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In quilting, a little love goes a long way

 

I have to tell you, there was a lot of excitement, and panic at the same time, quilting in the last 2 weeks of July. Mom and I rushed to finish the quilts to take them to the two recipients. There wasn’t much quilting done on the last two Sundays, rather there was a lot of quilting done on the days in between and some nights.

 

Debating which color to use for the sashing separating the rows of propellers.
Debating which color to use for the sashing separating the rows of propellers.

 

At one point, I was debating which sash to use to separate the rows of propellers and decided that the dark pink would make everything pop. There was another challenge to using this fabric. The plaid print was printed on, and not woven into. To make matters worse, the print had a slight curve to it! So either we cut it straight and had a print that curved or we cut it on the print and sewed it on the curve. After much thought, we decided to opt for the latter. Cut the fabric on the print. Really if we had more time I would have bought an entirely new piece of flannel fabric, but time was of the essence.

The one good thing about the dark pink fabric is when you look at the quilt from afar; it creates a light and dark effect and therefore creates movement as in the propellers swishing air around.

 

The baby girl quilt top made with propellers
The baby girl quilt top made with propellers

 

We made the most of the remaining fabrics to create a pieced backing. See the curve in the print?

 

I like when the back of a quilt is pieced, it offers a chance to add some interest, and possibly be reversible, so mom and I made the most of the remaining fabrics to create this modern-like configuration.
I like when the back of a quilt is pieced, it offers a chance to add some interest, and possibly be reversible, so mom and I made the most of the remaining fabrics to create this modern-like configuration.

 

The quilt labels were embroidered on our trip to Montreal – where the two recipients live, and then stitched on the quilts by mom at the last minute. Here’s the quilt label for the little girl.

 

The adorable quilt label for the baby girl quilt
The adorable quilt label for the baby girl quilt

 

You might remember the quilt top for the baby boy, you can take a look at my earlier post for that. Here’s the quilt label for the little boy.

 

The embroidered label for the baby boy quilt. The baby's parents are primarily Italian, so it was fitting to express it in Italian.
The embroidered label for the baby boy quilt. The baby’s parents are primarily Italian, so it was fitting to express it in Italian.

 

Mom and I pushed ourselves to finish these two lovely quilts, and I believe it’s our love for the recipients and our love for quilting that helped us accomplish it on time. Doesn’t every quilter experience this?

Until next Sunday, make quilts, love more.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4:  Thinking outside the quilt block

Carla A. Canonico is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, QUILTsocial.com, and KNITmuch.com.

4 Comments

  1. Sandy K

    I love using leftovers for the quilt back.

    • Yes! Fun right?! And we don’t end up with too many scraps.

  2. Kathy Meeres

    I love the quilt labels!

    • Oh yes, they really do take on a special feeling when they’re embroidered by hand! You can take them anywhere while you’re stitching them.

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