Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ethan's quilt

I have been working sorta kinda on a quilt for a dear friend since April.  He entered the hospital in March for what was supposed to be a 3 week stay.  He JUST got out of hospital and rehab in September.  I have been planning his quilt all this time.  It took me 2 months to settle on just the right pattern and another 3 months to collect the right fabrics for his quilt.  I had to make sure nothing in it was 'girly,' too.  I know that sounds like a lot of time, but he is a printer and a bookmaker, so I knew I wanted books in it for sure (took a while to find good book fabrics), but at the last minute I also found some printers block letters on a print which I HAD to have (put them in the border).  Anyway, it was a long time in the planning stage, then I started actually making it last week.  Here it is, sans binding:
In retrospect, I should have made the borders wider, but I followed the pattern and only bought enough fabric for a 4 1/2" border.  Ah well.

It is quilted in a beautiful gold thread that matches the sashing, and ready for a label and binding now.  I hope to give it to him soon. 

Here's the back of his quilt.  More printy-type stuff and some faux denim.  Used up 4 yards of fabric on the back, which depleted my stash a little...yay!!
In retrospect, the butterflies might be a bit too feminine, but nothing I can do about it now. 

I hope he likes it.  I know his wife will be over the moon over it.  She likes everything I do.

Love you, E & J!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Across the Rainbow Bridge

Sorry I haven't posted in so long.  It's been a depressing time.  I will try to be more dependable in the future.

I lost my sweet furbaby, Oodles 2 weeks ago Friday... I miss her SO much. 17 years was not enough time.  RIP sweet kitty.

On the quilting front, I've been working on quilts for two friends, one recovering from surgery and one just entering chemo.  Here is one of them (for the chemo patient):
This pic is pre-quilting.  It's now been quilted with purple thread with leaves and flowers... very pretty job.  Friend of mine who has a computerized longarm machine did it for me.  It looks great!.  I am working on the binding now, but because the intended recipient is allergic to cats, I'm trying to do most of the work away from home.  Tomorrow at my mini-group's sew-in, hopefully I can get it done. 

Second quilt is based on Venetian floor tiles and is made with book fabrics for a printer and bookmaker.  Hope he likes it... I should get it back from the quilter tomorrow or very soon if not that soon.

Neither one knows they are about to get a quilt.