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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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On Ringo Lake

On Ringo Lake was Bonnie Hunter's 2017 holiday mystery quilt. I finished the top shortly after the final reveal in January, but only recently got it quilted and bound. The pattern is available here.

I started this quilt with the intention that it would go to a baby girl, though I didn't have a specific baby in mind. I'm of an age that a lot of my friends are having children, so it's always good to have a baby quilt on hand.

My friends Phil and Leesha recently had their first child, but they were expecting a boy. They were certainly surprised to discover their bundle of joy was actually a daughter! And I was glad to have just finished On Ringo Lake the night before she was born. We hurried to get some pictures so I could give them the quilt that weekend.

I had a lot of fun working on this one. Every so often, it's nice to play with little pieces. And some of these were pretty little! The squares in the nine-patches finish at just 1". I was originally thinking I might make everything at half size for this quilt. Thank goodness that unit came out first to convince me not to do it!

I quilted it with Clockworks by Anne Bright. I wanted something with circles to mirror the bubbles in the purple fabric. Clockworks is a fun design with a lot of movement.

For the backing, I used a single piece of fuschia minky. You just can't beat the texture of minky for a baby quilt, and I love the way it shows the quilting.

No quilt is finished until it's been labeled. I kept the label pretty simple on this one. I seem to lose my eloquence when I'm in a hurry, but it has the basics.

I bound the quilt with the same blue fabric that I used on the front. It provides just the right amount of contrast around the edges.

I'm really glad I had this quilt on hand to give them in a hurry. I'm thinking I may have to make a few more baby quilts just so I'm ready for surprises!

What about you? Do you keep quilts ready to give away at a moment's notice? Have they ever come in handy? I'd love to hear your stories! Leave me a comment, and I'll be sure to get back to you.

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Remington's Jelly Roll Race

A good friend of mine recently had his third daughter. I made a quilt for her two older sisters, so of course she needed one, too! You can read all about the first quilt here, and the second quilt here.

This time, I decided to go with a jelly roll race. Jelly roll races are always fun, and they come out just the right size. I was fortunate to have a friend that was willing to trade me a jelly roll in girl colors for one of mine in boy colors. For some reason, it seems like my friends only ever have girls, so my stash of feminine precuts has run dry.

One thing I did differently with this race quilt was to press each seam as I went rather than racing and pressing at the end. I enjoyed it much more this way, and I wouldn't be surprised if I saved myself a little bit of time in the process.

I quilted it with a design called Butterfly Enchantment. I just love how the quilting design softens the lines of the quilt. And every little girl needs some butterflies in her life.

For the backing, I found a minky dot at the local quilt shop. I think I prefer the look of regular minky without the dots, but the color was perfection. I also suspect that Remington will appreciate the extra texture of the dots as she begins to explore the world.

I didn't have enough of any one fabric in my stash that worked well for the binding, so I went scrappy. I hardly ever make scrappy bindings, but I always love them when I do. I attached it to both sides by machine since I don't love hand stitching in minky. The little bit of hand stitching for the long side of the label was plenty!

I'm so glad quilting is a way I can give to the people I love. It's always sweet to know the people I care about are wrapped in a quilt when they are too far away for a hug.