I live in California and my family lives in Tennessee. Earlier this year, I made plans with my brother and his family to visit with them in early May. My parents and brother live within an hour and a half drive of one another, so that meant I also had the good fortune of getting to visit with my parents on the visit, too. About a week before I was scheduled to leave, I realized I would be visiting over Mother’s Day. Thankfully, many things fell into place and I was able to make a personalized mini quilt in time to gift to my mom in person.
As you probably remember, I was eager to purchase Kitty @Night Quilter‘s latest paper pieced pattern: Bean Sprout. My mother majored in biology in college and taught high school biology for years. She has a green thumb and I remember summers of gardening and flowers and watering and outdoor activities.
After quickly piecing the quilt top (and seeing my mom say how much she loved the bean sprout in a comment on Instagram!), I went looking for the perfect quote to add to the quilt top. Trina @In An Otter Life stepped in and helped me out by pointing me to this quote by author Linda Hogan.
Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands. –Linda Hogan
I used a water soluble marker to write the quote and then free motion quilted it. In this case, my intentions exceeded my skill level a bit, but I just need keep doing more work to close the gap, right?
The mini quilt now hangs on the door leading into my mom’s sewing room, just below a mini mini quilt I made for her, a friendship bracelet I made her at QuiltCon, a mini mini quilt Renee @Quilts of a Feather made her, and a bracelet she received from Stephanie @Spontaneous Threads at QuiltCon.
And I couldn’t help showing this peak into her sewing room. The orange, blue, and black quilt is a mini quilt she made using my Notched pattern. 🙂
Also, my Fat Quarter Shop giveaway has ended, and congratulations to Suzan who selected the Stargazer colorway!