Happy summer, my friends! Yes, I know that the official start of summer isn't until June 21st (ish), but Memorial Day weekend always feels like the kickoff of summer to me. I also wrapped up the school year yesterday, so life feels pretty free and easy right now.
On that note, I have some exciting news to share. I have decided to leave teaching, and spend more time pattern designing, as well as some additional commission quilting. I can't wait to experience all of the fun stay-at-home-mom-benefits that this new flexibility will allow as well. This is a giant leap, but one I felt I needed to take.
On this glorious first day of summer, I have finished the two preemie donation quilts for the local children's hospital. The first quilt is made from the leftovers from my Bubble Bath quilt. I sewed the scraps together using my improv method, then created half square triangles with white. I've never laid out HST's like this before, and I think it is so fun! The backing is a pretty gray quatrefoil, and I love the pink binding on it. This quilt measures 40 inches square.
Incidentally, my Bubble Bath quilt is entered in the Original Design category in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. Voting opened yesterday, and I would love to have your vote in that category!
The second preemie quilt is made from leftover strips from my First Light quilt. It is 40 inches square as well. I thought the gray and aqua chevron was just perfect for the backing, and this one has a soft gray crosshatch binding that blends right into the quilt.
I think I've written about this before, but in case you aren't aware, being able to donate these quilts holds a very special place in my heart. My son was just 3 lbs. 10 oz. at his tiniest, and stayed in the NICU for 5 weeks. He will turn 11 in a couple of weeks, so those days are long gone, but they will never be forgotten. It makes my heart so happy to be able to give these tokens of comfort to families who are experiencing such a tough time.