Sunday, July 8, 2012

C's Swimming Sisters Quilt


Shortly after I made my first quilt in the beginning of 2010, I came across Heather Ross' Mendocino line and was SMITTEN!  I was heartbroken when I discovered that it was discontinued, so naturally I headed to Etsy to get my fix and eventually came across a wonderful bundle of pink, orange and plum.  The wait for it to come in the mail was excruciating and I screamed with glee when it finally showed up at my door.  Then I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  I just couldn't bring myself to cut up such beautiful fabric.  That is, until I found out I was expecting a little girl.

Once we were settled in from our move in May of 2011, I set to work scouring quilts on Flickr and Google until I came across this lovely quilt block and great tutorial from Holly at Bijou Lovely.  I had a vision and knew my mermaids were destined to be cut and sewn into scrappy herringbones.  I adjusted the tutorial a little bit to suit my design by making one long strip of herringbones instead of several blocks.  I did this by simply sewing the scrappy strips together until I reached the desired length so I wouldn't have the breaks you see when you sew herringbone blocks together.  I added some white sashing and then decided to try my hand at free motion quilting for the first time.  It took forever to quilt all of those little bubbles, but I am so happy with the way it turned out.  And so happy that I took the plunge to cut up my fabric and create the perfect mermaid quilt for C.

Front View of Swimming Sisters Quilt.
I am IN LOVE.

Detail of Bubble Quilting on Sashing. 



Detail of Wavy Quilting on Herringbones.

Detail of Quilting on the Back.

Swimming Sisters Back.











2 comments:

  1. this is absolutely stunning. stunning!

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    1. Thanks Ara Jane! Is it bad to want to make a matching one for myself?

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