The Travel Quilt
I made this quilt for my sister and her boyfriend James who are living in Scotland. She has been wanting a quilt to celebrate their first winter together and my mom and I decided we could help with that. My mother selected the M'Liss Hawley (www.flickr.com/photos/experiencequilting/2833735821/sizes...) fabric as inspiration as I am pretty sure between the two of them they have been to the places represented in the pattern. I used the disappearing nine patch as my sister seemed to like the pattern when I used it earlier this year for a baby quilt.
I also enjoy using this pattern because it allows me to use small scraps. Though once I finished I can't really say that my bags of scraps looked much smaller than when I started. How is that?!
This quilt is a queen sized quilt. It has 360 blocks and each block is 4 1/2 inches finished. There are 1,440 pieces on the front. I used M'Liss Hawley fabric for the binding and a simple flannel that I thought went well on the back. I was so excited for it to get to her as I knew that she and James would like it. It is rewarding to give a quilt to someone who understands the work and time that goes into them. When it is so happily received as it was, it is merrily given. I feel more this holiday than ever that there truly is more pleasure in giving than receiving. I feel blessed to feel this way and I hope Amanda and James are cozy and happy knowing that we wish them well even though Scotland and California are very far from one another!