|East coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Both my parents and my husband's parents celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries this year. What's a quilter to do? Mark the occasion with quilts, of course. Did you know that two queen sized quilts can smoosh into one carry-on sized suitcase?
You have seen this one before. Vintage Sparkle was made with my in-laws in mind.
Their last name is quilted in one corner. "1968", "2018" and "50th" are quilted in the other three corners. I can't take credit for the idea. Liz Meimann, who longarmed this one, suggested it.
I shared a glimpse of the second quilt before I sent it off to Liz for quilting. Mom knew I was making this for her and dad but I wanted her to be at least a little surprised, so I didn't share again until I delivered the quilt. Here is Fundy Skies for my parents.
This time I asked Liz to leave some unquilted space in the corners. When the quilt came home I added some hand quilting. It was a little bit hectic around here just before we left on our trip and I didn't get as many photos of the quilt as I should have. While I was visiting, I was busy, well, visiting, so didn't take as many photos then either. I don't have close-ups of Liz's quilting, and only of some of the hand quilting.
|Hand quilting in progress
|Some machine and some hand quilting
I hand quilted mom and dad's last name, Lalonde, in one corner, Initials in another, and years in the other two.
One little note about the batting. I chose wool batting for this quilt. I had never used it before but I certainly will again. Hand quilting through the wool batting was a dream! It almost makes me want to rip out all the stitches I have already put in Laura's quilt. Almost, but not quite.
There will be a pattern for Fundy Skies soon, with wall/baby, throw, twin and queen sizes. I think it is about 95% complete. If you'd like to be a tester, please email me! (UPDATE: pattern is now available in my Etsy shop)
I will leave you with a few more picture of Nova Scotia scenery. It was so hard to leave this behind!
|Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Louisbourg Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada