Monday, December 31, 2012

Last of the grandson quilts ... for this year!

Well, it's the last day of 2012, and here is the last finish for the year.  This quilt, completed in late November, was made for our oldest grandson, now nearly 12 years old.  His was the most difficult thematically to design and choose fabrics.  There are precious few kid fabrics for a 'tween' and I never did find a single Lacrosse fabric, which is the only sport he is playing or interested in at the moment.  He does have a keen interest in art and architecture, so I decided on this pattern from the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Quilt Sampler magazine since it reminded me of building blocks.  I tried to keep the fabric selection fairly geometric and modern, and fairly bright.

The photos are far from ideal, taken during our dreary and rainy late fall days.  These few captured the colors as best I could.
This is the first quilt I've ever free motion quilted with an overall stippling design throughout.  It seemed best for this one what with the busy patterns contained in the blocks.  I used the same variegated Aurifil 50 wt. thread on the top throughout, with a dark slate gray Aurifil in the bobbin.
The back is an overall bright print on black featuring all things New York State related since that is where he lives.
The outdoor shots were taken during a cold drizzle.   We didn't have any sunny days between the time I finished and when the quilt needed to be washed, wrapped up and mailed after Thanksgiving.

So, that's a wrap for this year!  This was a most productive year in my quilting life: for the first time ever, I was able to complete 9 quilts, plus each of the monthly tutorials presented in SewCalGal's 2012 FMQ Challenge.  With luck, perhaps 2013 will be as productive - I hope so!

Wishing you all a most blessed and joyful New Year!


  1. You have had a very successful and productive year! This is a great quilt and I am sure grandson will love it. You are right to stipple on such a busy pattern....I wasted too much time doing detailed quilting on such a quilt that never showed.

  2. Oh what a wonderful feeling of accomplishment! Would you please share with us the pattern/magazine you used for this great quilt?
    Happy New Year!

  3. I love the quilt in the first picture with the half squares. What is the name of that pattern and where can I buy it?

  4. What a great quilt! I love the graphic pattern. It looks very masculine, too.

    I hope you have a happy NewYear!

  5. Awesome quilt!!! I love the pattern and the fabric!!!! Fabulous!!!!


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