My sister Ronda is the QUEEN of ragged edge quilts. I think it's safe to say that NOBODY IN AMERICA has made more of them than she has. She loves doing them -- and can complete a full size bed quilt, start to finish, in about two days. AMAZING.
Of course, like every worthwhile thing -- there are many stages involved. She seems to especially enjoy the SHOPPING FOR FABRIC part of this hobby. For example, she has spent many happy hours filling her cart with bolts of flannel and then standing in line at Joanne Fabrics on Black Friday -- stocking up for the WHOLE NEXT YEAR.
The second stage of the process is picking out the coordinating fabrics. She LOVES going to her enormous stash and choosing fabrics for a "welcome-new-baby-boy" theme. If a friend had an operation, Ronda will make a "hope-you-feel-better-here's-your-favorite-color-green" quilt
Ronda also seems to enjoy the cutting-out-the-squares of fabric process. And then she lays everything out BEFORE she starts to sew. After she lays it out, she stacks it in a particular way so that when -- Finally, she gets to the SEWING part of making the quilt -- it all goes together in the right order. If you've ever made one of these -- you know the hardest part is the actual CUTTING of the edges so that when the quilt is laundered, it will have that ragged look.
Ronda also pieces the BACK of every quilt and she plants a signature square of flannel. Can you see what it is? OF COURSE...it is always a pig. A longtime avid collector of pigs -- Ronda lands a pig on the back of every quilt...
The quilt pictured here was made specifically for the Norman Sawyer benefit. Our neighbor Norman broke his neck in a farm accident last year. Norman's family owns and operates Sawyer Beef -- and he will LOVE the fact that she chose a cow theme.
My sisters are amazing. Ronda, Debbie and Deena will ALL be a part of Norman's benefit. And most of our donations center around sewing. Totebags, quilts, pillowcases -- even a little Janome sewing machine, along with a basket of notions AND sewing lessons.
And this little town is amazing. This week, I am especially proud to call Princeton, Iowa home.