Many years ago I offered to let my daughter choose blocks for a quilt for her bed. She was getting older and outgrowing the adorable ducky quilt Mom and I had made for her when she was two. I gave her an applique pattern book thinking she would pick one or two and then I would piece the rest of the blocks.
Boy, was I wrong!
Instead Maddie chose 25 blocks. I managed to get her to choose her favorite 15 and told her it would be years before I was finished. She agreed. Several times over the next 4 years she regretted her decision as I carefully hand appliqued flowers, leaves, baskets, and a bird.
But over the summer I finally finished the quilt and entered it in the Ladybug Quilt Guild’s show. It won 2nd place for hand applique bed-sized quilts!!
Maddie now loves sleeping under this labor of love. Her favorite blocks are the bird and the dragonflies. My favorite element is the shimmery fabric I found in our scrap bag for the dragonflies’ wings.