I finished! Yippee! Not only finished but I flew it across the country, wrapped it up in pretty paper and hand delivered it to my precious niece, Christin Morrow. I have to say, I’m quite proud of myself because there’s something you don’t know about me. I finish 95% of the projects I have to do for work but only a measly 20% of projects I want to make for loved ones. Geesh, something’s wrong with that picture. That will have to be my resolution for 2012.
When I do get the opportunity to make something for someone I absolutely love the process because I get to focus on the recipient. During the Bubble Quilt, I added a dash of purple fabrics because Christin loved purple during her childhood. I thought of the days we spent splashing in the ocean and playing in the sand and picked fabrics with watery themes. I thought of how she has grown into a beautiful young woman – a very smart young woman and worried that the quilt would live up to her adult standards. But mostly I thought of the joy she is about to experience with the birth of her new child in a few months.
I got to spend the whole weekend with Christin and her husband, Tom, at her parents’ home (my oldest sister, Mary Pat and her husband Aldo). There were a bunch of us as their family keeps growing. Now there’s a new fiancé (to daughter Kim), a sweet boyfriend (to daughter Regina) and a dog (a first in that family).
If a reunion like that was at the end of every project on my list, I think I would complete them all. Here’s a quick look at the mom-to-be, four of my five sisters and my dear mom at the baby shower.
But enough of the celebration. Let’s take a look at the quilt!
Here’s a bit of the process. I worked on quilt sandwich strips of white fabric/batting/backing adding circles spaced 1 ½” apart. Then, I auditioned the strips on the design wall. I wanted to space the darker value circles evenly across the quilt.
After a little rearranging, I taped a piece of painter’s tape to each strip and numbered them. Numbering the strips saves confusion later on if the strips get out of order. I also placed the tape at the top of each strip so I would know what end was up.
Then it was time to piece. The reversible piecing technique is fast and manageable. I built the quilt in segments then seamed the two larger segments together. It was less fabric to wrestle under the needle.
And oh yes, I bound the quilt – in the traditional method. If you’ve attended one of my seminars then you know how I often cheat on binding. Sometimes I fuse the binding to the quilt. But not the Bubble Quilt, I went the extra length and did it the right way.
Next week – Handbags! Finally, it’s time reveal all those handbags Nancy Zieman and I made this summer. Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you get first notice on new posts.