Friday, January 11, 2013

Finishes! The Jersey Quilt and a Pillow

My first finish is the "Jerseys" quilt. I've got to come up with a better name for this baby, so please, suggestions are welcome. You can read more about this quilt here. I made it for my mom in memory of her brother who died 2 1/2 years ago.

My cousin sent me two of my Uncle's old high school football jerseys to incorporate into a quilt. I cut them up, backed them with coordinating fabrics, and then stared at them for almost a year trying to figure out how to make them into a "pretty" quilt. Finally inspiration struck and I put the top for this together on Christmas day!

At 86" square this is quite a large quilt. It fits nicely on my parents' queen sized bed. I quilted each of the 16 large block individually. 
The quilt in its natural environment.  Heart warming.
After some practice on some mini quilt sandwiches I decided to try out my beginning FMQ skills on this quilt.  I found a nice tan-brown thread for the top that blended well with all the colors.  I did some feathers, a lot of stippling, some pebbles, leaves, and just about anything else I could think of.  Mom loves the quilting.  So does Dad, but mostly from the back where the white makes it stand out. He doesn't understand why you want your quilting to blend in :)

Double feather wreathes
It was definitely a learning experience, but there wasn't too much unsewing required and over all I'm extremely happy with it.

Some of the quilting from the back.  I got bored with pebbles and didn't like the look, but I really like leaves (on the left).
I tried to get a picture of the whole back but this (below) was the best I could do before my quilt models wimped out (just kidding!).
This is my Dad's "What the heck are you doing?" face.  It was his first time as a quilt model, so he didn't realize how long it can take :) Thanks Dad!

The other finish of the week was a quick pillow I did yesterday.  It's a small lonestar made out of the remnants of a charm pack and some muslin.  The star took 9 charms, plus the 8 around the edges.

I quilted with my walking foot on either side of the many seam lines in the top.  This is the first pillow I've done with a quilted top and also the first I've used piping on. 

Up on the design wall before being quilted
When I started this I was trying to replicate the mini-lonestars I'd made before.  I remembered 1.25" as the dimension for the small diamonds, but apparently that was the finished measurement, not the one I cut to.  Oops!  Oh well, the tiny diamonds worked out well and the larger diamonds would have made too big of a lonestar anyway.

The pressing on the back of this block was almost as pretty as the front.

Making a pillow was a really fun way to work on intricate piecing and quilting without the bulk of a quilt. It's also a fun project with pretty much instant satisfaction, so I see more pillows in my future.

What about you? Any finishes this Friday?

Linking up to Finish It Friday and FMQ Friday.


  1. Both of your projects are gorgeous! Yay for finishes!! The backside of the pillow really tells the story - amazing piecing.

  2. great job on the quilt, and a lovely pillow - well done!

  3. I love the double feather rings! They really stand out nicely.

  4. Great quilting, and lovely pillow!

  5. Super work, wonderful effort with the quilting!

  6. What a treasure your quilt is, and you did such a great job on all the quilting!

    I also love your little pillow. I don't know how you pieced such teensy diamonds without going blind or crazy! It turned out great.