First of all, thank you so much to all of you who left comments and suggestions on the last post. There are some great suggestions and I am grateful for you taking the time to do that for me! It's so nice to know what kinds of things you as a quilting/blogging/cool-people community are most interested in.
Next, are you familiar with the Scrappy Trip-along (#scrappytripalong)? It's an informal quilt-a-long that went viral over Instagram right after Christmas. There's a huge following on the Flickr group as well. (Over 600 members!) It's also kind of awesome to use the words "quilt" and "viral" in the same sentence. The method is so fast - you can see the tutorial on Quiltville here. Plus it's such a fun way to bust through some stash.
I have loved all the pretty inspiration. I fought desperately to avoid the temptation to start one of my own because I have so many projects and deadlines at the moment, but I caved and turned into a total sheep. I had to try it just for a minute. I went with a primary color scheme, but I'm thinking it needs a little more jazz. So I may add some turquoise and possibly a little orange and brown. Thoughts? I want this to look like an old quilt you would find in your grandparents' vintage camper. Only without the weird smells and polyester. We'll see if I get there. It'll probably go into the pile of WIP's for a while, but I may keep adding blocks here and there when my resistance is low.
Are you scrappytrippingalong?
Another little project I wanted to share. This quilt isn't my creation, but it has a special story and I got to help contribute a little at the end, so I wanted to share it anyway. We have some neighbors who just adopted a second daughter with Down Syndrome. They have children of their own, but a couple of years ago decided to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. They found the daughter they were meant to have in their family in Russia. After a long legal process, they brought 4-yr-old A home from an orphanage. We have got the biggest kick out of watching A blossom and become part of this new family and neighborhood.
Last summer this family felt like there was one more little person out there waiting to become part of their family. Again, after a long process of professionals evaluating their family and legal proceedings, they brought home a second daughter with Down Syndrome on Christmas Eve- this time 3-yr-old H. Talk about a little angel. She is adorable. It is so sweet to watch her response to being part of a family.
Right before my friend made the trip to Russia for the final time, she called asking if I knew of anyone who could help her finish a quilt for the girls' bed. She had a quilt top that her sister-in-law out of state had pieced but my friend didn't know where to start with getting it finished. I told her she'd called the right person. :) (I don't think most of my neighbors have any idea what a weirdo I am about this hobby, let alone know that I have piles of fabric in my basement or that on top of that, I write a blog about all this craziness.) I told her to leave it with me.
The adorable fabric is Little Kukla by Robert Kaufman. It's very important to this family to commemorate their adopted daughters' Russian heritage. The quilting was done by awesome Melissa Kelly of Sew Shabby Quilting. All I really did was put on the binding, but I felt so excited to contribute in some small way. (Plus it gave me the excuse to finally sit down and watch Elf.)
Our friends' story hits close to home for us. My husband has two brothers (both biological) with Down Syndrome. They teach us so much about acceptance, patience, and unconditional love - three attributes that come so naturally to them. We're all trying to catch up. We also know the realities of children with special needs. It's not always sunshine and rainbows - it can be taxing too.
But, they have such an awesome impact on our family. Not the least of which is cool hand-chosen Christmas presents. This year my husband was the recipient of his very own She Devil's sun visor. Possibly the most awesome Christmas present ever. Maybe I'll get to borrow it sometimes. Don't be jealous.