Oh my! It's Friday, and not just any Friday, but the last one before Christmas! I hope you've been making great headway on all your Christmas goody making, and have plenty to whoop about this week. So let's get started!
As I've share previously, I make each one of my grandchildren a quilt each year at Christmastime, said quilt representing something about their life during the previous year. I've already shared Nathanael's and Emmy's, so this week it's Lilliana's turn!
Meet my beautiful granddaughter Lilliana! She just turned eleven this week, and is growing up so very fast. I took care of her almost every day from the time she was a few months old until she was three, so we are pretty close. My daughter blames all her bad habits on me (what bad habits??) and I have to admit she is a lot like me. She is very smart - loves math and science - and that's definitely not like me, but it's good to have someone in the family who can do quilt math!
This year, Lilli wanted a blue quilt. She approved of the pattern "Summer Wedding" by Jamie Elfert at Black Cat Creations, but I was concerned that the design as Jamie envisioned it, with dark rings on a neutral background, might not be blue enough. My solution? Reverse the coloring, using blues as the background and white for the rings.
I'm really pleased with the way this turned out, and I'm especially happy that I was able to use up a LOT of scraps while making this quilt! Lilli went through and pulled out her favorite scraps from my blue tub, and I added in a few special pieces of yardage too.
Y'all, this is one huge quilt! I made it for Lilli's new queen size bed, but you can see it here on my king size bed, and it's almost large enough for it!
Look at all those wonderful blue scraps! Seriously, I think this was one of my favorite quilts of the year. I love the double wedding ring look (especially without the work of sewing arcs!) and it feels very virtuous to have used scraps so well.
I did give in and buy an extra-wide backing for this quilt, mainly because it was so big and I was having math issues at the time - I was afraid I'd piece a back that wasn't the right size! So I found a beautiful pale aqua blue for the back.
And here's Lilli's label for the year. I love that I was able to find an "I love you" ASL image to put on all three labels - the internet is a wonderful place, isn't it?
So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?
And now it's your turn!
What's got you whooping it up this week?
What's making you do a little happy dance?
Share! We want to dance right along with you,
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!
The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.
Hope to see you there!