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Friday, April 9, 2010

Graduation Quilt

Since I'm fairly new to "Blogland" I hope it's okay to post about past projects. This is a quilt I made for my youngest niece when she graduated from Florida State University. I love Karla Alexander's books. I've made several quilts from these books and they are fast and fun. And, they look much more complicated than they really are.

This is the pattern I used. It looks so different done in soft earth tones.
This quilting design is based on the methods in Meandering Magic by Suzanne Earley. I'd never done it before, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

You can draw a stem line freehand, but I drew one out on paper first and then traced it. The feathers are done freehand and I promise you, this looks so cool.
For each graduation quilt, I have either appliqued or embroidered the name of the school and the year.
She and her husband still work and live in Tallahasse.
Until next time,
Karen

10 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

You should show all of your previous quilts that you have photos of. I think this helps to establish "where you have been" and "where you are now". A lot of my older quilts showed the beginnings of a series which was important to compare with the most recent.

I like Karla's ideas too.

Janet said...

Yes, show off anything you like, it's your blog and we'll just come by to enjoy. You did a great job of the quilt and the machine quilting.

QuiltSue said...

If I told you I was graduating next year, would I get a quilt just like the one you made your niece?

I love it and the colours you used.

Miriam said...

Your quilting is amazing!!

I would love to see more of your quilts!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

It has been so much fun visiting your blog! I enjoy ALL of your quilts -- new, old, whatever. I sometimes forget just how many quilts you've made in the time that I've known you. This one is so pretty!

Valentina said...

I love the colours you chose, very 'organic' and clean look! :) Thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us. I particularly like the Quilting! You are soooo good at it, wow!
xox
V.

Doodlebug Gail said...

I hope you show more quilts from previous years - this one is lovely and the backing is the perfect palette for the front. Very nice.

Karen said...

I love it! And, the quilting is wonderful.

Millie said...

Karen , you should show all your quilts and we love your work. I have both the books you have, but never used it. Your graduation quilt is gorgeous and I know my kids will love to have something like that too.

Audra said...

My precious Aunt K-

How I love this quilt and am so blessed to have such a talented Aunt who uses her time to create beautiful pieces of art that we can use forever! :) Thank you so much!!! :) It has gotten a lot of use this week (in addition to my yellow quilt and my Amy Butler quilt) with Matt being at home cuddled up after his knee surgery. I love you!!! :) Thank you again for this beauty!