Thursday, February 09, 2012

Another FO: Quilting Edition

This week blew right by me, and before I knew it, I realized it had been a whole week since my last blog post. To update you on the Summer Search raffle, I am very happy to report that as of today, my readers have raised

a whopping $ 770 for Summer Search Philadelphia.  Woohoo!  There's still plenty of time to donate--the raffle will remain open through the end of February, so please consider helping out the great kids who benefit from this program.  Details here.

In the meantime, I have another finished quilt to show you. This is a throw-sized quilt I made for a very dear friend, Kristi. I first got to know her through Ravelry, and then, when she was attending a conference in Philadelphia, we got to meet in real life.  We also got to see each other the weekend I was in Hartford (remember our tour of the Mark Twain house?).

Kristi is going through some tough times, so I made up a care package for her, of which this quilt was a big part. Her favorite color is orange, so I gathered up squares from every orange fabric I could find. In addition to plain squares, I also put scraps and strips together to make some wonky patchwork squares.

The best part was finding the perfect fabric for the backing: Kristi's Ravatar is a pig, and I stumbled across pig fabric--in orange.

(This is a shot of the quilt all rolled up before I started machine-quilting it. but you can see the little piggehs on the backing really well.)

I decided to bind it with a neutral color, but didn't want to use black (too Halloween-y) or a lighter beige (would get drowned out by the orange) but found a perfect gray dot to do the trick.

Last step:  sewing on the BBF label!

I had so much fun making this quilt, not the least of which was because it was a surprise for a very dear person who deserves a huge pat on the back for handling an awful situation with incredible courage and grace.


Candie said...

Lovely quilt; thoughtful fabric choices; very lovely gesture of caring and consideration. I'd say you hit that one out of the park! ;)

Bridget said...

So pretty - and such a nice cozy symbol of friendship. How could anyone not love it?

Evelyn said...

This has got to be one of the happiest, sunniest quilts I've seen ever! And congrats on your fundraising -- that's awesome!

Unknown said...

Tempting sweater patterns - I think my first sweater is creeping closer. The quilt is charming - with all the cool modern patchwork I'm seeing online my sewing machine is starting to look at me with reproach.