Inspired by the stars in the sashing and knowing this was for a graduation gift, I chose a pattern that reminded me of celebrations and super stars. The quilting pattern was a great choice for both the pieced top and the backing.
I am amazed at the creativity that went into designing the learning quilts: shapes, numbers, state post cards, and letters in the fabric and piece work. I quilted two pantograph designs featuring animals; hippo, elephant, monkey, giraffe, zebra, tiger and lion. She also listed items to find in the prints of the fabrics such as a strawberry, ant, fairy or shooting star. What a terrific idea for a toddler quilt.
I was working a quilt show in Las Cruces, New Mexico when a young quilter approached me to finish her quilt. She had it in her car and sent it back to Albuquerque with me. She did an amazing job on her first quilt. I used a pale blue thread to match the inner border fabric and an all over heart pattern. She was thrilled when she received the finished quilt and already put it on her bed before emailing me to let me know it arrived safely.
Here is the second of the antique quilt tops. I found it interesting that the bottom row and last column of blocks were partial blocks so that the quilt top finished the same size as the other two. Inspired by the tiny print of flowers in the border and sashing, I chose an all over flower design for the quilting and it looks lovely on the backing fabric. One of the daughters feel in love with this quilt and has already claimed it as her own.
I was honored to be asked to finish three quilts that had been UFO’s for over 100 years. My customer said she had promised her late husband that she would see his mother’s quilt tops finished and given to their children. The flower pantograph could have been designed for this quilt because it matches the flowers so well. The change from old quilt top to finished quilt is amazing.