Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Birthday Quilt

My daughter had her 27th birthday on January 16th. We went to visit, had a lovely dinner and I took her to the fabric store so she could choose fabrics she liked for a birthday quilt.


She wanted a watery green-blue theme. Her favorite colors.


The very next day I started cutting squares. I did not tell her I was making a rag quilt, one that would be finished in a jiffy! Once I had all my pieces cut, 81 batting-sandwiched squares, I started sewing.


I laid them all out in the pattern we designed together. Then, I turned all the blue "wave" squares going the same direction! I didn't even really notice they were "directional" until I looked at the photo!


Pinning all my rows together. The silver bowl is my pincushion, a magnetic car-parts bowl stolen from Dash's garage. He says he wants it back. Over. My. Dead. Body.


One thing I don't like about most rag quilts is a lack of binding. Binding makes them look so "finished" so I added binding. Besides, I think binding is my favorite part of quilting! I then started snipping the seam allowances. Lots of snipping. I had to wear band-aids to keep from blistering.


On February 1st, I had a finished quilt! 2 weeks! I tossed it right into the washer and dryer. Good night, it's turned sideways in the photos. Hard to tell the top on a square quilt!


Photographed sideways or not, it turned out lovely!


The binding just went on smashingly. I love binding!


The quilt ended up to be 78 by 78 inches square. A nice snuggle-on-the-sofa size. Happy birthday, Jessica!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

39 comments:

Boyett-Brinkley said...

It is lovely! The color selection is very attractive and the binding does finish it off nicely. I have always wanted to make a rag quilt, now maybe I will be inspired!

Kate said...

It's beautiful!

Becca said...

What a nice birthday gift! I recognize some of the fabrics - we must shop in the same places :)

Linda said...

Beautiful quilt. I love green and blue together.

Linda

Brunn said...

It came out absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to pick it up this weekend! I foresee many evenings snuggled into it with a good long book! Thanks so much Mom!

Blessings in the Country said...

Beautiful quilt! I love how it turned out.

~Jessica

Cole said...

Ohhh, I love it!! Happy Birthday to Jessica, what a perfect gift!

Caitlin D said...

It's beautiful!!!!! A wonderful gift that I'm sure she'll absolutely adore!

Mouse said...

ok I give you fair warning I want one ...lol its the big 50 next year heheheheh
wishing your DD a belated birthday ... she shares the same month ... good omen ..lol love mouse xxxxxx

Brigitte said...

Wonderful birthday gift for your daughter. And so quickly assembled and finished. She chose great fabrics and colours and must have been thrilled by the result.

butterfly said...

What a great Birthday gift love the colours you did a great job.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great work, lovely colours and super quick too!

Thoeria said...

Oh wow! It is gorgeous! What a great birthday gift :) ANd you stitched it up so quickly!! I have to agree with you.....the binding does *finish* a quilt :)

Annie said...

I'm amazed at how quickly you have become a quilting guru! The colors are gorgeous and it looks so professional.

Vickie said...

What a great quilt! What a special, loving gift from mom.

Carol said...

Your daughter and I share a birthday, Sharon!! (I'm just "a bit" older though, having turned (gulp!) 60!!)... Your quilt is fabulous--I know it will be treasured by Jessica forever :)

sew.darn.quilt said...

What a gem! Jessica's quilt is stunning, a lovely colour choice.

Vicki said...

Beautiful quilt!

Angela P said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a perfect gift for your Daughter :)

CalamityJr said...

Lucky daughter! She chose the perfect fabrics and you made it beautifully!

Khristine Doiron said...

The fabrics look great together!! I love rag quilts :)

Julie said...

A wonderful and very special handmade gift. It looks do snuggly.

Blu said...

What a gorgeous quilt!

Lana said...

Gorgeous!!!

valerie said...

What a great gift for your daughter! Love the colors/fabbies you chose. Jessica will love it!

Bea said...

It's gorgeous! Love the colours.

Jan Jones said...

Beautiful!!! What a lovely family heirloom that she can pass down in her family.

Shebafudge said...

Oh my word!!! That is stunning...I love it!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

What a truly lovely birthday gift, your daughter must be delighted with it.

Cindy said...

The quilt turned out beautiful, I'm sure your daughter loved it!

Barbi said...

I loved the colors when she picked them out and you showed them in your last post. Now, seeing it all together and completed I love them even more. Wow, what a great job you did on this Sharon. Just beautiful!

moosecraft said...

Gorgeous! She's going to love it!

Kate said...

Jessica is a lucky girl! Gorgeous quilt

Paisley said...

What a lovely gift!

diamondc said...

The colors are stunning and work so well together.
She is a lucky lady to have you as her Mother.

Happy Belated Birthday yo your Daughter.

Catherine

Andrea said...

A beautiful quilt for your daughter. Wonderful colours too.

rosey175 said...

Spectacular color selection, couldn't've done better myself! :B It turned out beautiful, perfect for snuggling under.

Marie said...


Happy birthday to your daughter. What a wonderful birthday surprise. I love rag quilts but have yet to make one…yours is beautiful.

Alison Shirley said...

Beautiful! And finished in two weeks! Amazing!