Granddaughter Erin will graduate from high school in May of 2013. T minus 10 months and counting....
Two years ago she asked shyly if I would make her a graduation quilt -- and I was DELIGHTED! Of course I would make her a graduation quilt!!!
After scouting for fabrics and consulting with her mom, I decided on pretty shabby chic fabrics from the Aviary collection by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. And I chose to use a pattern (PS39600) that modafabrics.com issued to promote that fabric line.
All that beautiful fabric has been in a box for over a year -- until this weekend. I realized that if I was going to finish that quilt before tax season (T minus 5 months and counting....), I needed to start YESTERDAY!
I am happy to report that I have finished all the cutting for the pieced sections of the 82" x 96" (208 cm x 244 cm) quilt, as well as the 18 applique stem pieces (each stem is 20 inches long). Next week I hope to make headway on the 358 leaves. I plan to hand applique all those little leaves using freezer paper on top templates, a technique I learned from The Singing Quilter, Cathy Miller: http://www.singingquilter.com.
I may live to regret the decision to hand applique all 358 leaves, but this IS a special occasion quilt, and I really do love hand sewing. And it will keep me quiet and content on Sunday afternoons for weeks to come.
LeAnn aka pasqueflower