About Me

South Louisiana
I have been married for 20 years to a great husband and we have 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years. I am a homeschooling mom, which can be very challenging. I love sewing, knitting, reading, gardening and have recently started oil painting. I love to create. I really want to have a blog to show off some of the stuff I create, but I also want to share about my life and family. email me at ctrich8@bellsouth.net

Sunday, May 1, 2011

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quilt closeup

Mom's quilt

After almost 3 years, I am finally done with my Mom's quilt! Now, of course, it did not take me that long to actually make it. Months would go by when I didn't work on it at all. I did have a baby during all of this and probably didn't touch it until she was 6 months old. No matter, she is done and tomorrow my Mom will have her new quilt on her bed. I got the pattern out of an old, probably 80's or 90's, quilting book from my library. The instructions were very minimal, so I am glad the top turned out ok. This was also the first time I have tried free motion quilting. I must say, I really love the process. Much more than using the walking foot. I find I have way more control when quilting free motion. I used the Supreme Slider and Machingers, and both of these products made things so much easier. I also watched many videos from the blog The Free Motion Quilting Project and on The Quilt Show. I know the quilt wouldn't have turned out nearly so well without both of these wonderful resources. I would really recommend the website Day Style Designs, Leah is an amazing quilter and freely shares her knowledge. She sells both the Supreme Slider and Machingers at her website.

Mom's quilt

The pictures didn't come out as well as I would have liked. It was cloudy and extremely windy today. Also, the only ones home to help me out were Samuel and Ava. Well, Sophia was home too, but she couldn't do much lol I think Sam and Ava did a great job, this quilt is HEAVY and the wind was whipping that sucker all over the place. I may try to take some better pictures when the wind dies down and the sun comes out.

Sam and Ava holding on lol

so windy!

The quilt is pretty big, here it is on my bed which is a king size. It should fit perfectly on my Mom's queen size bed.

Mom's quilt

A closeup of the design in each block. This isn't one of the best ones, I did improve, but it gives you an idea. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this entire quilt from start to finish. I am not sure if I am going to start another big quilt anytime soon, but I am sure I will make more.

closeup of free motion quilting

42 comments:

Manda said...

I think your mum will find it was worth the wait, it has turned out beautifully! I love Leah's blog too, she can do amazing things with a sewing machine! Your FMQ looks really good!

Jillybean said...

Beautiful!! I am so impressed!

Khris78 said...

Such a lovely quilt ... I love it!!!

Marie said...

It's gorgeous Tonya...what a special gift for your mom!
And also, it feels like I haven't talked to you in forever. :)

Kelci said...

That came out gorgeous! And your free motion quilting is awesome! This is just the kick in the booty I needed to pick out my back fabric and finish my quilt I started a few months ago.

Mands said...

awesome! I know you are glad to check that off your mental list. Looks so good!

susan said...

What an incredible quilt. Your mother is a lucky woman. And great FMQ for a first attempt!

quiltilicious said...

What a gorgeous quilt

dig this chick said...

Ah! Quite possibly the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen! Nice work, mama.

I have been making my Margot a quilt for nearly two years. It's actually so close to being done and has been that way for over a year...time! I need more of it.

Julie said...

Oh, my! That is truly stunning. I adore the prints and the colors! be still my heart. I so envy your quilting skills.

Ginny said...

It's so beautiful!!

Life with Kaishon said...

This is so absolutely stunning. What a gorgeous quilt. I know your Mom is going to be thrilled to pieces. It's art! Beautifully done.

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meredith said...

WOW!!! It's wonderful! I love your fabrics/color pallet! Congrats! I'm getting ready to start a quilt for my niece, could you share this pattern with me? It looks like it might be relatively easy?? but the pay off looks like way more work! (as far as the piecing goes that is) I'm sure your mother is thrilled! I too have 1 I started for my mom 5 years?? ago but have set aside because it got frustrating - diamonds - ughh!

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