I wanted to make this post about a UFO completed -- but I think, more importantly, it's about a little girl, the daughter of a friend of our great niece, who needs prayers and support at this time.
Her name is Paisley -- and she was born on July 1st, 2011 with Gastroschisis at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. You can read more about Paisley here.
My sister Janet was busy making a quilt and matching pillow cases for Paisley's Benefit -- and I thought -- I have tons of UFO's that I could finish for the benefit -- I'll do just that! I delivered the little Table Topper to my great niece yesterday -- just in time for the benefit on Sept 29th.
Prayers and energy sewed right into the material -- for Paisley! Please keep her in your mind, thoughts, spirit and prayers.
It all started with a charm pack of Joanna Figueroa Butterscotch & Rose...
I had recently purchased my Janome Horizon (Ummm March, 2012 - Yes a fairly recent UFO) and I wanted to do some piecework on it -- how easy to cut the Charms into 2.5 inch squares and begin to sew !
Well -- I sewed for a night or two, then put the squares away -- until last week ! I went to a Local QS, purchased some additional fabric for the border and backing -- and finished this cute little table topper for Paisley's Benefit.
I kept it simple so that I could finish it in a day or two.... sewed the 2.5 inch squares together in a 10 x 10 square topper. I added a 1.5 inch border of Red Moda Marble and after I put it on, it looked too large, so I trimmed it down to a finished size of 3/4 inch. I added another 5 inch border and layered it with Warm and Natural 100 Cotton Batting.
Quilting -- the Janome does a great job and has a large quilting area -- but I do have a bit of a struggle when I push the quilt fabric to the left -- my machine just doesn't like it. (I need to take it in for service -- soon!).
Anyhow -- I was able to quilt a scallop around each cut charm -- and echo a scallop into the border. (Still learning and practicing)
I added a cute label and off it went to the "Prayers for Paisley Benefit".
Being thankful for all that I have and all that I love.
Linking up to the Free Motion Quilting Project UFO Sunday -- as well as Connie's Linky Party Tuesday !