I started this project when my son was a baby. He’s 14 now. It was one of my first quilting projects. Now I look at the fabrics I chose and think, “Woah, what a combo!?!” If I had started over now, I’d have found some coordinating fabrics and stuck to less colors. I love to use Pinterest for inspiring color combinations now days. But my younger self went bright and let the colors pop off the black background. I can’t tell you how incredibly satisfying working on this quilt has been. It’s like nothing I’ve made before and kinda strange but I’m falling in love with it.
There have been plenty of projects I’ve started and realized they just weren’t worth more effort. This one on the other hand has always been one I couldn’t toss or throw in the scrap pile. It has sat folded neatly in a bin awaiting a new life. I’m just glad I didn’t wait so long that it fell apart on me!
I’ve never actually entered a quilt in a show. Years ago, my dear Grandma Louise put a quilt I made for her in a show without me knowing! Quilts I have quilted for others have also been in shows but I have never intentionally gone through the process. One of my goals for this year was to make a new quilt that wasn’t my typical quilt and put it in the local show here in Vegas. When I saw this quilt in my UFO pile I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Since corona has changed the world, it maybe one that I just share with you here.
Today I was lucky enough to find some time to finish quilting the black background. I carefully stitched around all the stems and leaves and now they pop off the background even more. I love seeing a quilt come to life as I add the quilting. Next I’ll quilt the leaves, squares, and blue borders then I’m planning to take this baby off my nameless beast of a machine and add three dimensional flowers!