I had planned a project for this Hop and then, guess what? Life happened and that squirrel paid me a visit in the form of one of my young neighbours…………..
She is such a sweet young (very young) lady. We were talking about sewing and quilting and it turns out this young lady is interested in learning to sew! She has 2 preschool kids at home and is expecting number 3 in a few days. I sent her home with enough flannelette, thread, one of my machines and instructions to make some double sided receiving blankets. While she was here she told me the new baby is a girl. She has two boys already so she really enjoyed fondling the pinks, purples and bits of girly fabric I had and asked if it’s hard to make a quilt. Just before she left, she told me her husband had just been laid off from his job.
So that’s where the squirrel came in. I pulled every bit of flannelette I could find in my scrap bin and started thinking of warm, snuggly quilts. Trying to think of a pattern that would work with what I had was getting frustrating until I thought of a disappearing nine patch. I wasn’t sure if I had enough fabric on hand but got busy cutting 8″ squares and putting them together in layouts to figure my colors. I didn’t have quite enough so I had to make some crumb squares. I had to configure things so I could make the quilt a raggy quilt because I love having something that’s warm and cuddly, but also give the wee one something to touch and play with the fuzzy edges.
I also had two orphan blocks in the right colors that I could make work and I wanted to have one or two uncut squares to add to the variety.
Once I had decided on how thing were going to be put together, I started sewing and cutting. I love how these quilts come together so quickly! Slicing and turning, resewing and voila! In just 4 hours, I had the quilt blocks made, sandwiched, quilted and the rows all put together.
After I dinner I made a cup of tea and sat and did the snipping.
The quilt went in to the washer and dryer twice to give it that snuggly, fuzzy appearance.
Now it’s ready for a sweet little girl to make her appearance. I think it’s perfect for my wonderful neighbour. She is a young hippy so the wilder and brighter the quilt is, the more she will like it! I know. It’s crazy! Right? No discernible pattern since some of the blocks were pieced before I made the nine patches and then sliced and sewed. It has been delivered to a surprised Mom and sweet little Tenley has been bundled in her quilt.
Originally I had planned on writing about my Homecoming Quilt. It was a king size Lonestar Quilt which was being made for a dear friend who had lost her home and 95% of her belongings in a house fire. The reconstruction was traumatic and took almost 2 years. The original quilt was a quilt that her grandmother had made. I had the flimsy pieced when a very busy 5 year old grandson was visiting. I was teaching a class at the Guild and Grampa was babysitting. Grampa got tied up on the phone, so Michael decided to inspect my studio along with his glass of grape juice! You guessed it! I had to unpick most of the quilt and start over. Since a large portion of the fabric was destroyed by the addition of a very vibrant purple, I had to rework my design. Flimsy #2 was redone with some modern variations. I was finally satisfied with version #2 and had been looking forward to putting it on the frame. Unfortunately we had to move in to temporary housing after what was supposed to be a sale of our home. That became the never-ending real estate deal. So I had to do the quilting on my domestic machine. Now the crazy comes in. My dear friend insisted that the quilt be made with wool roving as batting? Have you ever worked with roving? It started not bad, but after free motion quilting the centre of the star, I discovered that the roving kept shifting causing puckers in the backing. Out came my friend, the ripper again. I consulted with my friend and every quilter I knew. The best solution was to make a muslin “bag” with channels for the roving. So the inside sack was constructed and when I sandwiched the top, batting bag and backing I discovered that I had to pin it every two inches to keep things in place so I could at least get some basting stitching done. Yes, this was discovered when I had more puckering and had to get the ripper out again. By this time my backing was the worse for wear, so I undid everything and changed out my backing. I can tell you when this project was finished I was so happy to send it on it’s way but forgot to get the final pictures. When my friend gets back from her 6 month contract she promised to send me photos so I will have some for my portfolio!
This is the start of version 2 of Homecoming. Eventually I will have pictures of the completed craziest quilt I have ever made!
As I finish writing this I’m thinking that I changed my mind about the craziest quilting experience ever. I was at a meeting this afternoon for the golf course DH loves. 30+ years ago he built the clubhouse. We now live in a pretty little suite in the back portion of the clubhouse so DH gets to walk out the door and play. With his MS we work at keeping him mobile and getting exercise so golf works well. Unfortunately the course is going the way of many small rural courses with aging populations. Financially things are tight. So guess who is making not 1, but 3 quilts for a raffle; king, queen and throw sizes. I have 5 weeks until opening day! Wish me luck! 🥴. Better yet, teach me how to say “NO!” instead of being such a volunteer!
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I hope you are enjoying seeing the other quilters qwazies as much as I am! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Take some time to do something you enjoy today and find a reason to laugh. That makes life worthwhile! 😄. Carol