I had the pleasure of sharing the making of this vibrant quilt with my youngest sister Ariane. It’s gotta be one of my all-time favourite projects. While visiting my parents this past weekend I re-discovered it and just had to share it with you. Every time I encounter it, I love it more.
The unnamed queen-size quilt was made a few years ago as a gift for my parents’ wedding anniversary. It lives in our beautiful childhood home (in my old bedroom in fact) where my parents reside to this day. It was created after a pattern by Lynn Roddy Brown in her book Simple Strategies for Scrap Quilts. In fact, our inspiration quilt is right there on the cover.
I remember Ariane and I getting together to make our version of the nine-patch, the discussions over colour, the pooling of resources, the shopping trips, the strip-cutting, the chain-piecing. I also remember my sister lugging her old reliable sewing machine to and from my house. I remember us sitting there at my dining room table each at our old machines, chatting and sewing, sewing and chatting. We machine-pieced the quilt but when it came to quilting, we decided to hand-quilt it. We quilted it on our laps, echoing the simple piecing.
Working on this quilt with my sister is a memory I will always cherish. One I hope to repeat again. And possibly again after that. Maybe one day Ariane?
These photo's are gorgeous Michele!!! I love this quilt too! Eric and I slept under it when we were home last time. It brought so many wonderful memories. We definitely need to do it again. Thanks for sharing it again! Your photo's really are amazing!!!
Aw this post made me miss my sisters. <3
quilt and sisterhood….mmm, I have to learn how to quilt!!!
Such a beautiful quilt! How nice that you and your sister got to complete it together. I wish I had a sister!
What a lovely collaborative project to work on with Ariane! I LOVE that you hand quilted it too.
How special Michele. So much love and quality time together with your sister to have gone into such a special gift is truly wonderful.
Little Treasures says
What a gorgeous quilt and what fond memories you created with and for your family!!
Dear Michele, I'm in awe of the beautiful quilt you and your sister made for your parents! What a precious gift! Marvellous, full with love and so much warmth! I know it's been a long process of hard work (in fact I can only imagine that!) But you must be proud with this quilt, as well as your mum and dad are surely proud with you!:) I'm really impressed!:)
Have a lovely October – let it bring you new ideas!
lovely quilt, and even lovelier story ♥
What a special project for you to do together. You're so lucky to live close enough to collaborate. PEI and North Vancouver are collaboration-prohibitively far apart for my only sister and I 🙁 I love the quilt you made together!!
Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm says
What a beautiful quilt and an equally beautiful story behind it! I have 5 sisters and wish we could all get together long enough to make a quilt. I can't believe you hand quilted that…such a labor of love! Coming over from CSI where I first learned about you and your wreath blog. Oh my word! I can't believe there is a whole blog dedicated to wreaths. I checked it out and I love it! Tons of inspiration there for sure!
Melissa Kojima says
Ah, it sounds like a very loving and special project for you two. Wonderful quilt. I bet your parents love it.
What a fabulous memory – every bit as important as the result (as lovely as it may be) 🙂
Dresden Quilter says
It is a really beautiful quilt with great memories. You two are so good at scrappy.
Sew Create It - Jane says
I didn't realize you were sisters! What a wonderful treasured quilt with lovely memories of making it.
What a wonderful piece, both for the wodnerful memories it holds, and for the absolute beauty and perfection of the piece itself. It is a stunning family heirloom.
Debra Kapellakis says
Beautiful and a perfect gift.
lynn roddy brown says
michelle, occasionally I google my name and this time I found the photo of your quilt. I love your version. Thank you for giving me credit.