For the big 4-0, she put in a request over 6 months ago- admiring the mini quilt I have at the cottage with and Emerson quote, she asked if I could make her something similar with a quote that has been a mantra of sorts for her since her heart attack:
"Do not let yesterday take up too much of today."
I set out without any end plan. I just started piecing bits of neutrals together. Got out some fabric paint and stamps. Pieced some wonky letters in colours where I wanted impact. Tried my hand at some embroidery. And slowly brought it all together. The more randomness I added, the more cohesive the piece started to look and the more I liked where it was going. And here is the end result!
The quilting included some new frontiers for me, and I went with the same carefree attitude I had with the piecing. I channelled my inner Krista Withers and started filling negative space with swirls, pebbles, lines. The quilting is dense and the resulting texture is amazing.
Added sections of clamshells and waves and used touches of hand stitching to accent the stamped letters and to outline the pieced ones.
On the back, the London subway map fabric (to represent time she spent living in England). And some hanging sleeves with a birthday message :) For the binding, I continued with the scrappy theme.
It was gifted yesterday, and Michele declared it was her favourite gift she received (which pretty much brought tears to my eyes). Then we had a lovely afternoon at the spa....now I am HOPING this is indicative of life in our 40s?!?!
Happiest of birthdays, Michele xoxox