Dec 232014
 

My parents’ 40th anniversary is this year, so my sister and I made a quilt for them. Surprise! (My parents are hard to get presents for — they just buy what they want when they want it!)
anniversary Round & Round quilt

My sister drew pictures of everyone in our immediate family and sent them to me so I could trace them with fabric paint. My OMQG guildies were tickled when they saw me use a Crayola light board for a lightbox, but it works really well and is very portable! (I found out about this at ikat bag.)
anniversary round rents

I used the Thimble Blossoms Round & Round pattern since the circles of stars were perfect for framing my sister’s pictures. I didn’t mean to make it look so allthesamevalue, though! I even took greyscale pictures of my fabric to make sure I had light, medium, and dark values, and I didn’t notice until I was taking these pictures that the stars all kind of blend in with everything. >_< But my sister's drawings make everything better. 😀 anniversary round us

I really like how the Round & Round pattern turned out, but I have to say that the instructions are formatted really weirdly! It goes:

  • Page 1:
    • general instructions, including pretty detailed binding instructions
    • large quilt cutting instructions in bullet points
    • block assembly
  • Page 2:
    • block assembly, continued
    • finishing instructions – making the quilt sandwich and binding (binding information is spread out over three pages!)
  • Page 3:
    • layout diagram (why is the layout after the finishing instructions??)
    • mini quilt cutting instructions in paragraph format (why aren’t the mini cutting instructions in bullet points like the large quilt cutting instructions??)
  • Page 4:
    • binding illustration (why is this not on the same page as the finishing instructions?!)
    • materials list (why is this on the last page?!?)

I would totally rearrange the way the instructions are organized.
anniversary round sis

I don’t prewash my quilting fabric, and I’ve never made a mostly Essex linen quilt before, so I got nervous when Sarah told me about someone who made a quilt with not-prewashed linen, and then it pulled apart at the seams after the first wash. I didn’t manage to wash the quilt before giving it to my parents, but hopefully it’ll be okay because I quilted around every single seam, and also because I haven’t managed to baste very tightly since I switched from spray to pin basting.
anniversary round sis kids

My babies! This is my favorite block, hehehe.
anniversary round our kids

This one is Oscar, my mom’s favorite child. 😉
anniversary round oscar

I forgot to make a label for the back, but I figure this part’s kind of good enough? I actually had to make two of these blocks because I wrote in the wrong date on the first one!
anniversary round date

I liked how the quilting looked, except for around the pictures. They got really poofy since I didn’t quilt much in them, but I couldn’t figure out what I should have done. (Plus, it looks worse because of the creases from sitting folded for a while.) I guess I should buy one of those Craftsy quilting classes!
anniversary round back

  3 Responses to “Anniversary quilt”

  1. The quilt is beautiful! I love the family portraits, and I’m sure it means a lot to your parents having everyone on there. Must look into this Crayola lightboard thing as well.

  2. Well what an amazing achievement! I love it. The work is amazing especially the portraits. When my Grandma was 80 we got the whole family to write their signatures and then had them engraved on a large silver plate. It is so special to personalise gifts like this. Well done Alli.

  3. It came out great in the end, weird instructions notwithstanding! Hope they had a great anniversary 🙂

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