A post from Kelli–
Mom and I kind of have this ongoing joke that if I don’t like a quilt design, she should make it and then I’ll like it. So far, this has been the case every time! There have been lots that I’ve liked a part of or the color of, and always think, “Oh, that’s nice, but I want to change this part or that part.” But then I get scared because I don’t want to go through all of the work to maybe have it look the way that I have in mind. Usually that’s the way that mom makes it and then I know I’ll love it.
The same thing happened with Garden Party by Bonnie Hunter. This quilt was featured in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker. We also had a quilt featured in the same magazine, Strawberry Sundae, so when we got the advance copies, Mom and I were both squealing. At the time, I was busy with school and so the magazine got set aside and forgotten about. I always liked it, but thought I maybe wanted to do a different border of some kind and maybe make it a bit bigger.
Fast forward to this year and when mom was on her break from childcare while she was doing radioactive iodine therapy, she got her Garden Party quilted. When I was home, we had a binding party and she got it bound. As normal, I was in love–with larger and no borders! I decided that while I’m on break until June 28th, I’m going to jump right in and make a Garden Party of my own.
I’m planning on making mine a bit bigger, so I did a bit of math and I think that if I make 169 blocks, I should be good. Here are all of my blocks that I have done.
And yesterday, I started working on the nine-patch blocks, so I have them started here. I love strip piecing and so these 9 patches should be a breeze.
This week, I’m working a few overnights so that I can get trained in to work 2nd and 3rd shift at the nursing home, so I’m trying to adjust a bit to that schedule temporarily and sneaking in a little bit of sewing time on the side.
Stay tuned to next week! I’m hoping to have made some major progress on this one!