Friday, November 5, 2010

A quilt 4 years in the making


  • Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

(Oops! Problems with the linky!)

  The quilt I am choosing to display for the Blogger's Fall Quilt Festival is one that has been 4+ years in the making.  This is the second quilt top I ever made.  It was made to match my daughter's room and large enough for a twin sized bed.  Once the top was finished, it sat.  And sat.  And sat.  Oh, I found the original picture I took of the top.

The main reason that it sat so long is I was debating between making it a duvet cover or and actual quilt.  We have duvet on our bed and I figured, eventually our daughter would get one also.  So it sat until spring of this year.  I was determined to finish up my UFOs and this was in the pile.  One Sat we were over at my MIL's and I took that time to patch the holes in it and baste it.  Then it sat for a while longer.  I waffled a bit on how to quilt it.  I finally decided to do straight lines (only my second time!) on either side of the seams.  I am not great with straight lines and it took forever!

   I was at a monthly meeting for the PMQG and Violet showed us a quilt she had just finished.  It had a ruffled boarder.  I quized her after the meeting about how she did it.  I knew my girly daughter would love the ruffle!  Thankfully I had not bound it yet.  The quilting was about 75% finished at that point.  
  I dug though my stash and found about 1.5 yds of the perfect fabric for the ruffle.  Once the ruffle was attached I think I took another month or hand sew it closed.  I had hand sewing and am extremely slow at it!  Last night I stayed up until midnight and sewed the last stitches!  Woo-hoo!  
A picture before washing:

My tired quilt holder and recipient:

After a washing We do not have a great place inside to display such a large quilt!:

Patched with some Mendocino:

The backing is a brand new vintage sheet.  I collect them and this one was still in it's packaging when I bought it.  (Love!)

I am so glad that this is off the UFO pile and on my daughter's bed.  She is sleeping under it tonight for the first time.  She adores it and I am very pleased with the finished result.  

You should go check out the other entires, there are so many that are amazing!

(You can click on any of the photos to make them larger.)

Also linking up with amylouwho's sew n' tell.


Laura said...

What a great job you did with this! Love the colors you chose, and especially that vintage sheet!

Diane said...

This looks great! Love the back and the colors overall.

Dayna said...

What a fortunate recipient! It always feels so good to finish a project and hand it off to one of the "ooh-ahh" crowd. My youngest daughter, especially, gets very tickled when I make something for her. I like seeing that your daughter is reading in the final photo! Perfect!

Alicia said...

Congrats on finishing it! I love your choice for the back! How perfect for a little girls room!