Happy Tuesday! Spring has really sprung around these parts, and that has led to all kinds of "spring fever" in my house. (As noted in the reconfiguring that was happening last week through the weekend). It has also kicked my urge to be creative up several more notches...so let's check in with Kate and the 15 minute challenge to see how it all worked out!
Thursday: Marcelle Medallion
Friday: Marcelle Medallion
Saturday: Marcelle Medallion
Sunday: Marcelle Medallion, Soda Shoppe
Monday: Soda Shoppe
So we have another 6 of 7 week! There were several days that I sat down for exactly 15 minutes...and then was off and running for something else. Thankfully the pieced border that I was working on for my Marcelle Medallion quilt was lots of little pieces, so 15 minute chunks of time worked out perfectly.
To keep with the April theme of fostering creativity, Kate has asked questions today regarding knowing one's audience. And to be perfectly honest, one of the things I worry about most when I am making a quilt specifically for someone, is that I hope they like it. I may love it...but it's hard to know in advance if others will like that which they receive. For the Soda Shoppe quilt, I let my daughter pic the main fabric (see yesterday's post for more info), but I picked the pattern. It turns out she loves the pattern too, so it's all good. For the stack of quilts I made for Christmas gifts, well it was a pull and shoot kinda thing. Shake n Bake fabrics were selected because they were more masculine (all I knew was the recipient didn't want flowers), for the rainbow quilts, I figured if my daughter liked them, her cousins would too...and I was thankfully correct with that. For Strawberry Swoon, the recipient has liked anything and everything I have ever made for her...so I knew no matter what, she would like the quilt. For other quilts, like Layers of Good Fortune...I made the quilt with no intended recipient in mind...and ended up giving it to someone because they like the color purple. I think with handmade gifts, more than anything, you have to know if the person would appreciate something handmade (some don't, and that's ok). If they like something handmade, then there is almost no way to strike out on the quilt you make for them (as long as it's not something made in their least favorite colors!). For my sister, whom I've made two quilts, I've tried to make her something that will match her furniture or living room colors, beyond that, it's whatever I choose to make. In a selfish kind of way...I figure I'm making them something...so they best like it no matter what ;) !