Ellen Degeneres is not the only one who can take "groupies". We laughed so much trying to take this photo.
For as long as I can remember this family has been a part of my life. From the mid-1950's when we first met, through the 60's when we spent a lot of time visiting each other's homes and I actually thought that they might become my in-laws (doesn't everyone have a crush on the family friend's son?) Through weddings, and babies and the deaths of loved ones...Pat and LaVonne have been my dearest friends.
LaVonne has recently become my biggest fan, too. She has always cheered me on and we have had a special kinship, bonding over crafts and knitting and sewing. She is the one who taught me to knit when I was a teenager. They raised two amazing sons and I like to think I was the daughter they never had. But recently, she is my #1 blog fan. She reads my blog and usually calls me once a month to discuss my projects and ooh and awe over everything. To say that I am humbled is an understatement.
Yesterday, my mom, sister and I made the 2.5 hour drive to visit with them and I did a little show and tell and a little sneaky gifting of quilts. It reminded me of my teenage years when I would put on fashion shows,for all my parents' friends, modeling all the clothes I has sewed. The video shows part of the surprise.
When I opened this quilt to show them, LaVonne shouted out the name, "Pink Lemonade", the name of this quilt. She really does read and remember every little fact from my blog.
Pat received the Mosaic Quilt which I blogged about here.
My mom also had a great time reminiscing with her old friends.
About This Quilt:
When I first became aware of the online quilting community and found out you could order fabric online, I joined the Fig Tree fabric club. This kit to make a table runner has been sitting in my fabric closet for 3 years. I was never going to make a table runner out of it so I decided it would make a perfect quilt for my friend, who collects tea cups. So many of the prints remind me of a fine china tea cup and the colors were perfect for LaVonne. I first made all the half-square triangles and then started playing with a layout. I knew I wanted it to be a lap sized quilt, so I had to get creative with borders and the fabric I had available.
After piecing the quilt and basting it I knew I wanted to do a random loopy design and also to quilt in a few words. So I quilted "for my friend LaVonne" along with the loopy, random swirls.
Name: China Teacups
Fabric used: charm pack of Butterscotch and Rose by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda, a random red and a creamy yellow Moda solid for the background fabric.
Backing and Binding: Sweetwater Paisley print
Thread: pieced with Aurifil 50 wt.
Batting: Warm and White
Quilted: Free Motion quilted by me with Perma Core 40 wt. thread
size: aproximately 60"x 60"