So the friends post I did yesterday is a good segway into the next quilt post!
This past May we drove the nearly 2000 miles out to Alberta (man, that is one long-ass trip!) Okay, that is a phrase of my husband's, and they are creeping more and more into my lingo. I should say that is one "sore-ass" trip!! But I digress.
We were gone for two weeks. We took our two dogs with us, as they LOVE travelling anywhere with us, but we left my darling cat, Bella, here at home in the excellent care of my aforementioned Moon Buddy (I can't take credit for that name; it's hers) who lives next door. Well, to say that Bella was pampered is an understatement. A gross understatement. That feline got dressed up to go to New Orleans, (see below) tried her hand at cards, modelled a bunny costume, got a little out of hand at a party one night, got brushed and petted, and watched movies, and sunbathed, all within the safety of our home, never fear! We got regular updates on what she was doing, along with photos. Not only did she get all this extra-special treatment, but she also was treated to my Moon Buddy bringing her life over to my house, as in doing some food prep, or watching some TV in the evening here, Bella by her side, just to give her some human company. Wow.
So I had to make this wonderful woman, who, over the past couple of years, has become such a good friend, a small quilt, just a lap quilt, something to throw over her legs maybe in the cooler evenings of Fall when watching TV, as a very small token of thanks for ALL she did (and her husband was a huge help too).
It is the first quilt I designed entirely on my own. It's SUPER SIMPLE, no big fireworks need to go off in the design world, but it is a first. I've come up with a unique quilt design a couple of times in the past, but I've started with someone else's and modified it or adapted it to suit my needs. This one was planned out on a blank piece of graph paper! I've heard they are making EQ7 for Macs... I am looking forward to that release. I wanted an overall floral, sort of shabby chic feel to the quilt. I had some of Nancy Halvorsen's "True Friends Collection" fabric left, so it was perfect for this!
Anyhow, Bella helped with the quilt.
Leah Day's quilting motifs again. I'd thought of keeping the quilting simple, so as to finish the quilt sooner, but Leah's designs are so beautiful, and so addictive, and I wanted to take the time to make this little quilt special rather than mundane with simple stippling. I used one of the Sulky Blendables in 30 wt. and it quilted up beautifully. I did Wandering Clover, from Leah's book, From Daisy to Paisley in the background.