This may not seem like a huge step to experienced stash quilters but it was a big step for me. This is the backing I used for the quilt I made for my niece's third daughter. See that cat print in the middle? I've had that piece of fabric for at least four years and I like it a lot. Don't ask me why . . I don't really like cats but it just seemed like the perfect fabric to have in my stash. I only had about 1-1/4 yards of it but I never could use it. Last night as I was looking to the stash to provide a backing for Payton's quilt, this cat print kept jumping out at me. NO! I couldn't use that because if I ever need it, it wouldn't be there. I was almost to the point of using muslin for her backing and then I reasoned with myself. The cat print makes a perfect backing for a quilt for a 3 year old and it was a great match with the leftover border fabric from the front of the quilt, which is also going to be binding, which I'd like to get the rest of this out of my stash. So, before I could talk myself out of it, I framed that cat print with the turquoise fabric and used it! I'm so glad I did.
When I started out making the quilts for the girls, I made Taylor's first and she likes hot pink. I thought her quilt was so pretty. Then I made Katlin's. Her favorite color is purple and I really love her quilt. Payton's is actually an extra that was made from a pattern I was testing, the colors are just a bit . . bright? weird? I don't know but I like it. Anyway, it's only 48" x 60" but I figured I'd give it to her and when she decides what her favorite color will be, I'll make her another quilt.
My favorite flower has finally decided to bloom. When I was at mom's, I think it was about July 20 that I noticed her ginger lilies were were just about to bloom. The bloom never opened up before I had to leave. I am surprised that we are 1-1/2 months behind them in our blooming season but at least I'll get a few blooms before frost. These smell so good and are so very white. I just love them! They multiply like crazy but I have to keep mine in pots. They wouldn't make it through winter here. Can't wait to live somewhere so they will grow in the ground. When they're in full bloom, mom's entire back yard smells like ginger lilies!
While I was trying to decide about a quilt to make for one of Chad's teachers (there are three teachers from his senior year in HS who didn't get quilts last year because I was too busy to get them made), I remembered several tops that are almost ready except for borders. This is a Stack & Whack® that was finished except for the outer border. Added that and got it quilted. The binding was already made so I'll try to get that on today. One down/two to go!Judy L.