A Quilt for Koala

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I have a friend from college that I lovingly call Koala. It’s not because that’s her name, she climbs trees, or that she smells like eucalyptus. In college, professors could never get her name right (Kayla), so I decided to call her Koala around all of them to further the confusion. Anyhow, she recently emailed me and asked me to make a quilt for her, and she gave me full reign to do anything I wanted.

It was probably a bit of a risk for her to take, because she knows I love to tease, and I’m always game for a good prank. After she has sent me Christmas cards addressed to “Amy’s rampant alcoholism”, poked me repeatedly on Facebook, and never failed to send me something offensive on my birthday, I may have considered making it in the shape of something that you wouldn’t want to cover your grandma up with. Or, I may have thought about creating a photographic mosaic of a peanut butter sandwich, since she still gives me crap about cutting the crust off for her when she was snowed in at our house in Indianapolis.

But for some reason I decided to play nice. It’s half because I love her, and half because I’m fairly certain she would get me back in ways I don’t even want to think about. I headed down to Bolt to have April help me pick out some loveliness, and spent the next few weeks slowly cutting it up between other projects.

It did take me a while to decide on a pattern, but after seeing the Kitchen Window Quilt class quilts, I knew that’s what I wanted to make. Elizabeth was so sweet and gave me a copy of her beautiful book, so I finally have my sashing pieces cut and ready to go!

I have a to finish a few other projects before I can start piecing these blocks together, but it just about KILLS ME to see this fabric staring at me like this!

  • http://www.jimandravyn.com Ravyn

    You are so insanely talented! I absolutely love the fabric choices. Can’t wait to see the final product.

    • http://reallyhandmade.com Amy Alan

      Maybe a quilt for the Stadick family will be next? Or maybe you can only have it once you move here? 😉

  • http://www.lindsaysews.com Lindsay

    Nice patterns and pretty fabrics–I am excited to see that finished quilt!

    • http://reallyhandmade.com Amy Alan

      I’m SOOO excited to get to work on it- I’ll be sure to post more pictures as it comes together!

  • Aunt Linda

    Looks like another beautiful creation in the works!

    • http://reallyhandmade.com Amy Alan

      Thanks, Linda!

  • KOALA!!

    I LOVE THIS. I am so excited for the finished product. So I’m assuming the yellow strips are for the outlines of the “window” patterns? What color is the background going to be? I am in love with all of the patterns and colors. Which is surprising, considering your rampant alcoholism ;). Seriously though, this put a huge smile on my face after a really bad week, and I am so excited to see the finished product.


    PS: Russ says he can’t wait to snuggle under this with me, a jumbo box of Hostess Swiss Cake Rolls, and a bottle of Beam, and watch reruns of Dick van Dyke.

    • http://reallyhandmade.com Amy Alan

      Good! I’m SO SO glad you like the fabrics, and yes, the yellow will be for the “window” sashings. I’m not going to tell you the background fabric, you just have to wait. 😉

  • Susan Owens

    Hi Amy,
    Looks like you continue to amaze. “Koala” shared your info with me. I love your website. Still as talented as ever. I keep my personally signed photo of “Mike R” on the bulletin board in my office. It never fails to make me smile. Take Care, Susan

    • http://reallyhandmade.com Amy Alan

      Susan! I’ve been thinking about you quite a bit lately- so lovely to hear from you! I’m glad to hear you and Mike are doing well. 😉

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