Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy Housewarming!

I love it when I get to finish a UFO and end up with a lovely gift for someone special at the same time.  This quilt was started several years ago when my friend Barb was in charge of the Lotto Blocks for our quilt guild.  She came up with this simple batik 6" block, so of course I was going to make a whole quilt from it.  I made 25 blocks, stitched them together and then it sat in a drawer until two months ago when I decided it had been a UFO long enough.  (You have heard this song before, haven't you!? LOL)

I did not want to make gazillions of the same block so I thought it would be fun to make this a sort of "One Woman Round Robin" instead.  One border at a time and it would be a real quilt!

I found a great eggplant batik at my favorite online source, Batiks Plus.  I used six different gold and purple batiks cut into 2 1/2" squares and had my first border done.

It was looking a little bland to me, so the next round was a colorful piano keys border.  No, I did not repeat a fabric.  Yes, I do have a great stash!

                                                                                                        I wanted to add a plane border next with appliquéd flowers and vines.  Everybody knows you need some curves to balance all those straight lines.  Well, almost everyone.  Sweet Adorable Hubby said it needed squares instead and sketched it out for me.  Huh.  Looks great!  Whatta ya know about that!?
I appliquéd the squares on and then embroidered around them and finished it off with another eggplant border.   I mailed the quilt to my nephew Tim and his wife Catherine in celebration of them buying their first home.  I think it will make a great snuggle quilt for them to use for many years to come.
So, Congratulations to Tim and Cat.  And Happy Housewarming!!!


  1. Really beautiful. Could you adapt me and make me a snuggle quilt? :o)

    Love you. Have a delightful Thanksgiving.

  2. Sure, Gloria, consider yourself adopted! I'll have to put you on the list, though -- it's a long one! LOL

  3. That turned out so pretty. Did the happy couple receive it already?

  4. Oh I love the way this quilt grew! The piano keys really make it pop, Great job.

  5. Thanks for the praise! The kids LOVE it!!!

  6. What a beautiful quilt. I love the borders and wish I could be that creative. Where do you come up with these ideas? I just finished my retreat project with a piano key border, too. I hope to get it quilted tomorrow. We missed you. I have a couple blogs to do about it.