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Darlene's Sparkling Cider Quilt

Darlene has been a dear friend of my mother's for years. She even babysat me when I was little! Unfortunately, she was in a bad car accident over a year ago, and is still struggling to recover. When we found out how hard things have been for her, we knew she needed a quilt.

This was the first time Mom and I have worked together to make a quilt, but it won't be the last. It was so much fun! We had a four-day retreat at the local sewing studio (A Stitch off Seventh), and it took just about the whole time to piece both sides.

We wanted a pattern that would be relatively quick so we could finish at the retreat, and that would be forgiving for having blocks made by two different people. We chose to modify Sparkling Cider by All Washed Up Quilts. We only used the blocks with the small stars, and we split the large rectangles lengthwise to give the quilt more movement. Since none of the seams have to match between the blocks, we could easily trim them all to the same size after we finished piecing.

We are both a little bit crazy when it comes to using up our scraps on the back of the quilt. In this case, I think the back took longer than the front! We both made a pile of blocks, then used the design wall to figure out how we were going to make them all fit together. We tend to have pretty different thought processes when solving this kind of problem, but we made it work. We even still liked each other when we were finished!

We decided to try something a little different this time and pieced the label into the back. We made a star and framed it in yellow to set it apart from everything else. We wrote on the label before quilting. It's much easier to write without the squishiness of the batting, and this way we weren't trying to write over the quilting thread.

I'm a big believer in labels, and this was a fun way to do it. I'm thinking I will do more of this on quilts that get pieced backs. If I'm already piecing it, why not? 

For the quilting, I chose Swinging on a Star by Jessica Schick. It's my all time favorite star design. I love its whimsical, playful feel, and the larger scale of the stars was perfect for the big blocks in this quilt. 

I'm happy to say that Darlene was thrilled to receive the quilt. She was deeply moved by the love that she knew went into it. Quilts make the absolute best hugs, especially for the special people in our lives that are far away. Any time she wraps up in it, she will know there are two ladies in Montana thinking of her and cheering her on.

Have you ever collaborated to make a quilt? I would love to hear about it!

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Sister Quilts

My sister and I are two lucky ladies. We were raised by wonderful parents that have been together for 42 years and are still going strong. The icing on an already fabulous cake is that our mom started quilting a little over a year ago, and she just made each of us a quilt!

Needless to say, we are both thrilled. Mom originally planned on giving them to us together, but decided she couldn't wait. That meant that I got mine a couple of weeks before Autumn came out to visit and I had to keep it a secret. She gave it to me right before dinner, and I spent the rest of the night wrapped up in it.

When Autumn came out for her birthday, she found her quilt on the guest bed at our parents' house. That night, she took a very happy picture of herself lying on the quilt. The only surviving copy of that picture is tiny, so she gamely agreed to recreate it yesterday. If you know my sister, you're not at all surprised that she tossed in a fish face to make me smile.

I had the privilege of quilting Autumn's quilt. I quilted it in June and she didn't get it until September. It's a good thing I'm good at keeping secrets! The quilting design is Harvest Winds by Patricia Ritter.

The quilt mom gave me was quilted by Linda James. Linda is a friend of ours from guild that does beautiful work. She quilted it with Snow Crystals by Anne Bright. Since I didn't quilt this one, I was completely surprised when I received it.

Since we received them, our quilts have been well-loved by both ourselves and our furry friends.  Nothing makes Ruth happier than a brand new quilt to pass out on. She's convinced that the newest quilt is the best quilt.

Autumn's puppy, Sherlock, has also spent his fair share of time snuggled on her quilt, mostly when she's underneath it. I haven't gotten to meet him yet, but the pictures seem to indicate that he loves to cuddle.

We really are lucky ladies to have such a wonderful mom. Not only did she love us enough to put up with the toddler and teenage years, but now that we're adults, she made us quilts! These are gifts we will treasure forever.

Mom's First Quilt

My parents retired and moved to Montana this summer.  One of the first things on the agenda when they got here was to teach Mom to quilt.  I had her over and started giving her quilting lessons.  We both had a lot of fun.

These were her first two quilt blocks.  By the end of the day, she had made several more, and she was on a roll.  

It didn't take her long to have a finished quilt top.  She even let me do the quilting.  I chose to quilt it with Caspian by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting.

Once it was quilted, we had another lesson to cover binding.  She chose a beautiful binding fabric that complements the quilt perfectly.

Mom has taken to quilting like a fish to water.  She has already finished another top that is in my queue for quilting, and she has a third top ready to assemble.  It makes me so happy that this is something we can share.  I smile every time I go to her house and see her first quilt sitting in the living room.