Friday, June 21, 2013

Christy's Garden: Watch Them Grow!

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this quilt.  I absolutely love, love, love it!!!  I made this quilt with Audrey's sixth grade class for the fabulous teacher they've had the last two years.  I've been quilting fast and furious to finish it up in time for graduation.  Note to self: Keep It Simple when you're on a deadline.

I did blog about making this quilt back in the spring but I was reminded by Audrey, "this is supposed to be a surprise and you just don't know who's reading your blog!" so I've been keeping it under wraps.  The kids did an amazing job making the flowers and some of the other class Moms pitched in to help with sewing them together.

Once I'd sewn all the flowers together into a bouquet I used spray baste to stick them to the background and then basted that into a quilt sandwich.  I stitched in the ditch around each flower and it's center so I didn't have to applique the flowers to the background.

For the background I did my favorite "happy paisley" FMQ.  It's based on the amazing Angela's paisley design but with some hearts and flowers thrown in for good measure.  All the good karma and positive energy from the kids must have helped...  I managed to narrowly avoid my usual emergency thread run;-)

I loved seeing the kids find their name on the finished quilt.  They were so pleased with the result, I hope I've inspired the next generation of quilters:-)

Quilt Stats:

Finished quilt is 53" x 65"
Pattern: Based on Hexy MF by the fabulous Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey
Fabrics: Avignon by Emily Taylor and stash.
Background: Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie & Camille
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil 2600

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Oh, it turned out so beautifully! And yay for not having a thread emergency! You go, girl!

  2. This is SO beautiful! You should forward a link to Katy at I'm a Ginger Monkey (even though it's not an exact copy of her pattern) because I think she would get a kick out of seeing kids involved in making this gorgeousness. It is AWESOME!

  3. Way to outsmart the applique! It's beautiful - lucky teacher!

  4. WOW! No thread emergency. I'm not sure what's more of an accomplishment, how quick your work or the fact that you didn't run out of thread. Regardless, it's beautiful!

  5. This is awesome! Your quilting looks great! Can't go wrong with paisley FMQ.

  6. Fantastic job. The quilting is beautiful and the teacher must be overwhelmed with the love.

  7. I am really loving the hexies in that flower formation with the petals being one color and the center another, yours turned out wonderful. Love it.

  8. This is a fantastic gem of a quilt!! I can certainly see why you love it!

    1. That is, indeed, a very lucky teacher. What a wonderful quilt and story.

  9. The hearts, the hearts! I love that FMQ design as much as the rest of the quilt...such a heartfelt gift!!