I have one quilt that I can now show. It was a gift for my mom. I started piecing these 20 scrappy blocks in late October, right before heading to Houston. I think people think that just because blocks are scrappy, that they are fast to piece. Not so much true. I still cut strips off of nearly every pink fabric I own! My niece pointed out that one of the seams looked crooked. I had to gently tell her that they all were :-), intentionally! It finishes at about 58"x 72". It is fun for me to see all the different fabrics that I have used somewhere, or dreamed of using!
My mom has had 3 of 4 of her chemo treatments for breast cancer. We are lucky, as it is believed that it was really caught in early stage, despite it being in the lymph node. It is hard to see, but the setting stones on the sashings is a subtle use of the breast cancer ribbon fabric. I didn't want it to be "in your face", but that gentle reminder of why we must believe all will be fine was a requirement. It is backed with a soft pink flannel. This is just one of the many reasons why I have been on the blog less this fall. Too many things to do, or to think about. I will do better in 2014.
I tested out a plan and some dimensions for a faux piped binding on this quilt. The brown "Believe" is from a Buggy Barn older print that I have intentionally hoarded. It looks nice with the pink. I love the subtle touch of the piping. I will share the recipe for this later, as it is part of an article I will have published later this year.
Just before Christmas, I worked on a client's custom quilt. She has a larger version of this Patchwork of the Crosses block which I have made a dozen or more of. Her's are not fussy cut, but are of lovely bold prints. I won't show the entire quilt, but here are a couple snippets. I love the colors in this block in particular. If you know of the print at the corners (blue/green), or better yet have any to sell me, let me know. I did have some, and really want some. I believe it is Philip Jacobs.
I found another perfect quilt for the Aurifil thread I got last summer - who knew?!...it is the one below with the variegated colors - I used this predominantly on the printed areas. There was some white thread and some aqua as well. That Aurifil 40wt poly quilts like a dream, yes a freakin dream. I wish it came in many more colors than it does (hint, hint!!).