"No rush" became years. Seriously. It's embarrassing. But I hope she feels it was worth the wait!
Heather is my friend Anne's daughter, and she is close to turning 15 years old. (Way to make me feel old, Heather - I remember meeting you when you were less than two weeks old!) A little while ago, Heather and Anne redecorated Heather's room, replacing her "little girl" pinksplosion décor with something more appropriate for a teenager.
But Heather has a soft spot for her old look, and who wouldn't? There was a bed canopy, walls covered with two-tone pink stripes, matching curtains, the whole bit - all done by my very talented friend Anne, I might add. So Anne gave me the fabric leftovers and asked me to make Heather a memory quilt.
I knew that the quilt would have to have some lovely wide borders to show off the adorable print (called "Dressing Up" by Laura Ashley). Serendipitously, there were two long pieces of fabric cut on the length of grain.
I paired the coordinating gingham with some Kona Snow to make the low-volume patchwork centre, and brought out the border colours in the large flower appliqués.
Before adding the appliqué, I quilted the whole thing in the ditch all around the patchwork and borders. Then I quilted the cornerstones and borders with some variegated thread by Signature that I had in my thread stash, and which coordinated beautifully. I took my time with the FMQ and I'm pretty happy with the results.
Next, I used fusible web to adhere the appliqué shapes. That scribbly stitch was fun to do on the preschool and family tree quilts so I busted out the 28wt Aurifil in dark brown and went to town.
I pieced the back and pieced in Heather's name with free-pieced letters just because.
The quilt finishes at 60½"x78½" prewashing. A generous lap quilt for Heather, a tall, willowy brunette.
I called this quilt "Memories of Dressing Up" - I sure hope Heather loves it - "Auntie 'Licity" loved making it for her.
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