Saturday, July 7, 2012

When Life Hands You Scraps......

I am probably on of the luckiest people ever. Or should I say that I'm blessed? Maybe just a little of both. I love blogging. I love the few blogging friends that I have had the privilege of getting to know over the years. I've even had a chance to meet a few of them in person. They are kinda like modern day pen pals I guess. Makes me all warm in fuzzy inside.

So a while back Dana of Old Red Barn Co. had a fabric destash. When I saw the Heather Ross fabric I knew I had to have it. I had already bought some with birthday/Christmas money but still didn't have as much as I would like. I probably should clarify that even though I had a good little stash of the Mendocino I still felt too nervous to cut into it. It's an out of print fabric & getting harder & harder to find. Plus it's dang pricey when you do.

 I contacted Dana & asked if she'd be interested in a trade. A smallish quilt for her precious stash of Mendocino. Guess what? She said yes! So I did my happy dance & got to work. The fabric came in the mail & I did another happy dance. I had a good chunk of the quilt done & happened. I am embarrassed so say it took me 8 months to finally finish her project. Terrible! 

 I couldn't even cut into the fabric out of guilt. Now the project is done & it's safe to say I can finally use that amazing stash of fabric.

I may take me a long time to finish projects but I put a lot of love into each project. My fabrics might not be super fancy & all from the same line but I like to mix it up. My quilts are a little funky. Like me.

  I love that I've found quilting. Dana is one of the people that inspired me to quilt in the first place. I feel so honored to call her my friend! 

 The quilty details

This quilt measures 36"x36"
I used this tutorial for the quilting. Let me just tell you that although it went easier than if I had tried to figure it out on my own it was a tricky stitch to do. My quilting leaves much to be desired. So many mistakes. Gives me a whole new respect for how amazing her quilting is in the tutorial.
I used a mixture of fabrics. A little Tula Pink, Heather Bailey, vintage fabrics from my stash & the back fabric along with the linen fabric I purchased at Hancock.