I cannot wait to tell you about this quilt, but first I have to do that thing that we all do at the start of a new year. I used to do resolutions and lists and words an all that but then I got lazy. Powerful lazy. Not moving all day kind of lazy. Long story short, I started stacks of projects in 2012 that are still hanging around today. My sloth went to such extremes I finally talked to my doctor about it and this Spring we found out two things...I need to avoid eating things with lots of fructose and it turned out I wasn't lazy, but my thyroid is. I've spent the past year trying different doses and I've learned a lot. I'm thrilled to not feel miserable. I've been tackling many of those works in progress and started a few exciting new projects along the way. So, as for the new year, my goal is to build on what I started gaining last fall...MOMENTUM. No more excuses. I'm hoping to keep things moving, more finished quilts, more homemade cookies, more laughs, more fun!
Now for the quilt, making a quilt as a gift is always a bit stressful for me. Finding the right fabrics, the right design, does the recipient even know she wants a quilt. This one was for my niece who loves camouflage and I'm so happy to share that she loves it! I used Realtree and Mossy Oak prints from JoAnn along with all sorts of hushed tone prints from my stash.
These tiny maple leaves are just 1 1/2". A few more tiny leaves are scattered around the front of the quilt.
The brown along the edge of the star in the shot below was dyed naturally with walnut hulls from my dad's vat of walnut dye.
I used my highly scientific method of laying pieces of fabric out on the floor and then shuffling them around for ages to decide on placement.
I also did my best to use up even the tiniest bits of fabric that were left after making all those flying geese. I used the larger pieces of camo to make the backing. Along with a star that was going to go on the front, but once I started placing, I just couldn't find the right home for it.
One of my favorite things about this quilt is where the Realtree and Mossy Oak logos pop up.
My other favorite part was the smile on her face when she opened it.
Happy New Year everyone, I'm looking forward to sharing lots of good things with you this year.