Saturday, November 15, 2014

Celebrating My Sister

My sister celebrated her 60th birthday on November 6. She and her husband went to visit her oldest son and his family so we did not get to celebrate until this week. That worked out to be great timing because I had not finished the quilt I promised to make her. She said it was worth waiting for and has already been snuggling under it since receiving it.

A year ago my sister said she really liked the quilts in this photo, especially the simple patchwork on the far right. She hinted that if I wanted to make her a quilt for her 60th birthday that these fabrics really spoke to her.
photo from Tim Holtz website
I admitted to her that I find it difficult to sew with fabric that I don't love, but secretly I ordered the fat quarter bundle of Eclectic Elements and decided to make her the very same quilt. It's a simple patchwork of 4" squares, sewn into 20 rows of 20 across. 
It's not really my colors but in the end, I really like the way it turned out and my sister loves it. She said it is exactly what she wanted and looks good in their home.

For the quilting, I started out with wavy lines across the rows, but that got boring real fast, so I decided to do different types of stitches in each row, repeating a series of swirls, circles, large zig zags and words. 

I think one of my favorite parts of this quilt is the backing seam. The photo above ^^^ shows the fabric as it looks on the fabric repeat. The photo below shows the near perfect matched seam. That's pretty exciting to me.
This post mark print is the only one not in the Tim Holtz line, but I thought it went well with the others and I needed a 20th fabric to make a nicely sized quilt.

For the binding, I used one more fabric from the Eclectic Elements line, cut on the bias for a nice striped binding.
In the end, it's not about what I like but making something that Geri would like. I'm glad I listened to her because the gift was well received and I know it will be loved.

Quilt Stats:

Quilt Name: Eclectic Elements
Fabric used: Fat Quarter Bundle of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements
Backing: Melange by Tim Holtz 
Batting: Warm and White
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. #2310
Binding: Rusty Red stripe from Eclectic Elements
Size after laundering: 66"x 66"

This is another finish on my Q4 Finish Along list!

Finish Along 2014


Cindy said...

You nailed it Di! It looks so much like the quilt in the photo that Geri liked. It's beautiful! I hope Geti had a great 60th birthday.

Geri said...

I love it and will cherish it for the rest of my years.

gpc said...

Your sister is lovely and so is your quilt. A beautiful gift.

Susan Snooks said...

I love it! The soft colours are definitely not your usual palette, but it is very refreshing yet calming! Congratulations on a great finish!

OPQuilt said...

Love this quilt--you mentioned it when you were over, but I couldn't envision it properly. I think it turned out fabulously! Well done, and I'm sure your sister will love it forever, especially since you made it just for her!


Geri said...

Oh...I haven't found any words yet --- but my eyes "ain't what they used to be". I'll look again tomorrow.

heart of charnwood said...

It's beautiful, and obviously perfect for your sister, which is the most important thing!

The Calico Cat said...

So glad you finished it for your sister. It took me far too long to finish a quilt for my GF out of fabrics that did not speak to me...

Katy Cameron said...

I like that line, but I haven't bought any for quilt making, it has other uses in its future, but yours looks great, and glad she loved it :o)