Friday, February 4, 2011

Bella's Quilt

I finished piecing and quilting Bella's quilt late last night. Bella loved the tiny hearts in the mauve fabric and in fun hearts in the red fabric. I decided to use hearts to quilt this small piece. It turned out to be 17"x15". Bella gave it to her Grandma Edwards this afternoon.



While I was putting Bella's quilt together, I also pieced this preemie quilt. I recently learned a great tip about how to save thread, save time clipping, and work on two quilts at once. You know that little piece of fabric you use at the beginning and ending of chain stitching that ends up with serious leggy strings? A quilting pal told me she creates her preemie quilts by using those blocks as the starters and enders on these strings. So, I started doing that. Instead of throwing away thread filled scraps, I ended up with a preemie quilt top. This is a very valuable tip.







6 comments:

P. said...

That is so cool that you got your granddaughter involved in the design process to make her Grandma Edwards a quilt! It came out really cute!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very sweet quilt! Bella's a cutie:)
I've never been able to figure out the leaders and enders concept. Do you have any tips?

Diane said...

I love that little quilt your grand daughter designed!

highpitchedbarking said...

CUTE quilt! What a great way to get your granddaughter quilting at such a young age. I've just heard of the leaders and enders concept and thought I would give it a try, too. It's a great way to multi-task without even realizing it.

Jamie in Louisiana said...

I always have two projects going at one time -- eliminates boredom and creates those extra projects. You did a great job with your little quilts and Bella's smile tells it all.

mjdedwards said...

Miki, the mini-quilt that you design with the help of our beautiful graddaughter Isabella touched my heart. When she gave it to me on Friday my heart skipped a beat. The pictures that Tom took of Isabella designer her quilt are adorable! She has great color and shape skills for so young of a girl. She will be an exceptional artist just like both of her grandmas. When I came home I placed my treasured quilt in the perfect spot, my antique secretary. Thank you again.
Love Grandma Edwards