the scrap vomit quilt i started last summer is FINALLY FINISHED. i wrote about it here, when work on the quilt was in the early, block-making stage. i finished the top in the early fall, and the quilt top sat on the shelf in my studio until late january 2014, when i finally got my crap together and passed the top (along with two other tops) off to terri and frank karls, who skillfully longarmed it with these fun, kind of organic but modern spiral motifs, in black thread. i'm still not comfortable doing much free-motion quilting...so i thought it'd leave it to the experts. :)
my friend shelley and i have been friends for 28 years...since we were 10. i was new at woodlands elementary school in longwood, florida, and she reached out to me and befriended me. our lives have diverged in different directions over the decades, but i still love her as a sister and when i go down to florida a couple of times a year i try to get together with her if time and circumstances allow.
back in july of 2013, she told me she was pregnant. i was overcome with joy for her (and her partner danny). just after christmas 2013, one day after, to be specific, she had her second child, a tiny little girl named danielle.
this quilt is for that special baby girl, little danielle, the new baby of my oldest, dearest friend. :)
i started it in september, at the CMQG fall retreat. i brought the biggest suitcase i had to the retreat, stuffed to the hilt with pink, orange and green fabrics (what shelley said she liked) from my stash and scrap bins. i pieced the whole top that weekend, and quilted it the week after the retreat. as with pretty much every quilt i make, it's a big jumble of new and old fabrics. the fluoro pink chevron fabric is from an old, VERY cherished and heavily loved dress of poppy's. :) i wanted to include it as a little "gift" from my baby to hers. the whole color scheme was really fun to work with; it felt really feminine and "florida" and maybe a tad "lily pulitzer", even. i swear that every other baby quilt I've made in the past few years has been for a boy (lovely though they are!) so it was nice to make something for a girl for once. :)
i love making quilts and giving them away; especially to some one whose needs are greater than my own.
i'm a member of the chicago modern quilt guild and one of our service projects in 2013 was to make quilts for chicago-area teenagers who are served by an organization called teen living. the teens were previously homeless, but the organization helps provide them with support and resources to rebuild their lives.
my quilt is one of 23 (!!) twin sized quilts that were pieced and quilted by our members. we worked together and alone to make these 23 quilts happen, an amazing feat, but a mere drop in the bucket for what's needed by the kids served by teen living. we gathered and packaged them up, and on november 21st, i helped another guild member deliver them to the teen living offices. word on the street is that the kids will be given these quilts at the teen living holiday fete. hope they keep the kids warm; and that they know we were thinking of them and their well-being as they reconstruct their young lives. :)
as for the quilt itself: it's just HST's that measure about 6" or so, cut out using my accuquilt studio cutter. i set them in a kind of diamond like layout, just for something different. the fabric was vintage and new from my overflowing scrap bins, paired with white kona. i echo quilted all the seams and sewed the binding on by machine. it was my first time sewing on the binding by machine (i usually do it by hand), but the process was easy peasy and i'll definitely machine bind more quilts this way in the future. i used this tutorial on machine binding by cluck cluck sew to make it happen.