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

Pat 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.

People Who Know Me Would Say: 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. :)

My name is Riet said...

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

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Susan Anderson said...

Lovely and so vibrant!

=)

anitamombanita said...

what a fun and colorful quilt!! Lucky Taylor!

TLW 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 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!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie 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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