In the spring, I set myself a goal to finish five quilts before she arrived. I'm happy to report that I was able to finish all five and even sew another quilt top before the big day. Hooray!
My first finish was for my parents. They were serving a mission with our church in Bogota Columbia for a year and a half. They came home early last spring before heading out on another mission this past summer, this time serving in Huancayo, Peru for the next three years. My sister came up with the idea to make them a quilt, so working with our other siblings, we made them this.
We used Amanda Jean's Fair and Square pattern, just sized up to make it a throw quilt. I'm the oldest of five kids, and each of us and our families are represented by one block - a boat for a brother who sails, a globe for a sister in the State Department who lives abroad, the Union Jack for a brother who served his mission in England, mountains and a tree for a sister who camps a lot, and the beach for our family since we love the beach.
Each of the eight grandchildren are represented by their handprint. The tiny hot pink, unnamed hands belong to Anne - we hadn't picked out her name yet :)
We also threw in some blocks that meant something to my parents or our family - the flag from our summer beach trips, maps of Peru and Columbia which is where my parents' missions have been, a map of North Carolina which is where we grew up, bikes since my parents love to ride, a watering can and shovel for my mom's love of gardening, and the Oakland temple where my parents were married.
I had only done machine applique once before, so this quilt certainly stretched my abilities.
I kept the quilting simple - just a wavy stitch on my machine lengthened out. I think it turned out pretty well.
Now go check out the other finishes over at Amanda Jean's!