Quilt in a Hurry

Well, it’s that time of year – graduation, and all the excitement that goes along with it.

My family was recently invited to a graduation for Kelly, the little sister of my daughter’s best friend. My first thought was – how did it come this quickly? My second thought was – I don’t have a quilt ready!
Honestly – we got the invitation in the mail, and didn’t realize she was graduating this year!

For her older sister, my daughter and I had made a very special quilt that was meaningful to us and the recipient, with pictures and memories. But with such short notice, there just wasn’t any way to do something similar for her sister. And yet she’s very important to us and my daughter and I wanted to make her a quilt.

After a little thought, we decided there isn’t anything faster than a Turning Twenty quilt pattern. We used book number 3 – Turning Twenty Around the Block. Yes, you’ve seen me blog about these quilts before, but it’s true – the Turning Twenty patterns make up quickly and can be very versatile, allowing for framed ‘pictures’ in each of the blocks if you choose. It’s also a vibrant pattern (at least if you use a good contrast color) that catches the eye of the viewer – perfect for a young woman.  If you’ve missed my earlier posts, just click on the link above, or check out the website of the designer, Tricia Cribbs.

Kelly grew up so fast, we weren’t sure what her hobbies were or where she was going to school next year, but we did see her drive by our house everyday in her yellow and black FJ Cruiser.

So we thought we couldn’t go wrong with a yellow/black quilt.  I checked out my fabric stash – can you believe I only had to go to the store and buy 1 fat quarter to make this quilt happen?!  (Okay, perhaps my stash is a little large.)  As you can see in the picture below, we decided to make black the predominate color, as a quilt with more yellow than black could be hard on eyes that were overworked from study!

My daughter and I got busy and made this a team effort. I cut out the blocks, she sewed them together, I quilted, and we both worked on getting the binding done. It took a couple of late nights (but to me that really was easier than going shopping at a mall).  After all the other guests had left we stayed and visited with her parents.

The last time we saw Kelly that afternoon she was headed to her bedroom with her new quilt wrapped around her, saying “I Love my new quilt.”. Was it worth the extra hours staying up late to get it done?  You bet! I also got the bonus of extra quality time with my daughter – which is always welcome.

Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

A Framed Life

I’ve been promising you a look at the quilt my daughter has been making, a photo quilt using pictures of important moments in her life. Some of you have been asking about this quilt in the Q&A section because you have heard me mention it at seminars recently – now, at last here it is, I hope you enjoy!

My daughter wanted to capture people and moments in her life that reflected her journey from birth to her senior graduation. This is the 5th quilt she has made like this, the other 4 were made as gifts for special friends and given to them as graduation presents. What a great way to capture those moments and what a special gift! When she decided that she wanted one of these quilts as well, she wanted to make it herself.

We came up with this pattern when she made her first photo quilt, because the blocks are fast to make and no seams have to match in the block – making it pretty ‘goof-proof’ to make the block.

Every photo album has a tub picture – and this quilt is no exception

First new car – independence day for a 16 year old.

Capture those moments from the getting off the bus on the first day of school to their graduation picture. Where did all those years go?
Thank you to photographer Carl Anderson of Images by Carl for the permission to be able to copy the senior picture in the quilt. If you ever need a professional photographer – check out his website ImagesbyCarl

What a great way to capture those special moments with family and friends – and preserve the memory for years to come.

And here is a picture of the full, completed quilt – not very clear, but you get the idea.

If you would like a free copy of this pattern, designed by me, check out the next post!
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing