Friday, February 3, 2012

It's Done!

You know that quilt that I was working on last summer?
I did get it finished before we moved!

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Mom did this square, made up mostly of fabric scraps from various dresses I had over the years.

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My 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School teacher created this pattern,
and used my dress scraps, once again.
I love the detail she added!

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One of the main contributors, and probably the one person urging me to finish the quilt, is my good, good friend, Ida. She did squares commemorating highlights of my teenage years, with hand embroidery, buttons and fabric that illustrates fun memories we share. Like, how we became friends, in a strawberry patch, picking quarts by the hundreds and telling stories and laughing together.

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Christine was a HUGE help. She not only helped with my squares that were slightly awry, but made up six more complete squares to finish the quilt. (!) My sister actually did this machine appliqued cow, but the finished square was too small to match the other larger ones. So Christine added a border and we loved how the colors and fabrics came together.

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For the back, I used a large flat sheet from my Grandma's stash. It had a tear part way down it though. I wasn't sure what to do with the hole, but realized that it wasn't long enough anyway, so I cut it straight across at the hole and inserted a length of quilted skirt scraps for a fun backing.

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I added a label, with all the contributors:
Ida, Christine, Ginny, Mom, Tiffany, and myself.

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I'm so glad it done.
I still left an unfinished quilt in the States...it's one made up of t-shirts.
So I won't be bored when I get back near a sewing machine.

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5 comments:

  1. i love it!! it's such a wonderful idea, and a great memory!

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  2. Congratulations, Janel! I'm glad you finished it. It looks very nice! The detail on the back was a really good idea! Very creative.
    (At first when I saw the picture, I was surprised that you took it with you and I was looking for things like banana trees in the background. ;))

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  3. I remember trying to get these pictures; all Witty Bit wanted to do was hide underneath. We had a bit of a time trying to get it done, but looking back now, I remember a fun time with a cute niece and pretty sister. :)

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  4. I just saw a friendship quilt at an antique store this week. I thought it was the sweetest thing ever and wanted to buy it, but it was $150. It had names like Mildred and Edith. Yours is great and what a memory it will be someday!

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