After hearing that my dear friend has thyroid cancer, I wanted to stop what I was working on, which was Elizabeth’s quilt, and make her something special. I had wanted to try making a watercolor quilt since I first started my quilting adventure. On my crafting counter sat a couple books that I found at the thrift store. What a perfect opportunity to jump in and learn a new quilting concept!
Believe it or not, this quilt took me a total of 24 hours to make, including the binding and free motion quilting. That means, if I can do it, anyone can. Really.
One thing I wanted to include in this quilt were words of encouragement. As you can see from the following images, I incorporated words such as, “love, joy, peace, hope,” etc. within the inner green border. Click on the images to see them up close.
Free motion feather plumes are also something I have wanted to try, so I dared myself to bite the bullet and just go for it. It’s always a bit scary to start a large free motion motif without trying it previously, in fear of ruining a nice quilt. Again, click on the image to see the larger view.
I chose a meandering stippling within the flowers and used a feathered wreath for the center.
The most difficult and time-consuming part of this quilt was simply choosing what fabric to use! I am thankful for my daughter, Elizabeth, and her opinion in choosing these fabrics. I will definitely take her with me next time, as I would like to make another one of these real soon.
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Personally, I have found this eating plan to be similar to the “thyroid diets” and has been the only plan (coupled with natural thyroid) that I have been able to lose some pounds. This plan is much more creative than the others I have read about. Pearl and Serene explain a little in this below video:
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My “brother”, Carl, who shares the same birth date with my deceased (and much missed) biological brother.
Our friend, Carl, bought himself a king size bed. It could be because he is a king size guy. He needed a king size quilt! I think I even heard him say so much under his breath.
I happened to be pulling out some masculine fabric samples I picked up at the thrift store for $1.24 some time ago and as I considered what to make with them, Carl came to mind. My mother-in-law reminded me that Carl’s Birthday was in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Could I do it? I was game to give it a try, anyway.
I am a little stubborn about following patterns, and prefer to put my own creative juices to work.
Close up of stippling.
The backside. Don’t mind the bits of straw.
I chose to cover the quilt with a meandering stitch, mostly because I was in a hurry and didn’t want to think about it too much. I spent a few very long days at my machine from six in the morning until 2am the following morning. ~yawn~
So Birthday blessings to Carl and another quilt for the books.
Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psalm 103:5