I started by cutting out 500 pieces of material and then it sat there until I finished my step dad's quilt (professional pictures to come) in August just in time for his 83 birthday, and then I started in earnest.
I didn't want to post anything until I gave her the quilt. I finished it last night. She is coming today for a visit and it's going to be a surprise. She has no idea it is done or what it's going to look like... But I think it's safe to show you.
The quilt is a Sparkler quilt by Freshly Pieced. I used some of Judi Madsen's ideas for quilting but just did a meandering on the sparklers. I could not believe my luck with the veregated thread I used in the coloured areas, almost a perfect match. I cannot remember whose collection the material is from (when I do I will add to the post).
Sorry for the quality of pictures, I just grabbed the old iPad to quickly document my progress.
She wanted greens, purples, and blues. I added white to give me the great quilting space.
She also wanted frogs! Frogs? I said no but I did stick a couple (6) in the coloured pattern pieces -one per row. See, this one is pink!
The thing she will certainly NOT be expecting is how I tried my hand at trapunto and included her name and her three kids on the corners. (Picture before clean up or binding)