Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Quilt for Our Oldest Granddaughter

11 April 2013

It's hard to believe our oldest granddaughter, Ryann, will be graduating from high school next month! Where have all the years gone?

Last summer I decided to make a lap-size quilt to give her for graduation — as a sort of virtual hug she can wrap up in as she faces important challenges in the coming months and years. Making the quilt blocks has been a longer process than I expected it to be, but, I finally finished them and got them all sewn together.

Originally, my plan was to also learn how to machine quilt on my own sewing machine so that I would not only piece the quilt blocks and assemble them, but do the quilting, too. The realities of life at the moment, however, have led me to alter that plan a bit. (I think I need to learn the machine quilting part on my own time, when I'm not under any pressure to finish a specific project.)

So, on April 9th, I took it to a woman I met in Ashburn, Judy M., who has a long-arm quilting machine. What a machine! Wow! (And, I can only dream of someday having the space that she has for sewing.)

After looking at a variety of pattern options for the quilting, I choose a dragonfly and hummingbird design. The fabrics in the quilt are all very contemporary and I think it will be fun to have a more youthful motif in the quilting. Judy said it should be finished in about 5 - 6 weeks.

When I get it back I'll square it up and sew on the binding — and it will be ready to mail off.

I've learned a lot in the process of making it. And, despite it's flaws, it's a huge improvement over my first quilt (pictured in an earlier post.) I have a couple of other quilts in mind already that I want to get started on soon. :-)