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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

NTT- A Gift For a Grad

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  For the past few days, I've been working on a little gift for a special graduate.  Before quilting was my actual job, I taught elementary school for fifteen years (which is probably why teaching groups of quilters comes very naturally to me!), and I taught this young lady in both first AND third grade.  During those years at various school functions, my husband and I really hit it off with her parents, and a couple years later, they joined our Sunday School class.  We've remained close friends for all of this time.  

Teachers don't always get to follow their students as closely as I've been able to follow her, and I'm so proud of her!  It has been a privilege to watch her grow up.  I asked her mom if she had decided on dorm room decor/colors for next year, and she is planning to decorate with blush, coral, and light blue.  So, I decided to make a little monogram pillow for her dorm room bed to go with her graduation gift.  My foot still can't handle the cutting for a quilt, but a pillow was totally doable.

I'm not a huge fan of pink so I don't have a ton of that color in my stash or my scrap jars, especially not in the blush/coral family, so I made the most of the few bits I had with applique circles.  They look so sweet against the Bella Solids Ivory background.  Once I decided to use circles on the pillow, pebbling was really only one choice for the quilting, and they took forever.  I love the result though, almost like bubbles!  I left the applique pieces unquilted so they stand out and "float" agains the background.

This pillow is 18", and if you're interested in how I make my envelope closures and finish the edges, you can check out my tutorial HERE.  We're attending a graduation party for her on Saturday night, and I can't wait to give it to her then.

Before we get to the highlights from last week, I owe you a winner from last week's April sponsor post.  Lady Belle Fabrics is kindly offering a $25 gift certificate to a lucky winner, and that person is comment number 53, Barb!  Congratulations, Barb!  I've sent you an email so you can get your prize.

Okay then!  Let's check out some of my favorite links from last week!  Sew Preeti Quilts has her autumn vibes going with this quilt finish.  

I love this scrappy quilt top by Deb at A Scrappy Quilter-

And this fun, modern mini is by Leanne at Devoted Quilter-

Okay friends!  Let's link up!

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  1. So many pretty projects and I love the cushion you made for your student. Bet she'll love it.

  2. Love the champagne pillow. Yes, it reminds me of champagne because of the delicate pink, bubbles quilting, and the celebration associated with graduation. Congratulations to Ms. M and good luck in school. Thank you for featuring my quilt :-)

  3. What a sweet pillow and story.

  4. Glad to see you are able to get back to some sewing and in such an exciting way. Also enjoy how you spotlight other quilters and share the great feeling of community. Thanks so much.

  5. Did you say quilting is an actual job!! Lucky you!!!. Anyway, thank you for the spotlight! That kaleidoscope quilt was fun once I got going. I have no idea it could be easy!
    Thank you for the linky party ! So much fun. Stay safe and sew on !

  6. Such a sweet and beautiful pillow! I know she will be thrilled.


  7. The pillow is absolutely adorable and makes a fabulous gift! The quilted pebbles are perfect! Thanks for featuring my mini quilt, too :)

  8. Your pillow is just beautiful and perfect for a younger person who's off to live her life! I know what you mean about pebbling but wow it does look so good!

  9. Adorable pillow. I also don't use much pink fabric, except when for my granddaughter. Pebbling sounds like it requires a lot of time, which is why I have been afraid to try.

  10. Your pillow is beautiful and thoughtful too. I am sure she will love it.

  11. That is one great pillow. I love the soft pinks. Yep, those circles were probably a pain but oh they look so good with the rest of the design.


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