The Seven Names of Jesus quilt top is DONE! I had to have help with “Cornerstone”, but otherwise I did it all. It is off at my friend, Vicki’s to be long-armed. But here it is as the finished quilt top. This is going to my Pastor’s wife because I think she is probably the one who will most appreciate it. I loved making it for her and using colors I would not normally have done.
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Long, LONG story here that I won’t go into. But, I have another sweet great-nephew named Ethan who came into the world abruptly and prematurely and three months later, is thriving. It was quite the journey for him to get this far and we have hope through prayer and belief in God that he will have a very blessed life ahead.
I had planned to do an “I Spy” quilt for him, but he got here earlier than my quilt did, so I hurriedly made him this quilt as a substitute.
I hand quilted around the circles – my first hand quilting. And I got off on my lines in the solid panels which really bothered me but I didn’t have time to fix that. So an imperfect quilt, but hopefully one that is well loved in the future.
When Ethan’s baby shower came, I didn’t have a quilt to give his mama. So I – again, hastily – made a quillo for him. I hope he will be able to use it on his overnight visits to my sister, his grandmother.
Someday, I will get that “I Spy” quilt done!
It has come back from the long-arm friend, Vicki, and is now in the hands of Lexi and Dustin. It was ready EXACTLY one year after their wedding, which is what I had told her!
I have not found a special name for it, so it will remain Lexi’s Wedding Quilt. Here are close pictures of the quilting Vicki did on it – absolutely stunning!
I’m thinking of naming it “Cheer” because those bright colors certainly do cheer me up!
I had the pleasure of showing this quilt top to it’s recipient, without her knowing it will be hers! Her mom knew, and we exchanged some meaningful glances. I asked A’Leah if she thought the colors were ok – “Oh, they’re beautiful!” I think was her response. So I know she is going to like (love?) it when it is given to her at Christmas. Her sister, Rachel, is getting Geo-Me, which I posted about earlier.
It took me about 6 months to gather all the different fabrics. I carried a picture of the fabrics I had already purchased, so I could try and balance choices and brightness. I tend to go blue (HA! ‘Go Blue’ is the chant of University of Michigan fans, of whom I am one!) so I had to be sure I was getting other colors in there. Yellow was the hardest one to find, and I am so grateful for orange, although I wasn’t sure it was going to go with the purples. Since I had not made this pattern before, I wasn’t sure how it would all play out color-wise. It got a bit difficult, actually, but I think it ended up well. (For my son Kip – well, not good!)
The pattern is from the January-February 2013 issue of Quilty magazine, called Grape Crush. They did it in solids. You really need to subscribe if you are newer quilter. Excellent help and ideas in that magazine! The quilt finishes at 54″x92″. I wanted it extra long in case she wants to take it off to college with her in two years.
I purchased an all-purple Batik for the back fabric today. It will be ready for Vicki to long-arm quilt next week, after I rinse the purple fabric and clip all the annoying stray threads on the top. YAY!
(PS – thanks to my husband and son for holding this up for me!)