I have two quilt finishes already in the first week of February, and both of them are charity quilts. So that’s pretty cool.
First up is the Modern Traditionalist “Das Gelbe vom Ei” which was created when my friend Nico got four of us Sew Pro alums together to enter the Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt Challenge for QuiltCon 2018. The MQG provided us with a theme, a color palette, and a size requirement, and the rest was up to us! Through a secret Facebook group, we agreed on a design and colors, then divided up the duties. Since none of us live too close together, we had to collaborate online, and everyone mailed their blocks, the backing, and the binding to me to finish it up. It got down to the wire, thanks to some personal issues on my end, and I ran out of time to correct a few of the weaker spots in my quilting, but overall I’m happy with the results.
We played with the scale of a modified nine-patch block and incorporated all of the colors of the palette with thread (Aurifil 50wt). I quilted it entirely on my Bernina 550QE. The title, “Das Gelbe vom Ei”, literally refers to an egg yolk, but the expression is an idiom that means basically “The Best Thing Ever,” which is how we feel about our team and our friendship that has developed over the past couple of years. I really can’t say enough good things about the support and encouragement I received from Nico, Margaret, and Teri over the past few months, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
My second February finish is a baby quilt to send to a hospital for their NICU through my local guild’s outreach program. I had a collection of fat eighths that I had cut some odd shapes out of for another project, and I decided to use my Studio cutter to get some tumblers out of them. Fortunately, there were enough for a baby quilt, so I pieced them all together back in November. I put the borders on just before I got all of the blocks for the QuiltCon quilt, then set it aside until that one was on the way to California.