My lovely SIL, Marla, did a fantastic job planning a “girls only” week-long vacation on Emerald Island, NC. She had the hardest task – picking out a beach rental for 11 girls – sisters, SIL’s, and nieces (all over 21!). She did a fantastic job planning it, and I had to make her a quilt to thank her. I dove into my stash, and came up with this beautiful creation:
The tumbler isn’t from a pattern, but adapted so I could make the best use of the stash fabrics I had chosen. I originally put the colors in random order, but as I was laying it out, I realized a story was emerging. The label explains why the colors are stacked from green to dark pink:
The label IS square – camera distortion stinks!
For the first time, I tried gluing my matching seams instead of pinning them. I’m such a doorknob – can’t believe it too so long to try this. I will never pin again!!
This was SO freakin’ easy, with no shifting. Perfectly matched seams.
I really enjoyed quilting this one. I used a template pattern from Judy Madsen’s book (AKA The Green Fairy) Quilting Wide Open Spaces. My, oh my, I want to grow up to quilt just like her! For my first attempt at template quilting, it turned out pretty darn good. Of course, the first template I quilted looked a bit scary, but after the 4th one I got into a rhythm and really had a ball with it. I just had to learn to relax. Once I relaxed, everything went great.
The top one is the first template I tried – YEECH! Scary looking! But after a while, they looked a bit smoother.
I’m continually learning and experimenting with new things on my mid-arm machine. No fear! I’m loving what I’m learning to create!
PS: I know what you’re thinking. Eleven women??? Well, vacation went spectacularly well. Yep. We didn’t kill each other, and had a wonderful time. In fact, it went so well that we were planning the next vacation while we were there!
PSS: Yep, Emerald Island was hit by the Hurricane Arthur the week after we left