Seems like lately I’ve been making a lot of quilts for others. And making quilts for others means being on my “best behavior”, i.e. being safe. I stay with what I know, what I’m comfortable with.
When I was finally finished with the last quilt I had to make, I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my granddaughter, Micki. She’s not a “girlie-girl”, more like a skateboarding-surfer wannabe-video gamer-kind of girl. After going through all my patterns, I decided on a simple chevron. Which, of course, I had no pattern for. Why do I have so many patterns, but never the one I need??? So I just made up this pattern as I went along. I used three packs of Moda Marble (warm line) charm squares. The perfect amount. Had two blocks left over when I finished!
I decided to play around with rulers that have been sitting in my drawer for ages, but I’ve been too scared to try. Figured, hey, Micki is 15-years-old. She’s not gonna CARE if the quilting isn’t perfect on this! Hence, no fear.
So, a few (sorta) straight lines, some half-circles, and a heart at each end (hey, gotta get something girlie in there LOL!). Here’s a closeup of the stitching:
Oh, and I did a video of me quilting a block for Peggi to show her how I did it, if you’re interested in watching.
The borders are done in a free-hand feather pattern. Yeah, one of my go-to quilting patterns, but after all that ruler work I needed a break! Frankly, I think it’s one of the best quilting jobs I’ve ever done – for a non-pro, it looks pretty darn good!
I just love how it fluffed up a bit after washing it. I just love Warm & Natural batting. A little fluff, thin, but warm.
I gave it Micki when we were getting ready to leave for vacation.
We were sitting on the porch when I gave it to her. She wouldn’t open it outside. She said “This is like the American flag. It can’t touch the ground. I have to take it inside to open it.” Lord have mercy, I almost busted a gut when she said that, but it sure made me weepy that she truly appreciates this quilt and the work that went into making it!
Twenty minutes later, that quilt did exactly what I always hope my quilts will do….
Awww… seeing a loved one wrapped up in a quilt we made is the absolute BEST feeling. I LOVED watching the video!
To our readers – Cindi lives in Michigan and I live in Washington (the state, not DC) so we don’t get to see each other often. In fact, we’ve been together in person a total of 2 weeks over the 5 or so years we’ve been friends. Watching a video of Cindi in action, hearing her voice, was quite a treat!