It seems like moments ago we watched our little girl get on the school bus for the first time to go to Kindergarten. Today she had her last official school day of high school with only an exam left and a couple band rehearsals. I’m happy for her so she can spread her wings and become her own person, but I still will miss that little girl. Since graduation is less than two weeks away, I wanted to share with you my daughter’s graduation quilt. I was looking around the house just yesterday at all the “graduation” quilts I’ve made for her. Her first was preschool graduation and one of the first quilts I ever made. Then the elementary school graduation quilt which were “art squares” of her artwork from each year. For her middle school graduation, there is a beautiful Asian quilt that still hangs on her bedroom wall.
I wanted her to pick what she wanted for her high school graduation quilt with the hopes that she’d take it to college to feel a part of me with her. I made this kit I bought at my local quilt shop from Timeless Treasures fabric. I love the colors. My daughter’s only request was that I put a soft backing on it so she could get good use out of it at college. I found a navy Minkee fabric for the backing.
I did not put this quilt on the quilt frame for several reasons. Reason #1, I didn’t want to chance the thickness of the Minkee. Reason, #2 I only wanted to outline quilt each block so that the quilt wasn’t too heavy and kept the softness. I used my Bernina 830 with a dual feed foot and this quilted like a dream with the thick layers. I didn’t add a batting and just used the two layers of fabric.
Here’s the finished quilt.
And here’s a close up of the blocks so you can see the wonderful detail of the butterflies.
I made a couple in-the-hoop wristlet bags today, but can’t post them yet since they are graduation gifts for my daughter’s friends.
Until next time, happy sewing & quilting,