Giving is Way More Fun than Receiving

Happy Ocean Sunshine Quilt

This week I finished another “UFO” or unfinished quilt.  This is one my friend Teresa and I started probably six years ago.  We chose the pattern and began construction for a dear friend.  Life managed to get in the way, and we didn’t finish it.  Three years ago (or so) we pulled it out and decided to work on it again, but life intervened one more time and back into the basket the quilt went.

We forgot about it until this last summer, when we both decided to finish some of our UFO’s and the beach quilt came out again.  We’ve passed it back and forth since last summer without making too much progress. We finally got the middle done and the border pieces cut and stalled . . . yet again.  Three weeks ago, Lisa, the intended recipient of the quilt, posted on Facebook about a hard day she had.  It was time to pull the quilt out again and complete it.  Lisa clearly needed it, and we got inspired to get it done.

We finally finished and got a rush job on the machine quilting.  I got the binding and label attached, and Teresa hand stitched the binding down in record time.  Tonight, we presented the quilt to our friend, Lisa.  All day, I have looked forward to giving it to her, and it was the high point of my day.  It made all of us cry.

This quilt is probably one of the happiest quilts I have ever made.  Every part of it smiles.  My philosophy when it comes to quilts is the more fabric the better.  Teresa, my partner in this project, has never made a super scrappy quilt and had a really hard time sewing together all the different fabrics.  I kept encouraging her and it turned out great – she even agreed.  If we’d done it all “matchy-matchy” it would not have worked at all.  I definitely think its one of my favorites, and the best part is that giving it away made me far happier than keeping it would have.  That’s a great feeling.

For anyone who wants to make their own super happy sunshine ocean quilt, the pattern comes from the book Shoreline Quilts: 15 Glorious Get-Away Quilts.