This one was a long time in the making, but was finally finished and given to the darling little one it was meant for. The reward was in seeing her attracted by the colours, batting at it with her hand, and smiling. What more could I possibly ask for?
I have always loved mixing fabrics and colours in the spirit of the pioneer women who had to use every available piece of fabric. Of course, nowadays, we use new fabrics in the same way and the effects are wonderful. Sometimes, I’m sorry that they are known as “scrap” quilts because the word doesn’t have a good connotation to non-quilters. For those not in the know, today a scrap or scrappy quilt is one made up of a variety of fabrics, colours, and prints – and all new fabrics. Often fabrics are purchased specifically for the quilt, or as in this case, made from small pieces of leftover, new fabrics from other quilt projects. We quilters don’t like wasting the smallest pieces of good fabric!
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We all know that there are many wonderful, attentive, kind people in this world. I had the privilege and special experience of meeting one today.
My turn had come to apply for a new health card. Upon leaving the desk, I thought I had left my credit card with the person who had served me. Naturally, as I couldn’t find it, I had to go back to check. I took my place at the end of a lineup which had become quite long in the interim. To my surprise, the woman whose turn it was at the desk, motioned me to come forward. I did so, all the time wondering what her reason could possibly be. I was further surprised when she said, “Go ahead. I saw you in line ahead of me, so know you have need of something.” Naturally, I thanked her and expressed my appreciation.
Wasn’t that wonderful? What a kind and special woman she is! With how busy it was and being unable to take up her time at the desk, I thanked her again upon leaving. I just wish there had been enough time to speak to her, tell her how special she is, and thank her more thoroughly. There are many caring, generous people like her whom we have the privilege of meeting, however briefly. We need many more like her and like them.
My thanks and appreciation to all who take the time to be kind and caring. Even though I may never meet her again, you can be sure that I’ll be paying it forward.
It’s been a long while since I started this quilt. It had to be set aside to meet other deadlines. In my last post about it, I showed a photo of the wedges sewn together. Next, it was time to create the blocks.
Above is a photo of one of my blocks with a Beatrix Potter print added to the center and the quilting mostly done. The Dresden Plate wedges are appliqued to the quilt block sandwich and serve as the quilting as well. I stitched-in-the-ditch between all of the wedges, then topstitched along the wedge points. The center print is also topstitched around the circle’s edges. The rest is echo-stitched. I like the way it is turning out!
Coincidentally, there has recently been exciting news about Beatrix Potter. More than 100 years ago, she wrote. “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” and it was just discovered in her archives. The story is to be published towards the end of this year.
Also, coincidentally, the Pantone Colours for this year are Rose Quartz and Serenity – a lovely rose tone and an equally lovely blue. I happened to have used both in this quilt. Serendipity! Actually, credit goes to Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots for noticing this coincidence. We were discussing and sharing photos of our quilts at the time.
This workshop is for first-time quilters and those who have just begun quilting on their own and want to be sure they have covered all of the basics. No previous quilting experience is needed. You do need to know how to use your sewing machine.
Everything will be covered including quilt terminology and the basic tools needed for quilting. Simple, easy, machine quilting will be taught. You will also learn how to make a hanging sleeve for wall quilts.
You will be guided step-by-step along the way from purchasing the necessary fabric to completing your first quilt. You will learn how to follow pattern directions and the how and why of the various steps, along with the when and the how of making your own choices and decisions along the way.
When the workshop has ended, you will have a completed quilt in the size of your choice (decided in Lesson 2) – wall quilt, baby quilt, crib quilt, or child’s quilt.
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We’ll also have fun sharing our new knowledge, our progress, and our finished projects in the Your First Quilt Workshop group on Pattern Pastiche, The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s online quilters’ forum. There, I answer any questions you might have, and you can share your progress with photos, and see what others are doing!
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This quilt is being auctioned to benefit Kathy Bogdanescu.
It is hand-made from an original design and machine-quilted in a free spirited style of spirals and swirls,
This quilted wall hanging will transform your home in minutes.
The quilt measure 31″ square and is machine pieced. It features a large floral print that is enhanced with coordinating fabrics and colors.
Proceeds will be given to the giving forward campaign that has been set up for Kathy. Click here to learn about Kathy and for more information.
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