I am catching up on my emails from Ray. Here are three separate ones I put together and am sharing with you today…
“I normally try to finish the tops that I have had the longest first. In my old accounting lingo — first in, first out. I must admit I do deviate from that strategy from time to time for a wide variety of reasons. As I was getting quilts together for the upcoming Airing of the Quilts in March, I was looking at what was finished and thinking about what was unfinished that would be good to add to the group.
I came across this top from the Cresco ladies that was made from Pink Ribbon fabric and decided it would be a great addition. In the midst of long arming the quilt, Steve informed me that Pat, a neighbor, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
I immediately decided that Pat needed this quilt much more than the Airing and it is to be delivered to her with best wishes from a whole lot more people than she can ever begin to imagine.
I found the pink polka dot fabric in the stash (sorry I have totally lost track of who sent what backing) to use for the backing and selected the pink thread and the heart motif. My thanks to you, the Cresco ladies and all the blog readers for all you do for so very, very many. I am sure you join with me in wishing the best for Pat and all that have, are, and will be touched by breast cancer.
I finished this cute little quilt today. To me…
it is so adorable.
Love all the little animals in some of the blocks and the border. I believe this is a disappearing 9 patch that really shows off the print blocks very well.
I used a bone-colored thread and the stipple stitch so I would not take away anything from the quilt with the quilting.
I found this green leaf print fabric and decided it was what the little animals needed to keep them safe.
I can not find a name on the top anywhere so I do not know who made it, sorry. My thanks to you and your blog readers for the top and the backing for another special quilt.
The Cresco ladies sent me this top via you.
I think they were having a bit of fun with the farm boy. Little did they know that my Mother used to hang a car seat on the manger and put me in it while she milked the cows. I am positive that it was quite an ordeal. I have always liked dairy cows. Maybe that is why. And I dearly love these Holsteins.
I believe the larger pieces in the backing came in the same package as the top. It took me some time to figure out the best way to use them to create the back. I am personally calling it my best creative backing so far.
I decided to use the daisy motif with white thread for the quilting.
Elsie, the Borden cow, always wore a daisy around her neck. My thanks to you and the Creso ladies for the making of this fun quilt and the trip down memory lane.
By the way, this quilt is one of several that will be at the Airing of the Quilts.
These were some fun and meaningful quilts in this installment. It’s amazing how one never knows where the quilt tops they make will land. Isn’t it a wonderful coincidence that the breast cancer quilt came to Ray at just the perfect to time bless his neighbor? Its little things like this that happen that to me are the miracles busy people miss.