Thursday, July 23, 2009

Signed Sealed Delivered!

This quilt has been a long time in the making! I have a good friend, her name is Tara. We've been best friends since 3rd grade... lost track of each other during college, and we finally reconnected a couple of years ago. I was so happy to have found my long lost friend!


Last summer I got hooked on sewing and wanted to get back into quilting so I decided she needed a new quilt for Christmas (2008) I bought this fabric in Sept 08 and had the top pieced by December. Its mainly Heather Baily "Fresh Cut" fabric with some Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler interspersed. At the time, it was only my 2nd attempt at quilting. I wanted to quilt the top but it was SO intimidating... I tried doing a scroll type design and it was a disaster!

I ripped out the scroll design which covered 1/3 of the quilt and decided I couldn't finish it for Christmas, so I made her a fun little clutch bag made from the Pink Wallflower fabric. Not a bad Christmas gift ;-)


(**Tara loves frogs, so I found this uber-fun Alexander Henry frog fabric and added it to the mix**)

In the past two months, I mastered free-motion quilting (stippling) and decided to go for it on this baby! So 10 months later I REALLY love how it turned out! The quilting only took me 3 evenings... maybe 2 hours each. So worth it! Tara's birthday is July 25th and she received it in the mail yesterday.
And my favorite part?I added this tag on the back (a boring, all creme back) and I think it really makes it special. Back when we were classmates, each year on our birthdays, we'd use the same gift bag that said "Best Friends Through Thick & Thin." That bag is long gone, but I named this quilt after our little tradition.

The finished quilt is about 60" x 65" which should make a nice lap quilt to cuddle up with in the winter with a cup of tea, a good book, and her puppy dog, Chloe, at her side. The top was pieced with no pattern in mind. Basically - I flew by the seat of my pants. Oh yeah.

Finally- this will probably be my last post for a week or so. We leave for vacation this weekend and will return August 1st - rested, bright eyed, and bushy tailed.

18 comments:

Heide said...

That came out so lovely!!! And what a sweet tag, with such history. Love it.

Blue is Bleu said...

That's beautiful!!! :)

One Flew Over said...

The quilt looks fantastic but I love your story! What a great friend x

randi said...

So very pretty!

Randi

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Rebekah said...

what a pretty quilt! I love how you did the tag on the back. And, it's always fun to find someone else who shares my birthday :)

monaluna said...

The quilt is gorgeous, and what a nice friend you are! I'm sure she will cherish it.

Stephanie said...

What a pretty quilt and the tag is such a sweet reminder of your friendship. Great job!!

Melissa said...

have I told you already how much i love your blog?! I haven't explored it much yet, but I was wondering what type of sewing machine do you use for your quilting? I'm researching purchasing a new one...

Leslie said...

this is such a pretty quilt. i love the colors

sunshine said...

Neat label - great idea not to make it 100% white!

Cheers,
Christine

BUMBLE BEANS said...

great gift. I love to give quilts as gifts! She will love it! have a great vaca!

Donna said...

So very lovely - how did you make the tag? DId you print it or use a pen? Love this!

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Team NE said...

The tag is adorable...and the quilt is beautiful! Well done!

Susan/FlossieBlossoms said...

There's nothing better than a quilt with a story built into it! Your friend Tara is a lucky lady. The addition of the frog fabric to the quilt was a great, fun one!

The back of your quilt is not boring, it's stunning the way it shows off your lovely stippling. There's a lot to be said for simplicity, IMO. I like it so much, I just wish I could practice what I preach. lol

Angie@CozyNest said...

Love the fabric you chose!

Chels said...

Your quilts are exceptional! I think they are just beautiful, adorable, your color & fabric choices keep them hip, and make me want one! You are talented!!! BEAUTIFUL work! Kudos!

glenna said...

I bet Tara is very glad to be your friend!!!

Elena said...

So pretty! I like how you accented the label with a print on both sides. And I love that you attached it by machine. I think that's more durable, and well, I avoid hand-sewing at all costs. :)