But in the summer, you tend to be drawn to the outdoors. Which means, as a quilter, that you may not sew quite as much. Summer can be a time of vacations. Last week I had a nice, short but sweet, vacay with my husband, enjoying some Pure Michigan, up on the Leelenau Peninsula, one of my favorite places right now. The beaches we found were stunningly beautiful, the food was great, and some really nice wines are being made up there.
Time to think about sewing again.
Before that vacay, by July 4th, I was determined to quilt, bind, label & gift the quilt top I had made for my niece Sarah's 21st birthday, which was in May. By the way, quilters are allowed to stretch a gift out into maybe 3 times of giving to the recipient----a box of fabric with a pattern, a finished top, and finally, the completed quilt. This is perfectly acceptable!
The pattern is "Diamonds & Squares" by Kate Henderson, who has a blog entitled Two Little Banshees . She's a young Australian quilter, and I love her use of color, large pieces & great fabrics.
Then the machine quilting commenced. Always just a BIT of a chore, getting into the mindset, figuring out HOW I want to quilt it. I chose an overall pattern for this. It's intended to be a quilt that gets used, cuddled under & washed. A lot.
I found this design to be a lot of fun, very smooth & pleasing for FMQ. I tend to enjoy curvy, flowing quilting.
And, the back. I used some quick pieced blocks down the middle, and a backing fabric with pink & green, which were, at one time at least, some of my nieces favorite colors.
A close up of the back.
Sarah's sister, Lindsey, and her husband, Dave (who just had their first anniversary in May), got their quilt last fall.
This was a lot of fun too. I used a Twister Ruler. You cut squares, sew them together, add the border, then cut it apart, put those blocks back on your wall as you cut, sew them together again. Voila!
Gotta go hit the sewing room, try to get my 'mojo' back!
Have a good week!