A Last, A First & A Favorite

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The very last finish of 2016 was fun!. This colorful and creative pillow was a mix of piecing, applique and decorative stitching. I think the basket background really pops with the polka dots surrounding it. The leaves are felted wool and the flowers are fussy cut cotton prints appliqued onto felted wool. The real joy came when I began doing decorative stitching on the leaves and flowers. There was no plan – I just went with whatever seemed like a good choice at the time. Whoa – I did have to make myself stop because I could have stitched and stitched! This pillow looks really good on my living room sofa. However, kitty likes to paw on it so it is now resting on a guest room bed. It looks pretty there too, I just don’t get to see it very often.

I think my all time favorite finish of 2016 was Prism Arabesque. It continues to bring me joy as it sets on display in the living room.

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The first finish of 2017 – and on the first day (!!) is also my first charity quilt of the year. It is a baby quilt that will go to a child in the hospital. It is made up of blocks from a storybook panel cut apart and sewn together with blocks and strips. It’s a fun and colorful little quilt and I love the crayon fabric on the back. As I make these little quilts for children and babies, I always think of the warmth and comfort it will bring them, but more so of the comfort and joy it will bring to their parents.

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Yesterday the Hospice quilt makers gathered at the local Hospice office and donated all the quilts we made in 2016. The upper pic is of the quilters and two Hospice employees. It is just so joyful to see how excited they are to receive these quilts and how they look forward to passing them on to patients. The children quilts usually go to a child of a patient that has passed away. It was good to hear that they have very few child patients. We are all looking forward to sewing more quilts for 2017 and will even be welcoming a new member to our group!

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Linking up with: Super Mom No Cape, Esther’s Blog, Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation

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9 responses »

  1. I am not a blogger but I love to read and follow yours. You have such beautiful creations. Thanks for sharing them.

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  2. That pillow is stunning! I love all the detail and the colors are so rich and beautiful.

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  3. I LOVE the pillow. Thank you for posting the Hospice quilt information. It is so good to know that those quilts will comfort people through terrible times.

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  4. Your pillow is a work of art. The background, basket, flowers and piping all coordinate so well.True gifts from the hearts of those Hospice quilt makers!

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  5. I love your Prism Arabesque quilt. It’s so colorful and happy. The living room is the perfect place for it! 🙂

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  6. I love the pillow you made! I can see how it might be difficult to call something like that done. It would always be tempted to add just one more embellishment. 🙂

    Your quilts are all lovely!

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party and for the link back. Aloha hugs!

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