Friday, May 26, 2017

A Quilt for Christopher

Christopher is the grandson of a friend of ours. He has made some poor choices in his life and is in the midst of a real battle for his health and sanity. Our church has been praying for him. A lot. I decided to make a quilt for him, too, as a tangible reminder that people care about him. 

This was a quick one to make because I had the components already in hand. The whirlygig or windmill or whatever you choose to call it block is one that I learned to make from the wonderful Wanda of Exuberant Color . I had made those from leftover fabrics from rail fence block quilts I had cut a while back. I also had the sixteen patch blocks already, because that is one of the things I like to sew just to sew. (Sometimes I just want to sew, and not think at all. I keep a big bin of 2 1/2 inch squares by my sewing machine for that purpose.)

The inner border is a 2 inch solid blue and the outer border is 5 inches. The  binding is the same blue fabric and the backing is this wild zig zag flannel. 

Also completed recently is this little orange peel experiment. I will not even claim that it is well done, but I wanted to see how the Go! die worked for that block. Not bad. It fits exactly on a 5 inch square. I used an iron on bonding and zig zagged around the edges.

For those who are curious about how the chicks are coming along, I can only tell you that I waste entirely too much time being entertained by them! Seriously, they are hilarious. 
This picture was taken on the May 18th, and you can see they've already got quite a few of their feathers.

This is a week later. Can you tell that they are already bigger and with more feathers? Exciting times!

My little wild Chloe has evolved over the years she has lived here to a much more sociable kitty. Her affection is still doled out on her terms and at her whim, but it is still good. She makes me laugh!

Buddy and I went for a walk on Tuesday. I snapped this photo on our way back into the driveway.  Don't you love the crepe myrtles "dripping" there!  The mimosa tree on the left is so pretty, too, and the fragrance is wonderful.

There is so much in this wide world for which to be thankful, isn't there? I often think to myself, like Louis Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World"!


Connie the Cootiebug said...

The quilt for the friend's grandson looks very cozy and inviting to use. Very thoughtful of you.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

You have quite a variety of chicks there. They change so much when they are all grown up

Karen @runsewfun said...

So much here. The quilt for Christopher is a lovely gesture. I completely understand the "just sew and not think about it" mindset for the extra blocks. How perfect to be able to use them here. I love chickens - we had a few for a year, then we had a fox - but I love your note on Chloe! How generous you are to offer her a home and allow her to live on her terms. You have a lovely home and heart. I've enjoyed my visit!

Schulz Family said...

visiting from crazy mum quilts. Fantastic finished quilt, love the cat looking so pleased!

Karen S said...

Great quilt for a very special reason. Well done.
Love the way you have a stockpile that can quickly be turned into a quilt.
The chicks are growing very quickly and looking healthy.
Lovely photo of the trees at the front of you garden. They look so pretty.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

What a beautiful quilt for Christopher. I love the chicks. They are so cute. The cat is pretty, too.

Miri said...

Great quilt..cheerful and colorful.

Yes, I'm back..glad you're still blogging.

Thimbleanna said...

A Wonderful World indeed Elaine! I hope your beautiful quilt was well received -- you're such a special person to so many people!

Sheila said...

Beautiful, colorful quilt for Christopher, dear. He will love it.
I'm so happy to see pictures of your growing chicks. Chickens are fun to watch.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a wonderful world is my favorite song! Beautiful quilt and that young man will love it and feel loved ! bless you! You got baby chicks! They are adorable!

Susie Swanson said...

Beautiful quilt and I know he will love it. You have a heart of gold my dear friend.