My 10th quilt of the year is one that you've seen me work on since my retreat in March. It started with a charm pack and some yardage to try out the disappearing nine patch made famous through the Missouri Star Quilt Co. videos. We did the blocks as a challenge at our retreat and I got all my blocks made then. Over the course of the next few months, I added a border, decided to make some more pinwheels, and then got the top finished at a work day. While I was working on the quilt, I decided that it would be a birthday present for a friend of mine who was in my girl scout troop in Texas.
I decided to try one of my new pantos on this quilt, as I thought it would do well with more dense quilting. The panto is one of the most dense I have ever tried and I really struggled with it. I even left the quilt alone on the frame for a couple weeks after starting it because I was not enjoying the process. In the end, I am okay with how it turned out, but I am really starting to think about whether I want to focus on pantos going forward. I don't enjoy them nearly as much as I do freehand quilting, so I think over the next few months, I am going to give it some deep thought and may wind up divesting myself of most of my pantos so that I can really try to develop my freehand skills. The Craftsy classes I have purchased would support this too.
For this quilt, I used a very pretty Rainbows variegated thread on the top and a bottom line in the bobbin. The back of the quilt was a large piece of some flowers seen in the Texas hill country as well, but it wasn't from the same line. I used most of the remaining layer cake squares and a little yardage to finish off the back.
I was really thrilled to be able to give Melissa her quilt at her home in North Carolina, where we stayed on our way to our Outer Banks vacation. I was even more thrilled to have her go pull the quilts I'd made for her kids when they were born so that I could get a picture of all three of them with their quilts. I was so glad to see that they have all been well used and well loved. It was really cute to see her youngest discover that I was the one who made her quilt for her :)