As I was looking through my quilty posts, I couldn't believe I hadn't posted about this quilt, finished, yet, so I saved it for the Blogger's Quilt Festival to really show it off.
A few years back, Judy Laquidara offered a quilt along, block of the month pattern that I honestly can't remember what it was called. (Sorry Judy!) There were a number of star blocks, all a little different, and a bunch of borders. (But what quilt of Judy's would be complete without oodles of borders?)
Anyways, I really wanted to do it, but couldn't think of a good reason. I knew if I started it without a reason to finish it, I'd never finish it. And then it hit me: a good friend of the family, Penny, would be turning 40 in about a year and a half. Since the timing on the quilt was a year, I'd have a top finished in plenty of time to get it longarmed and give it for her birthday.
To the store for fabrics!
(For those of you who are familiar with her quilt you'll see I used the same colors as her first one - I liked it so much, I decided not to change it!)
Each month I awaited the new block instructions. Judy writes impeccable instructions and I was thrilled to work them. I even learned how to cut a 1/16" increment for some pieces!
I can't even find photos of all the blocks...but here are a few...
I struggled more with some blocks than others, but in the end, they all look great.
And then came borders. Judy had lots of borders, but by the time I'd made 12 blocks and sashings, I was wearing down. So I went with simple borders.
I think the solid borders frame it nicely.
I used a very pink pink on the back. Penny is a girly girl and LOVES pink (even at 40!), and I toyed with the idea of making the top itself quite girly, but it's king-size and I wanted it to be used on the bed she and her hubby share. Though he's a pretty laid-back guy, I figured a pinky-pink quilt might not make him terribly happy. (Especially if Penny decided she needed to redecorate the room to match!)
The quilting is just an overall pattern of viney leaves. I wanted to have a more custom job done, but money was tight and I don't think hurts the quilt at all.
I took it to her 40th birthday party, where we'd been instructed to NOT bring presents. Well... She pulled it out of the bag, did a happy dance, hugged it and ran OUTSIDE (her birthday is in November and we live where there's usually snow on the ground by then) to show everyone out there "helping" deep fry chicken wings! I think she liked it...
So this is my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Go check out the rest of the beautiful quilts!