I was privileged to give this small table topper to a dear lady this morning. My friend, Marilyn was almost speechless to receive this gift, but she really was surprised and loved it, which is always the goal when quilters are giving gifts.
Marilyn has been a friend for several years now and I enjoy her so much. She’s as ridiculous about dogs as we are and truly one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met. It was a blessing to make this for her.
I used the Moda Love pattern, cutting my own squares, not using a charm pack as suggested. It worked out fine and I even have some bits leftover. Score!
One of the key fabrics that I actually wish I’d used more of was the paw prints. Besides that it matched perfectly, it was so very appropriate. I used it in each corner and a few in the HSTs. Too cute.
I had asked Marilyn’s daughters what colors she liked, and they both told me “earth tones.” Sorry, but (eye roll) bleah. I tried to find something like that, but ended up with some brown (like dirt, thus like earth…) and tan, oh, and a touch of green (like grass, also ON earth). Mostly, the quilt reads navy. I liked the fabrics so I interpreted “earth tones” in my own way.
It was funny that she wore navy today, and matched her little quilt!
I tried to quilt this adventurously, because sometimes I just do the same stuff because it’s fast or easy. In the main navy floral, I did go with the flower meander that I love and depend on for every quilt for a female. In the large background squares I attempted feathers. They can only be seen in shadow, which is good. They aren’t horrible, but I wouldn’t try them with contrasting thread yet. I did some back and forth lines in some backgrounds and pebbles in others. I almost forgot about the leaves, that’s “earthy,” right? It was pretty fun all around.
I put the binding on so I could sew it down “blindly” from the front. Not always great at this…
Missing the ditch is one of my greatest skills. (Eye roll)
Yes, had to go over some spots more than once.
Well, it is what it is.
I used this light fabric on the back. I feel it disguises my weirdo quilting in some spots so it was perfect!
It’s always fun to give quilty gifts to friends that just aren’t expecting it. I mean, friends already have a piece of your heart, they may as well have something made especially for them, right?
Have a good week, friends.