|Brynne and her folks in action!|
It all started when Brynne (our son Derrick's lovely girlfriend) decided to rescue some special fabrics from her grandmother's stash.
|Some of Brynne's fabrics.|
I'd volunteered to make memory quilts for her and her family, but Brynne surprised me by wanting to help.
What??? You want to learn to quilt?
As soon as we had a plan, Brynne got a crash course in cutting, how to use a sewing machine, and how to piece the ear/body units for the "regular kitty" blocks. (Click here for more on our first session.)
We worked hard and fast so she could learn what she needed before her visit was over. She left with a borrowed machine and homework! She would sew all of the "regular kitty" ear units, and I would sew their butts (it's a glam life for me!). I'd also look after the "tiny kitty" and the "stacked kitty" blocks since we were out of time for more lessons.
Here is our "before" design wall, full of kitty parts!
(We raided my scrap bins to round out our palette.)
Oh, and Brynne also drew three, important "tiny kitty" blocks for her Mom - they represent special family pets.
|Two kitties drawn, but not yet pieced.|
|Third drawing, pieced.|
|Brynne & Derrick.|
Brynne pieced her first row! (Which was actually the bottom row of the quilt - ha!)
We finished piecing the rows, and made plans for the borders, backing, quilting, and binding. Distance is always an issue, so Brynne left the quilt with me for finishing.
|Ready for borders.|
And...here it is, Fresh off the Frame!
(Brynne chose the wrought iron panto. I think it is purr-fect!)
Daisy Kingdom fabric was a favourite of Brynne's grandmother. There was almost enough of this print for the back of the quilt. A bit of creative piecing made it work!
And, finally, here it is - bound and ready to go.
We discussed possibilities every step of the way, but I left every creative decision to Brynne. I think she made excellent choices. It sure would have been easy to keep this for myself . . .
. . . but this picture of Brynne's mother tells me the quilt is right where it belongs!
|Enjoying one of the kitties drawn by her daughter.|
In case you are wondering, I did manage to finish this client quilt before Christmas, ripping and all!
|Floofy feathers with back-and-forth loops in the borders.|
And, lest you think we neglected celebrating the season...here is a bit of my husband's handiwork to prove otherwise!
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