Last week I shared with you that I'm now quilting with the frame and machine used by my quilting friend, Sharon Brandli, who passed away last spring. While organizing her stash and projects a few weeks ago, we came across quite a few WIP's and it was difficult to decide just how to proceed with them. Here's Sharon a few years ago at a quilt show put on by our Modern Quilt Guild.The three of us, who were there to help, decided to each take 4 or 5 projects and complete them ourselves and give them to a charity. The other projects will, hopefully, be finished and likewise given by other members of the guild.
I already managed to quilt and bind this cute windmill top made by Sharon using reproduction fabrics. An easy stipple design with Sharon's machine was all that it took to get this one ready for a little child in the Birthday Blessings program.
I think that Sharon had a soft spot for reproduction fabrics as there was also a hexagon quilt top among the WIP's.
The top is a little larger than the windmill design and is beautifully hand pieced.
It's even attractive from the back! I love looking at all of her little stitches and thinking of her working on it. I'm not sure where this will end up or how I will quilt it, but I do know that it's super special.You can tell a lot about a person from their projects, I think. Here's another beautiful hand pieced hexie project. This one is a pillow top and it's even got some hand quilting on it. There are two other's that coordinate with it. After some thought, I've decided to finish them for my sofa at Christmas time. I'll enjoy this remembrance.
Three sets of quilt blocks also made their way to my house for me to turn into quilts and to give away for Sharon. Giving quilts is a favorite thing for me. It's humbling, though, to get to be the giver of Sharon's handiwork. It also makes me think about the WIP's that I have in my own stash and ponder.
It's easy to flippantly begin. It's something else completely to finish.