Friday, December 28, 2012

Norma Jeane Quilt (Finished)

This quilt was a gift to a family that we are REALLY good friends with.  You know, the kind of friends that are practically family?  The ones you have a million memories with.  The ones you go on trips with.  The ones you entrust your kids to (the one and only time that you need to leave them for a few nights.  I know my husband and I really need to get away more:)  
So ever since they watched our kids for us a couple of years ago, I had been telling them that I was going to make them a quilt.  So last August when we were on a trip together in St. George, UT. I took Lisa fabric/pattern shopping.  Lisa was immediately drawn to this pattern by Basic Grey (called Norma Jeane) featuring Basic Grey's new fabric line called Little Black Dress.


We bought a few cuts from that fabric line and then I filled in with a bunch of other fabrics from my stash that I had actually been collecting for their quilt (glad we were on the same page color-wise!)


Lisa really wanted black minky on the back so that's what I did!  However, since I used a really light sashing (Odds and Ends Vintage 37048 11 by Moda to be exact) and a solid cream fabric for the border the black showed through a little bit.  But I think it looks o.k.! 


I added an extra row of pinwheels onto the side and bottom of the quilt so it ended up being a nice throw size.  I think it measured about 56" x 72".  There were forty-eight 6" pinwheels.  192 half-square triangles.  I trimmed and squared up each one so it'd be extra purdy :)  

We were able to deliver this quilt to our friends last Saturday during our annual night of pizza, bowling and dessert with the kiddos.  (FYI - the restaurant we went to is called The Rusted Sun and it's definitely a favorite, yet very small pizza joint that I highly recommend - yum yum!)  Our friends seemed sincerely excited and so appreciative about the quilt.  And I enjoyed every minute of working on it and LOVED giving it to such wonderful friends!

15 comments:

Leigh the sewing diva said...

What a lovely quilt. Love the colour combination.
Leigh
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LynCC said...

Very nice quilt! And that black minky is sooo luscious.

Needled Mom said...

It is beautiful and I am sure that they loved it.

Pam Pollock said...

Wonderful quilt. Love the colour combination.

Carla said...

A lovely gift! I love giving quilts when they are loved ; )

Cassandra said...

Beautiful quilt!!

Kim with a K said...

Gorgeous quilt...love the black minky!

b.marie said...

I really like the colors she picked. It's nice to have someone special to make a quilt for. And you know they will use it & appreciate it. Especially with a minky back! Who can resist that?! Great work!

Caroline said...

Very pretty, love the black and white combo:)

Chris S said...

I LOVE this quilt!!

Kirsten said...

Oh wow - it looks beautiful! I have a quilt kit for this, I really loved the colors! I have some finishes to do before I start it though - but the minky on the back really looks good - I might have to consider having it on mine too!

Karen said...

You did a beautiful job on this; love everything about it! What a wonderful gift to your friends.

Diane said...

This is beautiful! Love the colors and the backing. Isn't it wonderful to gift somehting you have put time and effort into knowing that they will appreciate it?

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Amber -- it's gorgeous! What a wonderful gift. Thanks for the inspiration too -- a quilt like that would be perfect for some family friends of ours!

Kath said...

Lovely, absolutely lovely. You are very clever