Thursday, May 27, 2010

Alyssa's Quilt

This post is picture heavy.
My little sister graduated from college May 14th. She now has an Environmental Biology degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was president of the Green Club.
When asked for colors for a project I wanted to make for her, the answer was clearly, earthy colors...browns, greens, blues, oranges.
Here are the colors that I choose:

*Note: sales lady didn't think I should use the turquoise for the border.

My daughter, Kyana (just up from a nap!) helping to choose squares to sew together.

The finished quilt top, with the blue border. I really, really like how the blue border turned out. I'm glad I didn't second guess my choice.

Kyana helping to straighten the top before basting with pins. She's such a great helper!

Machine stitching with my sewing machine. My wonderful hubby drew the picture and I stitched it. We put an "A" for Alyssa in the center of the flower. We liked how the "A" would look right from the front and the back.

The finished quilt front!

The finished quilt back!

Alyssa at her graduation party with her quilt. The binding was ALMOST done! Yikes! I hand stitched the binding (which was the first time I hadn't just sewn it with the machine. I'm SOLD. I will hand stitch it from now on!

We are very proud of Alyssa and the accomplishments she's made! I enjoyed that it was a pattern that the kids (all 4 of them) could help with.
But, most of all, I enjoyed knowing I was making something that continues the legacy that my grandmother started so many years ago, in the quilts that she made for family.
Those quilts are cherished!

Quilt Show Saturday @The Quilt Ladies!

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Bellgirl said...

What a beautiful quilt! My son is three, and he likes to help me quilt too ;)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Congratulations to your sister :o) And what a wonderful quilt that she will treasure for a long time. I love your fabrics you chose.

Blessings & Aloha!
...i'm coming over from the Quilt Festival. Oh...what type of sewing machine do you use?

Anonymous said...

I came from the Quilt Festival. I haven't started a quilt yet...but I want to. I love the materials used in this one. Does the quilt have a pattern or did you just put pieces together? Sorry for the dumb question.

Garilyn said...

Thanks. Your question is not dumb. I used a Disappearing 9 patch pattern. I followed The 1st Quilt Ever posts on

Care's directions are very easy to follow and are geared toward someone making their first quilt!

Samelia's Mum said...

Lovely quilt. I'm sure it will be cherished.

erin lebeau said...

what a fun quilt ...& you have the cutest little helper ever!!

Anonymous said...

I love the quilt...what Alyssa has accomplished and what YOU have accomplished. Thanks for inspiring me to get my sewing machine back out and get MOTIVATED!!!

sewtakeahike said...

how sweet for you to make a quilt for your sis! congrats to her and her graduation!

janet said...

What a great quilt, and I like the blue border too. It is so great that you involved the kids in making it!

Beth @ The Quilt Ladies said...

What a wonderful gift and a wonderful job, and yes hand stitching the binding take long, but so worth it ! Thank for join Quilt Show Saturday, hope to you see next week, too !

Anonymous said...

I just made a quilt out of the brown fabric with the different green spirals. I loved the little bit of sheen it has. Love your blog by the way!

Laurel H. said...

Great Disappearing Nine Patch! I like your blog, and I gather you're a fellow Christian quilting homeschooling mom; think I'll become a follower!

smile steady said...

Beautiful quilt! Great work!

Doris said...

So, so gorgeous! Makes me want to go home right now and pull out my quilting!!!

Jenilee said...

so beautiful! I wish I could do that! maybe one day I will learn! thanks for linking up today!

Diana said...

I totally LOVE the quilt! Such a beautiful and loving gift. The blue truly makes the border. (Pfffft to the saleslady.)

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