Friday, May 9, 2008

Graduation Quilt pt 1

Last Christmas my wonderful, darling husband bought me a new sewing/embroidery machine. I decided that to properly break it in, I should make a graduation quilt for my brother Harmon. Harmon runs Cross Country and the one and two-mile events in Track as well as plays soccer and basketball. In addition he is a very good student. I would love to have students(s) like him! I wanted to honor his activities in a quilt that allowed me to play with my embroidery machine, so I picked a quilt pattern that had large white blocks that I could embroider with motifs about his sports.With this in mind, I picked the Bear Tracks pattern in the Spring/Summer '07 "Quilt Sampler" by Better Homes and Gardens which my mother had given me for Christmas.
I used Harmon's school colors. The fact that the pattern has bear claws is fitting since his school mascot is the wildcat and they have paw prints on everything. (yes, I know that the bear claw has 4 toes and the cat paw print has only 3)
I just finished piecing it to night and have laid out the backing, batting, and quit top sandwich. I will start quilting tomorrow. I am very pleased with how it is turning out so far.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is so cool. I can't wait to see it in real life. John.

Mom said...

Melissa, you are amazing! I am so proud of you. I cannot wait to see your finished pieces, and you are right, the quilt is even more impressive than you can imagine without seeing it. Kudos to Chris for getting you such an awesome present and to you for using the Lord's gifts to you so beautifully. The Lord bless you with students very much like yourself and many kindred spirits along your way.

Love you!
Mom

Lynda Shults said...

Melissa,
WOW!!!! What talented woman you are!!! I am trying not to be jealous of your machine...but I sure would love some 'classes'. I am learning to enjoy quilting more and more and would love some input!!! What a wonderful job of knitting. Two of my girls are into knitting, especially Velynda right now. I am going to give her your blog site and let her benefit from your knowledge. I rejoice with you in the giftings God has blessed you with. You truly are amazing and such a blessing to share your talents and expressions of love with others. I love YOU.
Mama Lynda

Anonymous said...

Wow this is amazing! Adam thinks it is pretty sweet too. I really like the star fabric that you picked for the border of the quilt. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love you!
-Mom

Anonymous said...

Okay...is it finished yet?!!! I'm eager to see it on John's bed!!!
What all embroidery patterns do you have? I bought some teatowels that someone had done a day of the week set...are so cute. Eager to see some more of your creations.
Love you,
Mama Lynda

Anonymous said...

Melissa, the pictures don't do it justice. It is 100 times more beautiful in person when you can really see the richness of the colors and the texture of all the details. I am entirely impressed!!! (and can't wait until you start on mine!)

you are amazing and I continue to be totally impressed and just a little jealous of your skills.

:) Mel

Anonymous said...

so mom said my quilt is looking really good...When can I see pictures?? :)

Melody

Anonymous said...

Dude everybody commented on this one soooooo what they said!
Love you!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah