I had a lot of fun working on this quilt. I was caregiving for my aunt from the beginning of May, she had fallen and broken her hip, so I moved in to take care of her. I was also working full-time, so had no time for sewing! In late August, my mom [a diabetic] ended up hospitalized with a bad wound on her foot, and she moved in to my aunt's house as well so I could take care of both of them - it was good to have them in one place. By that time I had lost my job, and brought some hand-sewing to my aunt's. Live A Little was born out of a need to make something happy.
I spent many days sitting in the car at doctor's offices, stitching away, enjoying the slow process and the happy fabrics. This quilt was mainly done by hand - blanket stitch around the fusible applique, and hand quilted. I didn't have a machine with me, or I would have been done a lot faster! But it got me through a lot this summer, and I'm thankful. Mum and my aunt are both on the mend now, I'm back home, and Live A Little hangs on my wall and reminds me to not miss a moment, and how glad I am that I was able to be there for my mom and my aunt.
hanging on my aunt's fridge
I decided to make this pattern a free download in my craftsy shop.
If you'd like to make it too, you can! If you've never used craftsy before, it's a wonderful resource - and it's free. Your patterns that you download stay in your history forever, so you can download them again if you lose them.
I want to thank Amy for all her hard work in putting these Festivals together, and for giving us such a treat when most can't make it to the Festival in Houston! Enjoy all the quilts - I know what I'll be doing this weekend!!!
My quilt is entered in the Original Design Quilts category.