I love it when a design idea turns in to an actual quilt!!
This little drawing was sketched out by my niece, Miss Aubs, currently living in New York City where she is serving an LDS Spanish-speaking mission. She sent the sketch to her mother a couple of months ago, in the hopes of having a quilt made for Christmas. She also asked if Aunt Deonn could "help"...
My sister Mel gathered the fabric and made the 5-hour trek to my house. Another sister joined the party and we proceeded to "quilt by committee".
I rolled out the newsprint, got out the markers, and we began to lay out and re-size the pattern and parts to cut from fat quarters.
Mel got some good practice doing the blanket stitch!
The quilt was really coming along well, but just needed something... aha! How about a NY skyline?!
The quilt size was really determined by the amounts of fabric we had available, starting with 2 yards of starry background fabric (72" long) and the width of the minky (about 60" wide). Perfect size for a lap quilt. 1-1/2 yards were used to piece the tree together, with fat quarters and scraps for the rest. A little adhesive, a blanket stitch on all the raw-edge applique' and voila! The quilt dream becomes a reality!
Here's the back - minky lusciousness!
I quilted the little Spanish saying she wanted into the tree - "Dulces svenos y Buenas noches, Mi Hija!", and included some sweet affirmations scattered around with the stars - dreams, faith, hope, service, love, joy.
"Sweet dreams and good night, my daughter!"
Her quilt will be a wonderful memento for her time in New York, and every time she wraps herself in her new quilt, she'll be getting hugs from her sisters, cousins, Aunts and Mom. This is definitely one of those times when a quilt is more than a quilt - it's a warm hug from home.