Friday 9 May 2014

I've been busy putting together a couple of quilt tops together which I will shortly be quilting, but I've needed to focus on this one below, for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. I'm sewing the binding on tonight as we will gather as a family to celebrate tomorrow. We celebrate Mother's Day here in Australia this weekend and my mother-in-law's birthday is always a couple of days either side of it, depending what date the 2nd Sunday in the month falls on. So it's a matter of 2 gifts in a short space of time. The quilt is her main gift, with flowers as an additional gift. 

I started the quilt with the 'garden' fabric, which doesn't look very prominent now at all, but never mind. I particularly enjoyed doing the free-motion quilting, having seen something similar I thought I'd give it a go. I improved as I went along, with the squares on the right and bottom edges working out the best. 
I love it when 2 simple blocks, a 9 patch and a snowball block come together and seem to create a different block like this. The blue really makes it sing. I think she'll like it!
Below doesn't have the binding on, but it does show a closer up of the quilting. 

I found the perfect backing fabric in my stash, but as often is the case it wasn't quite enough. So I gave a pieced backing a go too. 

Until next time,
I'm linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict 


  1. It looks great. I'm sure MIL will love it.

  2. Your mom will love it! Those two blocks do combine well, and love the pieced backing!

  3. beautiful, love the colors, I'm sure she will be thrilled!!!

  4. This is such a pretty quilt, and I always love a pieced backing!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. What a lovely quilt to give as a present. The colours are really bright and cheerful - to me it's the pink that seems to dance. Your mother in law will be delighted with it.

  6. Thanks everyone for your comments. My mother in law was indeed delighted with it, so mission accomplished and now on to the next project!

  7. This is such a beautiful quilt. I love your FMQ and the pattern. I have combined those blocks before, too.