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Friday, February 8, 2013

Whirligig Finish!

Shortly after my oldest daughter became engaged to be married, my thoughts turned to a quilt....a wedding quilt.  Knowing that she appreciates tradition, but loves a touch of whimsy...I had my work cut out for me to find the perfect design.

  
I can't recall which important component I found first, the fabric or the design.  It seems to have all happened simultaneously...even though I know it did not.  
I found this lovely yellow text on ivory from Lakehouse {Annie's Farm Stand}...with garden advertisements for seeds, bee hives,etc.  Molly's inspiration for her wedding is the honey bee and her colors are yellow, grey and a hint of green.


I think at this point I must have nailed down the design.  Sarah Fielke's pattern Whirligig from her fantastic book....From Little Things

I must say I loved making this quilt!  And I felt the needleturn applique would speak to the conservative, traditional side of my Molly and the whimsical twisty stems would appeal to the fun, young side of her :)

   
Rounding out as a perfect complement to the design and the inspiration, I discovered this amazing fabric from Art Gallery by Bari J.  It is from the LillyBelle collection....AMAZING!!!  The blue floral on each corner even has a honey bee!


The flowers, stems and leaves are all hand applique...and the fun flip-flappy scallops all along the perimeter are just delightful!


The grey border tucked under the scallops is, again, from the LillyBelle collection.

The entire quilt is hand quilted with Valdani {LOVE IT!!!} Perle Cotton!  I wish you could feel this quilt...so soft {Quilters Dream 100% cotton batting}.

 
For the backing fabric I chose a green from Denyse Schmidt...


I am still working on the label...I can't wait to give it to her at one of her showers :)  

my mom in her wedding dress:)
Tradition....family....perfectly stitched with love.


happy friday!
mary

76 comments:

Jean Burke said...

This is just stunning - what a labor of love! Think of the generations to come who will sleep under this quilt. An amazing gift.....well done!

Lori Baird said...

OMG. This is stunning. Amazing. Absolutely gorgeous.

Angie said...

Absolutely breathtaking---it sings a beautiful love song :)

Anna said...

Mary, you're just completely amazing. It's perfect!

Becca said...

So so (sew sew) beautiful! Well done!

A gift to be treasured and cherished!

Carla said...

She will cry, and then cry some more ; ) happy tears of course.
What a treasure you have created.
Simply beautiful

Svetlana said...

so amazingly gorgeous, Mary!!! Everything about this quilt is totally stunning.

Leila said...

Amazing! What a treasure!

Donna~~ said...

Very pretty, and such a lovely idea! Just perfect in every way! Lucky her!

Missy Shay said...

You are so talented! Your daughter is going to love it!

Elizabeth said...

This quilt is amazing. Your daughter is so lucky to receive this gift!

Liz Luna said...

GORGEOUS! absolutely gorgeous!!!

Julierose said...

this just lovely--she will cherish it I am sure--great work. Julierose

Hen said...

Beautiful quilt and love the photo of your mom.
Hen x

Andrea C. said...

that beauty! absolutely incredible work that has that quilt .. Your daughter will be happy

sheetal patel said...

Gorgeous!! What an incredibly special gift!

Suburban Stitcher said...

absolutely amazing. perfect in every way.

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Oh wow! What an amazing quilt! I bet your daughter will be overwhelmed. I love the fabrics, the colors, the quilting... everything.

Marit said...

It is so beautiful! Love how everything comes together. I think you will see a BIG smile on her face
; )

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Little Island Quilting said...

Wow. Seriously gorgeous. A real family heirloom.

Nifty Quilts said...

Wonderful! From the appliqué to the scallops to the big-stitch quilting. Made with so much love and happiness. She'll treasure it forever.

Charlotte said...

it's so incredibly beautiful - what a treasure!

selfsewn said...

Wow love it in everyway!
Where's the bee?
Your Mom was so stylish xx

jeanne e. said...

absolutely gorgeous! you created a family heirloom to be cherished. it has been such a pleasure watching the progress of this quilt on your blog. thank you for sharing!

Tammy Fry said...

What a wonderful quilt, she is going to LOVE it.
Tammy

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

I love everything about it, Mary! Those scallops especially! But oh the fabrics!! And those leaves! It's all so beautiful!!

thepianohouse said...

Such a beautiful quilt and gift!

Pippin Lane said...

Amazing!!!!!!!!! Nattie x

Christine said...

It is too beautiful for words. I have enjoyed seeing pictures of it in progress since you started showing them. Everything about it is so special and amazing. My grandmother (who passed away in August) made our wedding (2006) quilt and it is my most cherished possession.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Incredible! such a fun design and so much pretty work :)
Your mum looks just beautiful, that is such a classy dress x

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning!

Suuske said...

Wów! What a Beauty!

Groetjes, Suzanne

Francis Paul said...

what a treasur to receive!

aangto said...

