Several years ago, I really thought I was going to make a watercolor quilt. Really! I have some great books and I truly admired them! I was so convinced that I had cut up some flower fabrics into 2.5″ squares, and also bought a watercolor pack. Lo and behold, I finally accepted reality and went about figuring out what to do with all those little squares.
As you can see, I decided nine-patches were the way to go. And let me tell you, piecing nine-patches with individual squares instead of strip-piecing them is T-E-D-I-O-U-S.
I went into it without much of a plan. Figured I’d make a quilt for my mother-in-law’s coming birthday, and that the random floral fabric would work for her. I put them with black because I LOVE the way colors pop on black. Unfortunately, I didn’t know the dimensions since I just grabbed the stacks of floral squares and black fabric on hand. Apparently, my black fabrics were from different sources and their differences can be seen up close. Boo!
I had my mom quilt this one for me. She smartly chose the purple thread, which provides an extra bit of life to the quilt — love it!
In addition, my mom graciously gave me a large piece of floral fabric for the back of the quilt. To be honest, neither of us was crazy about the fabric, so it wasn’t much of a sacrifice BUT my mother-in-law would know nothing different! eep!
The pillow is admittedly very sad. It was the first pillow I’ve ever? made, and I didn’t quilt it and didn’t make a pocket back or anything. It is actually just stuffed instead of using a pillow form. This was only done a year ago, but I have come *way* far in my pillow-making skills!
I finished the quilt just in time for my mother-in-law’s birthday last October, and she did love it. She did do that thing that bugs me to no end though: she opened it to the back first and thought I just gave her a quilt made out of one piece of ugly floral fabric . . . and she *loved* it. Hello! All the work is on the other side!
She also loved the front when she finally found it.
Finished in October 2008, sized 66″x72″.
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