Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Birthday Quilt

My daughter turns 16 this week, and although this is an occasion that falls on just one day of the year, around here you would think it is in fact a Festival that goes on for more than a week!

After making these linen baby quilts a few months ago my daughter exclaimed: "Why do you never make me a nice quilt like these?" (Even though she has more quilts in her room than she could possibly ever sleep under!). So I decided to make a modern quilt for her as a birthday present.


I used a solid brown linen/cotton blend fabric and highlighted it with some colorful cotton designer fabrics by Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler and Denyse Schmidt. I used a batting called Quilt Lite, purchased from Amitie. It is a thin batting, that is like a loosely woven flannel fabric. It is a great product if you want a thin and lightweight quilt with a nice drape.


It is quilted with straight line stitching that runs only vertically just 1.25 inches apart using dark brown Gutermann 100% cotton thread. The finished size of the quilt is 57 inches x 70 inches.


The back of the quilt is pieced using some of the same fabrics as used on the front of the quilt. The binding is made from Amy Butler's Lotus range of fabric called Full Moon Polka Dot in Camel.


I can not believe how fast the last 16 years have flown by and what a wonderful young lady she has become. I know this quilt will be well loved and will probably spent quite some time on the floor in her room, however, I much prefer that my quilts are used rather than stored in a cupboard.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SJ! LOVE FROM MUM XXX!

26 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to her! I love the quilt!

    Where are you getting all these pretty linens? I think I need to experiment with them.

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  2. That is really lovely!

    Dot

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  3. So pretty! She's going to love it!

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  4. What a great b-day gift for a 16 year old daughter! She'll adore it! Well done!

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  5. Happy Birthday! Ahhhh to be 16 again. What a lovely Mum you are, such a gorgeous quilt and one that I am sure will be treasured always.

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  6. Happy birthday to her, happy momiversary to you. What a fabulous quilt!!

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  7. this is beautiful....may she have a wonderful birthday. I love the linen and the vibrant colors together

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  8. Happy Birthday to your daughter! It is a really lovely quilt!

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  9. Such a great gift! Happy Birthday. I'm sure she will love it and use it often!

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  10. Fabulous! I hope she has/had a great birthday!

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  11. Congratulations to you and your daughter both. It's a really cool quilt. I like the design alot.

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  12. Happy Birthday SJ.
    Enjoy your lovely new quilt.
    Andi :-)

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  13. It's really pretty and perfect for a 16 year old. I bet she will love it.

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  14. I am loving this quilt !!!
    Happy Birthday to the lucky recipient.
    I am familiar with the Birthday Festival also .

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  15. What a wonderful gift for a 16th birthday! Happy Birthday! It seems as this is the thing that 16 year old girls would like from their quilting moms. My daughter also turns 16 this year and has also requested a quilt. But she was very specific with the color scheme. She also has more quilts in her bedroom than she can use, but manages to use them all in some form or another.

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  16. Such a sweet gift for your daughter! Happy birthday to your girl! 16 is a very special age!

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  17. What a wonderful birthday gift for your daughter. She'll cherish that for years to come.

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  18. what a great quilt! I love the brown, never would have thought of that!

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  19. Lovely! I have a birthday post on my blog today for my son.

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  20. What a wonderful gift for that special birthday for that special daughter.

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  21. hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday! what a great quilt!

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  22. I love this quilt...those colours are really shown off with the brown. What a fabulous gift.

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  23. Love this quilt! I am so inspired!

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  24. What a great present -- I'm sure your daughter loved it!

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  25. Oh wow. what a fabulous quilt! I love the contrast between the bright colors and the brown linen. It is wonderful! Love the quilting too!

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