When I began Jane's "Nested Churn Dash" sew-along it wasn't in my mind that I'd end up loving the project so much that it would grow into a quilt.
But when I finished the project as Jane had shared in her pattern (a 24" block with four nested churn dash's)....
...my thoughts were running crazy with ideas of adding to the block, perhaps even making it a quilt size.
So I added a fifth churn dash and the block now measured 32"....
This is where I had to decide whether to keep adding more rounds of the churn dash block or veer in a different direction. With my Tilda fabrics stash depleting rapidly I chose to add borders using scraps and some of that beautiful washed out red floral featured in the third 'round' of the original block.
I pieced it a couple of weeks ago, then put it aside until further inspiration struck.
During this time I was also working on a quilt design for a new granddaughter due in August, but nothing I drew made me excited enough to start cutting fabrics.
And then on Tuesday I picked up this Churn Dash quilt top, made with the loveliest Tilda fabrics - Tilda always makes me think 'little girls' - and I just knew it was going to become the perfect quilt for this precious new life about to arrive.
On Tuesday afternoon and right through until almost midnight (Mr E was sweet enough to accept hastily scrambled eggs on toast as dinner) I sandwiched, basted, and quilted...
Exhausted I fell into bed for some shut-eye, but woke early Wednesday morning with one thought in mind - finish the quilt. After two large coffees I had the binding made and then I sat down to sew it in place.
I felt love grow stronger in my heart with every stitch. Love for a new life, a little girl far away in another state that I may not see for a very long time, and I prayed as many wonderful blessings over her life as I could think of. With the final stitch sewn, I hugged the quilt tight and felt more satisfaction over the work I'd just done that I have over any project for a few years.
The *LOVED YOU BEFORE YOU WERE BORN* quilt...
A couple of years ago I designed a baby bag to carry all the 'stuff' a new mummy needs for her cherub, and it's been patiently waiting for a granddaughter I could pass it along to, so this will be posted to my daughter along with the quilt...
I'm a very contented Nana today. Making purely for love and not as part of my business was a heart booster...
Now to wash, wrap, and post it away!
To see how other quilters have finished Jane's Nested Churn Dash block visit her blog HERE.
I swooned over every single one.
What was the last thing you made that filled with you with satisfied contented joy?
Everyone is inspired by an honest feel-good story so write yours in the comments below. Let's share our delight in what we made, and why we made it. x
About my leg ~
I've had an ultrasound and xrays and will get the results later today from my doctor.
It's more painful than ever in my lower leg and walking has become a challenge, but I have my absolute trust in Jesus and His grace to carry me through my concerns and that niggle of 'fear' that keeps trying to bite me.
Will update as I know more.