This year our guild's theme quilt is "Leesy's Garden" from the book "Flowers All Around" by Cindy Lammon. This is my quilt (above). I've been working on it on and off since December. Each month, we are supposed to work on a different border and share our progress during "show and tell" at the next guild meeting. Sadly, not many participated in this year.
I found the applique was becoming a bit of a challenge with my hand troubles, so I put the quilt aside for a few months and got a little behind. I was hoping to try to get it finished before my hand surgery but that didn't happen. There's one section of applique still left to stitch down and a couple of leaves I'd like to re-position, but I decided to go ahead and add all the borders before my surgery and finish the applique later, after I recover. Instead of appliqueing circles for the empty spots between the leaves as the pattern calls for, after the quilting is done I'm going to add some berry-colored buttons I bought on Ebay.
Were it not for some fabric I had leftover from another quilt, I probably wouldn't have participated in this year's theme quilt. I decided it's time to finish some old projects and use up material in my stash, make some scrappy quilts, and start on some kits I got on sale that I couldn't pass up on. I did end up buying about 8 fat quarters to add to this Leesy's Garden quilt though!
Pictured below is my Ramblin' Rose with Guacamole and Salsa on the Side -- a Marti Michell design. It hangs on my living room wall. Our living room isn't sunny so the picture isn't the best. This was a fun quilt to make and I bought a lot of extra fabric, thinking one day I might make another. Not sure what I was thinking there!
It's interesting to see how fabrics can look so different depending on the quilt pattern. Ramblin Rose with Guacamole is a whack and stack quilt, the reason why the fabrics look so different in this quilt compared to Leesy's Garden.