I decided to get an early start on the grandson's Christmas quilt, so I started this project in February 2018 and finished it on May 2. The Scandinavian Tomte pattern is by Sherri Noel for RebeccaMaeDesigns.com. The pattern size was 54x62", but I added a piano key border and a white outside border to make it 64x72". The pattern also called for quilting cotton, but I used flannel for the front, back AND batting. It's really cozy and flexible but a bit heavy. Next time I'll use a lightweight cotton batting with a flannel front and back. The trees were supposed to be a solid red, but I strip-pieced several red flannels to make them a bit more interesting. I bought a white king-size flannel sheet set on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond for about $30.00, and it was more than enough for all of the background, backside and batting, plus a pillowcase. The free-motion long-arm quilting pattern is called Pearls & Curls, and is edge to edge. The long-arm quilter also wrote in my grandson's name and the year, so he'll never forget his Nana gave it to him when he was 9 years old. This was a really fun pattern - using flannel was a learning process, but I like learning something new with each project. Posted by Peggy at Bothtwins on July 10, 2018.
My neighbor tragically lost her son from an undiagnosed health condition. She is a single mother who adopted her son from India. They moved into our neighborhood when he was around 11 years old and so we watched him grow up. She was a devoted mother and also a devoted educator. He volunteered to serve in his church and through some interesting timing was able to be one of the first missionaries to serve in a new mission in India, his homeland. It was a marvelous experience for him and his mother. After graduating his career took him to the humanitarium arm of a large company. He was devoted to helping special needs children. He and his wife were able to travel and serve. While traveling he became ill and passed away suddenly. He was only 31 years old. This has been a difficult year. As the anniversary of his passing approached I was prompted to make a quilt to give to his mother. Since batiks are a part of Indian culture, I knew I wanted to use batiks. I purposely used yellow in the center and spreading out because he was the son-shine of his mother's life. The cathedral block is a reminder of the forever relationship between the mother and her son that was cut short here on earth, but will carry on through eternity.
I’m going to be a first time grandma at age 65! I made this quilt for our little one. His parents loved this and it so happened that I had nearly everything I needed because I had already planned on making it...just because I loved it so much. Planning on taking it to California soon!
I was watching Lorrie Nunemaker on You Tube, and she showed such an EASY way to make a zippered pouch! You just need to buy a quilted placemat, or any placemat of your choice and a nylon zipper. You can choose to make the pouch longer, or deeper. The corners are "boxed" so it sits upright. I chose to put tabs on both ends of the zipper, along with a ribbon zipper pull. Mine turned out to be 8" long x 5.5" high x 4" deep. Since the placemat is already quilted, this makes a very FAST project to make. Great for gifts!
My mother-in-law started this quilt in 1976. With three children and life getting in the way she was unable to finish it. She is now 92, and gave the few finished pieces to me last October. Needing more fabric I was lucky enough to match the red and blue, but unfortunately the two prints were cut from old shirts belonging to her youngest son. A few of her finished blocks were even hand sewn together. She is an amazing lady and I feel honored to have been able to finish this quilt for her. P.S. She received it today and loved the quilt. She shared with me that the original pattern belonged to her great-grandmother.
The minute after I watched Jenny's tutorial on this quilt I knew I had to make one. I had recently it a 20 strip set of Wilmington Batiks, Pedal to the Metal and always have white yardage on hand. I immediately cut out. It sat a while but, oh my... the look on my long arm quilters face when I brought it in made it worth the wait. She did a great job on it with freehand wreaths and lovely curled elements. It will be gifted to my youngest granddaughter this Christmas. I hope y'all like it as well.
Firstly, I need to thank everyone who has posted their versions of the Rhombus Star quilt pattern. These have each inspired me to try making one of these quilts. I have had the template ruler for sometime but did not have the confidence to have a go! The quilt is called 'star of the week' as this is an award given to pupils at the primary and junior school that one of my great nephews attends. I have made it as a thank you gift for a friend of his who is leaving this summer to go to high-school. She has been very kind to him during his first two years at school, helping him adjust to the various challenges all littleones face when they start school. By chance she is also the daughter of my yoga teacher. The fabric has been interesting to use, I bought several fat quarters from one of the continental discount supermarkets here in the UK (Aldi). I'm not sure I'd use it for a quilt again, but has been good to use for bags etc. My main concern with it is that it has faded on washing, however, now that I've seen the quilt made up I like the aged look that the fading has given it.