Monday, July 26, 2010

Emery's Rag Quilt

Quilt Front

Quilt Back

My girls and I have been planning this gift for our great-niece/cousin for some time. When my girls were little I'd bought several pink & purple prints for making quilts. I never did and now they care nothing about the sweet little girl prints. My faves were the paper doll "Kewpie" looking prints, if you can tell those on here (if you click on the picture it will enlarge). We took those, added some other prints, then bought some flannel in pink & purple, plus a print with ballerinas in pink & purple. Katie, my "niece-in-love," who is Em's mom, is a dancer. She is actually a dance teacher now, but until she graduated from college she was a performing dancer. She played Clara in the Nutcracker as a young child at least one year & I think other years she & her sister were dancers in the play. Thus, the ballerina print.

I'd never made a real quilt. The closest I've come is the quilting of fabric for the purses I've made. Natalie has wanted a quilt for some time, and she especially wanted a rag quilt. We have her fabric all cut and just waiting for me to sew it. I told her doing this gave me a practice run at making one!

This was a family project. Natalie embroidered the dog and lamb. Bethany painted the ballet slippers and the big E. I did the quilting and sewing. This is all machine quilted. I would never get it done by hand. And Phil paid for all the supplies! : )

I've had a couple of ladies ask if I'd make some rag quilts to sell. After making this, I am sure I could do that. With Natalie's I will probably not do such fancy stitches, and will not put a border on it. I will see if I make more which style is preferred.

Hope you enjoy seeing our new venture!


Natalie did the embroidery work on this. I love how the variegated thread looks with this stitch!

I think we found Mary's little lost lamb!


E for Emery!

Ballet slippers of course!


If you click this picture will enlarge and you might be able to see where I free-motion quilted Emery's name. I'm still learning!

3 comments:

Grace said...

Lori,

This is gorgeous! I love the colors and all the fabrics are so perfect for a little girl. Natalie and Bethany are certainly talented young ladies too.

Hugs!!

BethH said...

Lori, Holy Cow girl! This is amazing! What a treasure for sure. I love it. And, it's so special that all the girls helped. What a priceless piece for E. She will treasure it for a lifetime!!!! Great job, girls!!!

Traci M said...

Lori, this is so beautiful and intricately detailed with so much thought put into it!!
Your girls sure did a great job helping out!!
I thought I had commented here, must have just been on the thread...sorry about that!!