Have you heard of Eleanor Burns? Her trademark is “Quilt in a Day,” which is basically what it sounds like. Her work isn’t particularly my style, but I was happy to channel Eleanor Burns yesterday!
It all started when I received this in the mail yesterday (my last fabric purchase for 2 months. I sound like an addict. I probably am one, but still.+) Isn’t it pretty?
I did something I have never done before. I pulled the fabric out of the envelope, walked upstairs, and started cutting it up and sewing with it. Baby N took a long nap, which coincided with preschool and a playdate here for Mr. L., which made for a fun few hours for me! I really really really wanted to run to the store and buy some lilac and light green solids to throw in with the pink and yellow that I had, but I figured I couldn’t break my resolution (no new fabric for 8 weeks) five days into the new year. I used two different kona pinks, because I didn’t have enough of either on hand. It sure is a pink quilt! Then, while my husband was at evening meetings, I pin basted and quilted the quilt. I love baby quilts (it measures 38×38). If I had not had to rip out 1/6 of the quilting due to an unsightly pucker in the back, I would have been done well before 11:30pm. Oh well. Almost. I machine bound the binding last night and spent part of today burying knots and tying off some loose ends.
This quilt is off to its new home soon–I traded the quilt for portraits of my kids for Christmas. I hope she likes it!
Speaking of 100 Quilts for Christmas, we donated 43 quilts and blankets locally. 43! I was so excited. We got a nice thank you note from the Alexandria Office on Women today. Thank you again, Tricia, for delivering the quilts. And thank you everyone who participated for your kindness and generosity. I heard of 130 ish quilts that were donated this holiday season.
And a post like this wouldn’t be complete without a mosaic of some of my favorite projects of 2010, right? Happy New Year, everyone!