Things we love

Things we love – Quilt for my mom

Finally I can share it with the world! So so happy that I can post the pictures of the quilt I made for my mom: “Things we love”. Let me tell you about it!

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January this year I got the idea to design a quilt for my mom. She has been quilting for a very long time and makes lots of quilts for others. But she never made a big quilt just for herself. So I decided to make her one. Long long time ago I did piece some blocks, but I was never really fond of quilting. About two years ago my interest in pretty fabrics started growing. I only made a baby quilt before this one, so this was my very first big project. How exciting!

I designed a quilt with all the things we love. This is the design I came up with. My parents house is in is, bikes for our biking trip, sailing boats and a lighthouse since we love going to the Dutch Waddeneilanden, of course sewing machines since she taught me how to sew and much more :)

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A close up of some of the blocks. The pencil block and the tulips are my favorites I think!

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Since I was so excited making this for her it was difficult to keep it a secret. But we managed (the whole family knew) and my mom was so surprised when she received it! There we are with the quilt :)

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It was my first time free motion quilting on a real quilt. (I did practice on little pieces) It was so much fun to do! My old Lewenstein machine did a pretty good job.

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Love this picture of my mom and me, such a happy pic, love her a lot! I think handing her the quilt was the best part of the whole process :)

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This was just after she unpacked the present and saw the quilt for the first time, a loving quilt hug :)

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Even the boyfriend loved giving it to my mom after all my hard work. He was very supportive along the way ;) “Yes that bird is also pretty in pink, yes it also looks good in green..”

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And now it’s hanging in my parents home, just love how it turned out!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love,
Irene

 

 

 

 

 

17 replies
  1. Donna says:

    Irene this is beautiful! As one who has “several” quilts in process, I appreciate all your hard work in such a short time. I am sure your mother will treasure this forever. I love all the blocks. The bicycles, the sewing machines. I could not pick a favorite.

  2. Hayley P says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I can’t imagine how much time it took to complete, but you sure did a fantastic job!

  3. susan zarzycki says:

    Your quilt is lovely! I have to make new seasonal wall hangings because I gave all of mine to my mom the last time I saw her. She lives 12 hrs away. I felt it would give me the incentive to put down the Crochet hook and get back into my sewing room. I just found your blog on quilting friends and enjoyed reading it and the pictures!

  4. Linda Johnson says:

    What a beautiful quilt! You did an amazing job—I’m sure your mom smiles every time she sees it.

  5. Susan G says:

    Fantastic! So beautifully designed and executed, and what a wonderful tribute to the things you share with your mom! Thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of us.

  6. Debbie Reaves says:

    You did such an amazing job. I’m so impressed with the design and beauty of it. I hope I can make a quilt in the next 6 months for my granddaughter who graduates high school in 2015.

    Thanks for sharing this sweet event with your mother.

  7. Leslie Schmidt says:

    This is my first time here, and I am just in awe of your fantastic quilt. Your designs are so clever, and the over-all impact of the quilt is fresh and happy. I especially like the sailboats and the bicycles. I like that the boats aren’t boxy but have real character. And the bikes are so detailed. Beautiful quilt, happy mom, and proud quilter.

  8. Irene says:

    Thank you all so much for leaving a comment!

    That is such a lovely thing Annette, with all those stitches quilts are really full of hugs!

    Wonderful to make her a quilt for her graduation Debbie!

    Welcome Leslie! Loved reading your comment, happy you like the design. When designing the blocks I didn’t had a feeling yet of how small some pieces where going to be. Some blocks, like the bikes, had so many pieces, but I think it was really worth it when you see the whole picture :)

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