Last summer I got hooked on sewing and wanted to get back into quilting so I decided she needed a new quilt for Christmas (2008) I bought this fabric in Sept 08 and had the top pieced by December. Its mainly Heather Baily "Fresh Cut" fabric with some Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler interspersed. At the time, it was only my 2nd attempt at quilting. I wanted to quilt the top but it was SO intimidating... I tried doing a scroll type design and it was a disaster!
I ripped out the scroll design which covered 1/3 of the quilt and decided I couldn't finish it for Christmas, so I made her a fun little clutch bag made from the Pink Wallflower fabric. Not a bad Christmas gift ;-)
(**Tara loves frogs, so I found this uber-fun Alexander Henry frog fabric and added it to the mix**)In the past two months, I mastered free-motion quilting (stippling) and decided to go for it on this baby! So 10 months later I REALLY love how it turned out! The quilting only took me 3 evenings... maybe 2 hours each. So worth it! Tara's birthday is July 25th and she received it in the mail yesterday.
And my favorite part?I added this tag on the back (a boring, all creme back) and I think it really makes it special. Back when we were classmates, each year on our birthdays, we'd use the same gift bag that said "Best Friends Through Thick & Thin." That bag is long gone, but I named this quilt after our little tradition.
The finished quilt is about 60" x 65" which should make a nice lap quilt to cuddle up with in the winter with a cup of tea, a good book, and her puppy dog, Chloe, at her side. The top was pieced with no pattern in mind. Basically - I flew by the seat of my pants. Oh yeah.
Finally- this will probably be my last post for a week or so. We leave for vacation this weekend and will return August 1st - rested, bright eyed, and bushy tailed.