Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birthday Gift

Family, a birthday party, seeing old friends, and quilting---all the ingredients for a wonderful weekend in my book! 

Finishing the quilt took most of Friday night:

The spacer strip got some curves to contrast with all the straight line crosshatching.

Resting the accordion folded binding in my desk's door trays worked great.

I machine sewed it from the front, catching the folded edge on the back. 

Finished quilt, 60" x 72". 

Though totally unplanned, each corner of the quilt ended up with red binding!  We had a lovely drive south (it takes 7 different freeways to get to my brother Tyler's city from here but traffic was not bad at all through L.A.  Nick drove and I sewed the quilt label on.  The final name was "50 Bowties of Many Colors My Sister Made for Me".

My brother Tyler, being sung Happy Birthday to. 

It was a job to blow out the 50 candles on this yummy Texas Sheet Cake.  I gave him his quilt right after the cake eating but those pics are on my mom's camera so will come later.  He was very happy with the quilt and appreciated all the work that went into it.  We had a good time at the party--there were some old friends to see and lots of nieces and nephews to hug. 

The darling daughters and wife of my youngest brother, standing at the rear and not looking the camera, who asked me at the party to make HIM a quilt.  Fortunately I have years until he turns 50!  

The Temecula Quilt Company quilt shop excursion was a worthwhile trip which I'll post about separately.


Mystica said...

This is beautiful and so thoughtful of you.

Joyful Quilter said...

Did you say "Whew!"? The quilt turned out great. And what a nice compliment to you that your younger brother wants a quilt.

Barb said...

What a wonderful quilt!!

Marg said...

You finished it in time......just. It looks fabulous, and glad you had a great time at the party.

Quilter Kathy said...

I just knew you could do it! Great job! I'm sure he was delighted with his fabulous quilt!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

So glad he loved the quilt. Laughing @ the thought you were still sewing the label on there while driving to the party. That sounds like something I'd do.

The quilt is truly fabulous. Like you ...utterly fabulous.

Cindy said...

Love the quilt and what a great way to use scraps!

Lori said...

Wonderful quilt!!! I'm sure he loved it!!

libbyquilter said...

it turned out awesome~!!~
so glad that all went well with this milestone celebration.


Tanya said...

Looks like you had a good time! Your quilt is an heirloom!

CHRIS said...

Hi Annie, Glad your brother loved his quilt. What is a Texas Sheet Cake? Nothing like a deadline is there? chrisb.