In March 2008, I decided to come out of my 6 yr. hiatus and begin quilting again. What made me decide to start quilting again you ask? One word...Lowe's. For those of you are unfamiliar with Lowe's, Lowe's is a home improvement store that my husband loves, like I love Nordstrom. (my shoe and handbag mecca) We were going out to dinner on a Saturday when he decided he wanted to run in to Lowe's for a few minutes. Yeah, right. It was my lucky night because there just happened to be a quilt shop next door, so I had him drop me off there and pick me up when he was done. As I walked in, I thought "I'd like to make a quilt, so I'm going to look for a quilt book that says something like quick, make a quilt in a day or something along those lines." As luck should have it, what do I find...
"Quick Trip To Grandma's House" is the name of my second quilt. My first big quilt. It is a "Trip Around the World" quilt pattern done Eleanor Burns style from Eleanor's book Quick Trip Quilts. No, I did not make it in a day, but I fell in love with quilting all over again! Eleanor Burns became my new hero! I read her suggestions on how to make fabric selections by the way, I didn't have a clue on how to pick fabrics, followed her instructions and made my quilt. I made a large queen. The top was so big. It looked like a boat sail! I pieced it on my little Bernette, but soon realized after the top was completed, there was nooooo way I was going to be able to quilt it on that machine or at least that's what I told my husband. So I got a new one!! I'll show you that later!
I stitched in the ditch on the whole quilt and stitched straight lines on an angle in the borders. In each of the four corners of the outer borders, I free-motion quilted my twin daughters' handprints and names. I was very pleased with how the quilt turned out! This quilt will always have a very special place in my heart. It I wasn't giving it to someone so dear to me, I don't think I could have parted with it.
I made this quilt as a gift for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. My MIL is very special to me. I work as a makeup artist for a BIG department store cosmetic company. I have to travel quite a bit and when I travel to the other side of the state, I stay with my in-laws. My MIL takes the best care of me while I stay. She gets up early to make me breakfast, packs my lunch and always has dinner ready when I get home after a long day. I am very fortunate. I gave her this as a big thank you for all the wonderful things she does for me.