Friday, December 21, 2018

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? 2018 Annual Quilts Are A Wrap!

Hi, all!

Oh my!  It's Friday, and not just any Friday, but the last one before Christmas!  I hope you've been making great headway on all your Christmas goody making, and have plenty to whoop about this week.  So let's get started!

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As I've share previously, I make each one of my grandchildren a quilt each year at Christmastime, said quilt representing something about their life during the previous year.  I've already shared Nathanael's and Emmy's, so this week it's Lilliana's turn!


Meet my beautiful granddaughter Lilliana!  She just turned eleven this week, and is growing up so very fast.  I took care of her almost every day from the time she was a few months old until she was three, so we are pretty close.  My daughter blames all her bad habits on me (what bad habits??) and I have to admit she is a lot like me.  She is very smart - loves math and science - and that's definitely not like me, but it's good to have someone in the family who can do quilt math!


This year, Lilli wanted a blue quilt.  She approved of the pattern "Summer Wedding" by Jamie Elfert at Black Cat Creations, but I was concerned that the design as Jamie envisioned it, with dark rings on a neutral background, might not be blue enough.  My solution?  Reverse the coloring, using blues as the background and white for the rings.


I'm really pleased with the way this turned out, and I'm especially happy that I was able to use up a LOT of scraps while making this quilt!  Lilli went through and pulled out her favorite scraps from my blue tub, and I added in a few special pieces of yardage too.


Y'all, this is one huge quilt!  I made it for Lilli's new queen size bed, but you can see it here on my king size bed, and it's almost large enough for it!  


Look at all those wonderful blue scraps!  Seriously, I think this was one of my favorite quilts of the year.  I love the double wedding ring look (especially without the work of sewing arcs!) and it feels very virtuous to have used scraps so well.


I did give in and buy an extra-wide backing for this quilt, mainly because it was so big and I was having math issues at the time - I was afraid I'd piece a back that wasn't the right size!  So I found a beautiful pale aqua blue for the back.


And here's Lilli's label for the year.  I love that I was able to find an "I love you" ASL image to put on all three labels - the internet is a wonderful place, isn't it?

So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

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And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?


What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you,

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah



20 comments:

  1. Wow, this quilt is a beauty, i'm sure sweet Lilliana will love it!

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  2. This is such a beautiful quilt! You've done a wonderful job. Have a joyful Christmas!

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  3. You get a BIG Whoop, whoop for this gorgeous quilt! It is absolutely stunning. Love it!

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  4. I didn't realize just how big this quilt was until you showed it on your bed. Beautiful! A huge whoop for sure

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  5. Lilli's quilt turned out beautifully! Love all the scrappy blues!

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  6. All of your annual quilts turned out so great. What lucky grandkids! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  7. I love it! Wasn't too sure when I seen little pieces of it, but I love it!

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  8. Beautiful quilt for a lucky girl!

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  9. It's really an incredible scrap quilt!

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  10. What a gorgeous quilt for your lovely granddaughter. I'm sure she will treasure this for years since she picked out the fabric and colors.

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  11. That is one beautiful quilt! Nicely done.

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  12. Love this quilt! All three grands have grown so much since I first started reading your blog. Lilliana is a beautiful girl. As a grandmother to a 16 year old girl, the labels have me tearing up--they grow up so fast. I miss the sitting in my lap reading books stage.

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  13. Lily and her quilt are beautiful! I do love that pattern and you did a great job. I bought the pattern and came really close to using it on the quilt I’m making for my niece who requested a blue and green quilt. But I was concerned - as you were - that the blue and green pieces would be too small. I wanted the fabrics I used to be visible, and I wanted the quilt to look green and blue, not white/neutral. I, too, thought about reversing the colors as you did, but decided against that in the end and picked another pattern which uses bow-tie blocks to make a quilt which ends up looking kind of like a snowball or just circles quilt. I showed my niece - who is 19 years old and lives in Denmark - a bunch of patterns, and she picked about five that she liked and said I could choose among those and didn’t have to tell her which one I chose!
    It’s going to be scrappy with neutral fabrics in the background. I’ve started cutting, and have hand-pieced a few blocks, but I’ll be machine piecing most of it at a retreat in January. I just couldn’t wait to see how some of the blocks would look after a cut a few, and I’m so excited to get going on it. It’s been a really long time since I started a new quilt because I have SO many works in progress. Every time I have time for something else, I generally go back to something I started a long time ago. It’s so much more fun starting something completely new!
    Loving it!

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  14. It turned out so wonderfully!!! Thanks for sharing the in progress quilt and finish with us. What a wonderful story.

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  15. It turned out so great in that colorway!

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  16. It's beautiful Sarah, and so is Lilli! I love that you reversed the colorway. I think it really makes the rings pop! Great job, as always!

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  17. All of the annual quilts are beautiful, and the label on this one made me cry! Your love and pride for all three kids shines like the searchlights beaming through the sky for a big Hollywood movie premier!! Everybody looks up and says, "Oooh! Ahh!"

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  18. Your annual quilts are such delightful keepsakes. Your grands will love them now, but oh, when they are older, they will hold those sentiments so close. I am really intrigued by the design of this one. I see the circles, but also my eyes trick me into seeing almost plus signs in them. I will want to remember your tip of making the background the main color.

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  19. Outstanding quilt! What a lovely gift is the annual quilt tradition. Blessed grandchildren.

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