For Christmas I made matching quilts for my father-in-law and my step mother-in-law. They live in a very nice retirement community in Illinois (my home state). Last year, Mary moved into the memory center, which is nicely located next door to their villa.
I decided to make the quilts matching so they could feel "together" when they are apart. Here are the finished tops.
I organized the scrappy bow ties in diagonal colors. It gave it just enough organization to keep it from being chaotic.
Now, I had the unique opportunity to do a side by side comparison of the shrinkage before and after machine washing and drying. I used Hobbs Heirloom batting. Here it is in several different views.
Nice crinklage -
Okay, so I've just gotten over the complete and devastating shock that I didn't take photos of the backing, which was where all the personality was. My FILs back featured a panel of a John Deer tractor (we've had a family farm for years, and he owns about 3 of them). It also had backyard birds.
Here is my MILs, which you can almost see has a gardening theme, a golf theme and also had the bird fabric. These gals look very tired out from Christmas.
We were not at the farm for Christmas so I missed the bit opening. From what I hear they loved them.