Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Secret Project is Finished

My secret project is finally all finished. I stitched the back of the binding down Thursday night after getting the kiddos to bed and going grocery shopping. I took a few photos yesterday in my Mom's garden and ran it through the wash.
Finishing the binding. It was much to warm to be snuggled up under a quilt, but thats ok.

Today I can let you all know the rest of the details on the secret project, because it no longer has to be a secret. Yesterday, my brother married the girl of his dreams (who I think it totally awesome). They had a beautiful ceremony in the park, and my kids behaved the whole time. 

I had thought for quite sometime this spring that I would like to make them a quilt, but I had a hard time finding a pattern that suited them. Then I found Cynthia from Cynthia from Ahhh...Quilting's Wipey Box Quilt . It was perfect for my brother and his fiancé. 

I chose to do it in browns and greens to match their livingroom decor and quilted it using very dense organic lines on the background. I was hoping to a achieve a wood grain effect because my brother does woodworking for a living.
This is the fabric on their couch and chair (pretty funky, and a traditional quilt just didn't seem right to add to the mix)

For the back of the quilt I did mostly solid brown, but found some brown on brown polka dot fabric, which was ideal because my new sister-in-law loves polka dots. I added their initials in green, in the Playbill font as a tribute to her love of acting and theater. 

GeoDad and Monkey helped me take pictures.

I have a little label on the back, it says "Grow together, love one another and always remember to cuddle"

Finally for the quilters reading this:
Quilt Stats:
Date: Started June 15 and Finished August 1, 2013
Pattern: Wipey Box Quilt by Cynthia Muir from Ahhh...Quitling
Size: 56.5" x 70"
Fabric: Kona Solids in Snow, Peapod, Lime, Honeydew and Brown, Free Spirit Fabrics Solids in Chocolate, Brown and Bronze Green. And Nancy Halvorsen's Cookie Dots in Brown. 
Thread: Pieced with 50wt Aurifil. Appliquéd using Sulky invisible thread. Quilted with Presencia Egytian Cotton thread in 50wt. All bobbin thread was dark brown with spool thread matching fabric on front. 
Batting: Quilter's Dream Green Batting. This batting is made of recycled pop bottles which I think is pretty neat. 
Pieced and quilted: By me on my Grandma's Husqvarna Viking Sewing machine. Quilted using a walking foot. 
Notes: This was a super fun project to put together. The only snag I ran into was accidentally getting 12 yards of double-sided fusible web instead of single-sided lightweight interfacing. It definitely slowed the process down because I had to remove the paper in the multiple steps to get the circles to stay circular. Other than that it made me really happy to be making it as a wedding gift. 

The good news is, they opened it this afternoon and love it!!
I wish them all the best in their new life together.

Now what I am going to sew next?


  1. I love how your quilt turned out! It was fun to read about all the personalized details too! Great job! I'm sure the newlyweds love it!


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