Friday, July 18, 2014

Whooping a new beginning!

Today I want to share a quilt I started planning about a year ago when I found this panel...
You see I had asked my brother (married to Nikki, and has 4 wonderful kids.. Jared, Madison, Haley & Delaney.. and Jared has a dog named Winston!)
if they would use a "family quilt".  My vision is that this quilt will be snuggled under.. used when sick.. part of a great tent or castle or hideout.. just an all around useful quilt for a large family... thus it needs to be a larger quilt.. I was thinking king sized then.. but as life happens have scaled it to a more manageable 95 x 95 in designing it :)

I am calling this quilt "The Byrum Family Quilt" and will label it so.. they will have a great nickname for it I am sure.. even if it is "the quilt" Ha!

So here are some borders.. and notice the fabric painted hearts each child added down the tree trunk on the panel...
 I had the panel when they visited this spring... while on vaca.. each of my nieces and nephew chose a color of fabric paint I found at Michael's and painted a heart in descending order.. Jared, then Madison, they Haley and finally Delaney :)

They are a very strong Christian family and because their faith is center to their lives wanted to make them a special quilt designed from fabrics up just for them.. using all my quilting skills thus far.

My initial plan was to play with the designing while Connie was visiting...
So we organized it in an open crate I had... and look at the cute handwork piece my friend Wendy sent to go into this quilt!  I was so honored she would give up something she made. 

Connie is holding it up... I will make this into a 12 x 12 finished block!  Due to too many other things going on we didn't get to work on this project though... so the next week I decided to dig in myself and who would come to volunteer to help but my friend Wendy again! 

So far she has helped me with the complete quilt design and is helping me (only on facebook and from Australia) become a more precise piecer too!!!  I have seen a big improvement in my skills in making them right the first time! ha! Who would have thought we would make friends and help each other too! 

Do you have any friends you can thank for improving your skill base?  Someone maybe who challenges you to do YOUR best?  Would love to hear a shout out to your fave quilty helper today!  Whoop it up for THEM!

While I am Whooping... head over to where I am linking this post as Sarah is having a QUILT GIVEAWAY.  It is a fundraiser with quilts as prizes as she is helping her daughter and SIL adopt a baby :)  Check it out here!  Leave a comment for a chance to win.. donate money for more chances to win... blog about it like I am doing for more chances to win! AWESOME :)  Come home Nathaneal!



2 comments:

  1. Oh Kathi, what a special quilt for a special family. I look forward to seeing this quilt come to life. :)

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  2. You know, I haven't been much of a fan of panels, but I just absolutely love that one you chose for the Bynum Family quilt! Love it! And with your little peek at what Wendy has provided to be included, I know I cannot wait to see this quilt come to life!

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