I have been collecting fabric with words/text for quite some time in order to make a quilt for my best girl friend (my husband of 40 years is my best friend) who decided a couple of years ago to go back to school at the age of 58 to finish her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. I want to surprise her with a quilt full of words when she graduates in the fall of 2013. (I do keep some secrets from my best friend. She doesn't know I have a blog.)
I started her quilt last year when I thought she was going to graduate in the fall of 2012 but it became a UFO when I found out I had until 2013 to finish it. Thankfully the blog hop came along and pushed me to finish a UFO. My friend's favorite color is purple so that is the color I used for the background. I used text fabrics within the hearts, purple and white striped fabric for the backing and purple polka dotted fabric for the binding. The quilt finished at 48x60- each block finished at 12 inches. I've called it "Words from the Heart".
(No matter how many pics I took of the entire quilt they just looked blurry but there are better close ups below that are easier on the eyes.) I used a heart block pattern from Cindy Carter and I free motion quilted it with hearts (that look more like leaves) and with 30 different words important to me and to my friend - create, sing, write, give, inspire, love, cherish, dream, mentor, pray, give, simplify, think, celebrate, try, dream, grow, savor, listen, learn, thank, dance, live, joke, protect, play, donate, be, do, plan. I used variegated purple thread and did the best I could on my plain Jane sewing machine. My friend doesn't sew so she won't notice any flaws. (She overlooks mine).
"Words from the Heart" has hearts full of 2.5 inch squares of the fun text fabrics I've collected over the years, some pictured below laid out on the back of the quilt (which looks like a mattress but the price was right !)
I have some 2.5 inch squares left over. I think the pile has 2 squares each of 50 different fabrics that I will mail anywhere. Leave me a comment with the title of the last good book you read and would recommend to others. Follow my blog if you wish - it would be nice - but I don't want you to force you so no extra entry. I'll use random generator to pick a winner on Sunday morning, Jan. 30 after I have my morning coffee.
Thanks for your visit.
Please visit today's other wordsmiths below.
Monday, January 14
Gracie Oliver Arts (Jeanie)
Clothes and Crafts (Maria K.)
Simple Sew (Shirley T.)
Woolie Mammoth (Anna B.)
RocknQuilts (Mary Ann)
Celynn's Sunflower Patch (Celynn)
Sane and Crazy Quilting (Cathy L.)
Quiltsmiles (Jane E.)
Feathered Nest Studio(Jennet)