Monday, April 16, 2012

Reunion {quilt}

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I made a quilt this weekend for someone I've never met.  My shortest commission turnaround ever!  I was asked and gladly volunteered on Friday night, I started it Saturday afternoon, took a break to go to church Saturday evening, and then I finally went to bed Sunday morning around 5:30am.

I set my alarm for 8am to get up and finish the last little bit of the binding that I couldn't see straight enough to finish without at least a few hours of sleep.  I finished the binding and managed to get a few pictures right before it was picked it up from me at 9am, Sunday morning.  Phew!!

It's not my story to tell but from the name of the quilt and the importance for me to finish it overnight, you can probably guess that Sunday was a meeting a long time in the making.  I'm not one to think that quilts fix everything but I still like to believe that they can convey feelings of love, warmth, comfort, security and assurance.  I cherished every moment of making this quilt.


I used a mix of charms from Sweetwater's Reunion line {how appropriate is that?!}, some of my favorite Pez prints, a tiny grey houndstooth print and some random hourglass blocks.  I haven't made that many quilts from just squares and I think part of that reason is because it starts to feel so busy to me. 

I set out to make this one with just 5" squares but ran into that same "busy" feeling.  My solution was to add some hourglass blocks made from Kona Coal and Kona Snow.  I randomly added them to the rows and I like how those blocks give the eye a place to rest.  Also, this quilt was for a man so adding those blocks made it a bit more masculine... according to Steve. :)


I quilted it with straight vertical lines running on each side of the seams.  After that, I still wanted more quilting so I did some organic diagonal lines.   I didn't mark the quilt at all and I like the randomness.

I did rounded corners... I guess because I like the balance of all the squares and straight lines against the curves.  I cut the binding strips at 4am and had to refer back to my own tutorial for folding the fabric to cut the bias strips... and you only thought my tutorials were for everyone else! ;)

It was a busy weekend but losing a few hours of sleep was well worth it.  And the best part... I get to meet the recipient of this quilt very soon!

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28 comments:

QuiltNut Creations said...

So very very pretty. I love the hourglass blocks; they really do break up the squares.

Deborah said...

This is just the best story! How amazing and caring that you committed your time and talent to this quilt. It is beautiful.

Rachel said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do. I am sure it will be loved and appreciated. It is a wonderful looking quilt. Thanks for sharing it!

Rachel
http://www.scrapendipitydesigns.com

Patrice said...

Love this quilt!! You did a great job and I agree that the hourglass blocks give the eye a resting place.

Alisa said...

I like it! And I always love rounded corners too.

Ginger said...

I love it! The hourglass blocks look nice with the bunting fabric and I love the pezzy prints scattered around in it. I didn't really like the Reunion line of fabric before but you have made me see it with new eyes. I wish I had your eye for combining several lines of fabric together. It's one of my biggest fears.

Toni said...

Beautiful quilt, Jennifer! And how awesome that you were able to get it finished so quickly for what must have been a very special recipient. Love the curved corners, too!

stitchinpenny said...

You have piqued my interest regarding the quilt. The why and story are now growing in my mind. Make up a story or something as this inquiring mind wants to know. The quilt is beautiful.

Heather Cartwright said...

I really like the addition of the hour glass blocks and the rounded corners.

Karin said...

Wow, you did a great job. the rounded corners just give the quilt spark!

Jade said...

What a great quilt! I love the contrast between the blocks, hour glass blocks and corners. Great job!

Peg said...

I love it, to me it says warmth, comfort and evidently a lot of love has gone into it. You are one special lady to commit your time especially through the night to make and finish it.

Peg x

Nanette Merrill said...

Super cute. Really love it.

Chrissy said...

Its beautiful! I hope that it helps convey all those feelings you hoped for!

Nicole said...

Wow! Beautiful quilt! That was a quick turnaround! I am amazed that you put it together so quickly. You are so right that quilts can convey love and warmth. I'm sure whoever gets this quilt will feel all the love you put into its making.

prsd4tim2 said...

Just beautiful. I agree that the hourglass blocks are truly inspired. I like that it is still simple and geometric, but has this fun vibe to it. Love it! I hope the recipient really loves it too.

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Ohmygoodness! Crazy story!! I love everything about this. Love the colors, love the patchwork, the sprinkling of hourglasses and the rounded corners!! Hooray. Great job! : )

Cindy said...

Great quilt.....love that you rounded the corners.

randi--i have to say said...

what a great quilt! the rounded corners are perfect!

diplofam said...

you are my kind of girl--pulling an all nighter to make a quilt! The only time I stay awake past 11pm these days is for quilting-ha!
It is beautiful-love the random hour glass blocks (must remember that) and the rounded corners.
Blessings,
Carin

Katy Cameron said...

It looks fab, and congrats on getting it all together so quickly!

Latane Barton said...

My, my but you really worked fast, girl. I am in awe and the quilt turned out so pretty.

Beth said...

What a great quilt. I really like the rounded corners and the extra diagonal quilting.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Gorgeous, I really like the corners (or lack thereof) and the palette. The navy is such a winner.

Erin said...

I love the rounded corners, think I'll have to attempt them on my next quilt!

Carla said...

Wow I don't know how you did it. That was fast even for squares. I like the way you added the hourglass block to kinda break up the squares. Nice quilt

Leslie said...

this is so great. i love the rounded corners

Goddess in Progress said...

Loved this quilt so much from one of my Pinterest boards, I had to make my own version! I hope you don't mind!

http://www.goddessinprogressblog.com/quilts/2013/02/sweet-baby-james/

-Liz

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