Sunday, August 12, 2012

Erin's Graduation Quilt - Week 1


Granddaughter Erin will graduate from high school in May of 2013.  T minus 10 months and counting....

Two years ago she asked shyly if I would make her a graduation quilt -- and I was DELIGHTED!  Of course I would make her a graduation quilt!!!

After scouting for fabrics and consulting with her mom, I decided on pretty shabby chic fabrics from the Aviary collection by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics.  And I chose to use a pattern (PS39600) that modafabrics.com issued to promote that fabric line.

All that beautiful fabric has been in a box for over a year -- until this weekend.  I realized that if I was going to finish that quilt before tax season (T minus 5 months and counting....), I needed to start YESTERDAY!  

I am happy to report that I have finished all the cutting for the pieced sections of the 82" x 96" (208 cm x 244 cm) quilt, as well as the 18 applique stem pieces (each stem is 20 inches long).  Next week I hope to make headway on the 358 leaves I plan to hand applique all those little leaves using freezer paper on top templates, a technique I learned from The Singing Quilter, Cathy Miller:  http://www.singingquilter.com.

I may live to regret the decision to hand applique all 358 leaves, but this IS a special occasion quilt, and I really do love hand sewing.  And it will keep me quiet and content on Sunday afternoons for weeks to come.

TTFN
LeAnn aka pasqueflower
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8 comments:

  1. Wow! This is going to be quite the undertaking! It will be SO special though!
    And I love the fabrics you chose!

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  2. As Edi said - Wow, quite an undertaking! A true labor of love, LeAnn and a treasure for her forever. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  3. This will be such an amazing keepsake for her! Good for you starting this big undertaking so far in advance. I know that it will be wonderful.

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  4. My gosh, that's a lot of leaves! But it will be beautiful, I'm sure, and an heirloom that your granddaughter will love for many years. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

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  5. I like this fabric and the design--I hope you are able to show us a photo when you are done.

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  6. How wonderful. I know she will be thrilled with it and I can't wait ti see it when you are finished :)

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  7. Oh man...that's A LOT of hand sewing. But you know it's worth it!

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  8. She is going to appreciate all the time and love you are putting into it. I can't wait to see it when it's done!

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