I know it isn’t Monday but this is my first work day of the week so does that count? I’m sure you will forgive me for getting distracted by these two.
I spent the weekend visiting my two nephews (only three weeks apart!) and visiting one of my favorite quilt shops. I started to feel guilty when I got home about the amount of money I spent ($50 on fabric for a tree skirt to start) and about being behind on my Christmas presents. I wanted to do something with my new fabric and check another present off the list but I wasn’t motivated to start another major project since I’m actively working on three large quilts already. I had planned on making a mini quilt or pillow case cover for my in laws and since they live in the Pacific Northwest this fabric seemed perfect :).
The quilt is the size of a fat quarter (the lazy way to decide on the size) and I used three fat quarters of the Melimba & Beccabury Rainy Days and Mondays in White along with Kona Cotton Basil to make it. At least the Kona cotton was from my stash…
I’ve been wanting to make an umbrella quilt for awhile and originally had intended to piece it but today applique seemed a better choice.
Since it’s a miniquilt the back will rarely be seem so I kept it simple.
When I asked my husband what I thought his mother would like he didn’t really know. He did remember that she really liked the quilting work that we saw when visiting Lancaster County, PA a couple years ago. So I tried to make the quilting lines a bit more interesting. I used two different colors and three different designs. The umbrella has quilted lines to mimic the look of an actual umbrella. Above the umbrella are diagonal lines in light gray to mimic rain and below the umbrella the lines go straight up and down and are done in a dark green thread.
Overall I really like it and it only took about three hours including hand sewing the binding.