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Posts like this one started writing themselves almost 2 years ago. I heard about the 2013 Sisters' Ten Modern Block of the Month, designed by AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters... and I became quickly obsessed with the idea of making TWO matching "sister quilts" - one for me in "sunset" colors and one for my now 17-year-old sister in her favorite colors (purple, green, and blue). The best part was that I was going to keep the secret (from her only - I'm not that good) for a whole year! I finished Marisa's quilt right on time (days before Christmas 2013)! That was the priority (because keeping the secret for longer would have been torture) and I put mine to the side in favor of other projects.
I also envisioned piecing the quilts so they could come together at the top like part of a heart. Corny, perhaps, but that doesn't make it any less special to me. You can see above that this little dream of mine finally came true this summer, about half a year later than I originally intended. :)
This picture is from January 2013! I made one or two blocks a month for each quilt. I was *very* careful NOT to share pictures on the blog of Marisa's blocks (she was my very first blog reader and is very loyal). I did, however, share them on Flickr, which helped considerably with the whole I-can't-keep-such-an-exciting-secret-for-a-year thing.
1. Sisters' Ten BOM block for October, 2. Sisters' Ten BOM block for October, 3. Sisters' Ten BOM - September block, 4. Sisters' Ten BOM - September block, 5. August Sisters' Ten BOM, 6. August Sisters' Ten Block, 7. July Sisters' Ten Block, 8. July Sisters' Ten Block, 9. Block 1 - Sisters' Ten BOM June - Contrary Wife, 10. Block 2 - Sisters' Ten BOM June - Contrary Wife, 11. May BOM block, 12. April BOM 1, 13. April BOM 2, 14. School Girl's Puzzle, 15. Susannah, 16. Sister's Ten BOM
Voila! A quilt with some of MY favorite fabrics, just in time for autumn. <3 I changed AnneMarie's design a little bit - I used some favorite scraps to break up the negative space, and made a few less blocks overall. Thank you for an amazing BOM, AnneMarie!
As with Marisa's I quilted this one in an improv fashion. At the top, I started by making the large swirls with my free motion quilting/darning foot. Then I made smaller swirls, pebbles, double loops, and my version of baptist fans at my leisure. It was so freeing! I quilted the middle with my walking foot mostly freehand (it's NOT perfect), and then quilted the bottom with my FMQ foot. I bound the whole thing in a purple Andover Fabrics print that is similar to Lizzy House Jewels (what other color did you think I would use?! :D).
Yes, I realize that some of the points are cut off. It wasn't preferable! I hoped that I would improve my piecing (especially half square triangles) over the year (and boy, did I!) but sadly some of the blocks from the beginning were way less accurate than others. I ended up trimming them all to the same size. I should have thought about it more and added sashing instead to those that were a bit smaller. Oh well... lesson learned. I'm not a perfectionist so it doesn't bother me all that much.
As I mentioned last week, Jacquie Gering inspired me to use my favorite fabrics on the back of my quilt. This one isn't going anywhere, so *I guess* it's better than stashing them. Yes, even the Cotton and Steel and Anna Maria Horner. I'm really pleased with it. Now I have a double sided quilt!
I always had this red print by Amy Butler in mind for part of the backing! Marisa's has one continuous backing of the blue colorway (you can see below). She doesn't *like* pieced backings but apparently she likes mine... lol.
Ready for a whole bunch of fun photo outtakes? My husband Mike took the pictures while Marisa and I fooled around (thanks Mike!). It makes me so happy to see her using her quilt so much (she even took it to Georgia recently!). She's going to college next year so I hope she thinks of it as a continuous hug from the sister who will miss her more than anything.
Well, that's a wrap! Mission accomplished. So far, that was my second long-term quilt project (the first being our wedding quilt). I'm working on the Medallion (though not at the moment). I get such satisfaction from projects like these!