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Quilty Friends are the Best Friends <3

There’s only one thing better than secret sewing, and that’s secret sewing for Quilty BFFs! My Quilty BFF, MamaPeaches, is just the best. Not only is she fabulously talented, but she *knows* that I needed that purple Kenmore and that extra bundle of Heather Ross. She also had the cutest little boy late last year — his cheeks could slay anybody. So, what do you make for your Quilty BFF and her son? Answer: Something crazy. Something awesome. Something that could only be fully appreciated by a fellow quilter. 

Enter this quilt. This crazy quilt full of 8 matched points and 324 paper pieced triangles. The pattern is Grandma’s Surprise, though it’s really just an amped up kaleidoscope quilt. And because it’s for MamaPeaches, I broke into the bundle of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics that I’ve been hoarding for years <3. I really hope it fits the bill!

Organization and time were definitely key to the piecing on this one. I made myself a colorized key and kept the WIP up on my design wall so I could keep track. It seriously took over my design wall for more than a year. I worked on it steadily and secretly for a year, but never rushed. I get imprecise when I rush, and there wasn’t a lot of room for error!

Against my better judgement, I picked the most fantastical of dark tangerines with tomato-red glitter stars for the backing. I love the color drama it created, except somehow I missed photographing it! Originally I planned to quilt this one with stipples, but I had to revert to 1/2″ straight-line quilting to compensate for the orange bobbin thread and white top thread. No amount of bobbin fiddling was going to get the tension right for FMQ. In the end, I’m happy with how the quilting fades into the background and lets the piecing shine 🙂

The backing is all the pop of color that this one needs, though you’ll just have to take my word for it (sorry again!). It’s framed with a simple charcoal gray binding.

Truth be told, this little quilt has been living in my sewing room for months. I’m terrible about getting to the post-office. Sorry Mama Peaches. I’m happy to report that it’s been gifted at long last, welcome to the world little Peaches!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Finish it Up Friday. Happy sewing!

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  • Alison July 21, 2017, 11:43 am

    This is gorgeous!

  • Tracy July 21, 2017, 12:11 pm

    Oh, Jen ~ this is fabulous!! (thanks for more pictures 😉 It is truly stunning and I know MamaPeaches ADORES it (and you, for it!) I’m glad your tension wouldn’t work to stipple it – I think this quilt called for just exactly the kind of quilting it got. It makes my head spin to think about keeping up with it all; I think I’d have gotten something out of place and not noticed until I was photographing it or something dumb like that… Fantastic Job (as always!)

    • Jen July 21, 2017, 2:47 pm

      Thank you, Tracy! Truly, a lot of the credit goes to you for encouraging me to get this post up. Thank you as always for your support!

  • Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us July 21, 2017, 8:50 pm

    Hi Jen,
    Wowee – this is truly a labor of love. I am sure Mama Peaches appreciates those 324 paper pieced triangles, as only another quilter would. I am 100% sure she LOVES it. Who wouldn’t?!! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Jen July 22, 2017, 10:12 am

      Thank you so much Roseanne!

  • Chris July 21, 2017, 10:05 pm

    It is simple stunning! Wonderful present for a precious little one.

  • Susan Snooks July 21, 2017, 11:36 pm

    Fabulous finish!

  • Kat July 22, 2017, 12:25 am

    It’s beautiful! Lovely colors.

  • Heide July 22, 2017, 7:55 am

    Stunning work!

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