Yep, I’ve been missing in action for a while now. I wish I could say that I’ve been quilting so much that I didn’t have time for anything else. But no, that is not what it was. My lovely, sweet mother-in-law passed away almost two weeks ago, at the ripe old age of ninety-one. Dementia is a horrible disease, and we are all happy that she is no longer suffering from it. (If you want to read one of the best descriptions of grief I’ve read in a long time, I highly recommend chapter nine of Marie Bostwick’s novel The Second Sister.) It has been a busy two weeks, but we are now in recovery mode after a very awesome memorial service yesterday. I expect the groggy drugged feeling to continue for three or four days here.
Before that, I was blessed to be able to assemble a couple of very special projects for a couple of Twilter friends. (In case you’ve never heard of Twilters – a term coined by Very Lazy Daisy – we are quilters on Twitter – come join us!)
First, was Katie’s quilt. Katie blogs and podcasts at Katie’s Quilting Corner. Katie went through a health ordeal a couple of months back (you can hear her podcast about it here), and, as we Twilters tend to do, we made her a quilt. I offered to collect the blocks and assemble it & (after some back and forth between Daisy of Very Lazy Daisy fame and Pam of Hip to Be a Square) Daisy quilted it, added the binding and mailed it. Here is what it looked like when it left me:
Daisy tweeted a close-up of the quilting:
And Tina of Weezy Works podcast made this awesome label (yes, I stole this picture and the next one from Katie’s Quilting Corner’s Facebook Page and, yes, that’s Katie in the picture):
And here is the whole quilt with Katie:
Now, if you have been reading this blog or looking at pictures of quilts that I’ve made for any length of time, you will know that this is not my normal style of quilt to make. (Wait, first take a minute to admire all of the different 9″ finished star blocks that people sent in rainbow colors! I just loved getting the mail during this project!) It was inspired by two things: a quilt that Nonnie of Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams podcast and blog pointed out to me on Pinterest (which I would link to now if I could find it) and the Jaybird Quilts pattern Science Fair. Katie’s taste runs to modern, so that was my goal here. And we all know that modern is not normally me, but I do like the way this quilt looks. And we made Katie’s mom cry. (Maybe she should get a quilt too! I can’t even imagine how awful that experience must have been for her.
I hadn’t even finished piecing Katie’s top when we heard more bad news. Stephanie of Blessed 2 Quilt podcast & blog (mostly silent now; I hope that is temporary!) had a very ill daughter and it was not looking good at all. (Unfortunately, Stephanie lost her daughter on May 9.) We Twilters started one of the longest direct messages that I’ve ever seen. We decided on 10″ finished hearts in red, pink, orange and purple on cream background. I must confess that when the purple hearts started arriving, I wasn’t sure how to fit them in. But it worked itself out. The sashing is one I learned when making a quilt for my eldest daughter a few years back, and I love the way it looks. Tami made the backing and Jaye of the Artquiltmaker blog made the binding. Tina of Weezy Works podcast made the label and quilted, bound and mailed the quilt to Stephanie. She gave us the tracking number in the direct message stream, and we followed that package! Then we had to wait for Stephanie to get home and see it.
Tina made the label. That is a picture of Stephanie’s daughter there! So perfect!
One lesson I learned between the two quilts was to take pictures of each of the individual blocks. I have a picture of each of the heart blocks, but did not take pictures of each individual star block. I really regret that. Sigh.
Note: The finished pictures of the quilts are shared with permission from Daisy, Katie and Stephanie. (I used to be the copyright police at work. Not going to change my position on copyright now.)
I am going to start a new project today. It will be a dog bed for my grand dog, Loki. I’m hoping to do enough to get some good pictures up within the next couple of days.