I love to make gifts for people. The trouble is finding the time between the "work" quilting for the "fun" quilting. Which means that sometimes those gifts are late, though I try really hard to make the gifts on time.
My Mother's Day gifts for my Mom and Mother-In-Law went out a week and a half late this year. :( Not something I am proud of. But I do love how they turned out, and the rich colors have a lot to do with it.
My Mom's gift is The Easy Striped Table Runner from The Quilt Company. I know I'm late to the party, but man was this a quick and simple pattern with a great looking finish. This is wider then the original pattern calls for, but I couldn't get rid of those eggs, they make the center so interesting. The 12 1/2" 60* ruler worked perfectly for it. The fabric is Feather Your Nest Fabrics for Wilmington Prints.
I didn't do a lot of quilting, you can't even see the stitching unless you go looking for it, because I didn't want to take away from the finish. The blues in this fabric are just scrumptious.
My Mother-In-Law's gift is this bright and cheery wallhanging. It's a little bit (a lot) bigger then the usual size I make her, but it will also go nicely on a table. This comes as a panel, called Baltimore Spring by Perl Pereira of P3 Designs for Red Rooster Fabrics. that you cut up and piece back together. I switched out the purple inner border for a blue.
The border is simple and pretty, and the added triangles finish it off nicely. I used echo quilting throughout the entire piece, including those purple triangles.
I hope they enjoy the spring a little bit more with these little gifts of love.
I am currently working on a free picnic quilt pattern using a layer cake and a jelly roll. I will hopefully release it by the end of the weekend.
A little sneak peek. (I'm currently using Bandana from Me & My Sisters for this.)
Do you find it harder to work on quilts when the weather warms up? I've been known to move things outside to enjoy the sun and birds, but still sew. How do you keep your sewing mojo during the summer months?