Thursday, May 31, 2018

Graduation Quilts


This month our family celebrated two high school graduations! My sweet niece Sarah, graduated from Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, AZ. And my son's girlfriend Megan, graduated from North Forsyth High School, right here in town.


I couldn't let either occasion pass without making a quilt, of course! Sarah's quilt was made entirely from fabrics that represented her life and the things she loves. It included horses, travel, music, dogs and other animals. You get the idea...almost every fabric had some design or print that reminded me of her.

I used simple 3.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles sewn together side by side. I then sewed the units into four patches, spinning the darker fabrics on the inside of the block. Setting the blocks on point made for a bit more movement in the quilt.


I used a pretty starry. celestial print for the backing and quilted it with a star and loopy design. I had a moment of terror when I accidentally ripped a hole in it with my longarm. Luckily, it was near the edge and I just trimmed off the last two inches of the quilt. LOL It's a dorm quilt after all, not show quilt! She loves it and I love her!


Megan wants to major in Aerospace engineering. Her favorite subject is math. I only had four days to make the quilt. So I chose colors that I hope she likes, and all sorts of fabrics that have stars, space and 'movement' prints. I used my accuquilt to cut the large hexies, and I cut the triangles from strips.



I also backed her quilt in a celestial print that shows constellations!


If she loves her quilt half as much as we love her, then I've done my job! Congratulations to both of these beautiful girls. I hope their quilts get lots of use over the next few years.

Diane

12 comments:

  1. Both quilts are wonderful! I'm so impressed. I can't even imagine making a whole quilt in 4 days and you've made something so personal and lovely. Great solution to the hole in the backing.

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    1. Thanks Janet! A longarm makes the quilting go much more quickly! And I always say I don't sew clothes because if the sleeve is 2 inches short you in trouble, if the quilt is 2 inches short, nobody notices! LOL

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  2. How fun both of these quilts are!!! Hey atleast you only ripped the fabric a little bit....I ripped my finger about a month ago! I know....OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. That sounds painful, I'm going to try and avoid that! Hope it's all better now.

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  3. What beautiful quilts!! I'm sure both girls loved them - Congratulations to both graduates!!!

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    1. It was well worth the crazy effort because they both seemed really happy!

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  4. Oh what beautiful presents Diane !! I know you're busy but you took time to make 2 wonderful quilts ! You're full of kindness.... but I knew that ;)

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    1. You're so sweet Cecile! I loved making the quilts and I adore both girls, so it was fun to see them so pleased. I'm lucky to have these girls in my family!

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  5. Both quilts are fun and personal! 4 days to make a quilt?! Yay! For the accuquilt!!

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    1. Accuquilt and a longarm, and now that I've practiced my machine binding, I amaze even myself! LOL

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  6. Both quilts are very pretty. I am sure they will be loved and treasured.

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  7. your quilts are beautiful gifts!! The girls seem to be kind!

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