I have a very special friend. She is kind, generous, big-hearted, funny, special and colourful! I made her a quilt. I had been stewing about this for awhile. Wondering what to make and then what colours for her colourful self? I noticed this block on Rachel's blog, Stitched in Color, and everything just fell into place. Rachel called it Gemstones. Perfect! Because Patti is a gem. So here it is. A finished quilt for a friend.
I used a variety of fabrics. Lots of scraps and bits and pieces. The solid is Kona Berry and a dot from Stof completes the setting triangles. The binding is a stripe in the Prospect Park line. I quilted it myself in dense straight lines using my favourite thread... Aurifil 50 wt in white. I used a lot of thread. I think I went through about 8 bobbins. I love the effect of the straight line quilting! Husband came up with the idea of using the yellow-y green along with the Kona Berry for the setting triangles. It totally works! And is just quirky enough!
I took a picture of the label too. I used a long strip of Berry and did some free motion handwriting. The funny thing is that the handwriting actually looks like my handwriting! I found that stitching a line first, helped me stay more uniform in size as I wrote.
The backing is an assortment of colourful stuff from my stash. Wow! I love this quilt!
I went down the road for a morning visit yesterday. I hopped up to her door with the quilt under my arm. I have to say I was feeling quite proud of myself! She loved it! Was totally surprised. Shed some tears. Oohed and ahhed. Lots of hugs. She noticed all the things that I thought she would like. The pops of colour. The really colourful back. The bits of hand dyed purple that are in some of the squares. She loved the setting triangles. I have to say that was a brilliant idea of Husband's!
Gemstones for a friend because she is one for sure.
name: Gemstones for a Friend
size: 70" x 84"
quilted by me in Aurifil 50 wt white
fabric: stash and scraps with Kona Berry and Stof dots, binding Prospect Park