I made this quilt as a thank you to some family friends who gave us a vintage Kitchen Aide mixer and a gas grill as newly weds when we were first starting out. I was so grateful that they had thought of us. These items would normally be big ticket items and they gave them to us for FREE! I had to make them a ‘Thank you’ quilt! This was actually the third attempt of mine to make them a quilt. I had decided on a color palette and purchased all the fabric to go with a pattern I had chosen.
Pattern #1 was a template pattern – which I do not ever use. The rotary cutter was one of the greatest inventions, in my opinion. I did, however, try to make a go with the templates as the pattern was very pretty. I didn’t have good luck with it and grew frustrated.
Pattern #2 involved cutting up all the fabric into strips to sew into strip sets. I struggled with this pattern too as it was one of those cut-your-own-cardboard-triangle-ruler patterns.
Thus I became very frustrated since all of my fabric was already sewn into strip sets. Luckily I had this little Mardi Gras pattern by Villa Rosa Designs in my stash. Although mine used different dimensions and ended up being quite larger, I was able to get a good idea to finally make all this fabric into a finished quilt.
All in all, I’m glad that it took me three tries to get this quilt made. It turned out beautiful and the recipient loved it!
I quilted it on my regular Bernina sewing machine using an all over swirls and curls method. I did do some piecing on the back – which I think turned out very well.
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~Elise and Emerald