I’m not a huge fan of my birthday. It falls on a really strange day, New Year’s Day. Instead of pouting about it this year, I needed to think up a way to make this year different. At first, my idea was to put together 36 packages for 36 people that have made some sort of difference in my life. As I started to write down ideas, it became quite overwhelming – what really could I put in these packages that would be unforgettable. The wheels of thought, they started turning, and it dawned on me that I could make each person a quilt. So hence, 36 quilts in 12 months to celebrate my 36th year. McCall’s staff has been incredibly supportive of this venture, so I’m going to blog about it. I started January 1 and here is my progress so far.
Quilt Receiver #1 – Dorothy
I met Dorothy last summer. I hang out on my front porch a lot in the summer time. Well, they are more stairs then an actual porch. I spend too much time outside when the weather is nice, but jeez, I love getting freckles.
Dorothy is in her 80′s and lives across the street or well, parking lot. She has a small white dog, I have NO idea what his name is because she calls him by his nickname more than his real name. His nickname is Boo.
I’m either reading or stitching when I’m sitting outside. Dorothy is a huge fan of reading, that is where we found common ground. She asked me one day if I’d like to go through some of her old books that she was giving to Goodwill. Duh! Of course! Reading a book and talking about it with someone is a great conversation.
I go over to her house and she hands me a grocery bag full of paperbacks. I reach inside and grab one. FABIO Romance BOOKS!!!! Whoa! What am I suppose to do now?
I understand lonely. Not only through experiences of my own, but through watching my Grandma get older and not having a lot of human contact. I saw loneliness in her and what sweet older woman should be lonely? I took all of the books and have read several of them so when I go over to visit her we have something to talk about.
Dorothy, I think, is my number 1 fan. I get her copies of McCall’s Quilting Magazines each time we put out a new issue. She thinks I’m some sort of famous person because my picture is in the magazine. “Oh Tracee, I’m so lucky to have a friend like you! Look at your beautiful picture in a magazine!”
I think Dorothy will be very excited to get a quilt and I can’t wait to give her one, with of course, a few dozen romance novels to read as she cuddles underneath it. Which, I’m going to guess, in turn will end up back in my hands for future reading pleasure.
I’m really into purple this year. I don’t know why I never noticed it before. It really is such a great color! Each quilt will be different as is each person that will be receiving one.
How great is it that you can download this pattern for FREE! This really is a great quilt design and it goes together in no time.
I started with making the 60 snowball blocks.
2″ black squares on 5″ background square.
I usually mark my fabric, but I couldn’t find my white pen so I eyeballed it.
Cut a 1/4″ from the sewn line.
60 blocks. I’ll iron them as I put the rows together, that way my iron stays nice and hot.
I sewed 4 rows, 4 rows, 3 rows, then sewed them together.
Before the borders. I was having a hard time deciding whether to use the dark purple or the light purple. I decided on the light purple – it was better contrast.
Not the greatest picture, will post a better one after she’s quilted.
Close up. Hoping to quilt it today after work! Sherri Driver is going to teach me how to use the Handi Quilter long arm here at work! I’m so excited!
Quilt #1 – I’m having so much fun already! Can’t wait to quilt this one and start on Quilt #2.