So, I wanted to make something for Iris that she could take home to remember us by that would be useful, yet last a long time. The obvious answer? A quilt :)
This was a tricky one to design because I wanted it to be fabric that I thought she would choose, but we have pretty opposite styles, and I also wanted to be excited about it and think it looked cute.
I saw a quilt here that totally inspired me and I knew Iris would love something like this. Once I saw that, I got to work drawing up something similar and managed to secretly work on it only when Iris was at school for about 2 weeks until the piecing was all done. And miraculously, this is how much black thread I had left:My neighbor has an awesome quilting machine setup and she let me use it for this quilt. It's not a long-arm machine, but a regular sized one, that is meant for quilting, and set up on a large quilting frame. So basically, you can quilt a whole width of your quilt and about 6-8" of space. I decided to alternate between a row of hearts and a row of stars since I'd never done this before and I thought it would be good practice. You can totally tell which row was my first, but I think I pretty quickly got a feel for it and it was SOOOOO much faster and better looking than trying to do it on my machine.
After finishing the binding, I wanted to take pictures. Unfortunately...
Believe it or not, before I did this, I quickly whipped out a quilt made of ONLY SCRAPS (which I'm SO proud of) to donate to my 10 year HS reunion prizes. A fellow classmate owns a long-arm machine quilting business and she said she's quilt and bind it for me. I wanted to wait and take pictures after it's completely finished, but here's a preview: