Practically every Monday around here is show-and-share day. When we complete something over the weekend, we bring our projects to the office to share with each other. Usually there’s squealing and “where’d you get that fabric?” chatter.
When Karen Burns, our acquisitions editor, brought in her finished quilt top from the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, it was ADORABLE! I loved the pattern, designed by Krista Fleckenstein, but I especially loved Karen’s fabric choice, Bluebird Park’s Kate & Birdie for Moda. The little woodland creatures in a city park setting were so sweet.
I teased Karen and begged her to give me that quilt top! I figured she had so many unquilted projects, she wouldn’t know it was missing. Instead, she gave me the name of the fabric collection so I could buy it myself (next best thing). Which I did, instantly. The only difference was our choice for the fabric background—Karen went with a tan textured background; I chose yellow.
I had my quilt cut and pieced in no time. It’s a super fast and easy pattern! The following Monday I was the one sharing my finished quilt top with my coworkers.
This time it was Mary Green, our former editor in chief, who admired it. She especially loved the lemony yellow. Teasingly, she asked me to give it to her. See a trend here? We always beg, but it never seems to work around here…until this time. You see, Mary was making plans to retire. I knew the minute she asked for the quilt, I would have it quilted in time for her retirement party. And I did.
Mary was shocked and ecstatic over my gift to her. I give quilts away often, but rarely to quilters. Because quilters can make their own quilts, it’s easy to forget how much they appreciate receiving one. I was surprised and touched by her appreciation. My little “pay it forward” act was well received. Here we are together at her retirement party with the finished quilt.
Thanks to Lindsay at Craftbuds for letting us be a part of Craft Book Month!
Have you made a quilt for another quilter? Tell us how it was received in the comments!
Visit more bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long:
Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise
Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet
Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey
WIN PRIZES DURING CRAFT BOOK MONTH!
1) One entry per person.
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014.
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014, or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!
Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1–30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!