Last night the husband attended the appreciation dinner and got to raffle off the 2 quilts I made for the amazing people who care for kids at Shults Lewis in Valparaiso.
The first one I started a few years ago, giving the Swoon block a try with fabrics that were pretty, but not necessarily my favorite. I ended up loving them! LOVE! Because all I had were a limited amount of fat quarters, I had to find border fabrics at different places along the way. I love how it turned out. Usually the husband names the quilts, but while I’m sewing and quilting, my brain names it in my mind. This one?
Old Lady Quilt.
He didn’t think that was very nice, so he came up with something else. And from what he told me, the lady who won it, wanted it really bad! I am always thrilled when a quilt goes to a happy home.
The second one is a batik beauty that I just loved making! I watch The Midnight Quilt Show regularly and some time ago discovered an awesome block I wanted to try! On the show it was called Milky Way. It was super easy to do and lots of fun! I’d made a small wall hanging for the MIL and then wanted to try it in some other fabric, so batiks were the winners!
I quilted this with big swirls. The stitches are a little large, but I think it looks nice enough. I absolutely love the border fabric, which I bought without matching everything “just so” like I usually do. We named it Kaleidoscope.
I have a love/hate relationship with batik fabrics. I think they are just gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are always interesting. They iron well and usually don’t wiggle around while I’m sewing them. But the texture of the fabric bugs me. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but batiks just don’t seem to soften up and get cuddly like a quilt is supposed to. And as much as I love that they stitch up well, the texture, the flatness of the fabric makes my hands very dry.
So there it is.
Quilts given to friends who help kids through tough times with love and precious care. We’re so blessed to be able to support this good work.
Have a great weekend, friends!