Monday, 7 November 2011

Patched with love - finally!

I finally finished this patchwork quilt about half past midnight last night.
It's been a work in progress for several years.

It started off with twelve small cross stitched cards some made by me and
some by my sister many years ago.  They were originally cards for our
Mum and of course she kept them and passed them onto me a few
years ago.  I

Using up some little patchwork fat quarters I bought at craft shows
years and years ago, I put the two together and made something
resembling a quilt!

All the cross stitched 'squares' are grouped together.
As they were all different sizes a few are on their side
(horizontal rather than portrait).

The reverse of the quilt I made up with an assortment of fabrics

The colours don't really 'go', but I liked the large piece of fabric
with the Teddy Bear family and it saved me doing more patching!

I didn't quilt the whole thing as it all started
to pucker up!

I bought some bias binding to go around the edge.

Just look at that perfect stitching - I liked it so much
I stitched over it again and again in places!!!
The problem was the bias binding was too narrow and the machine
stitching kept missing it!

Never mind, it's finished - yay!!!!
I took it to my Mum this morning and she loved it.
Even my Dad said it looked like a real patchwork quilt!
That'll do for me - true praise indeed!

A little pucker it was to do, but totally stitched with love xxx


My name is Cindy said...

Oh Sherry it's gorgeous, and in my book a quilt that is made of memories can be forgiven a bit of overstitching!! Wish I had the patience for needlework, I still have various bits that mum has made for me and the kids over the years - they don't get used that much these days but they still have a place in my heart :o) xx

Jan said...

What a lovely, lovely idea Sherry. Truly made with love and a family heirloom to treasure for years to come.

Meggymay said...

Sherry you should be proud of yourself, you have made a gorgeous quilt that will hold many memories in years to come.
Yvonne x

Gini said...

LOL at your last comment!!!!
But what a wonderful achievement, such a beautiful quilt full of fabulous character :-)

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

What a beautiful quilt you've created Sherry! The colours and fabric are lovely...stitched with love... a wonderful keepsake..nice work!!
Jan x

Terry said...

So lovely is your finished patchwork quilt! Doesn't make you feel so proud?? It is a beauty! I once made a queensize quilt and it took me two years to complete!! Shortly after finishing, I came home one day and one of my dogs had decided it was a chew toy! True story! It is a really good thing that I do love dogs!!

Createology said...

Your quilt is a labor of love and it turned out amazing. How could your mum not like it! Blessings...

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Congrats! I'm sure you feel fantastic that it is complete. It looks great, too! Making a quilt is on my "to do" list!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

What an awesome quilt, Sherry! It is so pretty!

Ira said...

Whoa, this may have taken you some years, but the result is gorgeous! Love those embroidered pieces, they make the quilt look even more special. Great job Sherry!!

Sam said...

Beautiful! What a wonderful idea to use the little cross stitch pieces. This is something your mum will treasure for always, a fantastic gift! I made my daughter a memory quilt when she was younger, it was made of all her baby clothes and she still has it on her bed today! She loves to match the squares up to the clothes when she looks at baby photos!

Healing Woman said...

You have a real heirloom there Sherry. It is so lovely and sweet.

CAROL said...

Sherry it's gorgeous, I think you've done an amazing job, I'm so envious of anyone that can sew, I just don't have the patience. xxx

Jackie said...

Wow , it looks so good, and I can see why you liked the teddy bear material, it's lovely! I have great admiration for anyone who does this much sewing!

Mrs A. said...

Just back from a 3 day stink at Muvergate(and no her temper has not improved)to find you have posted your quilt. It is really lovely and especially nice that it has things on it that both you and your sis have made for your Mum and that she really likes and appreciates it. Hugs Mrs A.