My amazing daughter, Sparkle Jane, is 17 and a senior in high school. She still quilts, but hasn’t maintained her blog for a long time because of the rest of her schedule. We all understand that there are times and seasons in life.
Quilting, though, has not gone by the wayside.
Here is her most recent finish, for one of her teachers and his wife on the advent of their baby daughter.
It isn’t a pattern, just her take on the best use of the scrap pile she was considering. It finishes at about 40″ wide and is my second practice try at longarm quilting. My part is far from perfect, but I think the quilt is Darling!
We took the quilts of the 52 in 2015 project to my school to try to get some pictures of all of them. Following is the best we could do.
It is a lot of quilts!
They should be delivered in the next few weeks. I’ll post pictures then if it is photo worthy.
Thanks to all for your support. Some of you will recognize fabric you contributed. All shared encouraging words and prayers and kindness. It has been a terrific experience and a great way to give thanks for the life of that remarkable young woman known as Sparkle Jane.
The final two quilts for the 52 in 2015 project!
Designed and pieced by me. Quilted by Jean, a lovely woman who volunteered to help. Bound by me. DONE!
Also, designed and pieced by me. Quilted by Jean, who surely had other things to do this holiday season. Bound by me. DONE!
So, that’s it. We plan to take a few pictures of all of them together and then deliver them to the hospital.
It is odd to be done, but, after all, all things come to an end, and there is another project coming…
PS–If you could choose one of the above designs to be a baby quiltalong, which would it be?
PPS–And, better names for the designs. I think I am a little tired…
Here are quilts #52 and #53. Yes, Sparkle Jane and I have (with a lot of help along the way) met our 2015 goal of completing 52 baby quilts for donation or gifting.
#52 was pieced by me, basted by Sparkle Jane, quilted by me, bound by her. We’ll call it a group effort!
#53 has a story. Just a few days ago one of my readers, Cate, asked about the Fairy Quilt. I had put it away, wanting to focus on other things, and not sure what to do with it next. But, I went to get it out because I do want to finish it and it is on my 2016 list. What did I find folded up with it? THIS quilt! Some of you will recognize it as a Quarter Turn quilt. Pieced with a backing prepared. Why? I have no idea. I am certain it make sense at the time. Nothing to do but finish it. So, that gives us a little more than our original goal.
Because some of the gifted quilt tops (from Nicole, Susan and Margaret) were not considered in the original calculations, there are two more quilts out there to be finished that will hopefully make it to the finish line this year also. They are pieced and ready for quilting. Either way, it is good and they will be welcome somewhere when they are ready.
Sparkle Jane stitched down the binding on Big Block last night. This, along with Small Block, make a twin set. They are both improv pieced using strips of random width in a log cabin arrangement. They turned out so sweet. I am certain they will find the right babies.
This morning early I finished the oldest of the baby quilts.
At Thanksgiving my aunt gave me a bag with a partial project she started back in the 80’s. Using all the fabric available, I finished it to this small (33″ square) quilt that will surely also find a baby to warm. It is sort of in my mind already. A young mother sorts through the quilts and says, “Oh THIS one is so much like the one Grandma Smith made me when I was a baby. And since this baby is named after her, this quilt will be PERFECT.”
Now, that makes 50 and 51. Nearly there!
The name “Small Block” might not make much sense now, but Sparkle Jane is stitching away on its near-twin, known as “Big Block” as we speak. It may be finished today also.
This is another for the project, number 49, in fact. We are nearing a finish.
Meals are getting sketchy. The men are having to be very patient with their womenfolk. My husband is usually glad I am a determined, focused woman, but he will be relieved (as will we all, I think) when this is done. But, it has been FUN!
Before leaving town to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday, Sparkle Jane and I worked really hard to get several baby quilts ready for binding. Ten hours in a car is a great time to stitch.
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We hope these will find a set of twins.
We took six quilts with us and returned with six finished. YAY! This brings our 52 in 2015 count up to 43 complete. There are several more waiting in the wings. I really think we will make it before the end of the year.
If you look closely many of you will see donated pieces of fabric lovingly shared. THANK YOU!
You can see all the finished quilts and read more details on the project in the 52 in 2015 tab above.