Sunday, April 26, 2015

Retiring - Hawaiian style

So we had a little flurry of retirements at work - two in January, and now another one the end of this week.

This time I asked my co-worker what colors she wanted.  She came back and asked if I could do a Hawaiian quilt.  Um - yeah - not me.  I don't applique very much at all - and this definitely was not time for me to challenge myself with something on that scale.

So I compromised - I found this Triple Bear Paw two color quilt pattern online from Martingale Press - and chose two hibiscus and swirl fabrics in the colors that my coworker suggeseted - and "HIbernation" was born (or HI-bear-nation -to be more accurate).

I wish I was more confident with softer rounder quilting -but I did a lot of echo quilting (and pivoting) on this one.  If I had it all to do over, I would have quilted it in a round spiral from the center.

It is nice to be outside photographing again - the spring flowers are starting to pop, and everything is greening up.  After this photo session, I spent the rest of the day transplanting and pruning shrubs, weeding, and giving the rosebush a much needed "haircut."