Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A pair of quilts

Ugh, I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week. Is anyone else wondering what the heck happened to fall? I've had so much going on, I feel like I might've fast-forwarded a few weeks. Every year it seems like there's a headlong rush into the holidays. I'm actually already looking forward to the post-holiday boredom of January and February! So sad.

I have a ton of gift sewing/knitting to do, but before I could start on that, there was the little matter of my pregnant friend. Having twins. As in two babies to sew for! The last time I had talked to her, she said that they were thinking the middle of November. And I had sorta, kinda been working on the gifts with the 15th in mind. Then she sent me a message saying she was being induced - a week early! So sewing kicked into high gear. The girls arrived before their quilts, but I don't think they mind.

I wanted both of the girls to have their own quilt. And I wanted them to relate to each other but not be identical. I really liked the Perfect Prism pattern on Stitchery Dickory Dock, which uses HSTs, so I thought I'd use them for both. I also decided to use ash gray as my background fabric on both, to make the colors really stand out.

I used Kate Spain's "Good Fortune" line for this quilt - very flowery, but not super girly.

For this quilt, I didn't have a pattern, but I had pinned something similar that I really loved and thought I'd give it a try. I call it a "Broken Chevron" pattern and I think it turned out great. I love chevrons, but they are trendy and I didn't really want trendy. I think this changes it up just enough to avoid it. The fabric is "Birds and Berries" by Lauren and Jessi Jung.

Action shot! A little peek of the backing, courtesy of that annoying wind. My friend is a purple kind of girl, and since this quilt didn't have much on the front, I thought I'd cover the back with it!

Since the quilts were finished after the girls were born, I thought about embroidering their names or initials on the quilts. But while they have beautiful names, I just didn't like the way my letters were coming out. So I kept it simple with the year. I also figured this way mom could decide which quilt matched which little lady better...

And now they're on their way to be with their new family. Awww.

One of these days it'll be sunny when I need to take pictures!