Last summer, she asked Tyler if she could hire me to make her a quilt.
"No," I told him;
"I could never charge somebody what my time is worth, I'd rather gift it.
If she buys the fabric, I'll make one for her."
In January, I told Tyler to tell her
I was ready to make her quilt.
(um. I didn't exactly abide by this one...)
A smidge of green and yellow.
A bohemian hippie vibe, with a nod to re-purposing.
And the quilting should be unexpected.
After a few e-mails back and forth, and visiting over coconut coffee,
I had a pretty good picture in my mind of what she wanted.
I ordered a rainbow bundle of fat sixteenths (light on the greens and yellows).
I added a little bundle of purple,
and another of oranges.
I dug through every piece of fabric that I own,
looking for pieces that met the above requirements.
Then I shopped at thrift shops, Hancocks, Hobby Lobby, and The Bargain Shack to round out my (admittedly tall) stack
and ended up with 123 different fabrics.
I spent 5 hours over the course of 3 days cutting 4 1/2 inch squares.
(It takes a lot longer to cut a few squares from a bunch of fabrics
than it takes to cut a bunch of squares from a few fabrics!)
A week of sewing (and ironing) here and there
resulted a finished quilt top.
In early January, a friend had offered to let me dig through some bins of fabric;
she knew I was a quilter (I'm a quilter!!:-) and thought I might find something I could put to good use.
I kept hoping that when I dug through the bins, I'd find fabric that would be perfect for the back of Nancy's quilt.
And I did!
Of course, I had to add some piecing to the back, too.
I used up every cm of those fat sixteenths ~ I had to; that was some expensive fabric!
After a quick trip to the church to baste it,
I spent the next 3 days quilting with my new Juki exceed f600.
Then it was time to decide on a binding.
And then, of course, make, and attach the binding,
then hand-sew it to the back.
(I forgot to take pictures, but my corners were perfect. I was so tickled!)
123 fabrics, plus the blue back
and the black binding - so, 125 fabrics
and about 31 hours of cutting, sewing, and ironing (ironing is a big part of quilting!)
and Nancy got the quilt she's always wanted her whole life.
Thanks, Nancy, for letting me make your quilt.
It was a fun challenge :-)
I hope you and Bruce enjoy many picnics on it
and snuggles on the couch under it.