This Christmas was so much fun because I got to give away two quilts! The second went to my 7-year-old niece, Adrian - the one who wants so badly to learn to quilt.
Once she finally got it out of the bag (it was a tight fit!), she liked it. Her comment was "Yay, now I have one that's not been barfed on." I'm not exactly sure the back story on that, but since the only other quilt she has is her baby quilt, received before she was born, I can make a guess. I think her mom liked it more, or at least appreciated it more.
This started out as a semi-impulse buy while on a shop hop in the northern portion of my state. It was a kit with a pattern, intended to be 3x3 stars. Though I figured and worried over how much extra fabric to buy (and did buy), the kit actually had enough for everything and only the smaller flowers used in the borders were used to make it big enough for her twin-sized bed.
Many months ago, we started here...
...with a bunch of pieces that made me think of fruit slices.
And then there was the quilting...
...with just a tease for a photo when I was finished.
Now I want to show you a photo of how I quilted the blocks!
It was hard to get the lighting right for a good photo, so I hope you can see it in this. (Probably I shouldn't have waited until 3 minutes before it had to go in the gift bag to do this?) I believe the shop sample was quilted in a similar manner, but I can't remember for sure.
The important (but less interesting) info:
pattern: "Star Power"
by: Tracey Brookshier
fabric/kit: "Fun Flowers" by Lakehouse Dry Goods
size: 70"x90" (approximately)
I asked my niece if she would keep her room neat and tidy and her bed made every day so she could look at her new, awesome quilt. That earned me the "you've GOT to be kidding" look...funny kid.
I hope to have one more quilty finish this year - the Whig Rose/Lone Star quilt - and I'm plugging away at it. The applique really is quite close, but getting those set-in corners into the star portion of the quilt...does it count if I have my mom help? I had planned to use this as a learning opportunity, but since I'm down to the wire and did everything else myself, I think I'll try to talk her into letting me watch her and learn a little that way!