A while back my younger sister, my very much all grown up adult younger sister, whined that no one EVER makes her anything. She doesn't have a bag, or an apron or a quilt --- NOTHING. I'm always making something and I NEVER make anything for her.
Sadly, it is true. Not intentional, but she is right. So I decided that I had to put creating something for my sister as a priority on my list.
A short while later Denyse Schmidt released her Hope Valley line of fabrics and everything about these fabrics, color, style, design, screamed my sister's name. After a mad search through all my pattern books I felt that Fanciful Flowers in the Material Obsession book was also screaming my sister's name -- with those huge 18-1/2" blocks, big bold appliqued flowers and lots of color it was all her.
I would love to have shared with you all the fact that I had to place 4, yes four, separate orders for more fabric, that one day I cut all my plain applique blocks to a measurement of 18" square instead of 18-1/2" which meant over a yard of ruined fabric and yet another trip out to the quilt store OR how I put the borders on upside down which didn't matter one bit for the finished quilt but meant I had to read the cutting instructions upside down for 3 rows of borders - a challenge at best.
My sister was working hard on her doctorate and with fingers crossed would graduate this spring - enough time for me to be able to present her with a "now you can rest a bit with your very own made just for you comfy, cozy quilt".
So while she was writing and revisioning and working and defending I was sewing furiously!
Congratulations Dr. KJK! We're all so proud of you!
The Nice Sister