I cut out some 3.5" squares so that I had the beginnings of a quilt ready to sew as I was heading to New Zealand to visit my son and daughter in law.
The scenery was amazing. This was as I was walking from their place to the closest town, a 30 minute walk.
Below the beautiful lake Wanaka in the South Island. A gorgeous part of the world.
While my son was at work, I borrowed my daughter in law's sewing machine and began putting the pieces together to make the blocks below. That one is still to be quilted, but is a flimsy now and is next in line.
On my return though, I sandwiched and began quilting these cute monkey wrench blocks (from Bonnie Hunter's free pattern here).
As is often the case, you keep a fabric for long enough and it comes in just right. The batik for the border was just that fabric. I really enjoyed putting the blocks together using small scraps and co-ordinating the colours.
For the backing, my mother in law had passed on this butterfly fabric that worked well. I also had fun free-motion quilting the flowers as an overall pattern.
A bit of a close up on some of the blocks:
This has now been passed on to a friend whose daughter is expecting her first baby. So my friend will be a new grandma! How exciting is that for her. I find such pleasure in creating and then being able to pass quilts on to people where I know they will be appreciated, used and bring joy.
Trust you're finding delight in creating too.
Until next time,