That would be my brother. My baby brother. Who is turning 30! Whoa, how did that happen? Especially since I am holding at 29.
Here's the thing. He lives in Manhattan, he works on Wall Street, he graduated from a super elite MBA program, he wears very nice clothes and shops at places like Barney's.
Oh, yes - and he is not married, doesn't have kids and is living in a pretty sweet apartment with another single guy, just enjoying life (you know, hosting rooftop parties and all). So, a quilt. I know. A handmade gift is always risky. A quilt is probably the epitome of the risky handmade gift. A labor of love,
It will come with me to the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild meeting for show and tell tomorrow (after all, Jennifer is our president!), and then it will be wrapped up and shipped off to the Big Apple. I figure I'll give him this post's URL on his big day, maybe.
*Just a few specs on the quilt. I used Kona Raffia as the background and Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow for the rest. I did some straight line quilting with an Aurifil variegated thread in shades of tan/brown. Sets of 3 rows, an inch apart, in the center of each cross block and at the intersections. I (once again) used Rachel's genius binding method of zig-zag stitching found here. I don't even mind hand sewing the binding, but this approach just looks so cool, I thought it especially appropriate for this quilt. The back is just awesome. At first when I started cutting and piecing all those extra blocks (okay, 6 extra blocks) I was wishing I just did a solid backing, but I'm so glad I didn't. I love the floating cross blocks, it makes it like two quilts in one! I would definitely recommend this quilt-a-long, you can see all the cool variations on the pattern in the flickr group.
Thanks for reading my sappy, long-winded post! Let me know if you have any good quilt gifting stories (or bad!)...