Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Morgan's Birthday Quilt

Today I'm going to show you a quilt that I finished last December for a beautiful young lady named Morgan.  Morgan (on the left) is one of my daughter Hannah's (on the right) closest friends.  This quilt was made in honor of Morgan's 18th birthday.

In hindsight, I wish I would have gotten better pictures of this before I gave it away.  (These were pre-quilt blog days!)  Unfortunately, I photographed this at a Christmas party in a darkly lit room.

I tried something new on the machine quilting that was lots of fun.  I made big, loopy flowers over the entire surface of the quilt.  Each flower had six petals and three outer loops.  You can see here that I did a running stitch with embroidery thread over the back of the quilt mimicking the machine quilting to serve as a label.  This was a quick and easy way to accomplish a label and it was lots of fun!

The verse for this quilt comes from the book of Psalms.
"Show me your ways, oh Lord,
teach me your paths."

This is a good life verse anyway, but this quilt came during a time of big decisions about college and internships, so I thought the verse was really appropriate.

I had orange scraps left over from this quilt that I wanted to use.  I saw the aqua fabric in the store one day and knew instantly that this color was meant to be married to my beloved orange.

I had no pattern or plan when I started cutting, and again, in hindsight, I wish I would have taken a few notes here!  I like how the scale turned out on this quilt and it would have been nice to have the dimensions for a future quilt.  I would have preferred it to be a bit bigger, but these were all the orange scraps I had, and I used every inch of my aqua.  So that determined the finished size.

I do believe this quilt serves to prove that orange and aqua can live a very happy life together!!  I would make a dozen more quilts out of this very combination.

The simple backing.

I just love this girl.  And I love the feeling I get working on a quilt that I know is going to someone so special.  This one definitely goes down as a good quilty memory.

1 comment:

  1. Colors are beautiful just like the two lovely girls. Very nice and original machine quilting. I love the memories that quilts evoke.