FIFTY YEARS! Can you even imagine? Not having gotten married until the age of 36, and being married less than eight years myself, I can barely imagine a 20th anniversary, let alone a 50th. It's definitely a milestone worth celebrating, So when my sister reached out about having a quilt made for her in-laws big day, I was thrilled!
If this design looks familiar, that's because I "borrowed" it from Rene' of Rene' Creates. You can see her stunning quilt here. It's beautiful, isn't it? I want to take a moment to thank her for being so gracious about my "borrowing" her design and then sharing images of my quilt...especially since I contacted her after the quilt was completed. Thanks, Rene'!
I won't go into details about the design...but I will say that there was a ton of cutting, piecing, and squaring up HST's (that's half-square triangles, for you non-quilters)!
I used some of my long-hoarded Chicopee stash along with coordinating solids for the heart and set them against a background of Kona Bone. I used pieces of every print in the Chicopee collection, but focused on using more of the warmer shades. Placement of the squares and HST's was mostly random; though I did go back and tweak the placement of the Lime pieces for better balance.
The quilt is backed in the Chicopee orange and lavender paisley. Since there is so much negative space on the front of the quilt, my sister and I liked the idea of having a fun print on the back. I bound the quilt and framed the label using the orange cross square print.
I chose to quilt this one with my walking foot. I simply quilted along both sides of the seam lines about a quarter of an inch from each side, resulting in a double grid. I wanted to keep the quilting fairly simple, while still adding a lot of yummy texture. As usual, I pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 weight. I used 2021 (Natural White); it's my go-to shade for almost all of my piecing and a good bit of my quilting.
The quilt was gifted by my sister and her family earlier this month. I always have a twinge of last minute "Oh my God, what if they hate his?" panic when shipping off a quilt; so I was very glad to hear directly from my sister's mother-in-law that they liked their new quilt. :)
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