Sunday, August 12, 2012

Two family finishes...

Both of these projects have now been gifted so I can finally share!

First up, my scrappy postage stamp quilt.  This started out as a possible donation quilt project but when the patchwork was finished I liked it so much that I didn't know if I could part with it.  So it sat for quite a while as I decided how to do the borders and binding, which took a long time as you might remember!  Fast forward to more recently...my sister and her family are moving overseas this fall and I really wanted to send a quilt with them but I wasn't sure if they would be able to/want to pack a quilt, so I asked and she said "yes!", so I knew this quilt would be for them.



It is bordered in Kona Snow, bound with Kona Grass, and the backing is a gray gingham that I really like.  I figured that the back needed to be a little bit more subdued than the front!



The second finish that I want to show you is a mug rug that I made for my Dad, at his request.  I sorted through my fabric leftovers and picked out a bunch of different grays.  I went with a simple string block design, trying to make the strips different widths to make the "rounds" a little bit wonky, but I realize now that I should have varied the widths a lot more than I did to achieve more of that effect.  But oh well, I still really like the result!  It measures about 7.5" square.


I have to say - I've made a lot of quilting projects over the last couple of years and a lot of them have been for our own home, which is great, but making things for other people is even greater I think. 

20 comments:

Katie B. said...

Lovely projects! I love the way you quilted the postage stamps.

Leanne said...

Those are both such wonderful gifts, I really love how the postage stamps look like modern art when framed with the neutrals and heavily quilted. And the bunting fabric works so nicely on the mug rug.

Debbie said...

oh these are such great gifts! So you went with white for the postage stamp border - which wasn't one of your original thoughts, was it? It looks awesome though - and you quilting - just makes it! Very special to send with your sister! And the mug rug - well, you already know I think it's just perfect!

Jess said...

I love how you've quilted your postage stamp quilt - the variation in angles is really effective. It is so nice to gift handmade stuff :o)

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Heather! So beautiful - I love your ostage stamp quilt and the mug rug is great! x Teje

Patchwork and Play said...

I am sure both your dad and sister will cherish these fabulous gifts! The grey backing with the lime green binding is the perfect finish for the quilt! And the mug rug with the bunting is very effective!

Toni said...

Oh, Heather! Your postage stamp quilt turned out so great! The quilting is perfect for it, and I'm so glad you went with the white borders. And your dad's mug rug is very fun, too. Great work!

LuLu said...

Oh my goodness, I love that quilt so much. The stitching is divine! What a treasure for your sister and her fam. And I love that you made your Dad a mug rug. I hope he uses it every day :-)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I agree! The quilting on the postage stamps is fabulous and I love how it turned out! The mug rug is very nice too and it's so great to have family that appreciate your talent :)

Jenelle said...

Yes the quilting is fantastic! Those are some pretty perfectly straight looking lines. :) I also really like what you ended up making for your dad! Colors, prints, design...everything works really well together and is masculine too.

Julianne said...

Oh your postage stamp quilt is just awesome, I love how you offset the postage stamps and the straight line quilting, it just looks really good! Nice job!!

elizabeth said...

Love both the quilt and mug rug! I am inspired to make a postage stamp quilt modern with borders.....what a great idea : )

Kate said...

I love how the postage stamp quilting came out! Well, the whole thing, too, of course, but the quilting is awesome! And the mug rug is very nice, too.

Sara said...

Such a handsome mug rug for your dad:)

I like your binding color choice and the gingham backing is fantastic!

Patti said...

Love the white frame for your postage stamp quilt, Heather! The quilting looks marvelous. lucky sister! A treasured gift for sure. Your dad's mug rug is pretty awesome too!

Nicole said...

You are so right, Heather. There is nothing like being able to give a bit of "quilted love" to someone. Beautiful finishes! I'm sure both your sister and father will treasure these gifts.
Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love how the expanse of border really brings out your bright postage stamp squares, just fantastic! Great mug rug too, I'm sure your dad will love it!

Jeanette said...

Your quilting on the postage stamp quilt is amazing- loving the diagonol and horizontal.

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

I LOVE the postage stamp quilt - The bordering and quilting is amazing. Great work, and what a special gift to send with them!

Heidi Grohs said...

I have ALWAYS adored your postage stamp quilt! How awesome to give it to them!!!!!