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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Anniversary Quilt and NTT

Welcome to the downhill slide of another week, friends!  Spring has definitely sprung, and around my house, that means evenings and weekends at the baseball field and enjoying the perfect temperatures as much as possible.  Today, I have a finished anniversary quilt to share with you.  My friend's parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month, and my friend asked me to make a special quilt for them (for privacy reasons, I've blurred their identifying info that is embroidered in the center of the quilt.

This quilt was a long time in the making (for me, anyway).  My friend wanted the quilt to be personal and represent their family members, and she actually began collecting the handprints at Thanksgiving and Christmas last year!

She traced each family member's handprint onto Heat n Bond Lite, wrote their names on them, and mailed all of them to me.  She fell in love with the Dixie fabric collection by Allison Harris, and I think these cheery fabrics are perfectly lovely in this quilt.  I constructed the quilt in 12 inch blocks, fitting the handprints around the center.  I was even able to arrange the handprints by family group.

On the back, I used all of the leftovers, and used a navy tonal fabric to widen it out.  Wide-ish stippling kept me from quilting through the handprints and embroidery too much, and I chose a red binding to frame it out.  It's not my usual type of quilt, but I'm so happy I was able to make this quilt for my friend, and I do love the Dixie fabrics.

Last week's party rocked, and I have the highlights to prove it!  Look at this improv string diamond quilt by The Lilac Cat!

This fun quilt is by Quilting is More Fun Than Housework-

and oh my goodness, this little mini by Slice of Pi Quilts is awesome!

and because I can't help myself, I have to share another mini by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.  What a cool twist on the pattern!

I can't wait to see what's going on at your machine this week!  Let's link up!

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  1. I love the handprint quilt! What a great idea and you are right...the fabric is perfect. You did an awesome job on it. :)

  2. Those Aurifil minis are the coolest! Love the hand print quilt ... such a lovely keepsake :)

  3. What a fun quilt you've made! The handprints should be very special. I also like how you always use up all your leftovers for the backings of your quilts - it would be amazing not to have bins and bins of scraps in my sewing room.....

  4. What a brilliant idea using actual family hand prints! It turned out amazing and I'm sure will have a special place in the parents hearts for a long, long time!

    Thank you for featuring my Aurifil mini too!

  5. What a beautiful Anniversary Quilt. I am sure this will be treasured by the recipients.

  6. what a lovely idea, all those hand prints of family members. This really will be a quilt to trasure.

  7. Your anniversary quilt is a great idea. Thanks for sharing my scrap quilt again.

  8. The hand prints are adorable as applique - such cute prints! Fantastic idea for an anniversary quilt.

  9. The fabric is perfect and your quilt is wonderful!!

  10. A beautiful anniversary quilt, Kelly - the colours, the design and the fact that it's personalised. It's going to be treasured.

  11. Yes! What a wonderful anniversary quilt! I love everything about it! Great idea for the backing! I was wondering how to incorporate my leftover layer cake pieces into my current project and wala! You gave me the answer! Thank you!

  12. It's beautiful. I'm sure they will love it. I made something similar for my parents' anniversary some years ago.

  13. What a fun quilt! It's going to be a wonderful anniversary gift.

  14. I love your hand quilt. I would love to make one for my friend. Thanks so much for the idea.


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