Tuesday 10 November 2009

A Late Finish of SSC 2008

Do you remember the Summer Stash Challenge from Summer 2008? Eileen and I wanted to start and finish a quilt during the summer, using only fabrics from our stash for the top. Nearly 50 other quilters joined us, when they read about this idea on Eileen's blog. Eileen made this cute logo using our fabrics; the prints are from her stash and the plaids are mine. My sister Maija planned making a quilt for her daughter, and I asked her to join us.

Maija has no blog (yet), so I published some pictures of her progress on mine.

She didn't quite make it by the end of August 2008. I wanted to encourage her to go on with the project anyway, and last year during my visit to Germany I stayed at her house and helped her baste the quilt layers for stitching in the Autumn.

The batting was so thick she couldn't machine stitch the quilt but had to hand stitch it all. The quilt was finished for her daughter's birthday in September 2009!

Maija was just now visiting me, as she is in Finland for our mother's 93rd birthday on Saturday. It was so nice to have her here for a little shopping and chatting, and she stayed over the night. She even ironed almost everything from my ironing mountain while I was working on a secret hand sewing project on the sofa. How cool was that? (She had to take off her cardigan, so I think she didn't think it was cool.) Today our eldest sister picked her up to stay at her house until tomorrow, when she returns to our mother for the rest of her stay.
Here is her quilt all finished!

She had one more picture. This is her newest project, a cushion cover for her daughter. I think this will be finished for Christmas.

Hurrah for Maija! She has finished her first quilt. She told me how she had many possibilities to learn how not to make a quilt, and she is quite eager to start a new one. I think we are going to have a true quilter sooner or later.


  1. Congratulations to Maija on her finish. Terrific quilt. I know she was thrilled to have your help. Great sister team. Happiest Birthday to you Mom.

  2. Big congratulations Maija! Well done the quilt looks so beautiful. Hand sewn too- brilliant. Love the matching cushion panel too.

  3. Hoppas att det blir flera quiltar för denna var jättefin.

  4. The quilt is just perfect!!!! Love the black and white!!!

  5. I'm glad your sister persevered with quilting. A Happy Birthday to your dear mom.


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