Friday, May 7, 2010

A Quilt Too Long in the Making

For decades and decades, I swore I would never quilt.   HA!  NEVER say never....it's a sure jinx.
My sister Ginny, who is shown here, is the temptress.  When we were both expecting our first grandchildren, she called with the info that her neighborhood church ladies were having a Quilting Saturday, and for $15.00, they would provide a pre-cut  I Spy Quilt, and we could stay and eat lunch and quilt.  That was my first attempt at quilting, and the oldest grandchild is now 9 years old.   After the first attempt, I decided to take a class, which was Buggy Barn Stars.   I taught Ginny how to "slash and gash" the pile of fat quarters, and she taught her daughter Kristy, who made these star squares.....years ago.   Ginny added the white borders, and then it sat, like so many quilts seem to do, in the UFO pile.  (UnFinished Object)   When Kristy was expecting her first baby, two years ago, I told them I would do the long arm stitching on it.   Ginny was supposed to do the binding, but now that Max is nearly two, I stole the quilt away and finally finished it.   Here is a very happy Ginny who drove the quilt to San Francisco, Kristy and Max.  Yea!  Happy Day.  One more UFO off the list.

Kristy wanted it quilted differently in every square, which qualifies as a custom quilt.   I am by no means a competent long arm driver, but all three of us spent the day laughing, and I think it shows in the whimsy.    All Ginny could say was,  "That quilt is soooo  Kristy!.

6 comments:

June Calender said...

It's a lovely, bright quilt -- lucky kid whatever his/her age. No one who quilts should be without at least one UFO, so it's time for you to start something new, or two somethings. You know the kids will be going to college some day and need a nice reminder of who loves them. That gives you time to finish the next UFOs.

S. Etole said...

I like the whimsical stitching.

Jonathon said...

What an adorable quilt! and a marvelous gift.

Kass said...

Hi Ginny. Hi colorful quilt. It's great to see you!.

Martha Lever said...

Oh i just love it--the colors are yummy. Thanks for signing up for my giveaway!!!

lori vliegen said...

you did a fabulous job, marie!!! i absolutely love these cheery, happy colors.....and i'd say you drive a long arm machine quite well!!! xox, :))