I usually try and gift a quilt for one person/family per year at Christmas. This year I presented this quilt to my pastor and his wife (Bruce & Lorraine).
I started it at Quilting in the Trees, my annual June retreat at Pearson College here in Victoria with the Victoria Quilters' Guild. It was a mystery quilt created and led by Kelly English and Arlene MacKenzie. We had great fun and the different looks with different fabric choices were amazing. Some in the class chose to turn the centre block different ways which gave theirs an even different look yet!
My sunflower batik fabric called me loudly from Bib n Tucker Quilt Shop here in Victoria. We were told to choose a focus fabric plus a dark (my brown), medium (my gold) and light (my off white) coordinating fabric. All of it is batiks. The back is the dark sunflower focus fabric. I think I bought the whole bolt. This is the result!
I was going to send it to Arlene MacKenzie (On Point Quilting Studio) to long arm, but the more I looked it the more I figured it would be fun to do some custom quilting on my domestic Janome 6500. And it just so happened that I had another quilt retreat with my satellite group in November at Honeymoon Bay Retreat Centre near Cowichan, up island, so this was the perfect time away to devote the attention and time needed for this project. I love the result and Bruce and Lorraine love it too.
It gave me great joy to create this quilt for them. I accompanied this one with a prayer that they would feel the Father's love for them every time they snuggled under it. I hope they are enjoying it as much as I did during the creation of it.
Now...back to my 2 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts. I'm behind on the steps for the Roll Roll Cotton Boll and am anxious to see how all these lovely colours will fit together into the finished quilt top. And I'm still quilting the Carolina Christmas, last year's mystery.
AND I have 4 days off so I will have some time to play. Yippee!!