Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Birthday Quilt for Susan

If you have followed my blog for a while you know that if someone I love has a special event in their life I usually make them a quilt to commemorate that event. My friend Susan's 70th birthday was such an event. If your birthday is December 19 it somehow gets pushed to the back burner for a while and so Susan and I did not get together until January. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and catching up on family and solving the problems of the world. We have known each other for nearly 40 years and have celebrated many of life's achievements and cried over several of life's sorrows.

A few years ago I was a member of the 4x5 Modern Quilting Bee. I participated in several rounds and collected nearly 20 blocks from members of the bee. My chosen colors were "colors of the sea"; aqua, blues and greens. A few months ago I decided to put most of the blocks together to make a quilt, at the time, with no recipient in mind. Coming up with a setting for the blocks and still getting a good sized quilt was a little challenging, but I decided on this layout creating lots of negative space to let the blocks shine on their own.

I sent the quilt to Crinklelove for longarm quilting. Sarah did a beautiful job.

The backing is a duvet cover from IKEA, with stripes in the colors of the sea once again.
I bound the quilt using Timeless Treasures Sketch Basic in Aqua, the same fabric I used to bind Kyle's quilt given to him at Christmas.

The greatest pleasure I get after gifting a quilt is to receive photos of it in use. Susan was sure to send me a photo the very next day of the quilt on her bed. 

I sometimes miss the Flickr days and the times of swaps and short term bees, especially the 4x5 bee.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: various greens, blues and aqua fabrics from members of the 4x5 bee.
Background fabric: Michael Miller Cotton Couture Bright White
Backing: IKEA duvet cover
Binding: Timeless Treasures Sketch Basic Aqua
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Quilting: All over pattern Abundant Feathers by Crinklelove
Size before laundering: 84" x 85"


Susan Snooks said...

Love the setting Di! It's a brilliant way to highlight all those lovely blocks! And I agree, I miss those Flick'r days. I made a lot of my original internet friendships there!

Debbie said...

I have such fond memories of the 4x5 and I think it was the first bee I was in. I was so proud to be 'accepted' - ha! Meanwhile, your blocks look wonderful in this setting and so beautiful on your friend's bed!

Robby said...

You really made the most of those blocks, and your friend clearly appreciates your work. Win-win!