Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jennie's Shabby Chic Quilt

My awesome cousin Jennie asked me to make her a twin size shabby chic quilt.  I said sure, but the reason I quilt people's clothes is because I have no confidence in my ability to go to the fabric store and buy stuff that will go together well.

Luckily, Jennie has this talent in spades.  Here's the initial design she sent:
So pretty, right?  I told her I'd love to help with this project so she went shopping and and sent me a boxful of the most beautiful shabby chic fabric I'd ever seen.

So I got cutting:

And cutting:

And finally when it was all done I decided the easiest way to put this project together was to do Pine Patches Squares.  A Nine Patch Square is exactly what it sounds like.  Nine little squares are sewn together to make one larger square.  In my case, each little square measured four and a half inches so that the large square measured twelve.

Once all the little squares were done, I started sewing the bigger squares together:

And finally, at long last (it took roughly six months), the face was done!

For the backing, Jennie included in the box a really pretty single piece of fabric that worked beautifully:

And you can see from the pic that she also sent this soft and fuzzy fabric just for the heck of it.  I was able to use a lot of it for the edging.

AND, there was enough left over to make a few extras like pillow cases and a throw pillow!


The Type-A crazy person inside me wanted the pillow cases to be symmetrical:

This was such a fun project to work on!  Anytime Jennie wants to pick out fabric I'm all hers!

All quilts by kate are one-of-a-kind originals. A quilt like this would be priced at $850, pillow cases $150, throw pillow $75.

Finished Dec. 2012

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