This has been a fun week for me. Not only have a started on a new project, but this one in particular has a sentimental tone for me.

This particular quilt will be a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. What makes it so special is the material that I will be using to assemble the entire thing. I have in my possession a bin of fabric that was given to me by my mother-in-law when I first started sewing. This bin belonged to her mother, who was an avid seamstress. I was told I could use the material for practice or for making fun things for my kids. I love the idea of making fun costumes for my children because they love to play dress up. My husband and I started dating in high school but I still never had the chance to meet Grandma Neva; she passed away just a few months after we got together. I like knowing that the fabric belonged to her and she’d love that I’m sewing. The first time I went through all of the different materials and I saw that there were some cotton fabrics I immediately knew that I wanted to use it to make a special quilt for my mother-in-law.

Originally I had planned on using a fancy pattern, something that really catches your attention when you see it. Unfortunately, after looking through the different patterned fabrics I have to work with, I decided on a much simpler design. The whole point is to highlight the fabric anyway, not hide it in a fancy design.

I had thirteen cotton fabrics to choose from. It was really hilarious actually. I had them all piled on the floor and I’d arrange and rearrange, taking pictures of each potential set and sending it to my mom to get her opinion. I finally settled on just using four for the top quilt, one for the backing, and some of the top quilt fabric for the binding. The only thing I will need that wasn’t from the bin is the batting.

The color scheme is not something I would normally have put together, but I don’t hate it and I know my mother-in-law will love it. I plan on quilting the whole thing with brown thread which is also the color of the binding so it will pull everything together.

I made some quick progress this week. I’ve already assembled the eight rows. Next week I will attach all the rows together to complete the top quilt and possibly start quilting it. I don’t think I’m going to have any problem getting this complete before Christmas. I’m so excited to give it to her. I know my mother-in-law misses her mother greatly. I’m hoping this will provide a fun way to get a ‘hug’ from her whenever she needs it. 

On a different note, I was also able to finish my BOM block from last week. I’m so happy with how it has turned out. I’ve also been spending time thinking about what I want the binding and the backing to be for this BOM quilt. I’m getting excited to get to the point where I can start assembling it but I still have a few more months to go. I don’t think I’ll share what I’m thinking until it’s done, but I think it’s going to look amazing. I can say that because the design isn’t my own.

I wanted to add a picture of the finished block, but I seem be having technical difficulties with just that picture. It doesn’t want to upload for some reason. If I can figure out what the issue is I’ll post a picture of the completed block next week.