Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Quilt for Taylor's 7th Birthday


I am almost finished, just a little binding to go. In fact, just the back side of the binding since I sewed it to the front last night. I don't think I sew well enough to use the machine for the back. I'm sure my lines would appear wavy if I tried to "stitch in the ditch."

It's taken quite awhile to complete this quilt because I'm not one to sit down for a long stretch of time on the same thing. I'll do a little here, a little there. I may cut out squares for an hour but not sew anything for a few days. Then it was summer after all, it was nice outside! Then I sent it out for the quilting, my machine can't do anything that large. Then there was the servicing on the machine that took a couple of weeks. Now I'm down to the wire!!

It all started with a little inspiration fabric designed by Laurel Burch. Then some extremely colorful fabrics that I mixed up in a patchwork for each 12 inch square. I made sure there was no set pattern, although it looked like there was going to be. Then the squares have a piece of the inspiration fabric in them.


I thought about getting some coordinating Burch fabric for the backing until I saw this. It had to be a pretty strong backing to be able to stand up to the front, and this worked plus I had enough to bind it as well.


The sashing is a variegated batik- it's all the same fabric, just changes colors here and there.


It gets real pink in spots but I kept more to the blue/purplish side with a little pinkness thrown in but the really pink pieces are back in the stash.

Maybe I have enough of the binding/backing left over to make a pillow case trimmed with it. We'll see, but it will be for Christmas, not next week!




I added a completed photo and linking to Crazy Mom Quilts

Linking to Jenny Matlock Alphabe-Thursday

24 comments:

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love all the vivid color in this. You must have had fun selecting the fabrics.

Candy C. said...

LOL!! I would hand sew the back too for the exact same reason! The quilt surely turned out beautiful! I'm sure Taylor will love it! :)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

What a wonderful, colorful quilt! I love the backing material too! Such a special gift to treasure forever.

Blessings & Aloha!

Ames said...

Pretty talented workmanship! Love the colors.~Ames

taylorsoutback said...

Happy, happy, happy colors...what a fun quilt. I always hand sew my bindings after turning them to the back...actually, that can be one of the more relaxing stages of the process...you know it is almost done.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

This is a breathtakingly beautiful array of colors! It's one of those things that, if I saw it in the store, I'd buy and THEN decorate an entire room around it. What a work of art! Take a bow!

Vicki/Jake said...

That is awesome! Can't imagine the work involved....

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Love the bright colors and authentic personal design! Kudos to you!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!
Coralie

Diane said...

What a happy quilt! I've always admired those who can sew such beautiful things. :)

Riet said...

What a fantastic colorfull quilt. I really love it. Just gorgeous.

Prasetyo said...

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Sue said...

Lovely and so vibrant!

=)

anitamombanita said...

what a fun and colorful quilt!! Lucky Taylor!

The Little Way said...

Taylor is one lucky little 7 year old! I would love to have a quilt like this, even though I'm considerably older than 7. Beautiful work.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thanks, everyone. I've finished the hand sewing on 2 sides now, two more to go . . . AND my daughter decided the party will be Sunday. Sunday! That is 2 days before her birthday so this has to be done by Saturday at the latest (and I work!!). I'll get it done.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I love the bright colors...perfect for a seven year old. You've done a great job. I'm afraid I'd never have the patience. Happy Birthday Taylor and take good care of your quilt!

Michelle said...

The guilt looks beautiful. I love the vivied colors. I am letting my followers know I am having a Mystery Christmas Box give away. There are 5 gift in the box. come join the fun

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Oh I know about your giveaway- I checked it about 5 AM but I don't have a guess yet! I'll be watching. Thanks.

Cheryl D. said...

What a beautiful quilt!

Judie said...

That quilt is knock-down beautiful! All those wonderful colors! I made my eldest son a quilt when he was young. He still has it. It is no way as nice as yours, though.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

LOL, I saw your work on your site- you're an artist, I'll bet yours was amazing!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a wonderful explosion of color, and what a lucky boy to receive this special gift from his mom. laurie

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you! Maybe I never said but Taylor is my granddaughter. You can see her and her pretty mom on the new post.

Jenny said...

I love Laurel Burch fabrics. I met her at a trade show once and she was sooooo cool!

This is really a lovely quilt. Taylor is going to love it!

And what a wonderful heirloom for a sweet Granddaughter!

Thanks for sharing your talents!

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