Sep 22, 2019: What a Day!!! I asked Blakley to think about something that made her feel peaceful, happy, safe...something along that line. She came back after thinking about and asked for beach fabrics because of the way the beach makes her feel. At once, I thought of the Sea Cottage fabrics I had left from Dad's Gift to Caroline. She loved them. I showed all sorts of ways we could use the fabric. After looking at all them, she had me go back to Easy Peasy Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt. I can do a rendition in no time when I get a moment after my deadlines this month. Sep 24: I found some fabric and posted it on the dot screen. Sep 25: Blakley emailed me complete with pictures. "Hi, this is Blakley. I have picked out a couple quilt squares that I like on e-quilter. Can you incorporate these in to the quilt with the color square we talked about when you were here(the first picture in the email). Also can you make the backing the first the beach is my happy place for my backing (second picture in the email) please? Thank you so much! Blakley Mathieson Yes, I can...almost. The peebles fabric is sold out. It didn't look so good anyway. I am showing several options here that I think look awesome. Sep 26: Fabric is ordered. At Samira's insistence that it is what Blakley wants, the backing will be 6 panels. I ordered some of the seashore mix. The peebles sold out from under us. If Blakley really wants them, I can get a yard on eBay with an inflated shipping cost. Oct 02: All the fabrics are here. Well, almost. The vendor sent me the wrong fabric--no footprints. I have re-ordered. Oct 03: The panel came in. In fact 6 panels came in because Samira knew Blakley wanted only panels on the back. Turns out she did not want that at all. Panels, anyone? This quilt is going to be so gorgeous, so special, if I do say so myself. I love it. In fact, I have some fabric I am going to use to make the same Easy Peasy quilt. Oct 12: Replacement Footprints in the Sand fabric finally got here. Dec 03: I have decided to try to make this & Evie's quilt by Christmas. Dec 05: Pre-washing new fabrics. Sea Cottage fabrics are already pre-washed. Dec 06: Made the backing - a quilt in itself. Dec 08: Sea Cottage blocks are ready to sew. Planning the layout. Had to size down to 8" blocks from 9" blocks so more blocks needed. Dec 09: Planning the layout. Dec 10: Layout is planned. Made the 1st nine patch. Dec 11: Will cut & resew 1st nine-patch before making other nine patches then proceed from there. Aligning seams for chain piecing. Dec 12: Chain piecing remaining 9-patches.
Making this quilt for Alicia Miller Dec 24, 2016: Purchased 3 charm packs from Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop during their annual stocking stuffer promotion. Nov 06, 2018: Today, my friend & very special lady, Alicia, selected this for her quilt. We've been working up to this for several months now. Can't wait to get started. Nov 07: Working on a rendition. Nov 08: Ordered fabric for background, borders, binding & backing. Nov 13: All fabrics are here. Jul 03: 2019: Started working with the charm packs (2). Jul 04: Cutting background charms, i.e. 5" squares. Jul 06: Arranged the blocks. Jul 09: Sewing the blocks. Jul 12: The blocks are done. Next cut, swap, sew back together into final blocks. Jul 15: I intentionally cut the background square a tad too big so I trimmed the blocks. Cutting 1" from the center all the way around, swapping corners & turning the center square to get the final layout, then sewing the 9 pieces back together into the final block. MSQC video Sep 06: Resumed piecing. Sep 07: The center is done. Sep 08: First border is on. Widening the outer border from 3" to 6". Sep 10: Backing, outer border & binding are cut and ready to sew. Sep 11: Bought the Paper Dolls pattern by Vicki Malaski. Quilt top is finished. Nov 30: Loaded & quilting. Dec 01: Quilted. Dec 02: Binding is attached ready for hand work.