Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sharing is Caring

While I absolutely agree with this sentiment, I suspect we have all had a child use it to their advantage when we had something they want.  The fun part of that is turning the table on occasion.

But, I've had a chance to share Lola with one of the most important people in my life:  my-niece-the-quilter.
I actually love this quilt -- not necessarily for the fabric choices -- but for what it represents. She has a friend who will be moving to Pennsylvania in the next month or so and wanted to make a quilt from the group of friends. So -- everyone (including kids) were instructed to pick out a FQ of a fabric that had some meaning for them with the departing couple. That is brave -- these are not quilters and one never knows what they will get.

She got hippos that "may" represent when they were pregnant together. She got the logo of a pie restaurant where the two guys were on a first name basis. She got turkeys because two families always spent Thanksgiving Day together. She got pumpkins because they met in a pumpkin patch. She got Harry Potter because one of the children adores it. She got cowboy boots because they bought the first pair of cowboy boots for one of the kids. She used fabric for the border that was the same fabric she had made luncheon napkins for a maternity shower. What a conglomeration. The upside was that most of the fabric were Spoonflower and not cheap see-through material!

I think this is the perfect pattern (don't know the name) for so much variation and the use of Kona gray sashing to help tie everything together -- along with a black inner border -- resulted in a special special quilt.
Add to that, my-niece-the-quilter had only longarmed one quilt years ago. She chose to stipple and did a great job. Learning to stipple and keep it even is not easy but she did it.  

I am so proud of her and love the finished product!

I hope you are getting to share your love of quilting with someone you love!

Jan

10 comments:

Laura said...

It looks great - and what a lovely keepsake! thanks for linking up with TGIFF

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

what a great idea! And you are right it is a beautiful quilt, for lots of reasons

Ramona said...

LOVE this idea! And it looks great. What a treasure.

Rhonda R said...

What a great idea and a wonderful keepsake for the recipient.

Bonnie said...

Your niece was really brave to do this. It is amazing though and looks great. It will provide the whole family with many a warm hug and memories of some great friends. Excellent job all around,

Kathie said...

What a wonderful keepsake they will have.

Julia Nyanyo said...

What a beautiful quilt and such a wonderful gift. Gorgeous.

Vicki in MN said...

One wouldn't think all the different type of prints would work together but in this case they sure do! What a great sentimental gift-good job to your niece and friends.

Elaine said...

what a wonderful idea and a great keepsake!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Quilts make a wonderful gift, especially when they are a combined effort like this one.