21 December 2006

last-minute quilt

Twin and I decided very last minute to make a lap quilt for our grandma for Christmas. Grandma, at 91, is always cold in winter. We are very like her in this respect. We also inherited her nose (not so great) and her slim physique (hell, yeah). I can only hope we'll age with as much grace and beauty as she has.



Since we decided to do this exactly one week before Christmas, we went with machine piecing and quilting. We had a couple yards of this cute floral in the stash, so we chose the other fabrics to go with it. We were going for traditional, cheerful, and cozy.


The reverse side has a soft plaid flannel. Jennie had the brilliant idea to do this swirly quilting around the border. She then abandoned me to accomplish this swirly thing. [from jennie: hey I was busy with work!] Excuses, excuses. My solo attempt ended up being a bit wonky. But kinda cool nonetheless.


We had a binding race last night, one of us on each side of the quilt. I won. [from jennie: my stitches are neater.] whatever.

All these twin projects are cramping my style. She's dead weight. After the holiday I'll be back to independent projects. phew. [from Jennie: yeah well I don't want to work on your stupid projects anyway.]

We're flying south tomorrow. Wishing light and joy and merriment to all.
Catch you cats in the New Year.

15 comments:

sally said...

Beautiful quilt! Your grandmother is going to LOVE it! You + Twin are sweet granddaughters!

Have a lovely Christmas! Safe travels to you + Twin!

abbyjane said...

Not only do you make beautiful things, but you are hilarious! Happy holidays to you!

erin said...

great quilt - your grandma is going to be so happy! Have safe travels and enjoy your holidays!

amy h said...

Your grandma will love it, I'm sure!

Happy holidays, twins!

julieree's bro said...

Thanks ever so much, Julie & Twin, for upping the Christmas morning ante. However inspired and tasteful a gift I choose for Grandma, it will look oh-so-lame next to your quilt. Maybe I'll quit my day-job and start crafting; until then, I fold.

hannah said...

ah, your poor brother! but lucky lucky grandma! love love love the swirls!! have a merry christmas and safe travels. stay tuned julie for when i reveal my biggest craft blunder to date next week.

brandie said...

that is a really gorgeous quilt, and in only one week! good grief!

Bettsi said...

Fabulous! You girls are amazing! Your poor brother doesn't stand a chance, does he? Next time, you'll have to give him something to do to help! I look forward to hearing how Granny liked it. Merry Christmas, Girls!

Zara said...

Can you do a tutorial or a link to instructions for your advent calendar? It was great.

Abby said...

I just found your blog through Huffmania. Your quilts are beautiful. Do you use software to plan them out?

cynic the lamb said...

So cool! What a pretty quilt!

melissa f. said...

how did i miss this?! well, i did. quilts are not meant to be last minute things, but you made quick sweet work out of it. i should be so lucky when i'm old and grey.

natascha said...

Your quilts are lovely!

deb said...

I'm sure your grandmother loved it! I adore it! Very inspiring since I just started my first quilt and I haven't quite decided about the backing. I was going to use chenille but I like the flannel idea too. I just found your blog and will have to check in again.

Cheers!

Dacia said...

incredibly cute post and love the quilt! especially the swirly things along the edges. well done!!