Happy New Year! I know we are all hoping for health and happiness (and an end to COVID) in 2022. I also wish you many happy, creative hours in your sewing space and friends to share your joys with.
Today I have three finished projects to share with you. First up is Marie’s “Sisters” quilt. “Sisters” was the Block of the Month that I offered on this blog in 2020. You can still access the free patterns by clicking on “Sisters BOM QAL” in the menu. By scrolling to the end of the list you can see a gallery of quilts made by QAL participants.
Marie used her collection of pink and brown Civil War reproduction prints to make the “Big Sister” and “Little Sister” blocks. Instead of plain 6″ alternate squares, she inserted “Four Patches.” The brown sashing wonderfully sets off each block, and the large scale print of the outer border lends elegance to the composition. Hooray, Marie. You finished it, and it is beautiful!
Marianne emailed a picture of her “Options” quilt top. I met Marianne twelve years ago at the Black Forest Quilt Guild when the Army sent us to Stuttgart, Germany. She subsequently invited me to her guild which met in Kemnat. Quilting is a fantastic bridge between nationalities and cultures; our friendship is so mutually enriching.
While many of us chose an “Hourglass” design as alternate blocks in our “Options” quilts, Marianne chose a “Sixteen Patch” design. She alternated light and dark 2 1/2″ squares, utilizing many of her scraps. The black and white diamond print for sashing and border ties all the colorful, scrappy blocks together. Marianne enjoyed the project and felt that it guided her through the CORONA year. Wunderbar, Marianne!
Melinda set a Christmas deadline for her “Options” quilt, making it as a gift for her NC State loving step-son. She augmented her collection of NC State prints with black and red tone-on-tones and prints to great effect. If you participated in the QAL, you will notice Melinda created several “unofficial” designs. She loved having the option to think and sew outside of the box.
Zoom in to see the football pantograph design we selected for the quilting motif. I used gray thread which blended beautifully. Bobby loved his gift, by the way.
I am so proud of Marie, Marianne, and Melinda for finishing up their projects. Their example is motivating, isn’t it? Just keep at it, keep sewing, keep moving forward, and your quilt will eventually be completed. To follow my own advice: This past year I taught “Sisters” at Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC and made blocks with Christmas fabrics. I need to put them on my design wall, cut alternate blocks, and attach sashing and border fabric. Finishing this WIP (Work in Progress) is one of my quilting resolutions for 2022. If you’re not quite finished with your “Sisters” or “Options” quilt, I encourage you to work on it with renewed energy. You’ll be so pleased with the beautiful quilt you finish in 2022!