Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mary's Quilt

I know I say this every year, but wow the summer is flying by!!
How are we already so close to August??!
Unfortunately, my July hasn't been as productive as I wanted it to be. 
It's so hard to get some good quality sewing time when I have 2 very young children and all the summer activities that come with the beautiful weather. And my sister got a tonsilectomy last week so I've been trying to help her as much as I can or watching my niece & nephew so she can get some rest. I've witnessed my husband getting his tonsils removed and now my sister. I'd be fine if I don't ever have to get mine removed-recovery is less than a pleasant one!!!! Yeow!

Anyways, I have managed to finish one quilt order so far. 
My mother in law Mary loves baby-sized quilts to use at a table-cover so she asked me to make her one that match her new curtains. I LOVE when she asks me to make things for her because she leaves all the designing and creativity to me which makes it a lot of fun for me.
I'm obsessed with triangle quilts so I sewed up some random half square triangles and got to sewing. 
I didn't have a pattern or design in mind until I was done sewing them and laid them all out to figure out how to sort them.
I love when half square triangles are random and abstract. In fact, I have another HST in the making.
But since this quilt is meant to be a large table-topper, I wanted to make sure it had more of a dramatic middle or center to the quilt. That's why I decided to put a Sawtooth Star in the middle. And instead of the triangles being random, I made them more into points to give a symmetrical look.
 That's what I love about HSTs! They design possibilities are endless!!
I'm not all that good at triangles yet, I've been practicing and trying to get better at them. So I appreciate my Mother-in-Law giving me a chance to play around with triangles and even some free motion quilting.
The quilt has many flaws and is far from perfect.
But one thing it does have is love!
I spent a lot of time, love, and effort trying to make a quilt she would enjoy
so I hope she loves it... flaws & all. Afterall, it is handmade.
There's just something so special about a handmade quilt.
They are one of a kind.

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