I so enjoyed this quilt. When I was taking the T-shirt quilt class last Monday, my instructor (who I absolutely and totally adore) encouraged me to try my hand at a pieced border.... Pattern by the same designer of the mystery quilt - Debbie Caffrey. The pieced border is from her series "Becoming a Confident Quilter - Delectably Simple Mountains." So I bought some more fabric and finished it up last night. While there are a few mistakes - I am still pleased and happy with the final quilt top..... so I guess it would be nice if I put a picture up!
Here is a bit of a close up picture of the block..... (only an inner border)
Debbie Caffrey is an awesome designer and really helps a beginning quilter feel confident to pick a harder block to attempt. What makes her technique so fantastic is that when you take a mystery class - you have no idea what the block will look like until you have completed (in this case) twenty-four of them! No time to second guess whether you can do the block or not.....
Here is the finished quilt with the pieced border.... (photography courtesy of my youngest!)
I just finished reading Jennifer Chiaverini's last book in the Elm Creek Quilter series "The Giving Quilt." While I am sad to be all caught up in the series - I absolutely loved this book. It really captured how I feel about my goal in becoming a quilter.... while I want to make sure that every single one of my family has a beautiful quilt on their bed..... I also want to help make sure that all kids have a beautiful, warm quilt or blanket they can call their very own. I have been a part of a group at my church that crochets and knits afghans for a women's shelter for several years.... I have heard stories about children from the shelter leaving with one of our afghans....... so this is just an extension to that. So I was super happy when Jennifer's facebook page should up on my newsfeed today with a link where I could download a free copy of the quilt pattern for The Giving Quilt. And yes, I did download it! I took it with me to the quilt shop tonight (when we had our reveal).
So guess what is on my cutting mat tonight..... and yes it is already washed and ready to be ironed and then cut!
That beautiful focus fabric.... the green, purple, cream and blue print..... it was a find from the Shop Hop..... I am ready to begin a new quilt top....
Luckily I will be taking a machine quilting class in December.... finally!