Thursday, March 29, 2012

Twins (quilts that is...)

I finished my first, completely-by-hand quilt! I started this quilt with someone in particular in mind. As I was finishing it I realized although it was all hand done, it was not up to par. There are patches where my youngest thought she would imitate me and mark on them with the pencil I used to mark my 1/4 inch seam. I also noticed several "pulls" in the fabric where my knots were too big and they messed up the fabric when I pulled them through. So I decided to make the same quilt by machine for her. It's crisp and nice. I feel so much better sending this one off and knowing it won't fall apart in the washing machine.

Look at the difference in size!! Everything was cut the same. But I guess my ginger pressing and generous seam allowance while piecing made for a smaller quilt with the hand pieced one.

I made a little fabric basket to hold the quilt. I used Ayumi's wonderful tutorial (my favorite) and some of the same fabric from the quilt with linen for the base and handles. I hope she likes it :)

18 comments:

Heather D. said...

Aww, so very nice. What a sweet gift that will be for its recipient. Crazy the size difference!!!

Heidi [Grizz 'n' Dove] said...

They both look great! (And now you get to keep one!) The basket is a wonderful touch, too - great idea!

Jacque. said...

Well, gosh...I love this...always have. So old and soft. They are both awesome. Someone is very fortunate, indeed!!! Cuz, you know...you rock!

Cynthia said...

Your quilts are beautiful!!! What a great idea to make a basket for one as a gift!

Linda said...

Both quilts are beautiful! I also love the little basket to put it in! How adorable!

Becca said...

I'm sure she'll love it! Nice work.

I made a quilt using blocks I hand sewed and some done by machine. I had a similar size problem, and it was a bit of a headache....

Debbie said...

Interesting about the size difference! But both so cute! My daughter made me a little fabric basket using Ayumi's tute - I love it!

amy said...

Are you kidding? Can it really be for me????!!! I think it (they) are the most beautiful lovely, soft looking quilts ever. And the bag? Oh oh oh. I still don't believe it, you'll have to email me again and tell me I'm not dreaming? If I'm not dreaming, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'll treasure them forever. xo amy

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

They are both beautiful! But you know, I think I prefer than hand sewn one! So much effort, so impressive!

Cindy said...

Beautiful!

Cindy~ Heart and Sew Inspirations said...

Yay for you! What dedication to success to finish something all handsewn! Love that you made a machine replica to give away. Me, I'm busy learning how to stay accurate with my machine and am not in that place, yet, of wanting to do anything handsewn. I truly admire those that do. Going to check out the little basket, what a great gift!

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Love the little basket (those are fun to make) that matches the quilt for gift giving...Beautiful!

Quilter Kathy said...

A quilt to keep and a quilt to give...worked out perfectly!

Carla said...

They are both beautiful Erin and so is the log cabin block. Perfect.

Nicole said...

Beautiful! And what a great idea to put it in a basket!

ayumills said...

When I first saw these quilts and the basket, I though, wow Amy will love these and just saw the Amy's comment that they are for her!! You are so sweet, Erin! They are such pretty gifts!

Calli Makes Do said...

What a lovely quilt and basket! I've only ever hand pieced small, small projects. What a labor of love. It's been my experience that my machined quilted quilts always shrink much more than their hand quilted companions. I wonder why.

amandajean said...

both are gorgeous! i can't believe you made one of them completely by hand. that's impressive!

p.s. i love those little fabric baskets by Ayumi, too!

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