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Serendipitous

Last Friday, I shared one of the most special quilts I've ever made. Now I'm sharing the bonus quilt. Here's a look at the two of them side by side.

The original quilt was made with stitch and flip squares. By sewing an extra line at each corner, I ended up with a whole pile of bonus units that I used to make a second quilt. I just love the interesting movement that's created by the split pinwheels. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

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There's something really special about getting two quilts in one. It almost feels as though Joy and I each have the same quilt, and any time I use mine, there's a part of her here with me. And even though she's 1500 miles away, she can wrap up in a hug from me anytime with her quilt.

I named the quilt Serendipitous since it came from Missouri Star's Serendipity pattern. The name fits, because the start of our friendship was certainly serendipitous. I used the same binding fabric as Joy's quilt, which just completes the feeling that they're two peas in a pod. Kind of like us.

I used all of the scraps to piece the back of my quilt. Along the bottom are the three blocks that were leftover from Joy's quilt. I think this is my favorite pieced back that I've made so far. I really like the string piecing in a controlled colorway. It gives me ideas for making a whole quilt top that way.

One of the things I love most about quilting is how it brings us all a little closer together. There's just nothing better than sharing a quilt between friends.

I really like that this pattern let me make two different quilts at the same time. Have you ever made a quilt like that? I would love to hear your ideas for more 2-for-1 quilts.

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Twinkle

Today's quilt is really special because I made it for one of my very dearest friends. I met Joy in college, and she is one of the kindest, most genuine, and most loyal people I know. My life is so much richer for having her in it.

All of the fabrics were chosen with Joy in mind. I actually got the backing fabric within months of starting to quilt, because I knew the sheet music and ballet slippers were perfect for her. After I had several quilts under my belt, I was ready to start planning. I asked Joy for her favorite color combination, and she said blue, purple, yellow, and grey. They aren't colors I had previously considered together, but I just love the result.

I started the quilt at my guild retreat a couple of years ago. Every year, several of us start the same pattern at retreat, each with our own fabrics. It was my turn to choose, so I went with this quilt - Serendipity by Missiouri Star Quilt Company.

I chose this pattern because shooting stars have always been special for Joy. Anytime she's out at night, she searches the sky. At first glance, it's a beautiful night sky, but when she looks closely, she often sees a shooting star. The same is true of this quilt - at first glance, it's a pretty lattice, but when you look closer, you notice the stars at each of the intersections.

It so happens that I finished this quite some time ago and never wrote the blog post. It's amazing how time flies! The label says it was finished in September 2016, though I could have sworn it wasn't nearly so long ago as that. Where do the years go?

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Few things in life are as special as giving a quilt to someone you love. Especially when they like it! I have it on good authority that Joy sleeps with her quilt every night. I wish I could have gone to Texas to give it to her in person, but at least I know she can always wrap up in a hug from me when she needs it.

One of the best parts about this quilt is that the construction method yielded enough bonus units for a second quilt. I kept the bonus quilt, and it makes me happy every time I use it to know that it's the sister of the quilt I made for Joy. You can read all about the second quilt here.

Have you ever made an extra special quilt for an extra special person? I'd love to hear about it!

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Jennae's Friendship Quilt

I am a lucky lady to have a lovely group of quilting friends in my life. Nothing beats having the support and camaraderie of friends that care for one another. One of the things I love about our group is that when someone is having a particularly rough time, we all work together to make a quilt for them. You can see the first such quilt here.

This time it was Jennae's turn. Her tastes run more modern, so we modified Up, Up, and Away by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts. The original pattern can be found in Sunday Morning Quilts, coauthored by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. For our version, we used larger pieces, and we added solid setting triangles around the outside.

This was the perfect quilt for a group project. Emily snuck us each a baggie of solid squares already cut to size at a quilt guild meeting. Once we got home, we each raided our stashes for bright batiks to sew the wonky triangles.

I love that the quilt includes a little bit of each of us in the form of our scraps. Our personalities come out in our fabric choices, as well as how we sewed them. Some of us sewed all of the triangles as straight as we could, some of us sewed at a little bit of an angle, and Julie made hers as wonky as possible. The sizes, angles, and colors are all so different, yet they go together so well, just like our diverse personalities fit together in our friendship.

One of the reasons this was such a perfect group quilt was that all of the blocks were guaranteed to be the same size. When we got them all back, they went together like a dream. Emily came over to press while I sewed, and we were able to assemble the top in a day.

We didn't want to take too much time on the back, but we also didn't want it to be boring. We added a stripe of batik charms to break up the yardage and give it a pop of brightness. Even a tiny bit of piecing can make a huge difference on the back of a quilt.

I quilted it all over with a pantograph called Dizzy Izzy by Jessica Schick. It complements the modern feel of the quilt and provides great texture. This has quickly become one of my favorite designs for adding movement and texture without competing with the piecing design.

I've always maintained that the label is one of the most important parts of a quilt, but this time I have a confession to make. I forgot Emily's name! I can't believe I left her off. Thank goodness she has a good sense of humor! We're planning to get her name added at some point, but it hasn't happened yet. For now, the label reads:

Made with love for Jennae Liberty.
When life gets tough, we've got your back.
Made by Julie Eik, Linda Beck, Denise Stenzel, Barbara Beller, and Bobbi Bridgeman.
Bozeman, Montana
April, 2017

When we were ready to present the quilt, we arranged to meet at Starbucks for coffee before the quilt guild meeting. We should definitely do that more often! It was a great opportunity to spend some time together, and we surprised Jennae with her quilt while we were there.

I'm happy to say that Jennae loved the quilt. There's something special about making a quilt for another quilter. I'm glad that she loves it, and that she can wrap up in our friendship any time she needs a hug.