June, brings us lots of Sunshine with Carol’s “Here Comes the Sun” hop! I really want to thank Carol for hosting this fun hop with such a happy theme.
It’s a good timing because I’ve had a month of rain and the rivers are at peak way too early 😳. It’s been nice to play with bright fabrics to cheer myself up with this project while feeling sympathy for people who are already experiencing flooding and a horrific heat dome.
I had a couple of ideas for projects but nothing really spoke to me. Then I had a visit from a good friend who needed a birthday gift for his wife since it’s a significant birthday. We looked at my supply of flimsies, he made a choice and decided I needed to enlarge the quilt top.
The woman who is being gifted the quilt is one of our local artists. She is an incredible, talented woman who loves bright colours. They have been married for 25 years and raised two very nice children to adulthood.
Since we live in an area where we often have lengthy power outages, he wanted me to add wool to the quilt as well as my standard batting.
Luckily I had a batt on hand for another project. 😉
I had a great time at the studio getting the additional borders on the quilt top and making a backing.
We had gone through my backings but not found anything he liked. Then he spotted a piece of batik I had. It really was the perfect fabric with words on it (Create, Imagine, Love, Inspire, etc.). Isn’t that just right for an artist who is very in touch with her heritage and the land. She and her husband have spent years investigating and getting in touch with his indigenous heritage and spirituality. The fabric was only was 7’ long so I knew I was going to have to do some work to make it work for a queen size quilt. I made more piano key strips and added some other fabrics to the side to bring it up to size.
I really enjoyed quilting this one. I did a lot of stitching in the ditch to stabilize the wool. Then I played with rulers, wishbones, and curly loopy meandering. I really wanted the central star to stand out since the recipient is a real star to her husband, her family, her friends and our community. I wanted the cream to be highlighted but have loose quilting. I used Essential threads from Connecting Threads (no affiliate) in both bobbin and top thread. My long arm really likes that thread and I do clean my bobbin area every time I change the bobbin and always start each quilt with a new needle and oil my machine every time I go to the studio.
Once it was finished being quilted and squared up I added my binding to the front by machine and hand stitched the binding to the back. I embroidered my label information on the piano key strips on the back instead of adding a label.
To me this quilt is a perfect sunny project for a woman with a sunny personality. It is also one of my listed UFO’s so I can count it as a double win! A Blog Hop project and a UFO finished for my PHD. 😉
Can you believe I didn’t get a photo of the finished quilt or the backing? I did however, receive a photo thanking me for the quilt and showing me it’s new home. 😊
Here are the other blogs to visit on this last day of the hop:
I’d like to thank Carol for hosting the Hop, the other participants for the fun and inspiring projects they created, and you for stopping by to visit with me for a while. I do enjoy reading your comments and reply to them all. Thank you 😄 Carol