Last spring, I made a college graduation quilt for Haley’s boyfriend. When I showed it to my husband, he asked, “Is that for me?” He knew darn well that it was for Cameron, but I felt a twinge of guilt. I realized I hadn’t made a quilt just for Brad in several years. When I told him that I’d make him one for Christmas, he asked for an exact replica of Cam’s quilt. Even though it won’t be much of a surprise, I’m still excited to see him open his present next week. I know he will love it.
This is the third quilt I’ve made from the gorgeous Farmhouse Flannels II collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda. The color range includes a fantastic mix of steely grays, warm browns and soft neutrals. Some of the grays even lean blue, which I really like. And the quality of the flannel is heavenly! I used a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop website called “Picnic” by Zen Chic. The pattern finishes at 72” x 83” and is layer cake friendly.
Through the wonderful Instagram quilting community, I’ve met another terrific long-arm quilter, Katy of Woods Edge Quilting. She is located in Minnesota and lives not far from me. Katy helped me select this fun “Maze” pattern for Brad’s quilt. I love that it’s both masculine and a bit whimsical. In fact, when Katy and I texted ideas back and forth, her sons also voted on their favorite options for Brad’s quilt. Isn’t it cool that Brad’s quilt was in such great hands? Katy has quilted a few other projects for me recently, and I can’t wait to show them to you in the coming weeks.
I likely won’t blog again until 2021, so I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. May the coming year be a blessing to you. And may you find the time to get carried away quilting!