Happy Birthday, Isobel!

front view | basting beauty

front view | basting beauty

Isobel, the daughter of my dear friend, Lisa, turned four earlier this month.  I have always wanted to make this adorable, special girl a quilt, and with her getting a little older (and into a big-girl bed!), now was the perfect time.

Months ago I was experimenting with 5″ half-square triangles, but never did make them into a quilt. The closest they made it was long strips of HSTs sewn together. Subconsciously, I think my colour choice was made with Isobel in mind… pinks of various shades punctuated by chocolate brown and cream. I didn’t use as much of the cream colour as I probably should have and found the HSTs a bit too busy when put together – I particularly like HST quilts when they have lots of cream/white to really make the colours POP.

HST rows {before I hacked them up!} | basting beauty

HST rows {before I hacked them up!} | basting beauty

I decided to use these strips as the basis for this quilt, but not in a traditional manner. Instead, I cut the 5″ wide strips into 2″ strips, then used these more narrow strips to create the letters of Isobel’s name. I used the same method I used for the “Love Letters” mini quilt – building each letter piece by piece from a pattern I drew. The end product created a design with an abstract, geometric quality that I am quite fond of.

Quilt front | basting beauty

Quilt front | basting beauty


For the back of the quilt, I pieced pink and cream fabric together with several of the 2″ strips I used for the letters on the front. I also used my leftover scraps to sew a large square of abstract geometric shapes, then cut it into a large heart shape. I stitched the heart on the back, framed with two larger hearts in cream and pink, with a raw edge.

Quilt back | basting beauty

Quilt back | basting beauty

After lots of straight-line quilting (it always takes me longer than I think it will), a polka dotted pink binding, and couple trips through the wash to get the heart on the back fraying, it was done!

Lisa has a genuine affection for quilts, as her Grandma made her a special quilt many years ago that she still treasures. Lisa reflected how glad she is Isobel has a “special quilt” of her own also. So glad you like it, Isobel and Lisa (and Georg)! It was made with love, and fond thoughts of your beautiful little family… XO, – E


Isobel's Quilt | basting beauty

Isobel’s Quilt | basting beauty

 

Quilt Snuggles | basting beauty

Quilt Snuggles | basting beauty

 


7 Comments on Happy Birthday, Isobel!

  1. Gai Butler
    March 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm (8 months ago)

    Absolutely beautiful Erin. It would be difficult to choose which side to present as the ‘back’ is just as wonderful as the front. You are amazing and obviously have an inherited tatent for quilting. I lookforward to your next reveal. :)

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    • erin
      March 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Gai! I made the pieced back because I was just a bit short of my backing fabric, but I could use some scraps of the pink colour, along with the HST strips to make the backing – it needed a bit of punch, so that’s where the geometric heart came in. In the end, my unfortunate shortage of backing material turned out well!

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  2. Paulette Doyle
    March 20, 2014 at 7:53 am (8 months ago)

    See….THIS is why we quilt!! Got a bit teary reading this…
    mxo
    PS…Isobel is getting so big!! Such a beautiful little girl, just like her mama!

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    • erin
      March 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm (8 months ago)

      She IS so big… last time I saw her she was a baby! Not any more!

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  3. Claire
    March 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm (8 months ago)

    Erin, what a beautiful quilt! I think you were born a quilter. I don’t know any new quilters who do all their own quilting, too. You are an amazing artist and theme beauty of the pictures on your blog is so impressive. Great job!

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    • erin
      March 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you Claire! That means a lot coming from such a talented quilted as yourself. I’m just starting Spring Break, so I’m looking forward to getting some extra sewing time in! :)

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  4. pbee
    March 24, 2014 at 10:28 am (8 months ago)

    What a very creative idea! I’m going to remember this if I ever get a grandbaby! The green pillows are stunning too. Thank you for sharing.

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