Friday, February 28, 2014

A step closer.

I'm closing in on the home stretch of my aunt's quilt, having finished the quilting last week and the binding last night. 

Now all I have left to do is hand stitch the binding to the back. 

I can't wait to wash it up so I can pack it up and send some sunshine to my sweet aunt.

You can find this post linked up at A Lovely Year of Finishes, which is hosted by Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bitter Sweet Designs.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Best friends.

I always wanted a sister when I was growing up. Three brothers are awesome, but that secret wish was always there.

Now that I'm all grown up, I love watching my girls play together. Check out Little Miss C.'s jump rope prowess!

Friday, February 7, 2014

The sister quilt

It's been almost a year since I put the last stitches in my postage stamp quilt. To say that I love that quilt would be an understatement.

I find myself folding up and placing it back on the couch nearly every day, since it's constantly pulled off for snuggling, hiding, and reading. And every time I pick it up I'm warmed by all kinds of good feelings.

I love the bright colors, the scrappy one-of-a-kind postage stamp blocks and the memories it holds.

It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally ready to finish its sister quilt. Those of you following along about a year ago might remember that when I finally finished stitching up all of those postage stamp blocks I discovered that I had enough to make two lap-sized quilt tops.

When I first finished both tops I had a recipient in mind for the sister quilt, but something never quite felt right and I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. I suppose I just had a feeling that the quilt was meant for someone else. So I let it sit unfinished near my sewing machine, figuring the right special someone would come to mind someday.

A few weeks ago my mom called and told me that my very favorite aunt has been diagnosed with a serious illness.  It only took a moment to realize that my sister quilt had finally found a home.

So I brainstormed with my mom on backing fabric and we came up with this pretty little Pam Kitty Love print that we found on sale at Fat Quarter Shop (It was 50% off ladies! Who says the good stuff never goes on sale?! They're out of this print, but there are a few others from the collection still on sale.).

I decided to do the same spiral quilt design that I used for my quilt. I want my aunt to be able to look at her quilt when she's resting and know just how much I love her. Chances are, someone in my house hundreds of miles away from her will likely be snuggling under its sister at the very same time.

Right now I'm about two-thirds of the way through a spiral quilt design and I'm making it my goal for the month of February to get the quilting finished by the end of the month. I'm linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes, which is hosted by Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bitter Sweet Designs.