It's finally Friday again! After a week of unseasonably (and gorgeously) warm temps, we are back down in the 30's again - but that just means more time for sewing and quilting, doesn't it? And that's good cause to whoop it up a little - so it's a good thing it's Friday! Let's get started!
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter called me and asked if I could make a quilt for her. (This doesn't happen very often!) (surprisingly) Her two youngest kids, Emmy and Nathanael, are both deaf and because of that, have an interpreter assigned to them at school - an adult who acts as a go-between as they attend classes, interpreting things they don't understand into sign language and also helping others understand them if there's a communication problem. This particular interpreter has been with them for two years now and this will probably be her last year with them, and Nancy wanted to see if I would make a quilt for her. Of course!
After much sifting through Pinterest, Nancy pointed out a quilt she liked that was very similar to my Supernova pattern. When I called her attention to it, she agreed that it was perfect. Lots of texting then occurred, with both of us sending fabric pics back and forth from our respective parts of town, and we decided on jewel tone batiks in blues and purples against a black background.
Lots of cutting, sewing, and squaring up then occurred - because squaring up is essential, you know? Thank heavens for my Bloc-Loc ruler - best purchase I EVER made! It made this part of the task go pretty quickly, and soon I had a flimsy ready for its moment in the sun...
There really isn't anything prettier than sunlight glowing through a quilt flimsy, and jewel tones make it especially lovely. I had quite a time taking this pic, though, because the wind was blowing fiercely!
Quilting consisted of straight lines through the long axis of each diamond, radiating out from the center of the focal star. This is an easy way to quilt, although a lot of quilt wrangling is needed when working with a walking foot. It does make for a soft quilt! I used a variegated purple thread for the quilting.
And of course, the label! The kiddos (actually I think their mom!) traced their hands making the ASL sign for "I love you" and wrote their names on them. As you can see, Emmy wrote hers in cursive, and then printed it in case her interpreter couldn't understand her writing! When I started doodling calligraphy on the back of placemats when we went out to eat, Emmy (our little artist) just decided it was another form of art and started writing in cursive too. We've had a hard time explaining to her that she can't write like that on her school papers - her teachers can't always figure out what she's saying! But it is cute that she does it, and really very well.
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!