Friday, July 26, 2019

A Special Finish for my Nephew

Why do I always wait until the last minute!




My only nephew graduated from high school this year and will be going to Creighton University this Fall.  He is going to be pitching for their baseball team and I am so very proud of him.

He has known he was going to this university for over a year, but I decided to wait until a few weeks before he was leaving home to work on his quilt.  And what I thought would take me only a day or two ended up taking me forever!




But I have to say, I am quite proud of how well it turned out.  Of course there was nothing team-themed I could purchase that I could use for his quilt so I ended up drawing and appliqueing his school logo to the center of his quilt.



I used a raw edge method using fabric mod-podge.  The detail you can get from this method is simply amazing.  I would certainly do it a bit differently if I attempt something like this again.  

(Which I will admit is probably not likely - certainly not at this large scale!)



My initial plan was to make the quilt more like a whole-cloth but the bright blue was just too much for me.  I ended up cutting a whole bunch of plaid and chambray yardage I had in my stash that I actually purchased for some shirts.  I must really love this guy!

I did quilt his name directly into the patchwork.




I kept the quilting fairly simple and tried to make the quilt as durable as possible.  I put a silly text bubble fabric on the back.  Most of the bubbles are filled with "Zzzzzz".  However, I might just have to hide some other words in there just to see if he finds them.



The quilt is 72" x 88".  The center piece is 40" square.
It is a relief to get this one done and shipped!






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29 comments:

Frédérique said...

Beautiful quilt, and right in time ;)

Robby said...

It's fabulous! I always find the simplest ideas seem to take ore work than seems right. But totally worth it in this case.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your Creighton quilt turned out great, Cyndy! I'm so impressed with the appliqued center! I think the patchwork you did around the center is perfect for it, too - definitely much more interesting than it would have been with all the same blue.

Sharon Tucker said...

What an amazing quilt & gift!! The center applique is amazing...wow, I'll bet that was a lot of work ;-) The patchwork squares really let the center shine...and quilting his name in it - perfect!!!

Jayne Honnold said...

This looks amazing! Last minute or not, I am sure he loves it!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Fabulous gift!!! You did a spectacular job on that applique!. He is sure to LOVE the quilt!

chrisknits said...

It is perfect!! I am not sure I understand what you mean about the modge lodge, but the appliqué is gorgeous!

Laura said...

This quilt is a wonderful gift for your nephew! Lucky guy!

What is the modge lodge method?

MissPat said...

I'm impressed. I hope your nephew is as well. He must be good to earn a pitcher spot on a college team.
Pat

Jeannine said...

Fabulous!

Robin said...

At first I thought you were going to tell us he was part of the Toronto Blue Jays. I was going to say I live where they do spring training. Now I'll just say good luck to him in College and I love blue quilts. You could sell any other quilts you make that look like this at the Blue Jay shop at the stadium. If interested I can get you the managers name+number😊. quiltyladyrr-at-gmail-dot-com

verveine et lin said...

j'aime votre courtepointe Cynthia, c'est un cadeau absolument magique.
votre piquage est merveilleux!
bonne journée

Muriel la Française

sewyouquilt2 said...

It is beautiful. I am sure he will cherish it

sewyouquilt2 said...

It is beautiful. I am sure he will cherish it

scraphappy said...

The applique center is really amazing, but I love the multi color background squares. What a great combination. Graduation quilts are always sure to be well loved. Congratulations to the graduate!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Love the applique center and the colors. Very special gift!

Barb N said...

What a fun quilt for your nephew - I'm certain he will love it! The applique is awesome.

Pamela Arbour said...

I know he will cherish it. Thanks for sharing. I think it turned out just perfect.

Jayne said...

This is something different from you! The blues are gorgeous and I love the plaids you added! It looks pretty perfect and I'm sure Jake will love it!

Louise said...

Cynthia, this quilt turned out so excellent that you should expect a flurry of requests to make more! I'll bet that after parents' weekend, everyone will want one for their student. Great job :)

Shasta Matova said...

This turned out very nicely! Your nephew will love it. I think making a quilt always takes me twice as long as I estimate. I think next time I have to time myself so I can have a more realistic estimate!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Won't he be proud! Beautiful work and love the colors!

Patti said...

Your applique is gorgeous! I can't believe you weren't working on that for months! I'd love to see you do a little sample tutorial on that technique.

Laura D said...

Stunning work! Beautiful finish! The college emblem is so brilliantly and masterfully executed, I am so impressed you created it yourself. Wow!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

It's awesome. That blue is so vibrant.

Melanie said...

Simply wow! What an amazing gift. I love the quilt. The detailed center is just so special and the pieced "border" is way better than whole cloth. I hope it will be treasured and loved lots!

Btw I am so with you on the last minute thing :)
Enjoy your finish! xo Melanie

www.mellmeyer.de

grammajudyb said...

It is a fabulous quilt! So very special! I am sure he will love it and be the envy of the others in the dorm.

Cathy said...

What an awesome, gorgeous quilt! I’m sure your nephew is going to love it!! What a rockin’ Aunt you are!

Emily said...

This is amazing! I'm sure he will love having it with him at school. The logo looks fantastic!

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