My friend's daughter is getting married in May. She is a beautiful young woman. I met her when she was four. She came to Kindergarten orientation with her parents and so much enthusiasm, she gave me a big hug. I remembered her because she has the same name (spelled differently) as one of my daughters. I did not end up teaching her that year but I had her for social studies in first grade. Her mom began teaching at our school a year or two later. We meet every Thursday morning for bagels before school.
The shower was today and I gave Carylynne the little quilt I made her.
Here is a little of the process.
I checked her registry and saw she had asked for yellow plates. I thought I could make a wall quilt to go in her kitchen. I love yellow and gray so that is what I pulled.
I decided to make another tube quilt. They are fun and look more involved than they are. I picked four gray and four yellow fabrics and cut 2 1/2 inch strips the width of the fabric.
I sewed each gray to a yellow. Then I sewed the pairs together to make four fabrics. Then I closed up the tube by sewing the last seam.
I ironed the sets flat and used spray starch to help stabilize them then used my 9 inch square ruler to cut triangles from the sets. Starting on one end, I lined up the point of the square with the top seam and used the 6 inch mark on the sides of the square ruler. I cut out the triangle, flipped over the ruler and cut again. I made all 16 squares this way.
I ironed them again (lots of bias edges) and laid them flat on my lovely design floor.
They made a nice chevron but I tried the square in a square design.
First with the gray in the middle square.
Then with the yellow in the middle.
I took pictures of both and I liked the second one best, so I sewed the squares together. I added a white border. The top ended up about 27 inches square.
I backed it with more gray. I quilted it with a curvy stipple and put feathers all the way around the white border. I used one of the original gray fabrics for the binding (Michael Miller Dumb Dot in Gray). I love polka dots!
I find that I feel like I am practicing all the time when I quilt. Each time it feels a little easier. Even if I feel less than perfect, the people I give my quilts to have no idea.
And when I got to the shower, I found out that yellow and gray are Carylynne's wedding colors! Tada!
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