Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Garden That Never Wilts: My Quilt for Mom

So I must admit, I have been keeping a secret for months and it has been killing me! But I finally get to share my secret . . . a secret quilt that I was working on in between all of the other projects I have been sharing. A quilt that I was working on for my incredible mother who has been taking such incredible care of me through out this pregnancy. It took me a full month to finally find a fabric that I thought was suitable enough for such a special quilt but once I found it I was in love with it's scrumptious goodness!

My mother has the most beautiful garden . . . one I wish I could have. And she spent her Mother's Day in my garden cleaning it up and prepping it for planting. So the floral prints of Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious line for Moda seemed so fitting for my mother. Now she could keep some beautiful flowers on display in her house all the time. Then I had to pick a pattern. I normally would design my own but I had recently seen a tutorial posted by the Missouri Star Quilt Company for a zipper quilt design that I just loved so I decided to give it a shot. 

I must say, it is hard to cut such pretty fabric but once I got it cut and started piecing I was on a roll and loving how it was turning out. 

I absolutely loved the way it was looking as the rows started to come together!

Before I knew it I had a beautiful quilt top!

And then came the basting, which I must say was not very fun when you are very pregnant! Hahaha. It was quite possibly the most uncomfortable position to be in but it got done and that is all that matters!

Then came the quilting. I decided to do the meandering free motion quilting again. Ever since practicing using it on the baby's Elephant Quilt I have been in love with it. I try to turn my mind off as I do it and just get lost in the rocking motions as I go!

I straight line quilted in the white skinny border and then decided to do some more meandering in the outer border. 

I then cut scallop edges into the border and binded the quilt with a peachy orange binding. Then every night before I fell asleep I worked on hand embroidering a special quilt label.

Of course, the label also had 2 beautiful floral bouquets. I am getting a bit better at my hand embroidery and have really enjoyed embroidering before bed each night. It really helps me to unwind at the end of the day. I attached the label and my quilt was ready for gifting. 

I didn't forget to add a little bit of scrumptious goodness to the back of the quilt as well. 

Not going to lie, I almost didn't want to give this quilt away once I finished. I was in love with the colors and the beautiful prints. Guess it is a good thing that I stashed 2 more charm packs of the fabric for myself for later! :)

I am pretty sure that my mom loved the quilt when I gave it to her today. I hope it will be a forever reminder of the Mother's Day that we spent in the garden together. Hope all of the mothers and grandmothers had a beautiful day doing something they love with someone they love! Until next time . . . happy quilting!

1 comment:

  1. How pretty! I know your mother will enjoy using that quilt. Happy Belated Mother's day. I got taken out to lunch by my oldest son. Woohoo!