A young lady that I have known for many years just had a baby. Meredith and her husband Garrett have been friends of my son Charles, for many years. They graduated from high school together. They had a beautiful baby boy named Nolan on September 23rd. I had been working on a quilt for him since the spring. I never really expected it to take me so long, but as I worked on the quilt I kept getting new ideas about how to complete the quilt. I finished it last week – and put it in the mail on Monday. I think that Meredith should receive it in the mail today, that is why I am posting pictures of it today.
I used the Eleanor Burns Irish Chain Quilt book for the basic design of the quilt. I changed the borders and added some new details. I used the Electric quilt program to make 4 1/2″ blocks for Nolan’s name and the stars in the corners.
I paper pieced the blocks so that they would be very accurate. Paper piecing is a great way to have your star blocks finish with pointy points. I think that paper piecing is either something that you love or hate. For many years it frustrated me but I persisted and now I love it. Paper Piecing is a very accurate way to piece small blocks or blocks with a lot of points. So if you haven’t tried it give it a try, eventually you will love it.
I machine quilted this quilt. The theme of Nolan’s nursery is Elephants so I quilted elephants in the center of the Irish Chain.
I really loved working on this quilt. I love the way yellow and blue work together. It is one of my favorite color combinations. I have another quilt in the works with the same colors – but that is a potential gift so it will remain under wraps until a later date.
I was able to get 2 items crossed off of my To-Do list. I completed the placemats for Meal on Wheels and the block for the Veterans quilt. Two looming deadlines that will be met. PHEW!!!
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather – the trees around me are a blaze of color. I will post some pictures soon.