Friday, July 13, 2018

Wholecloth for Mom

Earlier this year my mom announced that she and my dad were moving back to Florida. For a housewarming gift, she asked for a quilt. I was off in my mind thinking about what kind of top to piece, and how to quilt it, but my mom had her own ideas.

First, she told me she didn't want patchwork, she wanted a wholecloth. But then, she didn't want it quilted very densely either. However, she added a final design request: feathers. Since she didn't want patchwork, I showed her my collection of wide backings, and she chose a blue and white print from Jennifer Sampou.

Anything too complicated was bound to be too dense, so I decided to make this really simple. I quilted a big wild feather around the borders, and then quilted a feather going in a circle in the center. I filled the rest of the space with swirls quilted at a much larger scale than I usually do.

It's hard to see the quilting except in the right light, and in fact I think it shows on the back better. But I think my mom would be happy to consider this a double-sided quilt!

I'm not entirely happy with the results due to my inexperience with wholecloth, but at least it's still a warm and functional quilt!


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  1. This is really fun and the fabrics are gorgeous! :D

  2. Oh, I think your mom is going to be thrilled with this and love being able to use both sides of the quilt!

  3. What's not to be happy about? You pleased your mom! Personally, I really LIKE the quilting you did on it. How fun to have a two-fer.

  4. How sweet that she knew what she wanted. It will be well loved and well used.

  5. It's very generous of you to make such a different style of bed cover for your Mom! I think it turned out very nicely; the fabrics are very soft and pretty. And of course your feathers are super, as always :)

  6. You're a great quilter and a great Daughter! My mother always told me what to buy her when it was time to give her a gift so it should be no surprise when I was going to make her a quilt, she picked her own fabric from my stash. Might as well, give Moms what they want, right? I love the blue Jennifer Sampou fabric.

  7. Hi Liz! I hope you are enjoying your vacay. I think you mom's whole fabric quilt is beautiful, and it surely is two-sided. I am 100% sure she will love it, and your quilting looks fabulous. Happy Sunday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. I love that it is reversible, and both fabrics are really fantastic. I'm sure your mom will be super pleased with it!


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