In the Fall, Jacinta’s daughter will be heading off to University. So, she decided to give her a graduation gift that would last a lifetime and keep her comfortable in Rez. She wanted a special Smq Keepsake Quilt that looked hip on the top for her friends to see and then had special family photos and the remnants of her security blanket on the back. She picked out her own fabrics and had a very definite design in mind.
Here is the completed top:
Here is the completed back:
Here is a close-up of the pictures:
Here is a close-up of the label:
This is what we started the consultation with along with the fabric swatches which were blue jean, brown corduroy and really nice turquoise and brown drapery fabric:
The first step was to make the quilt top. We weren’t quite sure exactly what the design would look like, so I cut the squares and layed them out in several different ways clicking digital photos along the way for Jacinta to choose from until we had a winner.
Then came the difficult part - the back side. Jacinta had already given me a map for the photo placement and wanted each framed with brown fabric. She also wanted the security blankie in the corners. She wanted to use the Jean fabric, but after laying out the design a few different ways we agreed that the turquoise fabric was a better look. In addition, it would be lighter and softer.
First I printed the photos.
Then I framed the photos.
Then I made the corners of with the blankie. The blankie fabric was so old and weak that it would have seriously reduced the lifespan of the quilt. So, I fused a light stabilizer to it for strength.
Then I layed out the elements and added the turquoise piece by piece measuring the space that I needed to fill, adding the seam allowances and then sewing it on and ironing it before adding the next section.
Finally, the quilting was done by tieing the ribbons and the binding was added.