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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Saturday, July 2, 2011

FINISH LINE - Hugs and Kisses from Above for "Zelda"

This is a very special project, and I'm pretty sure it's what is referred to as a concept quilt.

Hugs and Kisses from Above for "Zelda"
56" x 61"
All-cotton top, micro-fiber poly minky back, poly batting


You see, a very beloved cousin died just over a year ago, and her very first grandchild is due to be born in September. Kelly was an avid quilter, and she and I were long-distance quilt buddies. There is no way I could not make a quilt in her honor for her first grandbaby! 


Now, modern was not her style - she was a Thimbleberries-type gal through and through - but I know she would have been delighted that I was branching out and augmenting my skills with free-motion quilting. And I think Paige is the type of young mother who can appreciate modern. So I went with my hankering to do something mod after all the UFO work I've been grinding away at.


Hacking away at that insane UFO list is the Prime Directive of 2011, so I took advantage of a challenge workshop at the local guild to do this project. I just knew Kelly (a different one!) would have modern fabric for us, and she didn't let me down. She'd put together charm packs of Sugarpop and paired them with a 1/2 yard of a pretty mint green solid. I'd brought some white with me, and when I saw the mint green, I started morphing the idea I'd had for a sofa quilt for my cousin (involving the idea of ski slopes) with the idea of Kelly (my cousin) raining hugs and kisses down from Heaven to her little grandbaby.


Thus, this design emerged - some charms patched together at the bottom to represent solid Earth and some green strips swooshing down from above, with X's and O's dropping down the field of the quilt. The quilting extends the idea - vertical waves in the mint swathes, straight verticals in the white to differentiate - with some hearts thrown in for good measure. It's supposed to sort of call up the idea of hugs and kisses raining down on one of those really cool sunshiny rainy days. You know - the kind of sunny sprinkle that prompts folks to say "A widow's getting married!"  


I haven't made a label yet (which I normally require to be installed before I work up a Finish Line post for the quilt). I'm waiting until I know Baby "Zelda's" real name to put on it with a photo of Grandma Kelly.  (Sure do love her prenatal nickname!! hehe)


I used minky on the back for optimal silky softness for a baby - and I just love the way the quilting looks on it:




Speaking of which - I did the binding completely by machine. I normally do the final stitching by hand. When I  machine bind a quilt, I sew it onto the back and pull it around to the front so that I can get a perfect topstitch around the quilt on the binding's edge. When I went to iron the binding after setting it, I thought it would be prudent to use a press cloth on top of the minky. Worked like a charm!




I can't wait to give it to Paige and Tyrie. I know Kelly will appreciate that somebody did for her what she can't do herself.  Here's to those we love who have gone on ahead of us. . .

17 comments:

LaDonna and Diana said...

This is beautiful, Lynette! Perfectly designed to bring tears to my eyes!

LaDonna

Linda said...

An inspiring story and a beautiful quilt, great job!

Kelly said...

Lynette, this is simply perfect! I love everything about it! You did such a beautiful job! I also love how much you embraced the challenge and created something totally unique that will be treasured for years to come. ♥♥♥

Barbara said...

What an adorable quilt. And how sweet of you to make it for the baby. I'm so sorry for the loss of your cousin. Too bad she's missed out on the joy.

Rachaeldaisy said...

There is so much love in this quilt!! I bet your cousin was by your side for every stitch. Such a great pattern, modern yet timeless. And that minkee looks so soft and cosy.

Joyce said...

I love this, especially the sweet story behind the quilt.

Frog Quilter said...

Great design work!!! And the bonus for you to expand your capabilities.

Debbie said...

What a cute little hugs & kisses quilt! And I love your quilting!

Quilts Sew Shabby said...

Beautiful quilt, Lynn and how thoughtful of you to make it for your friend's first grandchild! I'm sure she's looking down and smiling at you. I have never used minky in a quilt ... it sounds quite difficult to deal with but you make it look easy.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

This quilt is going to bring on the tears. Tears of joy, and tears of wonderful memories. What a great quilt and a wonderful tribute to your friend's memory.

Jenniffier said...

Oh my goodness. Love the quilting and the design.

Brita said...

Be sure and include as much of that info on the label as you can! That is one awesome quilt, you did a great job. Whoop Whoop! Sometimes a pre-birth baby name sticks for life, she may be Zelda forever, whatever they decide to name her :-D

FabricsNQuilts said...

What a wonderful story and quilt. I know your extended family will be thrilled with your loving gift from the heart & hands!

whoop whoop!

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Absolutely perfect!! Everything, the story, the design, the fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Craig said...

Gorgeous quilt, and what a great story! I'm sure your cousin is smiling down on you today!! Whoop whoop!!

Annette said...

A quilt full of love! It's beautiful and I am touched by it.

Patti said...

This is the scrummiest baby quilt I have ever seen. Your story almost made me cry. Was it made from your head or a chart please? I have another grandbaby due in just over a week and I can't wait. My ddil and son don't want to know the sex of the baby but I sure hope it's a little girl - they already have the gorgeous Oliver - who when you say to him 'you're gorgeous aren't you?' and he replies 'No I Oli!'.

What a really lovely thought.

Patti xxx