Every labor day weekend, my extended family has a family reunion. Do other families still do this? We haven’t made it for a few years, but my mom and dad go every year with my grandma. It is something I would like to go to more often…in fact next year we are talking about renting an RV to head on up to the family reunion with my parents and my sister’s family…fun huh?
Well this year my mom had volunteered to make a quilt for the auction (proceeds help maintain a family plot of land). So over the summer, my mom, sister, grandma and I sat down to get to work. My mom did about 75% of the piecing with a little help from the other ladies (she’s a whiz at piecing a quilt together) and then she sent the quilt my way to make up the backing, quilt it, and then bind it!
This quilt has such memories held in it….hours spent at the beach with the ladies in the family working on piecing the top together. There’s just something special about working together on a project!
If you look super close, you’ll see that my quilting is not perfect. I’ve done free motion quilting before, but always in a stippling pattern. Turns out stippling is a whole lot easier than quilting a design on. It was great to try new techniques and learn a bit more.
Also, I should say, this is the biggest quilt I have done. The other quilts I’ve made have all been twin sized or smaller, this one fits a double bed! After tackling this quilt, my brain is churning about a quilt for my bed. I’ve been pinning away some ideas!