It worked! I followed Michele’s plan of quilting bit by bit and I finished the quilt top! These photos were taken quickly and ad hoc but they suffice as a display of my enthusiasm at accomplishing as much as I have. The pattern is available for free on Sew Mama Sew and was designed by one of my favorite designers Ellen Luckett Baker from the long thread. Most of the fabric I used is from things in my scrap basket and includes everything from heavier linens to lightweight voile. It’s a real mix but I did closely follow how Ellen made her quilt. The grey fabric is a beautiful, soft linen-cotton blend that I bought at my favorite fabric boutique Rock Paper Scissors.
Now, I just need to find some time to quilt and hand-bind this sucker before Christmas! Yikes! And, oh yes, it’s a Christmas gift for someone (ahem), someone who might just read this blog. Wish me luck. Are you working on any covert handmade holiday gifts? Are you dying to tell someone about it? Share with me in the comments! No one will find out and we can get all giggly together!