Monday, November 15, 2010

A Finish!

I haven't posted for a while, but I have been busy with a "secret" project.

It has been a long time since I finished a quilt!!!

This is the fastest quilt have ever made! Usually I post my progress as I make my quilts, but there were special circumstances this time. About a month ago a very dear friend of mine contacted me to say she was in hospital and would be there for some time.

I decided to make her a quilt. I wanted to get it made quickly (well, quickly for me!), use bright and cheerful fabrics and I wouldn't be posting about. My friend reads my blog and I wanted to surprise her. :)

I took my inspiration from several bloggers: the combination of colours alternating with white found in some quilts by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts, the use of bright Kaffe Fasset, Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs fabrics by Cathy of Cabbage Quilts and the straight line quilting by Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

I had a design roll of a recent release of Philip Jacobs fabrics, so I combined that with white and cut out lots and lots of squares. The only part of this quilt not sewn by machine was the stitching down of the binding.

Here is the finished quilt. It measures about 68 inches square.

Click on any of the photos for a larger view.
The quilt is bound with another Philip Jacobs fabric.

A closer view to show the straight line quilting.

For the backing I used a Kaffe Fassett shot cotton.
There were a few squares left over , so I included them in the backing to make it a bit more interesting.

I gave the quilt to my friend today. She loves it!! Her smile was heart warming!

My friend is a star patient and she is making great progress towards her recovery. :)

A corner of my garden.


  1. Phillip Jacobs is my favourite of the Westminster designers. Your quilt is stunning. It is so beautiful and the straight line stitching complements it perfectly. Well done. How long did it actually take?

  2. this is just so beautiful
    what a lucky friend.! I really like the way you quilted it.
    adds alot to the quilt in mho.
    I just happen to have a bag full of 2 1/2" strips of kaffe style fabrics I may have to whip up the 16 patch quilt I was thinking of with them .

  3. how wonderful to give your friend a quilt while she is ill. I hope she will be better. the quilt turned out great and I bet she loves it. I thought you had been quite for a while now.

  4. Miriam - thats fantastic..what a wonderful gift for your friend. I just love it. I know how special your friend must have felt... Its nice to know you are still there too.:)

  5. Your quilt is really gorgeous! Love how the withe fabrick make all the colours stand out.
    I hope that your friend gets well soon.
    Hugs Lena

  6. Jenny's quilt is beautiful and you did a terrific job with it. Every time she wraps up in the quilt, she'll feel like she's getting a warm hug from you. I like the straight line quilting that you did.

    I saw those yellow roses peeking out in your garden. I'd love to see it in person.

  7. It's so lovely and so thoughtful of you to do this for your friend. She will cherish it always:)

  8. It's beautiful Miriam and what makes it really special is the love you put into it. Nothin' more healing than being covered with love :0)


  9. Great quilt...thankyou for sharing it's story. I hope your friend is better soon.

  10. A wonderful quilt and a beautiful story !friendship.

  11. It might have been a quick quilt but it looks so gorgeous, sometimes the simple ones are just so appealing. It was a great excuse to make it, I hope your friend is well soon.

  12. Love your special quilt. What a loving thing for you to do for your friend!Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  13. It is beautiful and what a wonderful thing for you to do for your friend.

  14. It is beautiful and who wouldn't love it. I know she will enjoy it alot.
    I wish her a speedy recovery.

  15. What a lovely quilt! You have a very lucky friend.

  16. I am sure that your friend will cherish it. It is just lovely!

  17. OMG Miriam, what a gorgeous quilt! And the back is just as stunning. Your friend is very lucky. I just heard of Philip Jacobs fabrics a few days ago. I need to Google it!

  18. Miriam, what a beautiful gift for a friend - such happy colours. Perfect to brighten up one's day. It possibly has some healing properties as well as some of the colours used are said to promote good health. Your Morrell quilt is coming along very well.

  19. What a sweet and beautiful quilt. Hope your friend gets to feeling better soon!

  20. Congratulations! The design on the back is very effective.