It's the Blogger's Quilt Festival and here is my entry.
The quilt was originally a kit. It came with instructions and the most glorious range of fruity fabrics and checks and stripes.
I didn't know many tricks of the trade so it is full of mistakes. The knots from my hand quilting are still visible because I didn't know how to hide them between the layers and the binding was put on back to front with awful corners. I didn't use perle cotton so the stitching thread is not as soft as it should be but I don't care!
The kit was was given to me for a birthday by my sadly missed sister-in-law Susan, who died a few years ago. We used to go to all the craft fairs together, did our first quilting classes together, had sewing afternoons, knitted, stitched and shopped together. We both had a total love of textiles.
Susan bought me this kit from Patchwork on Central's stall at a quilt show. She knew I couldn't afford it and bought it for my birthday. It's very special because it reminds me of our fun together.