The Internet can be a place of great joy. I have discovered that real friendship can be found there. Years ago, when I first was discovering book blogs and reading challenges, I stumbled across a blog that immediately resonated with me. The blogger, a woman named Laura who lived a good 3000 miles away from me, was loving the books that I loved (and disliking the books I disliked). She was to very quickly become my “bookie soul-mate” – a reader whose thoughts about books paralleled my own. We later went on to become a member of a private Library Thing group where I learned more about my new found friend. And just a couple of years ago, a group of us got together in New England and there was Laura. I was not surprised that our sense of humor meshed perfectly, and our connection was deeper than just our shared love of literature. I have been thinking of making a quilt for Laura for some time…and then it came to me to make a pair of quilts – one for her and one for me, similar but different, a shared quilt of sorts that when used would make us think of each other, even though the miles separate us. Today I am showing you Laura’s quilt – mine is not quite done yet (my unexpected trip back to New Hampshire in April set me back just a bit).
I love Denise Schmidt’s fabrics…and I thought stars would be the perfect way to enhance the beauty of Schmidt’s latest collection Hope Valley.
I made each star block approximately 6.75″ square (finished), sashed them with Kona white, and placed cornerstones of the main fabric in the horizontal sashing. I decided to give the quilt a scrappy feel by doing a pieced border. The finished size of this quilt is 50″ X 51″.
For the back, I used some extra star blocks (one in each colorway) and pieced them together into a large stripe. I then used big pieces of one of the main fabrics and attached them to the top and bottom of the stripe. I crafted a label and fixed it to the bottom corner of the back.
The hardest part of every quilt for me is the actual quilting. I always wrestle with what color thread to use and what design to quilt. For this quilt, I decided to go with white thread since there is a large amount of white in the quilt. And then I took a deep breath and decided to finally try a free-motion meandering stipple design which I had never done before. The result was a pleasant surprise!
The binding on this quilt uses a striped fabric from the same line.
I hope Laura will enjoy this quilt as much as I enjoyed making it!
**All photos in this post are “clickable” to enjoy a larger view
Stay tuned for the companion piece to this quilt – I hope to have it done before summer fades to fall!!