Hi all! So, has everyone out there finished shopping, baking, and mailing? Ha, ha-- I'm making myself laugh! Is it ever finished? At least this year I'm having a little more fun with it than I usually do and trying hard not to get stressed. Hard to maintain that attitude in the grocery store, but I'm trying!
Today I'm showing off my last finishes for 2018. After this, I'm closing the door to the sewing room so I don't see the mess in there and just enjoying the next couple of weeks. I wasn't going to post this until after the holiday, but then I remembered that babies don't read blogs, so:
Ta-da! These are the two quilts I made for my twin grandchildren for Christmas. They didn't get quilts when they were born, so they are getting them for Christmas. Don't worry, their older brother has plenty of quilts! He's not being left out at all.
Both of these quilts are made of leftover pieced blocks alternated with large blocks of happy fabrics. Let's look at the pink one first:
I love this quilt so much that if it weren't for my granddaughter I'd be tempted to keep it myself! The pieced blocks were in the closet, and six of them were in a small top, with two other blocks pieced and parts that looked like they were just shy of another block. I was confused, but I was able to look back to 2014 (!!!) when I made the top and discover that I'd need to piece together the remaining fabrics to make the remaining pieces for the last block. Do that, or take the eight finished blocks and make them into a quilt for a tiny girl? Hand me the seam ripper, because we're repurposing! Easy choice!
I love the blue quilt, too! This quilt uses the remaining 15-inch blocks from the Squared Away project. I had eight, which was just enough, and alternated them with a fun animal print. I think they look great together and will be just right for a small boy. And I'm really fond of that turquoise binding, too. The pink quilt is quilted with wavy lines, and this one is quilted in a cross-hatch that turned out smaller than expected, but is still cozy.
Much like the twins themselves, the backings for these quilts coordinate, but do not "match:"
Aren't those fun? These are from the Modern Tykes line in two different colorways. I think they're perfect! The quilts finished in pretty good sizes-- the blue quilt is about 60 by 75, and the pink quilt is slightly bigger at 64 by 79. This is just because the pink blocks were 16 inches and the blue ones were 15 inches. They're equal in cuteness, though!
This Christmas my daughter in law asked for personalized gifts, especially for the twins, so these quilts include their names. That's why I can't hang and show the whole thing-- I have to keep the tops folded over. I can show you one or two letters, though:
Their names are in 6-inch letters and are appliqued on with a small zigzag. I wanted to be sure that they wouldn't come off, so the zigzag goes through all layers, and I quilted over the letters, too. That should stand up to toddlers, don't you think?
These are wrapped and under my son's Christmas tree, and I can't wait to see them again on Christmas morning with some tiny humans chewing on them and dragging them around.
And with that, the sewing room is closed for the year! There will be a year in review post next week, but otherwise I will see everyone in 2019. I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas, or a happy holiday if you celebrate something else, and a chance for some rest and relaxation. Have some cookies and some wine and just be with the people you love. May your days be merry and bright! See you next year!
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