i was commissioned to made a valentine's quilt last year, two actually, that were a copy of another quilt. i didn't care for the quilts, they weren't my style. but i had a lot of red & white strips of fabric left over, that became the inspiration for this "churn dash" quilt. which was also inspired by a quilt made from vintage quilt blocks by darlene zimmerman. i love it and use it for christmas & valentines decor, like this. i still had a lot of red & white strips left over after that project, and asked mia if she wanted to make a "chinese coin" doll quilt with them. that was over a year ago. mia is my most difficult child to teach. it is not an intelligence issue, unless it is over-intelligence, but rather not wanting to be told what to do. so we had some rough patches, and it would sit, ignored, for long stretches. this week she decided she wanted to finish it for gracie's birthday, and because this was HER idea, she was motivated and got it done. she pieced, quilted, and bound it almost completely by herself.
she is happy, and i am impressed, and relieved.