With each passing year, I become more grateful for my February birthday. Having something to celebrate "in the bleak midwinter" helps keep the blues at bay. This year, there were so many birthday cards, phone calls, and visitors, I barely had time to brood!
My most eagerly anticipated gift is always a new doll quilt from Barb. The moment I opened this year’s quilt, I knew it was special!
It's called “Midwinter Blues,” and was designed by Lori DeJarnatt of Humble Quilts for her 2014 blog sew-along. If you’d like to make your own, instructions are still available at the following links: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Finale.
Barb used exquisite fabrics, didn't she? The strong contrast between her deep, saturated blues and bright cheddar prints makes the quilt sparkle!
I love the juxtaposition of curved quilting designs with angular patchwork. Barb explains how to stitch "teacup" quilting here.
On the back is a patriotic print, "E Pluribus Unum," meaning "out of many, one."
Look closely at the label and you'll see the special secret this quilt holds. Barb originally made it as a birthday gift for our dear friend, Mary. When Mary passed away in 2017, the quilt came back to Barb, who's now entrusted it to me. I'm humbled and honored by such a generous gift!