i decided on 4 quilt projects, all lap size, and all for family. operation happy holidays was ready for launch!
i decided to stash bust and get creative - using fabric and patterns i already had along with some of my current wips to fill my list. i decided on a quilt for my mother, one for my sister, and one each for my nephew and niece. now, my nephew and niece do have a quilt already, but they are both minkee baby quilts and i think the two little darlins are ready for their "drag around the house make a tent, play peek-a-bo" big kid quilts! also, i must confess that working with these fabrics make me so happy and is a great way to alleviate stress!
my nephew will be getting the assembled puzzle quilt that has been sitting - cut and ready for sewing assembly- in one of my wip boxes.
talk about happy! everything from rainbows to dancing farm animals, orange leopard prints to fun loving monsters. the colors are bright and bold, and the pattern - while requiring a lot of planning and careful piecing - is fun! i finished piecing the blocks this weekend and hope to have the top pieced by next week ready to go on my new Flynn quilting frame. it will be the maiden voyage of my Flynn frame, another great incentive to get the top done!
and, drum roll please.......operation happy holidays phase 1 ~ complete!this lap quilt is for my little niece and its completion was my way of celebrating the successful finale of my first master's class this semester (i got an A!). in the week between my first and second class, i got this little gal's present cut, pieced, and quilted.
i used variegated pink and lime threads for this happy little blankie. machine quilting was much easier using a new method i picked up. you divide the block into eighths or the border into sections and then, using those grid lines, repeat a pattern but without a lot of marking - good for me 'cause i loathe marking.