Every year some of the ladies at my church draw names for a “secret sister.” We’re supposed to do something or give something, send a card, etc. to our sister at least once a month. I absolutely love it! I’m a big gift-giver, and I have so much fun picking up or making little things all year long for my sister.
This year I Shannon, a friend who I had really been wanting to get to know better. She was close to my age, so I had tons of fun with her. I tried not to make too much since it would give it away, but she figured it out partway through the year anyway. Oh well.
Last year was the first year we did secret sisters, and I made a lap quilt for mine. Last year I used some bee blocks since I didn’t know my sister’s taste all that well. This year, I had a better idea what Shannon liked and had seen her decorating colors. I had plenty of the butterfly fabric in the perfect colors (it came from the epic $1/yard sale at my local quilt shop, and I had purchased the rest of the bolt), and Shannon has a more modern style, so I went with a herringbone pattern in solids on the front. I think she would have loved chevrons as well, but I wanted to give it a little twist.
This quilt is lap size, about 70” square. I kept the quilting simple, and to make it easy, I followed only some of the seam lines, so the back has a chevron pattern. I love how less dense quilting makes such a soft quilt.
I wrapped it all up and made a “custom” label for the back. I really need to figure out a better way to label my quilts. This just looks a little tacky to me…but it was all I had to work with, so at least it’s labeled.
I’ve already given it to her, and she really seemed to like it. I’m already looking forward to planning a quilt for my new secret sister. Can’t wait to find out who I get this year!