Sunday, July 18, 2010

quilt for my parents

I made this quilt a few months ago for my parents, and just realized that I haven't posted pictures here yet.

It's a queen size, a little longer than a standard one so that the pillows can be underneath & the quilt can tuck in under them a bit. The fabrics were picked to match a wall-hanging that they have, and all came from Roelofs'. They had the perfect fabric collection that coordinated together, and so that helped alot with the fabric choosing. I really made the ladies at the store get a work-out, I think there were something like 40 different fabrics in the quilt! But I like the variety & scrappy sort of look.

Mom wanted a higher-loft to the quilt, and so the quilting is light custom, trying to keep the quilting from getting too dense. The original pattern did not have the diamond border, I made that using some blocks that were left over from piecing the middle of the quilt. I was very happy with that border, and think it really adds alot to the quilt.

They're smiling.... I think they like it! :-)

E-bay quilt top

I purchased this quilt top on E-bay quite a long time ago.... I've had it quilted for some time, too, and the recent quilt show in town gave me some incentive to get the binding on & get it finished.
The quilt top was listed as 100% cotton fabrics, but I'm pretty sure that the blue plaid fabric is a poly/cotton blend. Ohwell, it made a good practice quilt top, and I'm actually pretty happy with it.

Denim quilt

I've been saving old jeans for quite a few years, I just throw them in a box downstairs.... Lately I ran across the box & thought I should do something with them. And after reading "Scraps & Shirttails" by Bonnie Hunter, I thought her pattern for a denim quilt would be perfect project to use some of them up. I still have enough jeans to make another, but I think I'll wait a little while to start on the next one.
It went together really fast, I think the cutting part took longer than the piecing. The red square in the middle of each 9-patch is a yard-sale shirt. Her version in the book used all blue jeans, but I think I like the little bit of color that the red squares add.

Roelof's store had an awesome 50% off sale on their already-marked-down fabric, and so I found a great piece of flannel for the backing at $2/yard. Gotta love that! So, the whole quilt will cost about $8. It measures 63 x 82- I think that will work on a twin bed. Not sure exactly what it's final destination will be, but I'm sure it will be more useable than a box of old jeans with holes in the knees.

I think I will do some simple quilting, and try to avoid all those thick seams where the blocks meet. More pics to come after it's quilted......