Fridays are wonderful, and fall Fridays are even better! As I sit here (actually on Thursday) the breeze is blowing, the temperature is in the low 80's, and the sun is shining. I could take this all year long! So I'm definitely whooping about the lovely days that are ahead of us. But there are other things to whoop about today too, I'm sure - so let's get started!
I titled this post "A Labor of Love" and the quilt I'm going to share with you today truly is - but not nearly as much mine as the recipient's mom!
This wonderful scrapbook of a quilt is for Katie (obviously) and pretty closely reflects her school years. There's lots on here that's special to her, like the pillowcase with her name on it...
...the t-shirt from her senior beach trip, and the monogram from her bathing suit for that trip. I had a lot of fun creating a "frame" for that pretty piece of monogram work!
There's lots of memories from her time working at Chick-Fil-A, too - including a copy of her name badge on part of her work shirt. That was a labor of love on my part - after trying several different techniques to get an accurate copy of the real thing, I decided to take a photograph and print it out. That worked much better than the copier! Then I appliquéd it onto the block.
Katie and I are in absolute agreement on this next sentiment, but according to her mom, running was a part of her life for a while, so she wanted this and some race t-shirts featured in a section...
Of course, school days are important, too, and your backpack is an integral part of those days! I've never put a piece of backpack in a quilt before, but this one worked in well. It's bordered by pieces from her uniform skirt.
And this cute little heart came from the text on the back of one of her t-shirts. It was so cute, though, I didn't want to just throw it away! It's bordered with pieces from another uniform skirt.
And then there are the fun little bits and pieces that make a quilt unique, like the initials off the back of her volleyball shirt!
Here's another fun part - a piece of a well-loved comforter, decorated with a piece of daisy trim from her bedroom decorations. The fabric on the comforter was too delicate to use as we first planned on the back of the quilt, but never fear - it will show up later! I backed this delicate piece with t-shirt interfacing, so it's nice and stable.
But my favorite part of the quilt has to be the Project 410 section. I don't know the whole story, but apparently this was a project that she created that took off and went for several years. The mission statement, 1 Peter 4:10, should be a reminder to us all!
And to top (or back) it all off, a favorite sheet on the back of the quilt!
So there you have it - a new memory quilt finished, and a new friendship started, as Katie's mom and I have been corresponding quite a bit over the creation of this one. She claims to have been a borderline stalker on Instagram, but I have to say, it's been fun to have so much input on a customer's quilt, and to know that she likes what is being created. It's also my first "long-distance" customer quilt, made for someone not local to me. It's been a great experience!
|I TOLD you there was a lot of beautiful sunshine today!|
So - - - can we get a whoop whoop?
And now it's your turn!
What's got you whooping it up today?
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!