Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stella's Quilt

Stella lives two doors up from us. She is one of my "adopted" granddaughters. Stella is a horsewoman. She has been riding horses since she was four. The child truly loves horses. I found a CD of horse designs and knew that they were meant for a quilt for Stella. I stitched out a few and shared them with her. She just wanted to look at them and touch them. I let her pick out some that she wanted on her quilt. Stella also has a VERY pink room. To say that pink is her favorite color is an understatement. So, the color of the quilt was a given... it had to be pink. I went to a class at our guild where we learned the Square-in-a-Square technique. This quilt was the perfect venue for me to practice those skills. I found a pattern in the Square-in-a-Square book called Montana Stars. It was perfect for this quilt as it had plain squares alternated with the S-n-S's. I went to Stitch 'n Quilt in Mableton, GA and picked out a stack of pink fabrics to make it scrappy. I even found Georgia Bulldogs in pink. Once the top was made, it became a decision on how to quilt it. To some, it looks like feathers, but I like to think of them as half hearts as this is truly a labor of love. I love the way feathers look on the back of the quilt. It gives the quilt back such great texture. Would I do things differently on the next quilt? Of course. Although I would do some things differently, I would do many things the same. In this quilt, I learned the value of planning the quilting design in advance. This is only the third quilt I have free motion quilted. It's perfect for the recipient!

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