So, Grandma’s Christmas has come and gone and I’m now at liberty to show the fronts of all the MQ quilts. Thankfully, everyone receiving them was delighted and, with the exception of one I’ve gotten cut out and not pieced yet, they all got done…sort of.
First, because I know exactly where the file is, here’s a picture of CMQ – this was a commission piece for a friend to give her daughter for Christmas.
The next of the mystery quilts was for my niece and I did end up making her a promisory table runner. It was apparent that with only 121 out of 250 4″ pieced units made that I couldn’t finish the complete quilt on time without seriously endangering both my health and marriage. Also, the table runner gave me a great opportunity to “test” my color and pattern on her to make sure she’ll like the bigger quilt. (I made her mom promise to be frank with me if she didn’t really like it!)
The next two MQ’s are so similar as to almost be twins – fraternal at least. They are more of the “flannel jammies” quilts. I make these using up leftovers from flannel backs and the pj’s I make the girls every Christmas. I keep thinking that I’ll run out of the flannel leftovers some day, but they seem to multiply like dust bunnies. These two were the first quilts I pieced primarily on my restored 1918 treadle machine.
And last, but not least of the MQ’s is MQ1. This quilt started as a one-yard fabric find of a print with dragons. I knew my nephew, Ben, would love a dragon quilt but I knew I would have to really work to get a dragon “presence” with just one yard. Enter Ebay…to my delight I found five additional yards of the dragon fabric. Enough to make this quilt for Ben and use the dragon leftovers for the borders on the raffle quilt for band. Unfortunately, this was one of the first pictures I took with the new camera and so it’s not the best shot. I didn’t think to take close-ups of the inner border, either, and I should have. Quilted into the inner border is the quote “Meddle not with dragons for thou art crunchy and good with catsup.” The best part about that quote – there isn’t a single “i” to dot!
So, there are all five of the MQ’s. In order to get a little bit of a jump on next year’s Christmas planning, we’ve already done the names for Grandma’s Christmas. I’ve also had a talk with my husband about our budget for next year, and I’m putting together a list of needs/don’t needs for next year – i.e., need cello wrap and gift wrap but no Christmas cards. This way I can pick up some of these things when I see them on sale. Now, since it is Sunday and I haven’t a finish yet this week, I’m heading up to the sewing room to make jammies…hmm, which means more flannel scraps, which means more flannel jammies quilts…like I said, a never ending cycle!