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« on: December 27, 2008 08:11:24 AM »

My SIL bought me Aimee Ray's Doodle-Stitching for my birthday and, wanting to try out a project from it, I decided to make her daughter (my littlest niece) the quilt. My niece has 3 older brothers, so the quilt needed to be as girlie as possible.  Wink

It took me about 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish...I finished right before our family opened presents on Christmas Eve  Shocked (as in, I snuck upstairs to bind it after dinner and before the kids started getting whiny about their unopened gifts!). I left the edges of the circles un-hemmed so that it would develop a pretty 'used and cherished' look to it with use. I matched the embroidery floss to the rainbow of colors in the floral batik that I used and I made sure that there were six birds in the design (one for each of her family members). I used the book as a reference, but I free-handed all of the designs. I added a patch to the back with her name on it, too.  Grin I just used knots of embroidery floss to 'quilt' it, with the little tails on top for maximum comfort.

Here it is all done, on my in-laws' dining table (pic is a little dark):


...and over a chair:


Here it is before any embroidery:


After embroidery and before quilting:


And, the back detail (the back is just white with specks of color from the quilting...like sprinkles!):


I think that I took on too many Christmas crafts this year... I made a jewelry set for my 15 yo niece and one for my mom, a bracelet and 3 re-usable grocery bags for my SIL, 2 pairs of earrings for my MIL, crayon rolls with velcro for my 3 yo niece and nephew, and a bracelet for my SIL's niece....didn't snap photos of most of it. Oops.  Cry

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2008 08:17:01 AM »

Oh I absolutely LOVE this!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2008 08:40:57 AM »

This is really beautiful. You did an excellent job. I'm sure she will cherish it.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2008 08:57:04 AM »

This is darling.  I love the little personalized touches, especially the patch on back.  She will cherish it.

I started one of these quilts when I first got the book, too, but I have been putting off finishing.  Those appliqued circles exhaust me!  I like the idea of leaving the edges unfinished!
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2008 11:06:41 AM »

Oooooo - I love this! I need to get that book - my daughter is expecting a baby girl in April or May
You have totally inspired me!
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2008 07:50:26 AM »

That is beautiful!
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2008 11:34:12 AM »

I think this is a wonderful gift!  I love it and hope that the recipient and family appreciated jut how much work and love went into it.  It is beautiful and I am sure it will be cherished for years.  I know I would have loved it when I was a little girl, coming from a family with 5 older brothers and no sisters. 

Lovely...
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2008 11:50:34 AM »

Really pretty!
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2008 11:59:24 AM »

Wow!  This is gorgeous!  I wish I had the patience to make something like this for my daughter.  I love the color (girly but not bubblegum pink) and the embroidery.  This is sure to be a heirloom.  What a gift!
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2008 03:44:38 PM »

Wow, thanks for all the compliments!  Kiss Cheesy Kiss
It was fun to make...I actually really liked doing all the circles  Wink  If I ever get around to doing a big quilt for myself, it'll be all bubbles! (I aim high...)
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