Monday, April 1, 2013

Gifted: Cali - an art quilt

You saw little bits of this quilt if you follow me on Instagram.. and if you're on Craftsy you've seen the entire quilt already. I made this quilt for my sister-in-law, Michelle.

We didn't get off on the right foot when we met, but I feel like we're friends now and trust me when I say we have come a long way.

My husband and I flew her down from New Hampshire for a visit {she got here yesterday!} and now that she is finally here and has seen the quilt herself I can share it here. She follows on Facebook and I didn't want to ruin the surprise!

First, here is the original photo of Cali {Michelle's baby}...
And the finished quilt:
Can  you see I stitched her name in the bottom right corner? This was a couple firsts for me, for one I had to embroider her pupil because I couldn't do a piece of fabric small enough, and second I bought a necklace chain for the actual dog chain and used a button for the um... whatever the tag is that goes on there.
I also added a quilt label to the back, which is not something I've really done before. On Melissa's table runner I did sign that, but as part of the table runner, not a separate label. So this is my very first quilt label... and really has me wanting to make labels for everything else I have finished and add the labels to those, starting with Getting Along.
And then a shot of the back of the quilt just because I think it looks cool.
At the end of the day I can say I am pretty happy with this quilt.

21 comments:

Audrey Goodwin said...

I think it is a beautiful and touching tribute to Cali for your sis-in-law.

Deborah said...

What an amazing quilt!! I can imagine that she LOVES it!!

Penny (admin) said...

She does!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you!

Frances said...

I love the way you have used the machine quilting to personalise your gift. It looks great.

Connie said...

Oh my gosh, you did a perfect job of making a quilt with Cali, it looks just like her! Love the addition of the dog chain! Thanks for sharing.
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Jessica Pyykkonen said...

That is amazing. So personal for your SIL.

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you!

Penny (admin) said...

Thanks, I'm glad I went with the chain too.

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you.

Dee said...

Thanks for sharing this quilt and story with us! The quilt is amazing!

Doris L said...

The quilt is absolutely amazing. I am sure your sister-in-law must be thrilled with it.

Taryn said...

Beautiful quilt! I really like how you added the chain and how you stitched the name. What a great gift!

Thanks for linking up to Let's Get Acquainted this week!

Colette said...

What a beautiful quilt! The name, the background, even the quilting on the back is wonderful!

Nicole said...

Wow, the quilt looks just like the photo! Great job!

Cheryl@ Sew Can Do said...

Just amazing!! Such a terrific job - You've been featured at this week's Craftastic party - stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you soooo much!!!

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you. I learned the technique from a Craftsy Class I took

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you so much :)

Penny (admin) said...

Thanks so much! The chain was new for me, it's kinda fun to add things like that.

Penny (admin) said...

Thank you, I appreciated that. She loves it.