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I know, I know - a bit belated. I had meant to post this (and my final finish which will be up tomorrow) last weekend when they were gifted during our third round of holiday celebrations, but with a house full of guests and my kids running full tilt with their cousins, I reached for a glass of wine and enjoyed entertainment and laughter with my family instead of sitting down to blog. But these two last projects were my favorites of the year, so I didn't want to skip sharing!
Back in November I said I wanted to try longarm quilting as part of my SWC goals, and I took this camping quilt with me to my first session figuring the busy fabric and the parental recipients would both allow some newbie forgiveness, and they did ; ) The quilt center was pieced following Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Jam pattern*, and then I added some quick borders with the S'More Love striped print. I pieced the back using the extra jelly roll strips I had left over, and I blogged about the quilting process here.
The quilt is for my parents' new camper, hence the fabric's theme. Every August my extended family spends a week in the woods together in a different place around New England, so this quilt should be a nice snuggily addition to their camper's bedding and will accompany them for the making of some great memories in the years to come. I added words like "family camping," "kayaking," "hiking," and "s'mores" to highlight the best parts of our annual trips. My one regret with the quilting is that I thought adding words might be tricky and imperfect, so I hid them on a busy part of the border. They ended up being the easiest thing to quilt and came out great - I wish I'd written them where they would've been more contrasted so they were easier to read!
Oh, and my dad is a HUGE fan of Chevy Chase, so in a tip of the hat to how many times we've endured Clark Griswold over the years (like the recent annual viewing of Christmas Vacation), I titled the quilt after the song "Holiday Road" from National Lampoon's Vacation.
* If you're looking for an easy quilt to throw together, the Jelly Roll Jam pattern is simple and quick and makes either a lap throw (mine's a bit bigger with borders) or two crib quilts (I bought a roll of Jubilee by Bunny Hill Designs to make boy and girl angel quilts for the local hospital with the pattern, too). I'm not a huge fan of precuts because I find the pinking sheared edge a pain to work with for even seams, but sometimes quick and easy trumps exactly perfect, plus there's a great video tutorial if you're a newer quilter and need a little coaching : )
Have you made a special themed quilt for someone recently? Did you see fabric that just clicked or did you have to hunt down what you needed for the idea you had in mind?
Thanks! So many people have loved the colors. They're not really my thing, but the prints were perfect for the camp theme : ) All the fabric is from S'more Love by Eric & Julie Comstock. And if you don't have a pattern picked out, there are some cute coordinating ones along with the fabrics over at Fat Quarter Shop.
Woo! This is beautiful and your quilting is awesome. Great job!! :)
Thanks! If only I had a longarm in my studio... maybe that can be my 2015 goal ; )
Thanks, Cheryl : ) I've had your Broken Frames quilt up on Pinterest for a while now - love your patterns!
How large is your finished quilt?
*sheepish grin* I had to call my mom and ask her to measure it for me! I forgot to write it down before gifting : P The finished quilt was 54" x 64".
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