My husband is good friends with a young man at work and I'm friends with his young wife. (We find that very convenient.) We met them shortly after they married. I've always felt bad that I didn't give them a quilt for their wedding, so I'm giving them a quilt for Christmas. It won't be delivered until they come to our New Year's Eve party, so I was given a few days grace to finish it.
I'm sorry for the dark photo -- we were chasing daylight.
Does anyone have a copy of Thimberries Beginner's Luck book? I do, and I cannot count the number of quilts that I've made from it. All of this fabric was in my collection (stash is a dirty word). It was pieced quickly, quilted quickly, and bound by machine (gasp!).
Last spring I went to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh with my friend who owns a quilt shop. She let me sit with her while she shopped for new fabrics. I ooh-ed and aah-ed over all the pretty colors, but my friend noticed extraordinary joy when I saw Birdie fabric from Moda and ordered the fabric for her shop!
Since I picked the fabric, I got to make the sample:
I pieced and quilt this around Thanksgiving, and it's hung on the shop wall, unbound ever since. Since nothing will deter me from finishing 50 quilts in 2009, I pulled it off the wall and bound it. That makes it officially finished, does it not?
Here's a close-up of why this is the happiest fabric on earth:
Once upon a time, I made enough blue and white blocks to make five baby quilts. Quilts 1-4 have been quilted, bound, and given away over the years; quilt 5 has lain unnoticed in my studio for several years.
As I am striving to reach my goal of 50 quilts finished in 2009, I pulled this forlorn little quilt top out and finished it!
My daughter's friend has an absolutely adorable neice. I made a quilt for her birthday last year. Fortunately it was child-sized, or my daughter's friend would have stolen it and let her neice be quilt-less.
Since I finally finished my son's friends graduation quilts (after only 4 years), I'm working on my daughter's friend's quilts (only 6 months late). I reproduced the little girl's quilt in a person-sized manner.
It even has a cool purple spider-web back!
Eleven more projects to go this year. I'm still not sure if that's gonna happen, but I love the empty spaces in the sewing room as the projects head out the door!
Five years ago, a lovely girl graduated from high school. At that time, I made her a quilt. About 5 minutes later, her mother stole that quilt from her. This lovely young lady is now in her own apartment, quiltless. My 38th finish of the year should rectify that situation.
I make this scrappy four-patch quilt whenever the 2-inch square bucket overflows.
This summer, my son got married (yay!). At the wedding, my husband's uncle asked if I could make a Kokopelli quilt for his wife. I promised to get right on that, after the mother-son dance and other trivialites.
In early November, I had a "holy crap!" moment, when I remembered that I had promised this quilt by Christmas. I found paper-pieced patterns and embroidery patterns for Kokopelli and they all screamed one thing to me "we'll take FOREVER to make!" Off to the internet I went to find Kokopelli quilt fabric.
Once the fabric arrived, I quickly chopped it into large pieces thanks to "Beginner's Luck" by Thimbleberries.
I finished the binding and mailed the quilt before Christmas. I deserve chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.