I sort of decided not to do any quilting this semester what with work and study being the priority. Plus, when I quilt I do it on the dining room table and like to leave it all out for days on end - not an entirely practical option. So everything has been packed away and the only sewing-related activity has been the parcels of fabric that have periodically turned up - like magic - every few weeks. (I can't think how this happens but I thank Trademe and Etsy for each and every one!).
But I digress. Gabe decided to make her best friend a quilt to celebrate her 21st birthday and came to me for some tips and ideas. Now, several months later, her very first quilt is on the home stretch and it looks fantastic. It is made up of 21 squares (20 on the front in a 4 x 5 grid, and one big 'card' one on the back). Each square features a fabric that describes some aspect of their friendship. It is bordered by the most amazing neon green and Gabe bravely chose a variegated thread to quilt the top - in a vibrant mix of yellow, green and orange - and a gorgeous raspberry extra-wide backing. I'm sure her friend will be thrilled. There is something very special about being able to wrap yourself in a quilt made with love.
Viv, Gabe's mum, has kept us stocked up with homemade baking as we sprint for the finish and try and get the machine quilting finished today. The birthday girl turns 21 in a week so that doesn't leave much time for the binding to go on, but it will be enough!
Of course, Flash couldn't resist trying the baking basket out for size... He is such a show off!
So, thank you Gabe for getting me back into the swing of things and for reminding me that if there isn't thread on the floor, offcuts on the cat, bobbins needing winding and pins to be picked up, then life isn't nearly as much fun as it should be!