The story of this quilt really begins with a pair of quilts named Something Old, Something New and Something Borrowed, Something (Aqua) Blue that I made as a wedding gift (you can read about them here). When I finished them, I still had a lot of the donated dress material left over. I created this quilt for the bride's mother. I saw a tile pattern (which I would reference if I could ever find it again!) on the internet. The blocks were simply pieced from squares and rectangles, which I thought would work well with the scrap material I had left.
I had done a bit of stipple quilting on some mug rugs and a few items for myself, with limited success (the bobbin side was a mess). The Somethings were my first foray into freemotion quilting on a real (OMG, I'm going to gift this to someone) project. Hand Me Downs, was my first real quilt that I did nothing but freemotion, with patterns I had only practiced once or twice. Oh, I was nervous when I took the plunge.
The quilt was primarily pieced from five different fabrics (and accented with few pieces of velvet). I assigned a quilting pattern to each fabric; then quilted from piece to piece, according to its pattern. I nearly cornered myself once or twice, but managed to quilt the whole thing as one continuous line. Fun! I had a hard time photographing the front of the quilt (the colors aren't right and I couldn't capture the texture). The back was much easier to photograph. I almost hated to put on the hanging sleeve - I liked the back as much as the front!
|Some sunshine really brings out the quilting|
It was a surprise gift for my aunt and I managed to keep it a secret until it arrived at her house. She was thrilled to receive it! I hope to see it on display the next time I visit her.
Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats
Quilt Measurement: 24" x 24"
Technique: machine pieced and quilted
Category: Home Machine Quilted
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