This is a close-up of one of my favorite things in the world – my Ginger Jar wall quilt my mom made me. The applique and quilting are gorgeous. My mom seems to effortlessly bring joy and love and beauty to everything she touches. I aspire to be my mom – to be as kind as generous as her, to make my kids feel as loved and supported as she always makes me feel, to set a table as well as her, and to quilt as well as her. She is and always has been my inspiration. Happy Birthday, Mom!
I made her this triple-zip pouch from this tutorial. The fabric is gorgeous. My top stitching and zipper sewing need some work. But my mom loved it – I know my mom will love anything and everything I make for her. I am very happy that I have that kind of mom.
This is a quilt for the pending baby of my cousin Josh. I really love this quilt. The theme for the baby’s room is Pirate. I asked Josh’s mom what the theme was when I was thinking about the quilt to make, and it was duh, Pirate. Josh and his wife take pirate-themed vacations where they dress up like pirates – like I said, duh.
The pirate quilt was fun and easy to make. Fighting against using negative space, I tried to come up with a design that would use the amazing pirate-themed layer cake that I bought for the quilt. But the fabrics were just too bright and busy. I realized this when I sat down to start piecing together my (already) cut pieces. So DH agreed to take me to the fabric store where I bought an awesome steel grey. I ended up using a lot less of the layer cake, but what I did use, really does shine now.
And the back is AMAZING. I love this fabric. I added a clumsily-appliqued anchor on the back.
And there are ships… and parrots… and sharks… and treasure. Arghhh!
I am starting to hate looooong strippy sashing less. It helped that this one only required width-of-fabric strips. I also couldn’t love the grey more. Greys are the bomb. All in all, guhreat project. As soon as I find the power to do it, I am going to write up the pattern for this one. If nothing else, I think I will want to remember how I did that one the next time I find a set of super busy prints I want to use for a baby quilt.
(Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday. Woot!)