I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas - I know I did! My DH did a great job of spoiling me (and all the other young ladies in his life) rotten! But I spoiled him a little bit, too, and part of that is what I am whooping about this week!
My husband mentioned about a month ago that he felt like the cobbler's child, because even though I've made hundreds of quilts, he has to sleep under a store-bought quilt. Poor baby!!
You may remember that I participated in a Kate Spain charm swap earlier this fall? Well, I took those pretty charms and cut up some KS fat quarters that I had on hand to supplement them. Two hundred and fifty Kate Spain prints in 5" squares. Then I went and found the perfect gray tone on tone print - perfect because it looked cool with the cool prints and warm with the warm prints. It wasn't easy to find, let me tell you! But I was happy I kept looking! And here's what I ended up with…
I love it! Bright and cheerful, but a little bit sophisticated with the gray background. And Bill loves it too!
I used two layers of cotton batting - first time I've ever done that - and quilted it in a large pointed random spiral pattern. The quilting is a nice counterpoint to the squares. And those two layers of batting make it nice and heavy! But not too heavy to sleep under comfortably. The weight of it sure surprised me when I took it off the frame, though - I haven't made a quilt that large before!
Sorry I don't have more pictures of it - making it in secret with my husband home for a week and a half before Christmas was really exciting! I pieced it while he was watching tv or working on his computer during the day, always with something else handy to throw on the machine if he headed my way. Then, fortunately, two friends of his wanted to meet him at a restaurant on the Saturday before Christmas, one for breakfast and one for lunch. So I quilted it during breakfast and did the binding, washing and drying during lunch! But the weather was horrible before I had to box it up, so I didn't get any good pictures. I'll try to remember to take some when we get home and put them on a future blogpost - because the texture of this quilt is amazing!
And one other thing - I just realized today that this quilt fulfills one of my new year's resolutions from last year - to make a king-size quilt for my own bed! Woohoo!!
To make up for the lack of pictures, though, let me share a funny story with you. Today, as we were driving to the beach, my daughter texted me - she was busy trying to find homes for all the Christmas presents the girls received. She was putting the girls' new quilts in their bedroom, and I think Emmy was helping her. Here's the picture she sent and her text message….
"I put Lilli's quilt on Lilli's bed
and Emmy made me put her up on Lilli's bed
and she threw off all her sister's stuffed animals
and laid there like "all mine!"
So I put Emmy's quilt on Emmy's bed and she got right in
and laid there like she was going to take a second nap…"
Isn't that sweet? She loves her new quilt! That makes my day!
So I've got lots to whoop about today! Whoop whoop whoop!!
And now it's your turn!
What are you whooping about today -
The last whoop whoop of the year?
Share with us so we can dance the happy dance too!
The party will stay open until Sunday at midnight -
Hope to see you there!