With 12 years (!) to prepare for my niece's high school graduation quilt, of course I decided to wait until the very last minute to finish it!
I will say I did start the quilt when she was a freshman. My niece has taken lessons and competed in dance since she was 3 years old. My original plan for her quilt was to make a quilt made entirely in pieced dance terms.
This block had been waiting for three years for more to join it but only about one a year was made.
I always felt I had lots of time to work on this quilt!
Then about a year ago I bought/won these fabrics and decided to make her a quilt from them using my all time favorite block - Rolling Stone.
I immediately made up a few and fell in love!
So I would occasionally get them out and make a few more blocks. Mostly so I could play around with them!
And then I received her graduation announcement in the mail...Yikes! I still had a lot of blocks to go.
My sister soon let me know that rather than a graduation party, they were planning a college send off party at the end of summer. Whew! That gave me a few more months to sew this up!
Well, I admit I procrastinated a bit more but the quilt top was finished and was loaded up on my longarm last week. Which was when I noticed this....either two different colored solids in the background or dye lots of Kona Ash were quite different.
Thankfully I didn't dwell on it long. As a scrappy quilter, I can just say it has a scrappy background!
Here is the quilt all finished up! It is a large twin size should she want to use it at college. I wanted to add some length to the quilt so I pieced in a thin horizontal sashing between the rows and added some colorful squares to just the top and bottom. I also made a scrappy binding to tie everything together.
I wanted this quilt to be extremely durable so I quilted some stacked swirls all over it in a light gray thread.
On the back, I wanted to remind her to always make time to Dance, Love and Dream...
...and most importantly, Call Your Aunt!
To remind her of what this archaic form of communication is, I drew old school phones in the hands of Thing 1 and Thing 2. Even included the cord!
My niece will be off to USC this fall. I am so excited for her and know she will do great things in the future. I am delivering this quilt in person and look forward to seeing her to give her a big hug.
Beautiful and Brilliant!
(And let's not forget getting to see my nephew who will be a freshman in high school next year. Maybe I should get started on his quilt soon! )
I am also rolling in at the last minute to link this finish with Sew BitterSweet Designs. I achieved my July goal!
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