My husband graduated from college in May of 2009. I made this quilt for him as a graduation gift. At the time, he was working 2-10pm 2 evenings per week. Over a period of about a month, I worked on this quilt while he was away at work or at school studying (he also went to the school to study and was gone for most of the day one Saturday). I would get up early, go to work and then work on the quilt from the minute I got home to just before he got home. The Saturday he went to the school to study, he came home earlier than I expect and I was still working on it when he drove up. I barely managed to get it hidden away before he came in the door. When I gave it to him, the quilt sandwich was done but was only partially bound. If it hadn't been for the black "tail" attached to the quilt, I don't think he would've ever known the difference.
The completed quilt:
Showing the backing, which was just a sheet I found at the local thrift store:
The partially completed quilt top (sorry about the bluriness):
All pinned up and ready to quilt:
When I started quilting, I started by quilting AROUND the block that the dog's head silhouette is in and then finished by quilting the silhouette. I learned the hard way that when the directions say to start in the center, you should start in true center of the quilt.
I now have a puffy spot in the backing of the quilt.
And finally, the happy graduate with the almost-finished quilt
This is my first completed quilt. C&C much appreciate!