This is a finish that was exciting to finish for a couple of reasons. Obviously, one of those reasons is that it is OFF the UFO list – exciting!!! Another reason is that I finally get to gift it to the recipient. Let me give you a little background….
When I was a wee one (less than a year old – almost 43 years ago), a extended cousin of my moms started watching me so my mom could work. Her name was Skippy. If Skippy had to work one of her daughters, just teenagers at the time, would watch me. This went on long enough that I became part of the family. I thought of Skippy and Pappy (her husband) as grandparents. I just loved them. Pappy passed away when I was about 13 and to say it was devastating would be the understatement of the year. It rocked my world to the core – but I am rushing things.
Over the years, our family moved about, had more children (there were 3 after me), BUT anytime I came back to the Cumberland Gap area to visit, the first thing I did was go to Skippy & Pappy’s house!! I couldn’t wait to climb in their lap so I would know all was right with the world.
This continued even as I was adult and started having children of my own. Whenever we would visit the Cumberland Gap area, one of the first stops was Skippy’s house. Of course by this time, I had to fight my children for a spot on her lap but when she hugs me I just knew all was right!
Another VERY IMPORTANT aspect of Skippy & Pappy was that when I lived down here, they always made sure I went to church every Sunday. I remember being a wee one and sleeping on Pappys lap in those old wooden pews. When I was 8 I came to know my Lord & Savior in a very personal way – as introduced to me through these two wonderful people. Then over the years I stepped away from the Lord and lived a less than holy life (and that my friends is putting it mildly). But this never changed the way Skippy treated me, she would love on me, pray for me and tell me she was proud of me even if not proud of my behavior. She always made me feel special. Eventually I came back to live my life with the Lord and I can thank Skippy for this ….
Do you now understand why I made a quilt for a special lady with the words of Amazing Grace on it? Here is a picture of the front…
I got so excited to give Skip the quilt, I completely forgot to take any pictures first. So, I had to go back yesterday and snap a few. Oh yes, we now live in Cumberland Gap, just a few doors down from Skippy and I get to see her all the time. She is the most amazing woman! I know no one else who is the epitome of grace!!
This fabric is some my daughter bought me ages ago, and when she bought it, she bought the panel. I figured I might as well use the panel for the back and guess what….Skippy likes the back better than the front…hehehe…
I decided to keep the quilting on this very simple, straight lines following different parts of the quilt. I love how it ended up forming little stars in the sashing squares. Also, to add a little something, I did some dense lines in each of the four short borders. I love the lines this created on the back. You can see those if you look closely in the above picture. Here is an upclose of the quilting:
Well that is all the pictures I was able to get. When I went to her house yesterday to get the pictures, she was without power so she put me to work on that problem. She can be quite bossy when she is stressed LOL