2 years ago as a Christmas present for Ashley I told her I would make a quilt.
I had absolutely fallen in love with the quilt that Terry made for her daughter Gillian and thought it would be such a nice present for Ashley and Brian as they were planning their future at that time.
So, Ashley and I headed down to Keepsake Quilting to pick out her fabric. For the most part she chose what she loved most with a little color help here and there.... I am pretty good with color, so I have been told. (wink).
So after Christmas, I set about cutting squares and piecing blocks and it seemed that even though I was cranking out a lot of blocks it was taking me so much longer than Terry's had. Granted, she made the throw size and I was making a queen sized quilt, but still??
One day while I was talking to Terry and maybe complained a wee bit about how long it was taking, she gently told me that she had made Happy Hour, whereas I was making Snapshots. Both patterns are from the same book and both patterns are almost identical, except that Happy Hour's pieces are MUCH bigger, so less blocks.
Ey yi yi! Thunk on the forehead!!!
I will admit that I lost interest there for a while, but Ashley kept asking about her quilt and as her bridal shower approached, I really made a concerted effort to get it finished. I sat down and pretty much put the rest of the top together in less than a week...
but then I realized it really needed a border to frame it.........(Happy Hour did not..one more step.)
So, I ran down to Keepsake and found some very sweet fabric that made my heart sing....little birds against a brown background. This motivated me once again, but as I was spreading everything out and crawling around the floor, I knew on that day I was not going to be able to complete it myself because of the ongoing back issues I have been dealing with.
What to do?? Well, I called a local woman who does machine quilting and asked her if she would be willing to help me finish this quilt before Christmas. Pat has written a few books and is very talented, so my fingers were crossed. I had all of the pieces and parts, I just couldn't handle putting this large of a quilt together on the floor with my back. Thankfully she said yes and did an amazing job. :-)
(I now have a setup that will not have me crawling on the floor anymore, thankfully)
Ashley came home this weekend to visit and pick up a few things that I had been storing for her from the wedding and her quilt. She was SO excited!! Crazy kid....if you have ever seen "New Girl" on tv....these two could be sistah's from different mistah's. ;-)
There are blocks that I wished I had not put next to each other here and there, but overall, I was so happy with how it came out. This is the very first bed sized quilt I have ever made and I think it came out pretty darn good...for a beginner. :-)