It's a good few years since I started blogging but Instagram has been a more recent phenomenon for me. I love it because it's so quick and easy, very visual and is a great way for keeping in touch, almost as if you're with the person there and then.
I've also met some really lovely people, some of whom have become friends, through both blogging and IG. Erin is one of these people, a lovely smiley lady who also lives in London and shares a love of crafting. We've got together quite a few times, either at the crafternoons she holds at her "Granny Shack" or here in the HenHouse. Awww.
I was thrilled when Erin mentioned some time ago that she might like to have a quilt made. We pinned away a few images for inspiration on Pinterest and finally got together here in the Den one Sunday afternoon to ransack my stash. No purple, I had to remember! I knew Erin liked bright colours, she wanted the main colour to be red, and she liked feedsack style designs. I pulled out an awful lot of stash to get a good mix.
We settled on a design that was a real hotchpotch mix of styles. Some sixteen and one-patch blocks, some rail fence and log cabin style. The pile soon grew. I enjoyed making the blocks with my friend in mind and with those colours, you couldn't help but feel cheerful.
Design wall time came a few days later...
Then it was basting and quilting. I enjoyed being able to give Erin instantaneous updates via IG and it was nice to hear her friends getting excited on her behalf and telling me they thought the quilt was very "Erin"!
There could be only one choice for binding.
Erin said she could come over to meet her quilt in person once it was ready. So exciting!
Do you know, of all the (ninety-three) quilts I've made, this is the only one I've ever handed over to a recipient in person. Even those I've made for family have always had to be sent in the post. Would she like it? Eeek!
I persuaded her out into the garden for a little photoshoot.
By jove, I think she likes it!
It was a dream to make, my privilege to be chosen by Erin to make her quilt and so so wonderful to be able to see her reaction on seeing it for the first time. Thank you, friend. Here's to Erin and her quilt!
If I may digress and slip in another ta-dah, I'm on a bit of a quilty roll so here is another pretty quilt though sadly it has had to make do without an Erin-style reveal!
It's a mix of smallish squares in pretty pretty prints and low volume fabrics. Fun and cute!
It is in my Etsy shop looking for a new home if you feel tempted.