OK ... well it only took 11 months to go from design table to finished quilt ;-).
I started playing with this baby back here and here.
I was trying tome new things and was quite happy with how it came out. I ended up with two different versions. This is the 2nd, the first one was a completed quilt which I posted here.
This one the first one (the time consumer one) that I started with. I like this one slightly better than the other. And almost always like a quilt that's been done with tighter meandering quilting than a casual one with more spaced out straight line quilts.
This one is made from all Kona solids on the front and measures 40" x 49" now that it's been quilted and washed.
The back is a single piece that I picked up my LQS ... it has just enough detail in it to give it a little life without needing any additional piecing. The binding is from a bit of material (unnamed) that I picked up as an end-of-bolt from the same store.
My brother Patrick, a LTC in the Army, just got a plumb assignment ... commanding one of the Battalions of the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg, NC. He and his girlfriend, Katherine, have moved from the DC area and set up household together in NC. This was their housewarming/Christmas present.
It's difficult for military spouses ... the Army decides where you go ... and often with little interest in where you would like to go. Two careers can be tough to manage. I give Katherine a lot of credit, she's done a great job in her role in DC and they've agreed to let her tele-commute from NC in a trial situation. It takes a lot of guts to do what she's doing ... walking away from being seen every day and being considered for promotions to sitting on the sidelines and having to do an increasingly great job to stand out.
That said ... they've set up house. She sent me the photo of their new family room.
And her inspiration photo.
And I came up with this.
And here's the back.
And here's the new quilt (and the Christmas tree skirt I made them -- a different post) under their tree.
I wish them tons of success and joy in their new roles.
A friend of mine helped me host a surprise birthday party for John in March 2014. I had made this quilt to say thank you. Sadly, it was the quilt I was working on when I had all my stitching challenges with my Juki last year.
So I held on to it all the way up until we went over to see them just before the holidays. I eventually thought that they would value a quilt that they could use more than one that I held back because I wasn't happy with some stitching.
I'm not going to post many pics, as it is not my favorite quilt of all time. It was based on this quilt, which I did love, and that I tried to replicate here.
But since all quilts are not perfect quilts … I decided to go ahead an post this one here … it is part of the growth experience yes?