Type of item: Functional
Style: Casual, Cute
Cotton fabric for the top, fleeced vinyl for the back.
What was your inspiration?
All the meaning that quilting blocks have, and celebrating important dates in the family. My in-laws were missionaries in Japan for over 24 years, and have also lived in several states in the US, always serving. Originally, I was only going to make the Georgia and Ohio blocks (where they were born), but I just couldn't stop there. My husband came with the idea of making a block for all of the places they've lived and worked at.
Also, I used techniques from different Craftsy classes: Quick Strip Paper Piecing, Re-Piecing the Past, 2012 BOM, Inspired Modern Quilts and Scrap Quilting. There was one particular block for which I could not find any guidelines nor patterns, so I put a pattern together myself (using a picture of the state flag as a guide).
What are you most proud of?
Finishing my first big quilt! I know it's not the typical quilt, but they were looking for a cover for their washer and drier, so I decided to piece the front, rather than just making a regular cover.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Things might look overwhelming, but tackle a little at a time. Try to focus only on the part you're working with at the moment, without thinking of the project as a whole. Also, having a deadline (Christmas) helped me because I wasn't able to put things off when something was difficult; I just had to keep on and deal with it! It was a good learning experience. :)