A few years ago, I decided to join my local guild, then waited a few more months to work up the nerve to actually attend. The first meeting I went to I met Laurie, plus a few other great people, but today’s story is about Laurie. If you’ve met Laurie, you can skip ahead a little bit, as you already know this, but for others — Laurie is awesome. She’s super super nice (seriously the most tactful person I know), funny, and really supportive. She’s the reason you are reading this and kind of the reason I’m a social quilter at all. So when she proposed we do a private mini swap a few months ago, there wasn’t a single hesitation in my yes.
Then came the worry. I’m sure there are others of you who have experienced this; I was sending a quilt to a quilter, and a quilter who I admired greatly. “Was it going to be good enough?” played through my head over and over and over, and the deadline got closer and closer and closer. I finally just bit the bullet and went with it. (Spoiler: she loved it!)
I knew that Laurie and I shared a love of Blue Elephant Stitches, and she had this quilt pinned on Pinterest. It felt like a great place to start, so I drafted a paper piecing template to get me to about the size I wanted. Here’s the other hiccup though – Laurie loves AMH and pink. Pink! (See further journeys with pink here.) AMH and pink do not exactly hold a prominent fixture in my stash. But this is Laurie! I can do this!
Lately I’ve been watching a lot of Angela Walters Craftsy classes, and I’m pretty sure it’s altered my brain chemistry — I want to densely quilt all the things. With the negative space on this mini, densely quilting was actually going to work, and be shown off! For added fun/difficulty, let’s add ghost shapes! Why not? There are straight lines (in yellow!) down the diamonds, clamshells on the right, and pebbles with spirals on the left.
I even hand sewed the binding down, because that’s what you do for really good friends. And, well, it was a mini. 😀
I’m so, so very happy you loved the quilt Laurie. ❤
(you can see the gorgeous mini Laurie made me on her blog, here. I haven’t gotten my act together enough to photograph it properly)