I made this quilt from a 5-yard fsbric pack from a quilt show. I want to make something quilted for all my family members so I decided to give this quilt to my nephew Jeff. He is a pretty special guy, Volunteer Fireman and hardworking family man. I hope he enjoys the quilt.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Last year (2013) at Quilt Guild we had a block swap. I entered the Batik swap and made 13 blocks to trade with others. I received 13 different blocks including one of my own. In May we took our completed quilts to show and tell. This is mine. I was really pleased with it. I made a two diamonds using the Lancaster Diamond Ruler, cut them in half and framed the center square with them to make a star shape.
In 2009 I had decided that I would make a quilt for all my sister Jo's kids, starting with Kim, the oldest. I asked what she liked and I was told purple and butterflies. So I made this pieced and appliqued quilt for her. I loved the quilt, but at first I was thinking that it was not a good gift because it has so much white in it and might not be practical to use. And besides I loved it and wanted to look at it for a while, so I held onto it. I always called it Kim's quilt, but I never gave it to her. So this past fall I decided this was the time and I gave it to Kim for Christmas this year. I think she really loved it. Kim didn't know about the quilt until now.
I fell in love with this quilt by Kimberly Einmo so I bought the kit and took a Craftsy class to get the pattern and instructions, I was not fond of the way the class was taught, but I was able to complete the quilt and I absolutely love it. It was quilted by Lois Hatleberg, Hagerstown, MD.
Early in 2014, I was invited to go to Virginia Beach area, Sandbridge Beach, for a week of sewing with nine other ladies. I was not convinced that I could sew all day for a week, but I decided to give it a try. It was a lot of fun. After an 8 hour drive, unpacking the car, carrying everything in and setting it all up, we started to sew! Yes, that very day, we sewed for several hours. I made 3 quilt tops that week and finished the binding on two more. It was fun to see what everyone else was making and it was nice to have no other obligations. I was responsible for one meal and other than that, I showed up at meal time for a wonderful meal. Here are the projects I sewed on the retreat. The blue and brown one was given to my nephew, Jeff, for Christmas 2014 and the zoo animal print flannel one was made for my niece as a gift to her friend.
We have visited Italy several times since 2002. Each time we have visited relatives of Mary, who have treated us so well. Danielle, a second cousin, has been especially gracious, driving us around, showing us sights, and even moving out of his apartment on the Adriatic, so we could stay there for several days. When I found out he was about to become a father. I had to make a quilt. This is the quilt for sweet Margherita.