Big Weekend. Big Finishes.

I recently got two quilts back from the quilters and, while I usually dive in and get the bindings on right away, I saved them up for this weekend:  Conference Weekend.  Twice a year, the first weekends in October and April, the members of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather all over the world to hear messages of prophets to guide our lives and give us additional hope, strength and direction for the next six months.

While I find Conference very enjoyable, eight hours of meetings in two days does get a little long.  I stay awake and pay better attention if my hands are busy.  Two large quilts needing binding?  Perfect! By Sunday afternoon, I was energized and the quilts were FINISHED!

First up is the Jewel Box quilt.  For no particular reason, this quilt took me about 5 years to finish.  Not hard.  Not really that many pieces.  Just a lot of starting and stopping.  It isn’t a particular pattern, just my take on a traditional design.  It finished a large queen size.

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It was one of the first scrappy quilts I made. Fun to play with the colors.

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I love Barbara’s quilting.  She called it an edge-to-edge overall pattern, but took the time to put a flower in each diamond piece.

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This quilt is for Daughter when she gets older–maybe a graduation or wedding quilt.

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Next is the Pinwheel Sampler.  This started as a quilt along on psiquilt, again several years ago.  I wanted a bigger quilt so added to the original idea, making two each of twenty different pinwheel blocks.

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Another scrappy experiment.  But I like it.  Using a bone colored background instead of bright white gives the quilt a softer, antique-y look.

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Tara, the quilter, put this terrific design in the borders, and a large flower/sunburst on each block.  Again, I am very pleased with the results.

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While I enjoy the speed and efficiency of machine quilting, I don’t like quilts to feel over quilted, where there is more thread than fabric.  Also, while I can admire them in the quilts of others, I am not a big fan of wreaths and feathers.  Simple, open designs please me.

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It was lovely to sit and listen to beautiful music and inspiring words AND have two long-awaited finishes besides.  What a great weekend!

Here are a few parting thoughts from the notes I took while listening and stitching.

“What is said is not as important as what I hear.”

“Never look back. Look at what we have left to do.”

“The past is to be learned from, but not lived in.”

“Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.”

“You must become the rock the river cannot wash away.”

“The Lord sees weaknesses differently than He does rebellion.”