Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prince Charming Quilt

The Prince Charming Quilt has been signed, sealed and delivered!

I have mentioned before that I have quilted pillows, purses, whole fabric baby blankets, pieced baby blankets, pieced duvet covers, but this was really my first quilt.  I felt like I was making a quilt and not just making something.  This quilt has a story that made it extra special for me and hopefully to it's new owner, my Auntie.

Let me start by telling you a little bit about my Dad.  He found his way to heaven two years ago after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was a man of few words but always made sure you knew what needed to be known.  He had the softest heart hidden inside a tough exterior.

As a young adult I had a thing for lizards, including a tattoo of one.  My Dad never approved of the tattoo, but he did respect that I liked lizards.  Over the years he gave me random gifts, including a worn out Jimmy Buffet t-shirt with a lizard on it.  It was the funniest gift, worn out, yellowed and ill-fitting.  I keep it in my closet with the rest of my clothes.

My Auntie (my Dad's sister) likes frogs.  Her love of frogs has a deeper meaning then mine of lizards...  Anyway, my Dad knew this and picked up frogs for her.  One of them she keeps at her cottage.  It is a funny little statue of a chubby frog in a bikini.  So random yet so thoughtful.  This frog along with ones she has gifted my children stick out in my memory.

This leads me to this past summer when I saw Prince Charming by Tula Pink for the first time, I knew immediately I wanted to make something for my Auntie.  She has been an important part of my life and has enriched it in so many ways.  I am not very good with gift giving in general, nor very vocal with my feelings, but this felt right to me.
I needed some advice on how to showcase the frogs and looked to a wonderful group of quilting ladies online for advice.  They had some great ideas, but the one that inspired me the most was from TracyJay Quilts;  her quilt was also made with fabrics from Tula Pink.  I made my own pattern based on hers.  The Prince Charming Quilt is about 64 X 68 (I think).  I nice lap size quilt.

Here is the pieced back.
The quilting pattern was easy to choose.  I saw a template for loops and hearts and knew right away that it was perfect for this quilt.  It may be hard to see in the pictures, but they are there, imperfections and all.  

I made my own binding for this quilt.  A couple years ago I never realized you could make your own binding.  What a great thing to learn.  I don't think I will ever buy store bought binding again, I have never been happy with how poorly it matched my projects.  Now I get to choose the fabric! 
Happy Belated Birthday Auntie!
(I wish my photography skills were better - c'est la vie)

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