My parents came out to visit at the end of September / beginning of October. For the first few days, my dad helped my husband with some wiring gremlins on our Wabi-Sabi Overland project while my mom and I got some sewing done together.
Specifically, my mom signed up to be a part of an individual group as part of the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. The challenge theme this year is small piecing, and I have to admit that although I have loved participating in the challenge over the past two years, I decided that the small piecing theme was just too much for me to take on this year (as the quilts are supposed to end up at a twin size). Well… actually, I did mull over creating this design for a skinny minute:
I know it’s hard to see but my design concept was for a 65″ x 88″ twin size quilt top in white with an off white 1/2″ finished square. I figured it would be perfect for a lot of quilting fun. I also thought it was completely not in line with the intentions of the challenge.
Anyway, I *love* that my mom signed up to participate for the challenge this year and approached it with gusto. She brought a lot of skinny strip sets that she pieced and with my assistance pressing seams (lots, and lots of seams), she was able to complete her 24″ finished block to send off as her contribution for her team.
Even with the random placing of the fabrics and scrappiness, my mom was able to pull most of her purple fabrics toward the center and outer edges of the star. I love the kaleidoscope effect her block has, and it really shimmers in person. I will definitely be on the look out to see how the quilt finishes in person in Nashville in February!
Because my parents were here while I was also hosting a baby shower, my mom dove into my stash and supplemented what she found with a few key (haha!) purchases locally, she created this sweet flannel fidget blanket to gift. She added in loops of ribbon, some shoe laces, spiral (!!) shoes laces, and an old Aurifil spool.
She threaded the Aurifil spool on a shoe lace and securely pieced the shoelace into the patchwork to create a fun shuttle to move back and forth. I love that detail and creativity!
It was nice having a sewing buddy here with me for a few days. I so rarely spend time in person with other quilters that I find it a super treat to get to press seams and trim things when I have the opportunity!