Friday, February 16, 2018
Star of Wonder
I was asked to make a quilt for a gentleman whose wife had recently passed away. It was a pleasure for me to make the quilt because his wife had become my dear friend and I had known him through my husband's work for years. She and I didn't know each other for very long, but because she was another quilter we made a deep connection. The first time she visited Utah, I took her around to visit different quilt shops and taught her to free motion quilt on a domestic sewing machine. We didn't stay much in contact that first year until she was ready to visit again. The second time she visited Utah we went to some quilt shops and I taught her how to quilt on my long arm and make a draw string bag. We had so much fun together. This time we kept in contact and would text each other regularly. It was an honor to know her and be her friend.
The only direction I was given on the quilt was to make it big (he is over six feet tall) and put minky on the back. (My husband is the one who said it needed the minky.) I selected the Shibori fabric line by Moda because I thought the blues were both beautiful and masculine.
I didn't have a lot of time to make the quilt, so I selected a simple design that has a lot of wow factor. I was inspired by this beautiful black and white quilt at Night Owl Quilting. I cut everything out one night and pieced it the next day.
I quickly quilted it on the Bernina Q24 with a spiral design.
I quickly did the binding in the darkest blue.
Then I took it outside for a few pictures in the fading light.
Then I took it inside to get a picture of the entire quilt. It finishes about 72 by 90 inches.
My husband took it to work the next day so that they could send it to him before Christmas. I really miss her and hope this quilt can bring her husband some comfort.