The Big Quilt Reveal

by jennifer

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Well, this is it. The quilt I’ve been working on for the last couple weeks is finally complete. I’ve been working on the binding for the last few days, stitching through the movie “Into the Wild” (Good movie based on a true story) last night and all the way to my parent’s house in Metro-Detroit today. I finished hand-stitiching the binding at 2:42 p.m. in their kitchen while my mom finished cooking the ham and my girls played with their cousins.

My youngest sister, Julie, took the photo above of my little Amelia Claire taking a picture of the quilt. She was watching Juile and I fussing over it and didn’t want to miss out. About 30 minutes earlier she had melted down during our attempt to get a photo of all five grandchildren (all under age 4) in the Easter clothes with a basket of eggs. I’m not sure Julie got any shots where Amelia wasn’t crying.

Amelia wanted no part of posing in front of the camera for the Easter group shot, but seemed to get a real kick out of “taking pictures” of my quilt with a non-functioning toy camera. Julie’s studio lights were flashing as she snapped pictures of Amelia clicking away. Amelia, who was oblivious to the fact that she was in Julie’s shot, was delighted because she thought she was making the studio lights flash. We cheered her on and didn’t ruin the moment for her. She looked so happy to be in her role as a 2-year-old photographer.

In the end the little girl who didn’t want to be photographed, stole the show in front of the camera. I love this quilt and the memories already attached to it.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this quilt while doing “research” for a craft column. I stayed up until 4 a.m. one night a couple weeks ago to peice the top and then took it to a professional quilter, Terri Watson, owner of Thread Tales Quiltworks, in Grandville, Mich. She used her longarm machine to stitch a lovely swirl pattern all over it. I paid $70.88 for the quilting and feel it was well worth it. The quilt top was pretty average looking when I took it to Terri who really made the finished quilt look great. I LOVE this quilt and I’m so happy to finally have a nice quilt for my family. (I’ve given away almost all the other quilts I’ve made.)

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I invite you to read my craft column on Terri to learn more about her story and home-based professional quilting business.

Here are a few more photos of that show the making of this quilt.

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