My dad, in his retirement, has really taken up golf with a passion. For Father’s Day this year, I wanted to give him a gift (aka make him something) that was a bit more personal, and found a wonderful tutorial for a fabric bowl in Christina Cameli’s book First Steps to Free Motion Quilting. Not only did I have some golf fabric in my stash, but I had recently picked up this great golf embroidery design – a match made in heaven!
The project was relatively easy and one I would definitely make again. It was a much-needed opportunity to free-motion quilt *and* a nice change from the flat quilts I’ve been making.
I really think my dad will like it; it’s definitely the right theme, and including his initials in black make it very personal to him. Plus, it’s a nice solid size to keep on a desk for throwing your phone, keys, or extra golf tees into when it’s time to empty your pockets after a long day on the green. The embroidery design is my favorite part – I love the vibrant colors and how the theme on the outside fabric is pulled right to the inside. My other favorite? On the bottom I stitched Deuteronomy 5:16 – a sweet reminder that, even as a parent myself, we still love and honor our own parents.
A tip: the fabric I used was fleece, and I probably wouldn’t make a bowl with this fabric again. It’s a bit chunkier and not as smooth as those made with standard quilters fabric when the binding gets attached.
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