My brother and sister-in-law’s kids have been very busy giving them grandchildren lately 😊. You may remember that I made my nephew Kevin’s daughter, Roan Mary, a “spider” quilt a few months ago (click here for that post). Well, Kevin’s sister Brianne just had baby #3. Josiah Thomas was born in August and joined his sisters Tessa and Gabby.
While on my last quilt retreat I started a quilt, with him in mind, and got the top done.
I found out his room has a woodland creature theme, so I wanted to add some friends into the quilting. I searched the internet for copyright free woodland critters, enlarged them, and printed them out so I could trace them onto Glad Press n Seal™. Then I was able to stick them in place on the quilt sandwich (moving the pins to the top so they wouldn’t be in the way):
I stitched through the traced patterns,
Removed the plastic with a tweezers,
and was pleased with the results:
I also did some free-motion straight line quilting through the colorful squares using rulerwork:
His initials and some fun woodland foliage were then added. I labeled the quilt at the bottom in quilted words: “Jesus love you – and we do too, Uncle Mike and Aunt Chris”.
Josiah’s quilt is now finished and ready to wrap him in. Can’t wait to meet him!
And one more thing! I’d like to caption this addition “it’s never too late to finish something beautiful”!
This past week I received an email message from Kate:
Many years ago I took your class on how to draft a Mariners Compass.
It was with the Scrappers Quilt Guild in Williams Bay, WI
I finally finished it.
I enjoy your blogs, thank you for sharing.“
Great job Kate! You’re very welcome.
I hope Kate’s an inspiration to many of you. Remember, those UFOs in the closet are not “unfinished objects” but “ultimately fabulous opportunities”!