I haven’t actually given a lot of quilts as gifts over the years. There have been several stumbling blocks (blocks - 🤣 - see what I did there?). At times it was a general lack of confidence in my quilting ability, or the fear the recipient wouldn’t like it. More often than not, it’s an issue of time.
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The planets aligned for me on this one though. A high school graduation party was being thrown for a young man we’ve had the pleasure of watching grow up since he was born. Then the party got moved further into the summer, and I saw my opening.
In my heart I knew Colton was the kind of guy who would enjoy a handmade quilt, which made putting it together pretty motivating.
I headed to a fabric store with no idea what I was going to make. I kinda figured that when the right fabric found me, the rest would fall into place. For once, I was right.
The camping print is Adventure Awaits from Clothworks. Even the name of the fabric line was perfect. It’s a large print, so I wanted a quilt pattern that wouldn’t chop it up too much. Luckily, I remembered one I had at home that I thought would work well.
Sam Hunter, of Hunter’s Design Studio, spoke at my quilt guild a while back, and I bought a couple of her patterns while she was there. The thing I loved about Big Block Tumble was that there are no Y seams, so it’s a lot easier than it looks. And the large blocks were perfect.
The pattern does call for a specialty ruler (Creative Grids 60 degree 8” triangle), which I thought about trying to skip, but I’m glad I didn’t. And now I have it for future projects!
I picked out some coordinates, and a super-soft Cuddle backing I knew Colton would like.
I got the top put together, and my intention was to quilt this one myself. I even bought some basting spray and a pair of quilting gloves. Then the whole vaccine-pocalypse happened, and I lost a week of my life.
My luck just kept rolling though, because Marie, of Marie’s Custom Quilting, emailed me and asked if I would write the foreword for her upcoming book. Of course, I was honored! I asked if she happened to have time to long arm a quilt for me, and she agreed. She saved my bacon.
I made a coordinating pillowcase, which I plan to do every time I’m giving a quilt from now on. It’s perfect for protecting it, and kinda fun to see the puzzled look for a minute while they try to figure out what’s inside!
We gave the quilt to Colton at his party last weekend, and I was happy to see the first thing he noticed was the soft backing. It makes me warm and fuzzy to know a guy with a future as big as his is wrapped up in something I made. ❤️