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A Quilt for my Sister

Jeanne quilt

I have been spending more time with my sister lately and I decided to make her a quilt. Our mom passed away last year and all of her fabric is neatly folded on shelves in her old sewing area in the basement of the family home where we grew up. I filled a huge tote bag with floral fabrics that would make a wonderful memory quilt.

When I got home from the hour and 15 minute ride, I thought about what type of quilt I should make. I wanted it to be an oversized lap quilt/ couch throw and I wanted it to be different than any I had made before. I searched Pinterest and found a lovely lattice pattern that was perfect for the delicate floral fabrics. That led me to a Missouri Star Quilt Co. tutorial here. Awesome!

The fabrics were all light in value so I decided to add some medium value fabrics to make the flowers sparkle and dance across the surface of the quilt. I made a trip to Joann fabrics and brought my 5 inch strips of mom’s fabric with me to coordinate colors.

It was a lot of rotary cutting and sewing so it took me a couple of weeks to get the top together. The top came out great and my sister loved it! I had a friend of mine quilt it on her big long arm machine. I got it back yesterday and the quilting is gorgeous. All I need to do now is sew on the binding.

I realized that I enjoy making traditional quilts just as much as I like making art quilts. Traditional quilters and art quilters are often at odds with each other and at times seem to be polar opposites. I shouldn’t have to choose between the two camps or make excuses for doing what I want to do at any given moment. I am a free spirit and will go the way the winds of change take me.