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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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Wednesday Wait Loss
Whoop Whoop Friday
Thank Goodness It's Finally Finished Friday

Charity Quilt

My local quilt guild is involved in a lot of charity projects.  One of the things we are committed to is supporting Habitat for Humanity.  Whenever someone in the area receives a Habitat home, the guild donates a quilt for each family member that will be living there.

Most recently, the guild members completed a quilt top during our annual retreat.  Each person was given the pieces to make one block, and three or four people worked together to assemble the top on the last night we were there.  This quilt is for one of the boys that will live in the house scheduled to be finished in a couple of months.

I had the privilege of quilting this beautiful quilt.  The center of each block has the same star fabric.  I wanted to stick with that theme, so I quilted it with Swinging on a Star by Jessica Schick.  I love that each of the star points ends in a little swirl.

The back of this quilt is a cozy flannel.  A flannel back always makes a quilt extra warm and snuggly.  I enjoy the little bit of extra weight that the flannel provides.  It also has a knack for showcasing the texture of the quilting.

I got nervous that I was going to run out of thread partway through quilting this one.  Another guild member provided the perfect variegated thread for the quilt, so I didn't know how much was on the cone.  Since the design used more thread than I expected, I was holding my breath that it would last.  Fortunately, I finished with some to spare.

I hope that the recipient of this quilt feels all of the love that a whole group of people stitched into it.  A Habitat house is a wonderful opportunity for a family to get a leg up in life.  The quilts are the perfect gift to start the process of making the house a home.