Summer Drinks - Finished!

Another one to check off the far-too-long to-do list! But sometimes, it's good to have unquilted tops hanging around. My sorority little sister had a baby girl, and I gave her a choice of tops.


She chose Summer Drinks, made from the Lynne Bob Square Pants block. The top was finished way back in July 2012.


This summer I added the "extension" borders to finish the design, and I'm so glad I did. They really finish it off.


The poor quilt went through three backings - a pink flannel that was too small, a yellow minky that was too bright, and a pink minky that was just right. It's quilted with loops and hearts, my favorite baby quilt design. Soft and delightful.


I also quilted in the baby's name, Victoria. I tried to mess with the contrast so you can see it...but pictures aren't my thing. Trust me, it's there. And I need to remember to dots my Is and cross my Ts...


First quilt with my professional labels! And a good thing, because next time I need to position it a little further out. The binding is a simple pink dot.


The fabrics are beige Dimples and an unknown FQ set that I won a while ago. The colors remind some people of cosmos, margaritas, and lemon drop martinis...or lemonade, green tea, and pink lemonade. Depending on your drinking habits in the summer.

40" square

Gigi's Quilt - Finished!

This was one of the drop-everything-and-piece-it-now projects from this summer.


I knew I had the denim jeans in the bin my husband's grandmother gave me with her Necchi sewing machine, but when I looked through the bin, I found these old pillowcases.


Grandma! I had no less than five people come up and ask who Bonnie was when I quilted it. The general consensus was Bonnie is a spicy lady! And she really is.


The jeans were the ones that were cut off her husband at the hospital the day he died of an aneurysm, before I met my husband. Since she saved them for 15+ years before passing them along to me, I knew they had to end up in a quilt to her. When I found the pillowcases, I grabbed my graph paper and the quilt was born!


I tried to preserve as much jeans details as possible, which led to the addition of the creamy red dot strips to keep the seams from being out of control bulky. If I had to do it again, I'd add a border just so I don't sew binding into jeans. It was doable but rough.


The quilting is just loops to avoid the jeans seams, the pillowcases, and the pockets, but I did add their anniversary in one of the plain jeans sections. Okay, my quilty-handwriting could use some work.


The backing is Joann's flannel and the binding is DS Quilts first line for Joann's - I had just enough left from Chunky Log Cabin


The sawtooth stars are flannel from a kit I bought several years ago, for a totally different project. It took a bit of math, but I figured out how to cut three stars from a fat quarter with almost no waste, so the ten in the kit worked out nicely.


And it leads to so many different textures between the cotton, flannel, denim, and soft pillowcases, that I can't stop touching the quilt! Perfect for an older lady to sit on the couch with.


In fact, I wanted to demonstrate how perfect it is as a couch quilt with a nicely staged photo with a pillow and all...and quickly "and all" became Miss CC. Clearly it is cuddle-able.