First up, my Montly Mini for September.
Another easy-peasy little scrap quilt that was a lot of fun to make!
The hourglass units were made from scraps from my Flying Geese quilt from a few years ago. The orange and blue border fabrics you might recognize from my stash haul at our Bargain Garden sale last June. In fact ... my June mini features the same orange. Very simple quilting: machine in all the ditches, and a single line of big-stitch hand quilting in the border.
The back is from a freebee pile I brought home from my small quilt group meeting a couple weeks ago.
(psssst ... go here to see more "Monthly Mini's" on Wendy's blog)
Meanwhile, I finished the following top, which was accepted by Quilts of Valor. (sorry about the crappy photo.)
Its made almost entirely from a line I fell in love with called Hickory Road, by Jo Morton. I still love it, but it grew to a size I can no longer handle in terms of basting and quilting. I was unsure QOV would accept it because its not "patriotic" colors, and not a completed (ie quilted and bound) quilt. But I got a resounding "yes" from the woman in charge in the Bay Area, so off it went. It might have helped that I sent along a 108" backing piece to sweeten the deal. At any rate, I'm happy I won't have to struggle with it, and it will be going to a veteran.
Another top that grew out of my control was this one.
Made from another line I fell in love with, Upstairs at the Manor House by Jeanne Horton. I had bought a bundle of the entire line plus several large pieces, with the intent of making a large bedspread for my guest bed. I don't know what I was thinking as there was no way I was going to be able to baste and quilt a top of that size. Plus it was not planned out very well, as you can see.
So I decided to divide it into two quilts.
This is the first one, which is going to a young mom I met up in Crescent City last July, who had lost her home in the Camp fire (Paradise, CA) two years ago. She told me she like muted colors which is right up my alley, right? I'm calling this "Sand and Sea" because that's what it reminds me of.
I quilted wavy lines, which, to me, are evocative of waves on the ocean.
Plus, I have a big enough piece left over from the original top for a second quilt, which will be a throw, or topper for my guest bed. Win-win, as they say!
All for now ...