I finally finished the mini quilt for Quilting Gallery "New Beginnings" mini quilt swap. I started over 6 times!!! They just wouldn't talk to me. At first I was being way too literal. Then I found a pattern that worked wonderfully Except when I sewed the rows together---YUK! I apparantly didn't trim leaving a quarter inch seam all around the blocks. Hmmm, that won't work...Soooo, begin again! Another new beginning, huh?!! Here is the finished product.
back showing the free motion quilting
The title of New Beginnings somehow threw me off...Don't know why...the pattern I finally chose was from a BOM at Craftsy. The three stripes in a wave pattern represent the 3 tidal surge waves of Hurricane Katrina that hit the Ms Gulf Coast. I live about 2 miles from the beach. The entire coast had a new beginning after this storm. The borders are quilted in a flowing water pattern to symbolize the end of the storm. The scrappy blocks symbolize what most of us had left...scraps of what was. But, we put on our big girl/boy britches and started a New Beginning for ourselves! I am now happy with my choice for this swap. I hope my partner likes it! Can't wait to see what I get and from where..so exciting!!
Till next time---keep stitchin', Marsha