Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sharing the Love...Quilting with my Sisters

During this holiday season, four of my sisters enlisted help for their quilting projects! 

1)  One of my sisters made a quilt using scraps from our Mom's stash to give to her daughter for a wedding present.  The wedding was cancelled, so she told her daughter that she would be keeping the quilt for herself.  Then she had me quilt it up for a graduation/Christmas present.  Her daughter loved the quilt, and especially the quilted horsehead that is my sister's special signature.  Now as her daughter moves away from home, she'll always have a warm hug from her Mom and her Grandma!

2)  Another sister was on a quest to make a quilt for her daughter for Christmas, to help decorate her new room.  Her daughter loves turquoise, brown, orange and purple.  She fell in love with some Riley Blake prints (minus the purple) that were just perfect!  I designed a fun, quick quilt made with a Stack/Slash/Switch & Stitch method, using my EQ6 program, and emailed the pattern to my sister in Idaho.  She and her husband made the 5 hour drive and spent an afternoon with me.  I cut and pinned, my sister stitched, and her husband pressed.  By the end of the day, we'd finished 20 blocks, made a matching pillowcase, my daughter made the binding, and all the pieces were cut and ready to lay out and put together once she got home.  A friend there in Idaho did the longarm quilting and added the binding in time for Christmas.  It is SOOO adorable!  Definitely a team effort!

3)  A sister visiting from Arizona with her daughter made a treck to the mountains to spend an evening with me in my sewing room.  My sister finished stitching her squares for another rag quilt (her 13th?), laid it out and sewed the entire thing together in about 2 hours.  She did not need my help...  Meanwhile, her daughter worked on a quilt she had started three years ago when she was first married, wanting to finish it for her new baby coming in March.  She made the binding while I finished quilting my tree skirt, then helped pin the quilt to the frames for quilting.  I delivered it a couple of days later, and she finished hand-stitching her binding during the long ride back to Arizona.  Once home, she decided that it looked so good in her living room, the baby may never get to use it!

4)  Another sister's 14-year-old son stitched out about 40 embroidered sports logos on his Aunt Randi's fancy embroidery machine last summer.  She called with her son's fabric color choices, and I plugged it into my EQ6 quilt design program, so she'd know what yardage it would take for the setting squares and borders.  She had me quilt it, and hired my daughter to finish the binding.  Her son was surprised to receive his quilted masterpiece on Christmas morning, and he is so proud of his creation! 

What a fun Christmas season, helping my sisters share love with their families in every stitch!

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