A Quilt for Mother’s Day
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You may remember that a couple years ago I made my dad a quilt for Christmas. Well, I still hadn’t gotten around to making a quilt for my mom. That changed this year when I ran across the Sweet Life line by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics. One of the fabrics in the line was a panel featuring 3 girls, and since I have 2 sisters, it was the perfect inspiration for a quilt.
I designed my quilt around the panel fabric using 6 and 12-inch economy blocks in coordinating colors and prints.
I purchased 2 prints from the line – Tiny Seeds in Blue and Pure Delight in pink – to pull everything together, but most of the fabric came from my stash.
I really love how the quilt came out, and I’m hoping that my mom does too.
For the back of this quilt, I used a dark blue woven fabric to give the quilt a little more weight. The binding was done in a vintage pink brushed cotton.
Have you ever made anything for your mom (grade school projects don’t count)? How did it turn out?
Beautiful quilt!! I have used that pattern of diamonds round the square for a couple of quilts. It’s good for “message” quilts too. I used plain muslin for the centre squares and then you can write whatever you want (or print it out, these days). I did Bible Verse quilts for a couple of friends.
I love the fabric choices you have there. Everything is so expensive here, minimum 13 Euros a yard. I have a stash of “orphan” fabrics some US friends sent or gave me years ago, they’re not very nice but beggars can’t be choosers.
Thanks so much Anna! I love the idea of using this block for an autograph quilt. €13 certainly is expensive. I generally pay a little less than the equivalent of €9, here. Do your shops ever have good clearance sales? I find that’s the best way to get fabric for quilting. I also love getting the scrap and grab bags of fabrics. Since I do a lot of scrappy quilts, I find these to be very price friendly, while adding a lot of value to my stash. I also love that I often get fabrics that I never would have picked otherwise. Have you considered challenging yourself to make a quilt from just those “ugly” fabrics you have? Even if they aren’t your thing, I’m sure someone would love them, so maybe you could do a quilt from them and donate the finished quilt.
I’ve also found that wholesale discount stores online are amazing. I love Quilt Fabric Closeouts. I don’t know what their shipping would be to get to you, but the discount in price might still make it worth taking a look.
Oh, yes, I have learned the “magic” of pulling together orphan fabrics and finding that they work! I’ve never seen a sale at our local quilt store; sometimes I get the feeling the lady just buys fabric she likes herself and if she doesn’t sell it, she can make it up! But when I made the quilts using your triangles-and-square motif, I pulled out all the scraps I had and used them. The first time, my friend likes just those colours I don’t care for–and yet had a lot of!–and when she saw the finished quilt she was thrilled. So was I–a home for the orphans at last! And the finished quilt looked very nice.
Yea! I love when you can find a home for all those orphaned fabrics. Is there a post on your blog about the quilt? I’d love to see what it looked like finished.
I’m such a dinosaur, I don’t even have a digital camera, let alone a blog or a Facebook account. My cellphone makes and recieves calls and sends and recieves texts, and that’s it. Now you know why I hand quilt (and hand-sew most of my quilts)…I’m technologically challenged.
What a wonderful use of that panel. The fabrics you chose all coordinate superbly and I love the design of the blocks you chose. Great job, Andrea!
Thanks so much Lorna. This was a fun project to work on. And the panel was full of color, so it was very easy to coordinate prints from my stash.
This is an absolutely beautiful quilt. I am sure your mother will treasure it forever.