Monday, July 18, 2016

Amy's Birthday Quilt

My daughter Amy's birthday is not until September, but she wanted a lightweight quilt with navy blue on one side.  The quilt needed to be HUGE to be a spread for her king bed.  The intent was it could be a light quilt for the summer and an underlay for her queen size quilt I made for her wedding in 2010 in cooler weather.   

I didn't measure it after it was finished, but it was something like 116 X 126.  When Amy was here in April she picked a top out of my stash.  I had to make it larger and she also picked out some navy fabric at a stop at a fabric store.  It is a modern style print.  My late friend Debi had provided some of the fabrics and pattern for the 30's quilt called Gentle Moments from McCall's magazine MANY years ago.

It was a tough project to quilt under my machine, but I got it done.  I had to do a two color binding to make it work.  I had never done that before and I like the results.
Gentle Moments 

Backing - I extended the fabric by adding a panel I had on hand.

Two Color Binding

Closeup detail of the front
My birthday is coming up soon and I am part of a forum on Connecting Threads and I'm in a birthday swap.  My gift arrived early!  I love it!  I love the purple and the embroidery design.

This past weekend I was a volunteer at Camp Erin, sponsored by the Willow Center.  There are many locations around the country, and there is one about 2 1/2 hours away at Camp Wooten.  Having suffered a personal, tragic loss, I knew I could empathize with these kids who had lost love ones.  I worked in arts and crafts and had an amazing experience.  The whole camp is a huge undertaking and this year there was 52 campers and 60 adults.  There were lots of donations of supplies.  The kitchen crew has a tough job and they did great at providing healthy meals and snacks.  Everyone was so kind and helpful and the Cabin Big Buddies worked with the kids tirelessly.  Overall it was tough being away from the land of internet and phones, but I was so busy I didn't have time anyway!  I was exhausted last night and I'm moving sluggishly today but I did get out for my 3 mile walk.  I highly recommend this experience to anyone.

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Mary said...

I am glad you could spend time with the Kids. I'm sure you could Empathize with them. The Purple quilt is very nice. Happy Early Birthday! Glad you could get Amy's Quilt done well before her Birthday. The Row by Row has put a few of mine on hold. Time to get a few more UFO's Quilted.

Ramona said...

It's wonderful that there are camps for those who have suffered such tragedies, but it's more wonderful that there are people like you who are willing to volunteer and give of your time. Amy's quilt is beautiful. And you quilted that on your sewing machine?? I am really impressed. Happy early birthday! Your birthday quilt is lovely. Hope your energy level returns to normal quickly.