I've been waiting to see this finished quilt - BEAUTIFUL!!!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

This has made me cry, it's so beautiful, and made with such love. Your daughter is very lucky to have you in her life! :) x

Patchwork and Play said...

Perfect, stunningly perfect!!! We can all see the love that has gone into this most beautiful quilt. And we are very privileged to have shared it with your family. Thank you Mary...

Siobhán said...

There are no words to describe how gorgeous that is, but stunning, beautiful, amazing, and WOW all come to mind. Great job--I'm sure your daughter will cherish it and the love that went into every stitch.

Nicky said...

Couldn't be made better!

Marg said...

It's absolutely stunning Mary. It is the most beautiful quilt I've seen in a long time. A wonderful heirloom for Molly. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

Cardygirl said...

Just beautiful...this quilt is all about love and will be treasured! Love the red toes!

Material Mary said...

This quilt is absolutely yummy...you did an awesome job and the fabric are fabulous.
Mary

samandpeteVDP said...

It turned out absolutely stunning Mary!!! I feel so lucky to have seen it in person! You continue to amaze!

Kate said...

It is amazing Mary, you have done a wonderful job!

Laura said...

what a truly amazing quilt! She will no doubt cherish it forever. I also love the sweet picture of your mom on her wedding day. It's always a delight to visit your blog. :)

Lurline said...

What can I say that I haven't said, Mary - a magnificent treasure, so beautiful!
Big hugs - Lurline

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

Wow. Your daughter will be so touched. I'M so touched and I'm just a reader! :). Well done.

Every Stitch said...

Very pretty - such a happy quilt. She will love it!
Hilda
Every Stitch

Cathy said...

Very beautiful. I love how you quilted it. Hugs

vintage grey said...

Wow, what a beautiful and amazing quilt!!! Such a treasure!! xo Heather

vintage grey said...

Wow, what a beautiful and amazing quilt!!! Such a treasure!! xo Heather

Meredith said...

Adorable, love the quilt and the tradition.

Christine M said...

That is such a beautiful quilt Mary. I'm sure your daughter (and son in law) will love it.

Carla said...

Everything about this quilt is perfect! The tradition and whimsy, the fabrics, the stitching, the design, the fun scallops, and especially the love stitched in...one of the prettiest quilts I've seen! How great to see a lovely picture of your mom, Mary....so classic! Enjoy every moment of this special time.

**nicke... said...

oh mary, it is absolutely beautiful and the picture of your mother in her wedding dress makes me cry. i wish she could be there to see your daughter get married! xoxoxo love you!

margaret said...

your daughter will be "over the moon" a beautiful quilt that will be treasured

lindsey said...

This is amazing! and I love the way you have photographed it for this post...just giving a little peek at a time until reaching the whole quilt. I found myself becoming quite excited as I scrolled down. She will love it!

judith lockhart said...

Oh my - the perfect quilt for your daughter! All the details, tradition and whimsy in one quilt! I am sure she will absolutely love and treasure it always!

Sharon said...

Beautiful And fun!
So pretty!

A.S.U. said...

Really, really lovely!

roccagal said...

Mary that is absolutely lovely! I luv each detail! You made a fantastic quilt!(no surprise there)

Michelle Hiatt said...

Really stunning.

liniecat said...

This is stunning..........perfectly stunning!

gloriajanine said...

Mary, it is absolutely wonderful! Your daughter will be so proud! I wish her and her beau the best!!

Danielle said...

Absolutely beautiful, Mary! It will be treasured for years and years.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Mary, This quilt is beautiful and will be treasured forever!! You can tell it was stitched with love!

Jen said...

It turned out so beautiful! I really love the scalloped edge, it's different and fun. Your daughter is going to love it!

Beth said...

Oh Mary, this is the most beautiful quilt! I love, love, love the colours and I can imagine it will be treasured forever.

Lovely photo of your Mum as well and I must say thank you for your comments on my blog re my Mum. I remember your post when you helped clear out your Mum's house - last April? we have just done the same in our family home. Both sad and kind of therapeutic to go through all those things that belonged to such an important person.

2013, onward and upwards, I hope :)

Bethx (thelinencat)x

Michelle said...

This is the most beautiful quilt! BEAUTIFUL! It's an heirloom that your daughter and her husband will treasure for many years. Well done!

Carolyn said...

so gorgeous!!!

Hitch & Thread said...

It is a beautiful quilt. She will treasure it and the love held in every stitch.

Stina Blomgren said...

True love and a fantastic workmanship!! Your Molly will love it to bits!!!
Kviltstina at gmail dot com

Janet said...

I got goosebumps reading about this special quilt and seeing it in all it's gorgeousness. I think it's because it has so much love stitched in it. Congratulations.

tusen said...

Mary, the quilt is just perfect, I'm sure your daughter will treasure it. I love your fabric choices and quilting.

Paula said...

Your quilt is absolutely spectacular! The corner fabric is so perfect - actually every single detail is wonderful! Your daughter will love this quilt forever.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is simply stunning. What a treasure.