Tuesday, February 7, 2017

the birthday quilt

















This is the 12th birthday quilt . I made it just a day before the new birthday arrived.  It has taken almost a year to finish and gift. The first few months were about collecting the fabrics that I had in mind for this quilt then I didn't plan the quilt size well, so ran short on a couple prints. I've gone back to the fabric store for more yardage cuts, but a couple prints were sold out by them. I had a little bit hesitation for changing color, the blue print was the second choice. But I went ahead and used it and though it turned out to be a nice breaking color, such a nice fresh add on! 

There are a couple music sheet prints I have used for this quilt as music has always been big part for S. Whenever I see a good music sheet fabric print, I like to purchase a half yard and collect them. A couple prints were from our trips to Japan last couple visits and have been saving for, as always! 

This quilt is quite different from other quilts that I made for her. It is a nice soft pastel combinations. Something soft, original, and fresh to speak! I've been thinking that in this upcoming time will be more noise in the change of learning new self and finding new paths of who she is. 
Maybe a quiet quilt that to represent a time that she could be think of something be thankful,  time to be quiet, life to be spontaneous, and speak with calm and generous...   

The quilt measured at 88"x84". It is considered a large quilt to machine quilt at home for me. It was taken a good 7 fully winded bobbins, one broken needle, and on small finger cut (ouch)! It always a joy and maybe feeling more proud to have another handmade birthday gift to be ready and being cuddle from time to time. 

The backing print is used a large music sheet print ( 2 yards) that I've had for years and pieced with the remaining fabrics from the quilt top then added few other prints that would go well with it.  I tried not to worry about the backing so much for this quilt. The randomness is just a nice call for it. Using fabrics that I have instead of acquire more for the backing is a big saving. 

The binding is used gingham print that I've been using for a couple of quilts now. I really like the classic finish look quilt. You might not know, but I like my binding a little narrower, so I cut 2" wide for most of my quilt bindings.  

I have been thinking so hard for the first teen birthday quilt ideas. Nothing spark my mind still. 
I knew it would be something simple, random, and loving! 

Meanwhile here are the previous birthday quilts that I made: 



xxc 






19 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful! Love the music notes fabric on the back - special!!

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    1. Thank you! It is a nice scale music sheet fabric! :)

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  2. Chase..YOUR quilt is FILLED with love..It makes my heart feel full and happy!! The music print on the back is so special! I hope Stella has a VERY Happy 12th Birthday, and feels all the love you put into this very lovely quilt. You are such a BEAUTIFUL person.....

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    1. Thank you! I look forward making the new quilt soon! :)
      Enjoy your day~

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  3. Fresh colours and beautiful textures, love the big music print too

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    1. Thank you! The music print is from IKEA back in 2011. I think it was our first visit to IKEA in Minneapolis.

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  4. Love the pretty, soft, crinkly goodness of this quilt. The quilting is exquisite! The blue adds a nice pop of color to a calm but definitely not boring quilt.

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    1. Thanks! The blue print definitely has added a nice contrast to other pastel prints! :)

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  5. its beautiful !!! Happy Birthday to Stella ...

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    1. Thank you for the well birthday wishes!

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  6. Oh Chase, such a marvelous gift for your girl!!! She is a lucky daughter to have a mom who loves her so, who creates such magical quilts for her!

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    1. Hi Jody,

      Thank you! It has been a nice birthday gift tradition around here!
      I surely enjoy doing so for her!

      xxc

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  7. The quilt is beautiful! The addition of the blue gives it some pop. Bravo!

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  8. Oh, Chase, what a beautiful quilt to celebrate your sweet S's birthday!

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    1. Katherine,

      This year for sure will be challenging as the colors are really limited for me to look up.

      Chase

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  9. Ms.Chase this quilt is so beautiful!! Love the blue that was added for contrast...the music note fabric is brilliant. Your daughter is probably thrilled with it...what a special addition to her collection.

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    1. Thank you! The music note fabric is such a light weight fabric and the scale of the music note for sure is really nice! I had wish to find more, but I am just satisfied to be able to use the stashes that have been collected over the years. :)

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  10. I commented on an earlier post saying I could't believe S was 13, so she's not! she's 12. phew! I didn't realise she was so close in age to my S! Sophie turns 12 on April 1st. Time keeps ticking by xx I love this quilt, I'm sure it was very much appreciated. What a beautiful tradition you have started.

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