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 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:

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.

LeAnn aka pasqueflower


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

  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!

  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.

  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!

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

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

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

  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!