Several months ago, I started cutting 3 inch strips from my stash. You may remember these. I intended to make a controlled chaos quilt for my sister-in-law. Well, the chaos that came first was Quilt Market sample sewing. As soon as that was over, I put the blocks together and started thinking about how to quilt this 72″ square quilt. That very night, Melissa Averinos was on Twitter tweeting about her new longarm business. I didn’t hesitate for a second. We exchanged a few emails that night and got the ball rolling for a collaborative effort.I opted for the “Melissa Freestyle” quilting for this one. There’s a lot going on in this quilt and an allover pattern works perfectly. Melissa selected the perfect shade of light blue thread and used Pellon Legacy 80/20 batting. And then she added her magic to the quilt. Like this:And this:This is the very first time I’ve sent a quilt out to be quilted. I’ve always been a bit nervous about turning over a quilt top to someone else. And I have heard horror stories about people having to pick stitches out of a whole quilt and take it somewhere else. But I trusted Melissa. More than that, I wanted the addition of her creative quilting in this quilt. I also wanted to support her new business. So…off it went.
I got it back this past Monday and immediately put the binding on it. I couldn’t wait to have it complete! I love what she did! And I love that she poured herself into the project. It makes this quilt special. And if you don’t believe me, ask Stinka. She took to it immediately.To celebrate this fun collaboration, I’ve put together a free pattern for this quilt. It goes together quickly. The blocks are large and you don’t have to stress yourself out over perfect points. With so many things going on between the scrappy strips, any missed points will get lost. I’m guessing most of you have plenty of fabric in your stash right now to make this. Just pick a background and you’ll be ready to think about quilting in no time flat.I’ve followed Melissa on her blog for several years. I have always admired her dedication to her art, her ability to carry on despite setbacks or loss. She is her own woman and I always find something to take away from the things she shares on her blog. I never imagined that one day I’d be getting a bit of her creative spark in one of my quilts. But that’s the wonderful thing about the Internet. We meet people we never would have met otherwise. Sometimes, we even get an opportunity to support them in a tangible way. I suppose that is the most important part of this collaboration for me, the fact that I was able to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak. And I got something magical in return… a beautifully quilted quilt. Thank you so very much, Melissa!!!