I have been a little overwhelmed of late regarding all the quilty projects I have to do. But it’s all self inflicted so really, the pity party ends here.
I am happy to say that of my 5 quilts on the go, I have completed 2 with hopes to have another done this week. (I won’t mention that I just ordered a line of fabric for a quilt for my bed… it hasn’t arrived yet so it doesn’t count as a WiP surely!).
This week’s plan is to get the signature quilt done for Nan’s 90th birthday. Her party is in 10 days. So the deadline is looming!
I didn’t actually know how many quilt squares I was going to receive back so it was a little difficult to plan the layout. However I finally have the majority of squares back (and have left a few blank ones for a few family members who haven’t managed to get their squares signed). In the end, I only had to make one additional square to make a nice layout of 7 squares by 8. So I thought a paper pieced 90 would be nice! Used my Just My Type numbers patterns – they worked a treat!
Here’s the quilt top put together. The fabric I used is the pink and green colourways for Patty Young’s Lush. I adore this line of fabric. So pretty. The quilt top measures around 42” x 48”. I think that’s a nice size for a lap quilt. Thanks to the fabulous Gina for the idea of using a fleece backing – I’ll skip the batting and keep this nice and light weight for Nan.
I picked up a pink fleece blanket for cheaper than what it would have cost to buy the fleece at a fabric shop, so I’m crossing my fingers it’ll work okay! Especially as the colour matches perfectly! I will likely do very basic quilting so it’s a soft, comfy quilt (and because I don’t really like quilting!).
I’ve loved seeing the different blocks arrive. The only instructions I gave people were to use a pen, and leave me a 1/2” gap around the edge so their writing didn’t get caught up in the seam allowance. Well, turns out so people are rather creative!
We have an embroidered block:
One with a poem (from my cousin who clearly is going for the golden grandchild award – sorry Ryan, I think I win, making TWO quilts for Nan!)
One with some photos added:
One of my kidlets’ drawings (including this one in the round up as it’s the first recognisable drawing Lulu (2.5yo) has ever done and it’s ridiculously cute!)
And my very favourite – drawn by my aunt (who is an artist) – a little cartoon family representing my Nan’s family.
That’s my grandfather with the tools (he owned a hardware store), Nan playing tennis, my great Grandmother in the floral dress, the four kids and their dog Trixie! Isn’t that a cool block?
And boy do I feel boring and uncreative with my block that simply says “Happy 90th birthday Nan. All my love”. Haha! Boring!! Oh well all my creativity went into making the quilt and the family tree wallhanging!
So all that’s left now is to put the quilt together and I can tick another one off my list. Woohoo!