For Yule this year, I made my mother an applique quilt to match her new living room paint colors. She loves the beach and has a lot of lovely black and white photographs of beach scenes … but a black and white quilt is boring, so I went colorful to match her seafoam walls!
This was the first time I tried hand quilting anything other than a straight line AND I (foolishly?) decided to hand bead the starfish –whew, what a challenge! The quilt turned out gorgeously though, so all that work was completely worth it!
This is the first full quilt I ever made. The blocks are fabric left over from making a duvet cover as well as some cute fat quarters I found. The border and backing are made of upholstery fabric (this was a gift to my father and I thought he might be rough on it). Instead of stitch quilting, I used yarn to put ties in the corners of the large blocks.
My first quilt was a single block based on a traditional Baltimore Album Quilt pattern. Being me, however, I couldn’t use a traditional color scheme or fabrics. Batiks! Blues! Oranges! Yellows! This quilt always makes me think of the Inner Harbor Fireworks on the Fourth of July.