This week is the bi-annual quilt festival hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side.
I'm so excited to be participating for the first time.
Today I want to share Big Red.
I quilt, yet I had never made a quilt for my mom. She is very talented and has made all kinds of beautiful things, yet is always interested in what I'm making and thinks my creations are wonderful even when they are lacking. She is a wonderful support to me. And really, who quilts and doesn't make a quilt for their mom? Even though she likes everything I make, I wanted to make something she would really love. About a year ago, after leafing through some quilt magazines she showed me a cover quilt she really liked.
Not a problem. I could make a quilt like that and in those colors.
No, it turns out she wanted that quilt, that fabric, that exact quilt.
I've never made a quilt exactly like the original and it was a
FALL/WINTER 2008 Quilt Sampler magazine, already two years old.
After some online searching I was able to locate the fabric.
Here are some un-quilted close-ups
The quilt went together beautifully, but about half way through
I realized (actually I always knew, but pushed the thought aside) I couldn't
quilt it. It was too large for me and my little machine and I would have to send
it out to get quilted. It was hard to let it go. I've never sent a quilt out before and
Big Red and I had bonded. Christie, a local Longarm quilter did a wonderful job,
really bringing Big Red alive. The quilt turned out more beautiful than anticipated.
My mom loves her quilt, in fact she loves it so much she won't put it on her bed. Go figure.
Please, mom, use your quilt. A quilt grows more beautiful with use.
If you love to look at quilts like I do, grab a refreshing drink, a bit of snack and head on over to Amy's Creative Side to enjoy all the beautiful quilts. You'll find everything from traditional to modern to art quilts from beginners to experts. I guarantee you'll find something you love.
Thanks Amy for ALL you hard work putting the festival together!