It is amazing what can happen when you are focused. Monday afternoon we got some news from my DH's brother. He has been battling the aggressive form of prostate cancer for about 5 years. He got some news on Monday that was not good. I've been planning to make him a quilt for his birthday next month but have decided to get it done and give it to him early. Along with my DH, my brother-in-law is a huge Connecticut Huskies fan so the theme was a no-brainer. I knew I had some of this fabric left over from making my DH's UCONN quilt 2 years ago so this is where I started.
After looking through about 10 books, I decided to make a quilt that I've now made 4 times! It is fast and fun and it's from Kim Brackett's book Scrap Basket Surprises.
This was the first one,
this was second,
and this third one was made for my friend's birthday.
This was Kim's original quilt.
When I got home from work Monday, I started pulling blue scraps and was able to get all the 2 1/2" strips cut out that night. Since it was so scrappy, I decided to make a border of blocks instead of trying to find a single fabric that matched or using the strip border shown in the book. I was hoping to be able to use stash fabric and not have to buy anything.
I fussy cut four 8 1/2" blocks of the focal fabric and then cut 6 smaller pieces to use in the other blocks. I then added 8 pinwheel blocks.
Here's my block with the kitties.
This afternoon I finished the top. I've got some fabric that will work for the backing. I'm going to prep that and then get it basted. I hope to be quilting by tomorrow. It feels so good to be moving so quickly and I'm really happy with the way it's turned out. This was not the kind of news that we wanted to hear and not the way we wanted to start out the new year, but we are the only family he has and we'll take it one day at a time.
It's been a very productive start to my 2014,