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Monday, June 6, 2011

Far Far Away from Izzy Inspired

Happy Monday!  I had a lovely weekend sewing, editing a pattern (BOO!) and working on an upcoming tutorial!  Phew.  We've got a feature today from Izzy Inspired, a sweet little girls quilt for her daughter's birthday.  Really cute blog, I love this sewing machine cover tutorial, I need to make myself a cute one too!!!  Check our her sweet quilt:

My baby girl is turning three next week and outside of wanting to cry all the time over this fact, I have been trying to prepare for the big day. I had been planning on replacing her  first far far away quilt that I ended up donating to quilts for kids last year (she hadn't used it yet, and I really wanted to send as many quilts as possible) but just haven't gotten around to it. 

Her birthday was the extra encouragement I needed to get it done. This time around I did something completely different and I am loving the outcome. Now, although I resisted the temptation of putting a dresden plate on the front.....I could not resist the back!!

I think this may very well  be my favorite dresden thus far!

I completely blame my dresden addiction on Aneela...her blog was one of my first to read and where I first saw a dresden plate done in modern fabrics, I have been hooked ever since.

I have to confess something to you now (my head hung in shame) I don't label any of my quilts! I know, I know, I have been lectured more times than I can remember on this fact and I agree with all the reasons to label. Sadly for me, I have a bit of an eye distraction problem. I have tried several times to label a quilt, but end up pulling it off because it distracts my eye from the pattern of the quilt....which then drives me crazy. Outside of that, I am not good at making them. I CANNOT handle seeing my own handwriting on the label (even though I know this enhances the sentiment) and I am not a very skilled embroiderer. So I just skip it and I am fine with it. Until this quilt, I think because it is a birthday gift for Izzy I felt more pressure to label I finally buckled down and made my first label! I hate it.....I think it totally takes away from the simplistic beauty of the quilt back and is a total distraction from the dresden plate. As much as I wanted to rip it off (i quilted over it on purpose to make it too hard to do) I like the fact that it tells her that I love her and when it was made. When she is my age and has a daughter of her own, she will be able to tell the story of this quilt and know exactly which birthday I made it for her. So even though I cringe every time I look at it, it stays.

I quilted it with a variegated thread and just adore the way it looks on the white sashing...I couldn't resist showing a picture of it



Impera Magna said...

What a beautiful quilt. what a beautiful dresden half-plate, and what a beautiful label... I think it's perfect just as it is!

cinzia said...

Your quilt is so beautiful. your daughter will cherish it i'm sure! And though i agree with the eye distraction thing about your label (i suffer from the same diseaes LOL) it'll probably be your daughter's favorite part!

Unknown said...

Very cute she will love and cherish it forever.

Jenniffier said...

Oh my how beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

amy smart said...

This is amazing! Love everything about it. What a great use of that fabric!

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