It's unfortunate that a funeral is often the cause to see extended family when everyone is scattered across several states. I was, however, able to see all of my uncles that received the memory quilts that I made this summer from my grandfather's shirts, and it is nice to know that they all love them and appreciate their significance. Perhaps even more so now.
I was also able to finish up this quilt right before Christmas as "payment" for my new (to me) backup machine. I used my Bold Braid Quilt tutorial for this one, and made a pieced backing with fabrics from my grandmother's stash as well. I love finishing a quilt without buying a single scrap of fabric! I decided to call this one Lilacs and Sunshine, but I neglected to get a picture of the label.
I'm also working on a new quilt with that little Vintage Modern bundle I got in Baton Rouge. I got the top and the backing done right before we left for our travels, so I haven't gotten a good photo in the daylight yet, nor have I had the chance to press it. But, you get the idea. I'm thinking of calling this block "Girl's Best Friend" since it looks like a diamond with prongs or facets to me.
These are 20 inch blocks, but I think I would probably scale the blocks down if I ever make this block pattern again. I like negative space, but I think it might look better if the white spaces weren't quite so expansive. That being said, I do like the shapes created between the diamonds- almost like a crown.
I'm hoping I can get all of my Christmas decor put away (ugh) so that I can finish this one up before I have to go back to school. I would LOVE to quilt it before getting my house back in order, but I'm afraid that if I do that, I might have Christmas stuff out through Valentine's Day! My cleaning resolve is not nearly as steely as my quilting resolve.
Well, the last Needle and Thread Thursday was awhile ago, so here are a few projects to jog your memory!
Marelize @ Stitch by Stitch shared this awesome Asymmetrical HST quilt. Her quilting is really amazing!
Lou @ Not Enough Hours in the Day linked up this beauty. I love the colors, and the movement in this pattern!
and Swink Girls Quilts shared this fun, colorful flying geese quilt. Love it!
I've really missed Needle and Thread Thursday, and I can't wait to see what you've been working on to kick off 2014! Let's party like it's a brand new year!
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