I'm back! Hopefully back to regular posting, and keeping on top of both work and life. Hurrah!
Today's post is dedicated to my maternal grandmother, Gran. I posted about her this time last year, and this year is a particularly special birthday. I'm not sure it's polite to share a lady's age, but I hope Gran won't mind if I tell you that she turned 90 today. She is definitely responsible for much of my love of crafts. I have strong memories of completing a book of sewing techniques while on holiday at her house when I was in primary school. The page for the mitred corner is still with me to this day!
I have been working on a quilt for Gran's birthday ever since my last weekend at The Sunday House, just over a month ago. But what with extended stays in London, I was working to get it finished right up to the wire. I sewed a label with a message, and didn't finish the writing until 11pm the night before the party. The mitred corners on the scrappy binding aren't too bad!
I am delighted with the finished quilt. The fabrics are a mixture of 12 fat quarters from Sara Morgan's Savannah range and a set of 5 fat quarters from Fabric Central that lovely Sarah sent to me at Christmas time. I topped them up with a metre of the pink flowers, also from Savannah and a dark pink and cream spot from Millie Moon.
Each block uses three contrasting fabrics. This is my favourite block in the whole quilt - I love how the birds are perfectly framed in the block. I didn't cut it specially to be that way, it was just luck.
On Anne's advice, I added a thin fillet of the dark turquoise-green around the edge of the central panel, and I love how it looks!
This is my utter favourite part of the quilt though... I've never made a label for a quilt before, and now I wish I had labelled all of them! I printed out what I wanted to say, and then traced it onto a piece of calico. I used one strand of embroidery thread to back stitch tiny stitches around the words. It took around 7 hours to sew all of the wording. On the morning of the party, I attached the label with Bondaweb and then sewed it on with more embroidery thread and small blanket stitches. Many thanks to Julie for her suggestion on how best to do this.
And there it is, all finished with an hour to spare before the lunch birthday party.
Gran seemed delighted with the gift, and she enjoyed opening it up and reading the label a number of times over the course of the afternoon. In the end it was very hard to part with, but I know that Gran will enjoy it every day. She deserves every minute I spent on it, and more. Happy birthday Gran!