I'm at my annual Gruber's retreat (yippee!!!!) and hand delivered my sister's 50th birthday quilt to her. It was difficult to keep progress pictures off Instagram, so it is nice to finally share photos of this one.
I call it Fifty Kisses. There are 50 different x-blocks made with 50 different Cotton+Steel fabrics and one big x-block (you know....one to grow on!). No repeat fabrics were used. The background and backing is Carolyn Friedlander widescreen - blue for the front and black (over the hill) for the back.
|Artist Point - Yellowstone National Park|
I finished hand stitching the binding while on vacation in Montana so the quilt went with us to Yellowstone National park for a photo shoot. Here is a picture taken at Artist Point. I may have pushed a few international tourists out of the way to get this picture ;-)
|quilted by Frank Palmer|
Apparently I didn't take any in progress pictures. I guess that's because I knew I couldn't share the process. I found this picture of the pin basting on the wall which is funny since I ended up giving the quilt to a longarmer.
|basting on the wall|
When it came time to quilt, my sewing room became inaccessible for the week before I was heading out of town, so I "outsourced" the quilting to our new OrlandoMQG member Frank Palmer. As bad as I felt about not doing the quilting myself, I am so happy with the quilting Frank did! He did a beautiful job and allowed the blocks to be the focus. The quilt washed up beautifully and has that soft crinkly look and feel.
|Spanish Peaks in the background|
The blocks are from a tutorial by Pile O' Fabric and finish at 5.5". The quilt is smaller than I would like, measuring 49.5" by 60.5. Michelle loves it which makes me very happy. She has slept under it every night! She gave me a beautiful birthday quilt as well which I will share when I get some decent pictures.
|on the ski bridge|
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.
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