New Beginnings

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It seems only fitting to gear my first blog post towards new beginnings - specifically my sister's recent nuptuals! Adina and Steve got married on a beautiful Saturday in October. It was an absolutely perfect day and a great way for them to begin their life together. There was something so electric about the energy at their wedding.

For their wedding gift, I made Adina & Steve a queen-sized quilt. I had only made baby-sized quilts before, so this was a big deal. I had a great time picking the pattern and fabrics... because if there's one person I know almost as well as myself, it's my sister. I chose Moda Fabrics "Barcelona" for the fun fabrics and used two layer cakes for the quilt. 

For the pattern, I used Eleanor Burns' Piece of Cake Pattern, because I knew Adina would love the modern look of it. I was very happy when I opened the pattern and realized that I didn't have as much cutting to do as I thought. The square patches are worked by sewing nine squares together and making two cuts down the middle. The thrilling part of quiliting to me as a newbie is that it involves so much math, logic, and spatial skills. I feel like I'm making new discoveries and it's incredible. Since I learned so much while making the project, Adina's quilt was really also a gift to me! 

After making the top and choosing the backing, I had the quilt professionally quilted by Janice Jamieson and I was so happy to give it to her for the hard part. While the quilt was being finished, I took a class at The Happy Quilter with Marcy, who had come to one of my necklace classes. I made Adina and Steve a matching neck roll pillow for the quilt. I still have yards and yards of backing fabric and plan to sew up some pillowcases for the lovebirds... maybe before their first anniversary!





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