I have been working on this quilt for a year and finally it is done! I am so excited. It is one of the most girly quilts I have ever made and I think that is why I liked working on it so much. I made it for my little niece, Mary Beth. She is a true girly girl, with huge beautiful eyes and long blonde hair. Her mom made me feel so good last year by asking for a quilt from me. I had made quilts for my first three nephews when they were born, then I kind of fell away. I was going through a bad time, and I missed making one for Mary Beth, Isaac and Annie. I had made one for Seth, my littlest nephew, and at his baptism, I was able to give it to my sister in person (guilty pleasure: giving gifts in person, if I were truly a good person, I would not get so excited about that). Anyway, my sister-in-law mentioned that I had given a quilt to the boys, but not Mary Beth. I was glad she felt my quilts were that special. So, I have been working on this quilt ever since and here is the finished quilt:
This is a funny picture because I had to shoot it upside down. It was so windy that my usual strategy of hanging it from a stick made it blow too much, so I had my husband hold it upside down so the stick would anchor it.
I may have gone a little wild on the hearts, partly because she is a little girl, but also because I wanted her to feel like she is wrapped up in love by her family.
This quilt has a lot of history for me. The hexagons in the corners are cut pieces that I got when my Grandma Amann died. I have been using them ever since. I was glad to put those in for Mary Beth so she would have that little bit of her great-grandma. My grandmother died before Mary Beth was born, so she never got to meet her. I wish I had something from my other grandmother for her quilt, too.
This is one of my favorite blocks. I have only a few embroidery stitches on my sewing machine and I use them very infrequently. I don’t think I would use more if I had them, but I try to make good use of them. All I did here was use a variegated thread and my nifty seam guide to make them parallel. I love the way it came out. Then I ran parallel hand quilting lines between the embroidered lines.
Here’s some more of my favorite blocks. I did a tutorial on how I constructed these blocks here. These are still some of my favorite blocks. I did struggle a little bit removing the paper from the paper-backed part.
This is another one of my favorite parts of this quilt. I had this large area that needed to be quilted. I used an empty Valentine chocolate box as a template for the big heart. (That Valentine’s box will come back again soon in another top-secret project). I did the heart right away while I was basting. I don’t think I will do that again because it was difficult to disguise my knots. Later, I added the smaller heart, buttons and the butterfly. I still feel like this could have been quilted a little more. I machine quilted in the ditch around the center and the thin border, so I know the bat won’t shift. However, my hand quilting is not the most sturdy so I hope it will not fall out.
Here’s a picture of the back. I love the pink floral. It reminds me of a nightgown I had once. My husband picked it out along with the blue and as always he is spot on. Since the front of the quilt is a little on the dark side, I wanted the back to be lighter.
This is one of my ufos: number 3. I kept on hoping it would be pulled early so I could finish it for Mary Beth’s birthday, but since it didn’t, I just decided to go at it anyway. Whatever month Judy pulls 3, I will have a month off, I guess.
I realized after I sent it up with my mom, I didn’t include a card. So:
Happy Birthday, Mary Beth! I hope you had a great day.
Love, Auntie Roberta.