As promised, I am back again and it should be much better today than yesterday.
Now, about those wedding quilts…Did I tell you the story about the first one? If I have you may want to skip ahead because I’m going to tell it now. The newlyweds (that is closing in on their 1 year anniversary….) are baseball fans. However, they are also a house divided with one being a Cubs fan and the other a Dodgers fan. Now, I’m in a bit of a good place with that because their colors are similar. Blue and white for the Dodgers and red, white, and blue for the Cubs. My thought was that I would do half the border in one team and the other half in the other team. There I encountered the first problem. It is difficult to find MLB fabric in a cotton. Fleece, yes and maybe even flannel but nothing for cotton. Well, that certainly put a damper on things. It was also getting close to the date and I was hoping that I would be able to get it done in time to take with us. To that end, Inez had a partially done top that was in the right colors that she was happy to send my way. So, I took it to retreat to finish it up and as I was getting ready to put my borders on I discovered that it was not exactly square. This is not a slam on Inez. After we talked about it we figured that was the reason why it had never been finished. However, this did put me right back to the drawing board with the wedding right around the corner.
I spend part of retreat browsing magazines and books that others had brought so I could get an idea for what to do next. I was fortunate because someone brought the book City Blocks by Nancy Rink. You can see it here. The cover girl on this book was inspiring for more of us at retreat and so when we headed off to the quilt shop there were a couple of monkeys who went in search of the book and were purchasing fabrics with the intent of doing the cover quilt. I, on the other hand, was searching for the fabrics to go with the borders that I had already purchased for this quilt in quantities necessary for the pattern. The Monkeys did not find the book at the shop we visited and upon returning to retreat, they promptly ordered it online. The book was just a huge hit!
I was able to find everything I needed and spent the rest of the retreat cutting and assembling the blocks. I obviously wasn’t able to get it done in time, but it is done now and beyond ready to go.
Are you ready to see it? Well, here it is! It’s kinda modern.
I tried really hard to make sure that the fabrics would represent both teams. And look! Baseballs!
This was one of my favorites. A lot of folks liked it but didn’t realize that it was baseball bats! How cool is that?
It is FINALLY getting ready to be shipped off so I’ll let you know how well they like it. Oh, and the quilting part. I did that too. I was a little worried that I made it too dense…but I was trying to keep my loops round so we could continue to carry out that baseball theme. At the bottom I quilted in their names and the date of their wedding. Now, the most important part! Getting it to them!
I hope your revolutions are going well – I’ve been working on mine as well. Not only the blog, but also getting back on the elliptical. I’ve managed the last 3 days in a row and I’m planning on getting up there again today. Yea! We made it to Day 8 and we are still going strong. See you tomorrow!