by Cindy Beckett
(Shady Side, MD, USA)
The finished product - I am in the middle.
Many quilters have UFOs (otherwise known as unfinished objects). Well even as a “young” quilter I have many and finally finished a king size quilt for my daughter Amanda. She has moved out to California and lives with her cousin. However, regardless of how much they enjoy hanging around together, Amanda gets homesick. So I decided to send her some love by finishing the quilt I began for her 8 years ago.
It is just a simple scrappy mix of purple, green and blue hues with a little pastel mixed in for flavor. I backed it with summer weight muslin and a turquoise binding. It was machine-pieced by me and machine quilted at Tomorrow’s Treasures in Crofton, Maryland.
It was exciting starting this project, then picking it up years later and finally finishing it. However, the best moment of happiness in making this heirloom was when I gave her a picture of the top in a card on Christmas Day. Amanda opened the card, her jaw dropped and she began to tear up. I knew that this would be a wonderful gift over anything purchased online or at a department store because of the love that has gone into making it.
To me quilting equals happiness, whether you are making something for yourself, a pet, a family member, a cancer patient, or a wounded warrior. A homemade bit of love is always appreciated by the receiver.
Thanks for reading.