My mom made a quilt top for her granddaughter (my niece) and asked me to quilt it. She brought the quilt, backing, and bias binding with her to QuiltCon, and I was looking forward to working on the quilt in April. I have had the quilt finished for well over a week and been waiting on better weather to photograph and share it with you! The quilt is super cute; the pattern is Santa’s Mailbag by Kate Colleran, and my mom was able to pick up a quilt kit using the featured Riley Blake fabric before they sold out (the fabric has postcards with letters addressed to Santa!). I really like the secondary design that the quilt makes, and my mom bought additional fabric to extend the quilt out as large as possible.
The quilt top finished at 81.5-inches wide by 90.5-inches long after quilting and binding. First, waiting on the wind and weather to finally cooperate enough to photograph the quilt was a challenge, but then finding somewhere to hang a quilt this large was also not an easy task!
I am so thankful for my husband’s help in my quilt photography adventures. The first location we tried to hang the quilt is actually in front of our house. There is a rather large covered porch leading up to our front door with detailing that seemed like the perfect place to hang a quilt. Unfortunately, as soon as the quilt was hung, the wind kicked up and the sun came out…
Case in point: tree shadows and a billowing, overexposed white quilt!
So, back to the trusty block walls around my neighborhood. Thankfully we found a wall just barely tall enough with access for my husband to position the quilt from above. In the end we used scuba diving lead weights to hold down the upper edge of the quilt in the first photo I shared.
I wanted to add some nice texture to the quilt and help show off some of the natural design elements. I used 50wt Aurifil 2310 (Light Beige) for the quilting because it blended in perfectly across the quilt top. I went for a sort of dot to dot / snowflake inspired design within the white secondary pattern that formed in the piecing. In general, I quilted a double loop in each block across the quilt top, used ribbon candy for the first border, large circles in the second dot border, and finished out with piano keys.
I especially like how quilting in the gold dot border turned out. And how perfect is that striped gold bias binding as a finishing detail?
My mom does a beautiful job of making labels for her quilts. Clearly I have much to learn on this topic myself. She was kind enough to even label me as the quilter. <3
In all, I spent 11 hours on the quilting and binding (I did hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt), and I know my mom put many more hours of love into this quilt. I am sure that this will make a most excellent Christmas gift from my mom to my niece this year. And kudos to her for being prepared for Christmas so early!
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