic Hawaiian floral designs and the kit itself allows you to add your own personal touch. I added a little puppy and kitty to a couple of the blocks. As I worked on sewing and quilting this project, I found myself thankful that the memories of being there with family and friends renewed my spirit. I think that quilting may provide that gift. It now hangs on my sewing room wall to remind me of sunny days, beach time fun, and shopping excursions in beautiful Hawai'i.
I purchased a bag of scraps several years ago, left over from Nancy Davis Murty making samples with her fabrics by Andover, at her studio in Palmyra. Lots of triangles, squares, and parts of the border fabric (larger strips which I put on the back). I added a few more pieces from her line and came up with this child's quilt.