I have a treat for you. Jazz finished three quilts that she will be donating on.
“Jo, you know I love to sew, especially to quilt. I thrill to select patterns, choose fabrics, cut and piece. I even enjoy binding! But there’s one thing I hate to do. I hate to applique. I hate it so much I won’t even do it for my best friend. It’s tedious, it’s persnickety, it’s not something I have the patience for, even as I wish, wish, wish I did.
I admire applique. I buy books about it and study them. I buy applique patterns intending to use them. I talk about applique a lot. I delight in the images of applique. I have high regard for the skill required to do it well. So, it was a charming surprise to receive some lovely finished applique squares from your fan, Holly Melton. Y’all, Holly can applique!
I so enjoyed stitching these pretty applique squares into a quilt. Her colors, blue, mauve, and green, were easy to incorporate with some plain squares (allowing her handwork to shine) and I backed it with the perfect coordinating print you gave me. It doesn’t show well in the photos but I used purple glitter thread on the back.
It finished at about 38” x 38” which is the requested size for the babies at the hospitals of Harris Health. Thank you so much, Holly! I look forward to playing with the rest of what you sent, but I could no longer resist these marvelous appliques!
Sue Rea, of Pearland, Texas, gave me some scraps in January. In the assortment, I found some majestic purple and teal pinwheel squares.
I was stumped about how to assemble them, but my lovely and talented wife (who doesn’t even quilt) knew immediately what they needed – light, bright lime sashes!
I think she’s a genius, what do you think? It’s backed with a soft, gray flannel, just the best thing against new baby skin.
My third quilt is also for the hospitals’ newborns. It’s squares from my own stash, with elegant white-on-white blocks donated by lla Migut of De Plains, Il, and a sweet, tiny, yellow rose print from Holly Melton from Brazil, IN.
The back is a flannel print that I can’t remember buying, and all the usual suspects deny having given me. Still, it seemed the perfect complement to the pattern, so I give my most sincere thanks to whoever donated it to me.
Of course, they’re all batted with the soft and easy to sew batting you gave me, Jo.
These will be delivered directly to Ben Taub Hospital next week, along with about 15 more. Thank you to everyone who made it possible!”
WOW…these are all great. Thanks to everyone who donated goodies that made these happen. I big shout out to those of you who donated postage money. Over Christmas, there was extra money in the account so I sent batting to Jazz. As you can see, she’s making great use of it.
I’m so happy to see so many great quilts…by the way, I’m with Jazz. I love applique. I have studied how to do it but just haven’t found a way to really enjoy it. For me, I think I’d rather be doing other handwork that doesn’t show my imperfections so easily.
Any appliquers out there…is there a trick Jazz and I don’t know about?