March 16, 2014

Dee Dee's quilt

I made this quilt for my sister, Dee Dee.  She and her husband, Ricky, take care of my mother's every need.  And I know that's not always easy.  So I decided to make them each a lap quilt.  This seemed like a good way to use up some printed fabrics from my stash and make room for more batiks.
I found a quilt called "Seams of Opal" in the April/May 2009 issue of "Love of Quilting" magazine.  I think the pattern called for paper piecing and the pieces/blocks were much smaller than in my version.  I just wanted to make mine stress  free--bigger pieces, fewer blocks.  So I chose red, orange, and yellow fabrics for Dee Dee's quilt and purple, blue, and green fabrics for Ricky's.  Dee Dee's is the first to get quilted.

One of the things I most love about a scrap quilt is remembering the other projects made with those fabrics.  Or remembering where you purchased them or who gave them to you.
This is one of my favorite preloaded Pro-Stitcher designs.
The sashes were quilted with this freehand wishbone design.
The outside border is quilted with swirls and pebbles.
I pieced the backs of both quilts. For this one, I pieced the leftover strips from making the log cabins on the front of the quilt into similarly sized strip sets, bordered them with a dark maroon, and set it in white.  Some larger pieces in my stash were sewn together for the wider strips.


  1. This is really a great quilt...front, back and that quilting! Love it!

  2. what a great gift! And you are so smart and kind to recognize your sister and brother in law for their efforts!