Because I don't make that many quilts, I am pretty selective when it comes to giving them away. Not everyone who deserves a quilt will get one but I can't think of anyone more quilt-worthy than the recipient of this one.
As I mentioned in my last post, this quilt is for a very special lady who works at my kids' school and who is moving this summer. For the last three years, she has been a strong presence in one of my kids' life, and I wanted to express my gratitude by giving her what amounts to a permanent hug.
The quilt is a generous 64" x 80". It is made of twenty 16-patch blocks that finish at 16". There are no real modern fabrics in there, in fact, there are quite a lot of oldies. I was focused on colour rather than pattern or style. I started with the three primary colours, then added the secondary colours but found that purple just wasn't working, so I stuck to cheerful fabrics in yellow, blue, red, green, and orange. Lots of florals, lots of dots, some stripes or gingham. Basically, things that make me smile.
I quilted loops in a bright yellow thread. I am glad I did not go for white.
I love pieced backings. I love the look of them, I love using scraps and leftover fabrics, and the fact that you can do whatever you want (well, technically you can do that with the front too). What I don't like, however, is the amount of creative juice it usually take for what is "just a back". Not the case here. I did not overthink it, and it came together like a charm. Of all the pieced backs I have ever made, this was the easiest and the most fun to make.
Of course, while proudly staring at the quilt back, I could not help but notice some unintentional puckers. Oh well. Despite its imperfections, it was made with a lot of love.
Here's a picture taken after the wash. Can you see the texture?
|All nice and crinkled!|
Of course, I couldn't resist a nice big quilt roll...
I tried a few pictures of the folded quilt but, nah... I'll get back to quilt rolls.
And I include this next one, just because.
|How about that quilt holder ???|
Goodbyes can be bittersweet, but I am looking forward to last day of school to give the quilt to its new owner. I know she will appreciate it, and it gives me great joy to be able to thank her that way.
|Made with love and gratitude.|
Linking up to TGIFF, hosted this week by Adrienne at Chezzetcook Modern Quilts and to Finish Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.