Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Third Quilt: Graphic Meets Florals

My third quilt was a wedding present (well, they got it in time for their first anniversary) for my good friend Colleen. We go all the way back to kindergarten, and while we don't see each other nearly enough, she is one of the most compassionate and thoughtful people I know. I value her friendship enormously and it meant a lot to me to make this for her and her now husband Pat. In all three quilts that I've made for friends to celebrate their weddings, I've really tried to strike a balance between feminine and masculine so that they can both enjoy it.  (The paisley and the turquoise circle fabric will make another appearance on Friday!)

I'd totally forgotten how I'd used a contrasting brown thread for the quilting, which looking at it now, I'm really glad I did that since I think it really helps tie things together. And looking at this makes me think of how much I love random patchwork quilting.

And here you can see the floral backing fabric, which if I remember correctly, was yardage that I'd purchased and had for a while, just waiting to be put to good use.


  1. Thanks for the kind words, Amy! This is one of our most treasured possessions, and by far the best wedding present we received. Love, Colleen

  2. Holy crap, Amy!

    Have you been hand-quilting all these? It sure looks like it. These quilts are amazing. Great work. :) I don't have patience to hand-quilt, let alone machine quilt my quilts myself. :)

  3. I adore this quilt. Absolutely adore it. I love the brown stitching - everything. I have the same question as chimes - are these hand quilted? How long does that take??

  4. Sorry for not answering yesterday! I do hand quilt my quilts because I really love that part of the process. Each one takes about a year, give or take a month or so, and while I realize it sounds insane, I have gotten used to spending that length of time working on each one. I'm in the habit of quilting a bit most (thought definitely not all) nights, but it's usually not more than an hour or two at a time. I'll write more about this on tomorrow's post!