So last month, after several minutes of protesting, Alex finally agreed to let the pine tree quilt go to that special quilt shop in the sky...after exacting my promise to replace it with a new one.
But there were rules:
Rule #1: No flowered fabrics could be used (that rule narrows the choices at any given quilt shop by 85%).
Rule #2: Earth tones were required (that 15% just narrowed to 5%).
Rule #3: The backing had to be soft but not overly warm so the quilt could be used in summer (I searched high and low for brushed cotton - and had to settle for a light flannel).
|Soft and the swirly lines hide any quilting whoopsies...|
So I sent Alex a snapshot of the quilt pattern made up into a lap quilt at the store...
|My quilting teacher made this lap quilt for her cowboy themed TV room.|
Rule #4: "No cowboy themed fabrics either" (So I was down to 3% of the available fabrics assuming I excluded Christmas prints).
|Pretty much I bought a "fat quarter" of every fabric they had that met Alex's criteria.|
I was super excited to take the class.
I would have the chance to learn new things, meet new friends and use my new sewing machine...
Of course the night before class my excitement turned into back-to-school jitters. I was a bundle of nerves - Would they like me? Would I make a complete fool of myself since I barely knew how my new machine worked? Would there be snacks?
Luckily for me there were only two other students (and they had met a few weeks before at a beginning quilters class so they were friendly and understanding). The teacher was very knowledgeable and patient.
And best of all - they had COOKIES!
|I had cut all my squares at home so was ready to start sewing in class.|
Quilters call this "nesting seams" because they aren't supposed to use the real words which are more like, "#%&*ing seams".
|These are my first two blocks...with the "nested seams" and they only took 4 hours to sew.|
|Since Alex wanted a double bed sized quilt I had to use the floor as my design wall.|
|Huckleberry loves Alex's new quilt...|
|But not as much as Golly does!|
|I love these embroidered corners!|
|And I thought the wave pattern looked pretty cool too.|
|The stars were my favorite part of the pattern!|
In fact, I had to "re-sew" the entire binding by hand...with some help from Golly as usual.
|Golly just LOVES Alex's quilt...me? Not so much...at least not until my bruised fingers heal up.|
The real question of course is, "Will Alex like it?"
|He likes it!!!|