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« on: July 15, 2012 12:59:53 PM »

I finished a quilt this week that I have been working on for three years. One of my dearest friends got married three years ago but since it was a short engagement she knew that the wedding quilt I was planning to give her would take a while. Life happened but at long last I have finished the project. I made up the design to use different kinds of blocks and to use as many fabrics as possible that I thought she and her hubby would like. It is very scrappy and eclectic as a result. I'm just glad that it's only ~twin size rather than queen, if it had been any larger I don't know when I would have finished it.

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Closeup of some of the pieces. Note the homemade green binding.


Closeup of the quilted texture. I used an allover pattern in olive green. I did the quilting myself on my home machine using a darning foot, quilter gloves, and lots of grumbling when the thread snapped. All of the jars are zig-zagged down using glow-in-the-dark thread and I tied them in the center with glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss. Hopefully it adds an extra touch of magic.


I also made her a storage sack in which to keep the quilt.


So there it is. Comments and critiques appreciated, hope you enjoy it! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2012 01:28:00 PM »

Very cute! I love how you incorporated the jars without it being a typical jars on a shelf type quilt!
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012 02:45:50 PM »

beautiful choice of colors.
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I love the greens (green is my favourite) and now you have a wonderful anniversary gift for them !
The sack is a great idea.

Have you given it to them yet? Would love to hear how they reacted. Is it a surprise?
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2012 08:08:55 PM »

Very cute! I love how you incorporated the jars without it being a typical jars on a shelf type quilt!

Thanks, MareMare! If you look carefully you can see very thin brown strips between the central column of jars. This was my interpretation of the shelf tradition but I like the non-tied down look of the jars in this quilt.

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Thanks, yoopidou! I'm glad you like it. Smiley I pretty much used swatches of every green print I had. Tongue

I love the greens (green is my favourite) and now you have a wonderful anniversary gift for them !
The sack is a great idea.

Have you given it to them yet? Would love to hear how they reacted. Is it a surprise?

I have given it to them. It wasn't exactly a surprise. Before I embark on a project of such magnitude I've learned that it is better to ask if the intended recipients would even like it, so after I asked them and they said yes they knew to expect a scrappy blue & green throw. Beyond that it was a surprise. They never saw the pattern and I think my friend only saw one or two of the completed blocks so what it looked like did turn out to be a surprise to them. They both really like it so I'm pleased. Smiley I read on a website about caring for Amish quilts that a cotton sack is the best way to store a quilt for long periods of time and since I think it is also the best way to gift wrap a quilt I always make one for my friends when I gift a quilt. Since blue and green were their wedding colors I thought that lizard fabric was just about perfect.
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