labour of love

My friend Andrea made a quilt for her parents for their anniversary. When Andrea contacted me about having it quilted, I had an idea.

Andrea brought the quilt in, we picked a pattern and I started planning. I decided that I would custom quilt the quilt for her as a surprise.

Because of the style of the quilt, I didn't want the quilting to overwhelm the quilt so I  kept it simple; meandering/stippling and outlining.

The hardest block was the one I started with; the courthouse. I just couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt it. I ended up quilting horizontal and vertical lines to give the impression of bricks.

I continued the same theme with the rest of the buildings.

For all the stars, I water-stitched in the background so the stars would just pop.

My favorite part of the entire quilt is this tree. Andrea embroidered the birthdates of her kids on it; the date she and her husband married as well as her parent's wedding date.

When I saw that, I wanted to do another little something to the quilt and quilt some words into it.
Above the church, I quilted the word faith.

And above the brown/tan house, the word family.

The words are not perfect but I think they add a bit of rusticness to the quilt.

There are so many fun thing about the quilt. I had so much fun quilting it. When I was finished, I didn't think I had quilted it that much. At least I thought that until I turned it over. Check out how the quilting shows up on the backing.

That's a whole lot of quilting!
The look on Andrea's face when she came to pick up the quilt was so worth it. Thanx again for letting me have some fun Andrea!

4 love it too:

Darlene said...

What a delightful surprise for your friend. Her parents are going to love it.

QuiltSue said...

That looks so great. I think quilting the bricks into the buildings was a brilliant idea.

Andy said...

That is a WHOLE lot of quilting! Thank you so much Rhonda for working so hard to make it a special quilt. My parents were indeed thrilled and proudly display it!

Zanymouse said...

What a lovely quilt, and your custom quilting job makes it absolutely perfect.

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