Here is a picture of Amy's quilt, well one side at least. Its quite big and I am having a really tough time fitting it all in one picture. I will make sure to get a picture of the whole top before I give it back to her. The story behind the quilt.....Amy is a co-worker of mine. She came to me one day and asked me if I would be willing to finish a quilt she started when her daughter was just a baby (I believe her daughter is a teenager now). "Sure" I said. So she brought me the quilt she had started, the center you see here, and told me that I had creative freedom to do whatever I wanted to to finish it. Her only request was that it was a certain size. So after seeing the top I started thinking of ideas. I was going to do a leaf and vine applique down the sides, but was a little hesitant because I wasn't sure if her DH would like it. I was also afraid it would take attention off the center, and I want to keep it there because that is HER work and it will be her quilt in the end. Then I started to see the disappearing 9-patch all over the internet and thought "Maybe those would be nice", so a-sewing I went. I still had ideas of adding applique but decided not to after all. So I put the inner border on, didn't measure; I sewed the disappearing 9-patches together, didn't measure. "uh-oh" I started thinking. Well, I layed it out and guess what? The disappearing 9-patches fit perfectly!! That gets to the some things just meant to be thing. I couldn't believe it. Needless to say I was very happy and relieved that everything fit. Now I have borders on the right and left hand side and I am debating on adding something to the top and bottom. Maybe some simple squares sewn together. I guess I just don't want to take away from the center too much. I know she put a lot of work into it and I want people to focus on it first.
Also wanted to update you on the ugly fat quarter challenge. The votes are in and I received the award in the category of 'funniest'. There were 8 entries total and there were some great quilts so I am thrilled to have been one of the entries that won. In non-quilty awards news I also received employee of the month for the month of February at the restaurant that I work at. I've been with the company for almost 8 1/2 years and this is the 5th time I've received the award, but I am still excited to get it. I really do enjoy my job, and appreciate the recognition. Makes me feel good :cD
I can't believe its another Friday already!! I have tomorrow off so I am hoping to be able to get the binding finished on the April Showers quilt. They are calling for quite a bit of snow over the weekend (I am watching it start to cover the ground now) so its perfect quilting weather. I'm off to get to the post office and Jo-Anns before it gets too bad around here. Hope you all find time to pursue your passion this weekend! Warm country wishes!!